Apparently at Harvard “innocent until prove guilty” is overrated. At least that’s the message from one school website that seems to advocate a stance of “guilty until proven innocent” for anyone accused of rape. This continues the trend of politically correct insanity on our college campuses that threatens to undermine the very foundations of a civil society and a culture based on liberty and justice.
A Harvard University website says that the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” can be used as a way to silence survivors of sexual assault.
Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR), which offers other “current, accurate language” on its website, is also responsible for mandatory sexual assault trainings for student organizations. In the definition of the term “innocent until proven guilty,” for instance, OSAPR writes, “In the context of sexual assault, ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is sometimes invoked to silence survivors,” while the definition for “gender inequity” states that “gender equity cannot be achieved until it is recognized that there are more than two genders.”
The site even questions the use of “perpetrator” to describe someone guilty of sexual assault, asserting that the term has “negative connotations.” OSAPR suggests victims may instead want to use the phrases “person who caused harm” or “someone engaging in harmful behaviors,” so as not to bring into question the character of the assailant.
Additionally, OSAPR uses its website to feature upcoming events on campus. The most recent event posted on the page is an advertisement for “Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign,” which is described as an effort to “end the stigma” surrounding abortion and “encourage supporters of abortion access to publicly take a stand.”
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