Men Push Back in Court against Rape Culture Hysteria

Lack of sexual standards is leading schools to believe in rape culture as an alternative.

Given the lack of any sexual ethic in our society, I can almost understand why college campuses have invented rape culture hysteria. But accusing men of rape without evidence is not an improvement. People open to casual sex have opened themselves to being exploited (if there is no evidence or witnesses to corroborate their accusations). The solution is a recovery of sex within marriage. But that is not even being considered.

Meanwhile, men are pushing back against rape culture through the courts. The Charlotte Observor reports, “More men named in college sex assault cases are taking their accusers to court.

As the debate over campus sexual assaults continues to shadow universities throughout the Carolinas and beyond, more accused male students have started taking their female accusers to court.

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In the past three years, male students accused of sexual misconduct have filed hundreds of lawsuits, charging that they were the victims of both false allegations and school procedures that failed to properly vet the claims.

And while there are no exact figures, in dozens of those cases male students also have sued the women who lodged the original allegations. One out-of-state attorney says he has filed more than 15 defamation complaints nationwide on behalf of male students against their accusers.

Locally, lawyers used the threat of defamation complaints against female accusers in sexual-misconduct cases at both Davidson College and UNC Charlotte. Meanwhile, an Appalachian State University student has pending lawsuits against the school and his former Union County girlfriend after he was suspended in 2015 for “unlawful entry” into her dorm room.

Critics of these lawsuits say they can place assault victims on trial, further suppressing an already under-reported crime.

“When a woman tells you she’s been assaulted, believe her,” Davidson College President Carol Quillen wrote in an Observer guest editorial earlier this year. “Although the unicorn exception gets a lot of press, the overwhelming majority of women do not make up rape.”

However, Charlotte attorney John Gresham, who is representing the suspended App State student, says he sued the school and his client’s accuser only after his investigation showed that the allegations were false and that the university blatantly mishandled the case.

“In all of these matters, there are the futures of two students at stake,” says Gresham, who has also represented male students accused of sexual misconduct at Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, Queens University and Davidson College.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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