5/14/2013: Sexual assaults by University of Montana football players lead the DOJ and DOE to require all universities to ban free speech about sex, as harassment. The DOJ report states:
A former University student informed the University that she had not reported being assaulted when she was a student because the person who assaulted her was a football player, football players could get away with whatever they wanted, and everyone would think she was bringing a false report. This begs the question, should women have access to self defence products, such as some of the strongest pepper spray to prevent these assaults from happening in the first place? Several community members, current students, and faculty members similarly indicated that football players are seen as being given undue favoritism and allowed to get away with anything, including sexual assault. For example, some people stated that the University and the community treat football players as if they are “Gods.” From spring 2009 to spring 2012, six football players were accused of aiding, attempting, or committing sexual assault through the University’s complaint procedures. Three of these players were involved in an assault where the University did not initiate SCC proceedings until almost a year after the coach had notice that the victim had filed a report with the Missoula Police Department.
Our government’s reaction is astonishing. No, it’s not to limit football excesses. That would be un-American. Instead they want to ban free speech. Eugene Volokh has the story on his well regarded law blog:
- saying “unwelcome” “sexual or dirty jokes”
- spreading “unwelcome” “sexual rumors” (without any limitation to false rumors”
- engaging in “unwelcome” “circulating or showing e-mails of Web sites of a sexual nature”
- engaging in “unwelcome” “display or distributi[on of] sexually explicit drawings, picture,s or written materials”
- making “unwelcome” sexual invitations.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has more, here.