College Backlash and a Difficult Balancing Act on Sex Assault

July 20, 2014

By Jeremy Roebuck and Susan Snyder at

He called it consensual. She called it rape.

Their college, Swarthmore, acted decisively.

He was expelled.

Those spare facts make up the little that the parties can agree upon in a lawsuit working its way through federal court in Philadelphia.

The young man at its center - an honors student and former high school class president identified in court filings only as John Doe - says he was wrongfully accused and found guilty of sexual misconduct by a school eager to quash criticism that it did not take assault allegations from female students seriously...

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