F.I.R.E. Criticizes ‘Task Force’ on Sexual Assault

May 12, 2014

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

A watchdog group for free-speech rights is gravely concerned about a White House task force aimed at protecting students from sexual assault.

For example, Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or F.I.R.E., says the government’s idea of a single investigator system – one person looking at the evidence, and acting as judge and jury – is dangerous.

“Unfortunately what that does is deny students who are accused the right to confront the story of their accuser,” which Shibley calls a “fundamental right” in America’s criminal justice system.

Shibley acknowledges the way campuses currently deal with sexual harassment cases is inadequate, describing the current system as a broken one that risks mishandling complaints of sexual assault victims.

“And also by potentially finding people wrongly guilty of victimizing others,” he adds.

F.I.R.E.’s website has an extensive story about the task force report, entitled “Not Alone,” and the organization’s response to it.

“We deserve a better system and unfortunately this task force report is not delivering that,” Shibley says of the report.

Shibley says another problem is that the feds have vastly expanded the definition of sexual harassment which he says “cannot be squared with Supreme Court precedent.”

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