A recent article in Politico claims that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was accused of sexually harassing two women during his tenure at the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s. The accusations are sourced to a series of unnamed sources. Cain is denying the claims.

And what if Cain happened to be a student attending a university that is now required to follow the Dept. of Education’s (DED) new sexual assault policy? The policy requires that colleges change their standard of proof from “clear and convincing” to a “preponderance of evidence.”

What’s more, the draconian DED policy says an institution must “take immediate action to eliminate the hostile environment… including taking interim steps before the final outcome of the investigation.” That’s why the twice-accused Cain would probably be long gone if he had been been attending the college.

The DED directive has been sharply criticized – over 20 editorials dismissive of the policy have been published to date:  http://www.saveservices.org/camp/ded-editorials

With 10% of Americans being falsely accused of domestic violence, child abuse or sexual assault, protections for the falsely accused absolutely need to be in place, now more than ever.

Sen. Patrick Leahy’s discussion draft of the Violence Against Women Act includes the DED’s directive on sexual assault on campus, which would turn this flawed standard into statutory law: http://www.saveservices.org/wp-content/uploads/VAWA-2011-Draft.pdf

Call Senator Leahy today. Politely yet firmly explain that the accused deserve protections too. Tell him to remove the DED sexual assault standard from VAWA:

Please contact Sen. Leahy’s office now. Thank you for helping to make college campuses safe for everyone.



Teri Stoddard, Program Director

Stop Abusive and Violent Environments

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