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American colleges are in the midst of a civil rights crisis that is undermining fundamental notions of fairness and justice. As Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, explains:

It took our civilization a few thousand years…to put the presumption of innocence and the right to face one’s accusers at the center of the proceedings. It has taken the higher-education establishment and the White House Task Force just a few months to figure out that all that fuss was unnecessary.

Rape StatisticsRapes have fallen dramatically in recent decades — see graph. Despite this fact, the White House claims that “one-in-five” college women are victims of sexual assault — a number that is grossly inflated because it confuses rape with drunken sex. Campus activists are now using the one-in-five number to promote the far-fetched claim that we live in a “rape culture.”

To address the problem of campus sexual assault, Stop Abusive and Violent Environments is proposing enactment of the Safety of Our Students (SOS) Act.

The need for the SOS Act is revealed by a growing number of lawsuits and over 200 editorials published in 2014 (and nearly 300 editorials published 2011 – 2013). These articles highlight widespread doubts whether rape victims are well served by campus sex panels, about the veracity of the one-in-five claim, and regarding the negation of due process rights for the accused:

  1. KC Johnson: Harvard Joins the Ivy League’s Race to the Bottom - July 28
  2. KC Johnson: HuffPost Gets It Wrong on a Campus Rape Case – July 24
  3. Jonathan Taylor: 10 Reasons False Rape Accusations are Common - July 22
  4. Stephanie Keaveney: University Conduct Boards Lack Training Standards for Student Members - July 22
  5. Jeremy Roebuck and Susan Snyder: College Backlash and a Difficult Balancing Act on Sex Assault – July 21
  6. KC Johnson: At Swarthmore, “A Very Low Bar” to Deem Students a Rapist - July 21
  7. COTWA: Female Title IX Complainant Supports Lawsuit of Male Ex-Classmate Who Claims School Denied Him Due Process - July 21
  8. Ben Boychuk: The “Affirmative Consent” Trap – July 18
  9. John Banzhaf: Illegals Crossing Border Have More Rights Than College Students Accused of Rape - July 18
  10. Charlotte Hays: What’s Wrong with College Rape Tribunals? – July 16
  11. Joseph Cohn: More Observers Question the Wisdom of Leaving Campus Sex Assault Adjudications to Administrators - July 16
  12. COTWA: Witch Hunt at Amhert - July 16
  13. KC Johnson: A One-Sided Conference On Sexual Assault - July 16
  14. Minding the Campus: A New Organization Aims to Restore Due Process on Campus - July 16
  15. Michael McKeon: Wells v. Xavier University: Investigating Campus Sexual Assaults and The Perils of Predetermination Under Title IX - July 16
  16. Robert D. Carle: The Trouble with Campus Rape Tribunals – July 14
  17. KC Johnson: The Times Muffles Another Campus Rape Case - July 14
  18. COTWA: Liberal Pundit is Branded a ‘Rape Denier’ for Daring to Question the One-in-Five Stat - July 14
  19. Heather MacDonald: Another College Gets the Times Treatment on Sexual Assault - July 14
  20. Will Creeley: Reviewing the Senate Subcommittee’s Report on Campus Sexual Assault Policies - July 14
  21. COTWA: McCaskill Sexual Assault Report Reveals Staggering Due Process Deficiencies - July 13
  22. Ben Boychuk: Don’t Combat ‘Rape Culture’ by Taking Away Rights - July 12
  23. Mona Charen: How to Fight Sexual Assault - July 11
  24. Eleanor Clift: Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown? – July 10
  25. COTWA: Sen. McCaskill’s Report on Campus Sexual Assault Reveals a Disturbing Bias Against the Accused - July 10
  26. John Banzhaf: Sen. McCaskill Would Indoctrinate Judges About “Rape Myths” – July 10
  27. KC Johnson: Claire McCaskill Declares War on Due Process – July 10
  28. COTWA: Feminist Professors Attempt to Prove Campus Rape is an Epidemic – July 8
  29. COTWA: If Your Son is Accused of Sexual Assault at Dartmouth, He Has Fewer Rights Than “Illegal” Aliens at Removal Hearings – July 7
  30. Susan Kruth: New York Times’ Misses Opportunity to Report on Campus Due Process Violations – July 7
  31. Bob Unruh: Campus-Assault Crackdown Provoking Expensive Backlash – July 6
  32. KC Johnson: New Data Refutes ‘Rape Culture’ Activists - July 3
  33. COTWA: Brett Sokolow: Many Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct are “getting much less of a fair shake than they used to” – July 3
  34. Ronald Bailey: Campus Rape Rate Below National Average? - July 3
  35. COTWA: California’s Much-Maligned Proposed “Affirmative Consent” Law is Amended in Ways that are Positive for the Accused – July 2
  36. Cathy Young: ‘Affirmative Consent’: The Sex Police on the Defensive – July 1
  37. Prudence Paine: Rape Culture Theory Ensnares Innocent Men – June 30
  38. Mairead Mcardle: California ‘Affirmative Consent’ Sex Bill Imposes Low Legal Standard for Guilt – June 30
  39. Susan Kruth: Senators Ask Key Questions at Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault - June 30
  40. Harvey Mansfield: Feminism and Its Discontents: Rape Culture at Harvard – June 30
  41. Cathy Young: ‘Teach Men Not to Rape’: Turn off the Outrage Machine – June 29
  42. Ross Douthat: Stopping Campus Rape - June 28
  43. Matt Rocheleau: College Students Fight Sexual Assault Accusations – June 27
  44. KC Johnson: College Attorneys Face the War on Due Process – June 27
  45. Stephanie Wang: Panel: Campus Rape Epidemic May Be Overblown – June 27
  46. John Banzhaf: Still Another Date-Rape Accused Wins With Legal Action - June 27
  47. Hans Bader: Senator McCaskill and Obama Administration Bureaucrats: Most Americans are Rapists - June 26
  48. Mark Perry: Do We Really Have a Campus Sexual Assault ‘Epidemic’? – June 26
  49. Susan Kruth: College and University Lawyers Struggle with Federal Guidance on Sexual Assault - June 26
  50. American Council on Education: Letter to Senators Harkin and Alexander – June 25
  51. American Council for Trustees and Alumni: Statement of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni - June 25
  52. Eric Kelderman: College Lawyers Confront a Thicket of Rules on Sexual Assault – June 25
  53. Susan Kruth: Senators McCaskill and Blumenthal Lead Third Roundtable on Campus Sexual Assault – June 25
  54. KC Johnson: A Slippery Definition of Rape Is Likely at Top Schools - June 24
  55. COTWA: Economist: The Government’s One-in-Five Number Doesn’t Add Up - June 24
  56. David Bernstein: Here’s How the Smear Machine Works–Courtesy of Michelle Dean and Gawker – June 24
  57. Hans Bader: McCaskill Endorses Loopy Version of Sexual Consent – June 24
  58. Charlotte Hays: Big Sisterism in the Bedroom? – June 24
  59. Charlotte Allen: “But Rape Culture!” Lame Excuses for California’s “Affirmative Consent” Bill on Campus Sex – June 23
  60. Mark Perry: More on the White House Claims about Campus Sexual Assault – June 23
  61. Susan Kruth: United Educators’ Statistics Show Strong Claims from Accused Students - June 23
  62. Blake Thorne: UM-Flint Economist Crunched the Numbers that Got Columnist George Will in Hot Water over Column on Campus Sexual Assaults – June 23
  63. Charlotte Hays: Harvey Mansfield on the “Rape Culture” at Harvard – June 23
  64. David Bernstein: YOU are a rapist; yes YOU! – June 23
  65. Michelle Goldberg: Why the Campus Rape Crisis Confounds Colleges – June 23
  66. Andrew Klavan: Caught Lying by George Will, the Left Lies About George Will! - June 22
  67. Cathy Young: California’s Absurd Intervention Over Dorm Room Sex – June 22
  68. Fiddling Sociologist: Title IX Profiteers - June 22
  69. COTWA: Brett Sokolow: Some Colleges “have let the pendulum swing too far in the wrong direction” - June 20
  70. COTWA: Occidental College Professor Ratchets up the Hostility to College Men Accused of Sex Offenses - June 20
  71. Noah Rothman: George Will: ‘I take sexual assault more seriously’ than those trying to silence me – June 20
  72. Steven Greenhut: Do College Students Really Need a Law to Say No to Sex? – June 20
  73. Susan Kruth: Occidental Belatedly Attempts to Seal Case Documents—and Fails  – June 19
  74. Peter Wood: Questioning the Data on Sexual Assault – June 19
  75. David Bernstein: (Mis)reading George Will – June 19
  76. Robby Soave: George Will Was Right: Victimhood Undeniably Confers Privilege on Campuses - June 19
  77. Charlotte Hays: St. Louis Post-Dispatch to George Will: Shut Up! – June 19
  78. William Jacobson: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Dumps George Will for Speaking Uncomfortably about Campus Victimhood - June 19
  79. Robby Soave: Can Someone Just Invent an ‘I Consent to Sex’ iPhone App Already? - June 18
  80. KC Johnson: If She Had Drinks, You May Be a Rapist – June 18
  81. Spencer Case: Should Guilt and Innocence Matter On Campus? - June 16
  82. KC Johnson: Not So Credible Analysts of Campus Rape – June 16
  83. Jazz Shaw: Dem Senators Bring Verbal Pen-knife to Verbal Gunfight with George Will - June 15
  84. Bob Unruh: You Won’t Believe New Campus Rules on ‘Rape’ – June 15
  85. Cathy Young: The Brown Case: Does It Still Look Like Rape? – June 15
  86. Steve Greenhut: California Bill Would Reach into College Students’ Bedrooms – June 15
  87. George Will: George Will Responds to Senators on his Sexual Assault Column – June 13
  88. Stan Sinberg: Bill Proposes to Make College Students Resent Lawyers – June 13
  89. Charlotte Hays: Latest Bogus Figure: 51 Percent Surge in Sex Crimes on Campus - June 13
  90. Caroline Kitchens: Are Campus Sex Crimes on the Rise? - June 13
  91. Steve Greenhut: Sign Here Before We Go Beyond Kissing – June 13
  92. Robin Wilson: Opening New Front in Campus-Rape Debate, Brown Student Tells Education Dept. His Side - June 12
  93. Heather Wilhem: Feminists and Their Daddy Issues – June 12
  94. COTWA: Affirmative Consent Co-Author: “Your guess is as good as mine.” – June 12
  95. Walter Olson: A Presumption of Guilt in Sexual Assault Cases – June 11
  96. Joanna Williams: Female Students Shouldn’t Play the Victim Card – June 11
  97. Andrew Johnson: Will’s Bout with Feminists - June 11
  98. Daniel Drezner: There are Actual Tradeoffs Involved in Addressing Sexual Assaults in College – June 11
  99. Mark Tapson: Miss USA’s Self-Defense Empowerment – June 10
  100. Sandy Banks: Campuses Must Distinguish Between Assault and Youthful Bad Judgment – June 9
  101. Cathy Young: California Bill Brings Government Into the Bedroom – June 9
  102. Charlotte Hays: George Will on the Administration’s Suspect Campus Sexual Assault Statistic – June 9
  103. KC Johnson: Warning: Try Not to Have Sex at Stanford - June 9
  104. Cathy Young: Brown University Student Speaks Out on What It’s Like to Be Accused of Rape – June 8
  105. Josh Dulaney: Students Question ‘Affirmative Consent’ Bill Designed to Combat Sexual Assaults – June 8
  106. George Will: The Fruits of Progressivism - June 7
  107. Teresa Watanabe: More College Men are Fighting Back Against Sexual Misconduct Cases – June 7
  108. Joshua Rhett Miller: Good Grades, Good Home Gets College Student Profiled as Rapist, Claims Lawsuit - June 6
  109. Glenn Ricketts: Sexual Assault on College Campuses: A Compendium of Key Sources – June 6
  110. KC Johnson: Occidental and the “Rape Culture” Hysteria - June 6
  111. George Mathis: College Sex may Require Formal Consent - June 5
  112. Brandon Camhi: Don’t Rush to Embrace Mandatory Expulsion Until All Rights Protected - June 5
  113. FIRE: Sexual Assault Injustice at Occidental: College Railroads Accused Student  – June 4
  114. COTWA: Stanford Grad Students Want Men Accused of Rape Kicked off Campus Altogether While the School’s Investigation Drags on for Months - June 4
  115. Tyler Kingkade: Students Expelled For Sexual Assault Turning To Lawsuits To Regain Diplomas – June 4
  116. Brendan Malone: How Not to Solve the Problem of Rape Culture – June 4
  117. FIRE: A Closer Look at Senator McCaskill’s Second Roundtable on Campus Sexual AssaultJune 4
  118. KC Johnson: Duke’s “Independent Investigator” Erodes Due Process - June 3
  119. Blake Neff: Activists Raise Alarm About California Sex Assault Bill - June 2
  120. Jacob Gershman: Judge Blocks Expulsion of Duke Student Accused of Sexual Misconduct – June 2
  121. COTWA: University of Oregon Senate Lowered the Standard to “Preponderance of the Evidence,” But Some Didn’t Understand What That Means - June 2
  122. Samantha Harris: California ‘Affirmative Consent’ Bill Puts Colleges in Untenable Position - June 2
  123. Amy Otto: What The White House Said About Sexual Assault And Why They’re Wrong – June 1
  124. AJ Delgado: What Happens When You Challenge ‘Rape Culture’ Orthodoxy - May 30
  125. Joe Cohn: NCHERM’s Open Letter on Campus Sexual Assault Reveals Common Ground - May 30
  126. KC Johnson: Duke, Grossly Unfair Again, Is Back in Court - May 29
  127. COTWA: Commentary on the NCHERM ‘Open Letter to Higher Education about Sexual Violence’ - May 29
  128. KC Johnson: Second Thoughts Among Foes of Due Process? - May 28
  129. COTWA: Does Sen. McCaskill Acknowledge the Need for Due Process in Efforts to Curb Campus Sexual Violence? - May 28
  130. FIRE: College Risk Management Lawyers Call Out FIRE (Without Doing Their Homework) - May 27
  131. Cathy Young: Another Side to the Campus Sexual-Assault Mess – May 26
  132. Susan Kruth: Court Allows Suit by Expelled Saint Joseph’s Student to Proceed - May 22
  133. KC Johnson: Here Come the Lawsuits over Sex Hearings: Accused Males Take on Columbia and Drew – May 22
  134. Scott Greenfield: When Drunk Becomes Rape (Because Some Profs Say So) - May 21
  135. Hans Bader: Punishment First, Trial Later, or Never: The Education Department’s Investigation of Tufts University – May 21
  136. Minding the Campus: Combatting Mainstream Silence on Campus Star Chambers - May 21
  137. Charlotte Hays: Presumed Guilty Is the New Standard Where Sex Is Concerned – May 20
  138. Anna Windemuth: At Columbia, Suit Alleges Sexual Assault Investigation Discriminated Against Male Student - May 19
  139. Hans Bader: On Colleges and Evidence Standards – May 19
  140. KC Johnson: More on Vassar’s Rigged Sex Hearing – May 19
  141. John Banzhaf: Students Accused of Rape Can Fight Back: Court OKs Suits Against University, Employees, and Female – May 19
  142. AJ Delgado: Crying Rape – May 19
  143. William Jacobson: Suspended Columbia Athlete Files Federal Lawsuit over Campus Sexual Assault Conviction - May 19
  144. Mark Perry: Before Declaring a ‘Rape Epidemic,’ has Anybody Checked the Actual Data? Apparently Not. – May 17
  145. Daily Caller: Obama Administration’s Sexual-Assault Tribunals Are Hysterical Witch Hunts Against Men – May 16
  146. Jonathan Taylor: Vigilante Rape Hysteria at Columbia University – May 16
  147. KC Johnson:  A Win for an Accused Male at St. Joe’s - May 16
  148. Christina Hoff Sommers: Rape Culture is a ‘Panic Where Paranoia, Censorship, and False Accusations Flourish’ - May 15
  149. Community of the Wrongly Accused: Shocking Injustice at Columbia University: A Student is Fired from the School Blog on the Basis of an Unfounded Accusation - May 15
  150. Matthew Kaiser: Some Rules About Consent Are ‘Unfair to Male Students’ - May 15
  151. Nikita Chirov: Eshan Jayamanne Exclusive Interview; Response to Criticism  – May 15
  152. Jeb Rubenfeld: Overbroad Definitions of Sexual Assault are Deeply Counter-Productive’ – May 15
  153. Diane Dietz: Rights Complaint Slams UO - May 14
  154. Derek Draplin: U-M Sued Over Questionable Investigation of “Sexual Misconduct” – May 14
  155. Cathy Young: Colleges Can’t Play Cop in Sexual Assault Investigations - May 14
  156. Peter Wood: The White House War on Men – May 14
  157. Community of the Wrongly Accused: Sandra Fluke Wants to Further Erode Your Son’s Rights on Campus - May 14
  158. KC Johnson: The Times’ Shoddy Reporting on Campus Rape – May 13
  159. Caroline Kitchens: Overreaching on Campus Rape - May 13
  160. Los Angeles Times Editorial Board: How to Deal with the Campus Sexual Assault Crisis – May 13
  161. Nikita Chirkov: Trinity University Student Kicked Out of School and Deported after Shady Sexual Assault Procedures – May 13
  162. Wall Street Journal Letters to the Editor: On Fairly Adjudicating College Sexual-Assault Charges - May 12
  163. Thomas Sowell: Politically Correct Campus Lynch Mobs – May 12
  164. Gordon Finley: Sex: The New War on Men – May 12
  165. KC Johnson: A Bizarre Report on Campus Rape – May 11
  166. Mark Perry: Only 1 in 36 Women at Ohio State are Sexually Assaulted, Not 1 in 5 – May 9
  167. Samantha Harris: Sexual-Assault Task-Force Folly - May 8
  168. Kathleen A. Bogle and Anne M. Coughlin: The Missing Key to Fighting Sexual Assault on Campus – May 8
  169. Heather McDonald: The Obama Administration’s Deserving Victims – May 8
  170. Froma Harrop: Victims of Campus Rape Should be Dialing 911 – May 8
  171. Liz Peek: How College Sex Became Obama’s War on Men - May 7
  172. Daniel Henninger: Creating a Federal Hunting License – May 7
  173. Cathy Young: The White House’s Report on Campus Sexual Assault Relies on the Lowest Common Denominator – May 6
  174. Naomi Riley: The Real Rx for Campus Rape — Give Up on Liberal ‘Answers’ - May 6
  175. Charlotte Hays: About the White House’s Sexual Assault Statistics… - May 6
  176. USA Today Editorial Board: College Rape Tribunals Fail Students – May 6
  177. Community of the Wrongly Accused: Yes, Department of Education, Colleges Routinely Mishandle Sexual Assault Claims, But Not in the Way You Think - May 6
  178. Will Creeley: Concern Grows over White House Task Force’s Recommendations - May 6
  179. Abby Schachter: Rape and Justice: Why Shoddy Numbers are to be Avoided - May 6
  180. Samantha Harris: One in Five? The White House’s Questionable Sexual Assault Data - May 5
  181. Megan McArdle: Rape on Campus Belongs in the Courts – May 5
  182. Wendy Kaminer: Victimizing the Accused? Obama’s Campus Sexual Assault Guidelines Raise Concerns – May 5
  183. Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual Assault - May 5
  184. Cathy Reinsenwitz: How Government Created the Campus Rape Crisis - May 3
  185. KC Johnson: 55 Schools the Feds will Investigate - May 2
  186. Glenn Kessler (Washington Post Fact Checker): One in Five Women in College Sexually Assaulted: The Source of this Statistic - May 1
  187. Robert Shibley: Due Process, Clarity Suffer As Feds Tackle Campus Sexual Assault - May 1
  188. Charlotte Hays: More on the White House’s Bogus Rape Statistic - May 1
  189. Mark Perry: More on the White House Claim that 1 in 5 Women are Sexually Assaulted While in College – April 30
  190. Hans Bader: Obama Administration Attacks Cross-Examination and Due Process Rights in Campus Guidance – April 30
  191. Mark Perry: How About a ‘Renewed Call’ for the WH to Stop Spreading False Campus Sexual Assault Information? - April 29
  192. KC Johnson: The White House Joins the War on Men – April 29
  193. Robby Soave: WH Report On Sexual Assault Gets Major Facts Wrong, Threatens Freedom - April 29
  194. Charlotte Hays: “Advocacy Research” Has Produced Bogus Statistics on Campus Sexual Violence - April 29
  195. Jonathan Taylor: Brett Sokolow to Education Administrators: Stop Punishing Men for Consensual Drunk Sex – April 29
  196. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: FIRE Responds to White House Task Force Report on Campus Sexual Assault - April 29
  197. Timothy Phelps: Guidelines to Curb Campus Sexual Assaults Raise Concerns for Accused - April 29
  198. James Taranto: The Other Side of Title IX – April 28
  199. Sandy Hingston: Rape, Rape-Rape and Sexual Assault at Colleges – April 28
  200. KC Johnson: Fighting Rape by Treating Due Process as an Alien Concept - April 25
  201. Brett Sokolow: Sex and Booze – April 24
  202. Bob Unruh: Cry Rape? Not Enough for Campus Convictions - April 3
  203. KC Johnson: A Partial Victory for Due Process on Campus – April 3
  204. Caroline Kitchens: It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria - March 20
  205. KC Johnson: ‘Rape Culture’ Fraud — Unmasking a Delusion – March 18
  206. Bob Unruh: College Facing Trial for Branding Innocent Student ‘Rapist’ – March 14
  207. KC Johnson: A First — Accused of Rape, Xavier Student Wins a Round in Federal Court – March 13
  208. Wendy McElroy: Making Men Rapists – March 12
  209. Suzanne Venker: College Men Aren’t Closet Rapists – March 7
  210. KC Johnson: Task Force Comment – March 4
  211. Barbara Kay: Rape Culture and the Delusions of the Feminist Mind - February 28
  212. Bob Unruh: Feds Want Campus Sex Convictions Made Easier – February 24
  213. Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: Recommendations to the White House Task Force – February 28
  214. KC Johnson: A Deceptive California Bill on Campus Rape – February 16
  215. William Jacobson: Is Dartmouth Now a Due Process Danger Zone for Men? - February 15
  216. KC Johnson: The Misguided Campaign to Protect Women – February 9
  217. Cathy Young: Criminal Law and the Moral Panic on Campus Rape – January 28
  218. Suzanne Venker: Memo to VP Biden: Male Rapists are Not Lurking on Every Campus Corner – January 27
  219. Katherine Connell: Twisting Sexual Assault StatisticsJanuary 24
  220. Cathy Young: The White House Overreaches on Campus Rape - January 23
  221. KC Johnson: Newsweek, California, and Campus Rape Tribunals – January 9


The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has documented why the 2011 sexual assault policy and the 2013 sexual harassment directive are flawed. The American Association of University Professors and 12 other organizations have also come out against the Department of Education policy.




  • Dan Subotnik: The Duke Rape Case Five Years Later: Lessons for the Academy, the Media, and the Criminal Justice System, 45 Akron L. Rev. 883, 891 (2011)
  • Stephen Henrick: A Hostile Environment for Student Defendants: Title IX and Sexual Assault on College Campuses Northern Kentucky Law Review, 40 N. Ky. L. Rev. 49 (2013)
  • Barclay Sutton Hendrix: A Feather on One Side, A Brick on the Other: Tilting the Scales Against Males Accused of Sexual Assault in Campus Disciplinary Proceedings, 47 Ga. L. Rev. 591 (2013)
  • Ryan Ellis: Mandating Injustice: The Preponderance of the Evidence Mandate Creates a New Threat to Due Process on Campus, 32 Rev. Litig. 65, 90 (2013)