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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Campus Sexual Assault Reform: 2014’s Political Bandwagon of Choice

 
Update: 

Since this May 14, 2014 post more articles and editorials have been published that most Americans will never even read so here they are:  

A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? June 13, 2014
George Will responds to senators on his sexual assault column, June 13, 2014
George Will: Colleges become the victims of progressivism, June 6, 2014
TIME's Cover Story on Campus Rape Probably Will Fuel Rape Hysteria, Innocent Men Beware, May 17, 2014  http://www.cotwa.info/2014/05/times-cover-story-on-campus-rape.html 
 
Changing Campus Sexual Culture: More than Just Students, May 15, 2014
Using White House claim of under-reporting, only 1 in 34 women at Ohio State are sexually assaulted, not 1 in 5, May 9, 2014

Original Post:

Campus Sexual Assaults, this issue has become more media prevalent than Military Sexual Assaults were a few months back or even Human Trafficking has been for the last 2 years. 

All three topics are important ones that need to be discussed but is the constant media attention or the parade of advocates, legislators and victims pointing fingers going to improve anything?  

Can justice really be served with fear-mongering, hype, hysteria and demands for action, any action even if it’s bad action?  

No. 

But yet the quantity of articles and opinion pieces by these three groups in the last 3 months has been staggering. 

Whereas the number of articles that site facts, real data and how Americans are supposed to be presumed innocent (not guilty) until a full investigation or trial has occurred have been few and far between. 

Why? 

Because being the lone voice in the room armed with facts, common sense and our system of justice when facing the opposition who is armed with anger, vengeance, stories of being victimized and claims of  the perpetrator not being punished sufficiently holds the publics attention. 

Facts are insignificant in a panic and that’s what U.S. Military and Campus Sexual Assault campaigns have become, a moral panic. 
 

Federal Bill S2301: “The Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2014” in Response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling in Paroline v. United States

 
 
This post is a follow-up to the April 23, 2014 post on the decision in Paroline v. United States from the U.S. Supreme Court. 

As expected per a May 6 article written by PROTECT’s Grier Weeks U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Senator Chuck Schumer have proposed legislation to “fix” the Child Pornography restitution statute. 


As of today Co-Sponsors of SB2301 are:
1.       Cornyn, John [R-TX]
5.       Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
7.       McCain, John [R-AZ]
8.      Murray, Patty [D-WA]

This bill has been assigned to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. 

I will be reviewing the  text for S2301 to determine if an action alert should be posted. I will also be watching the hearing schedule for the Senate Judiciary Committee and if a hearing is scheduled I may just attend. 

Stay tuned. 

Mary D. Devoy

Articles:
Senators introduce bill to strengthen law for child pornography victims, May 8, 2014

Hatch, Schumer introduce bill to help child pornography victims, May 7, 2014

Senate bill aims to ensure restitution for child porn victims, May 7, 2014
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/205481-senate-bill-aims-to-ensure-restitution-for-child-porn-victims
 

Bill would address Supreme Court ruling on porn victims, May 7, 2014
Effort seeks ‘full restitution’ from porn viewers