Thursday, August 21, 2014

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Plans Announcement on Task Force to Combat Sexual Violence at Virginia Colleges

Gov. McAuliffe forms task force to combat sexual violence at Virginia colleges, August 21, 2014

A Portion of the article: 

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is forming a task force to combat sexual violence at the state’s colleges and universities, addressing a problem that has commanded attention this year in Washington and on campuses nationwide.

On Thursday in Richmond, McAuliffe (D) plans to announce the task force and release a declaration signed by himself, state Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) and 17 public higher education leaders pledging numerous steps to prevent sexual violence and ensure prompt and fair resolution when cases arise. 

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Facts are insignificant in a panic and that’s what the Campus Sexual Assault campaign has become, a moral panic.

I will be monitoring this new Virginia Taskforce closely to know if they are proposing broad sweeping laws that deny due process like The Federal Campus Safety and Accountability Act (CASA)  presuming innocent men (and women) are never falsely accused of sexual misconduct and if accused you’re you MUST be guilty. 

There have been many articles on the Campus campaign going too far and their claim of 1 in 5 females being assaulted as highly questionable.

Beth Schwartzapfel: An Oklahoma Program Treats Juvenile Sex Offenders as Kids, Not Criminals

An Oklahoma program treats juvenile sex offenders as kids, not criminals, August 21, 2014
Shedding the stigma and reducing recidivism through support, education and therapy —not prison time
By Beth Schwartzapfel

OKLAHOMA CITY — Sex offender. The phrase conjures pariahs living under bridges. Adults “grooming” children for devastating abuse. Violent men who take what is not freely given. Broken people. 

And yet, here comes Tyler, bounding down the hall with his dusty blonde Justin Bieber haircut and chunky sneakers. He turned 16 today. He and his family have just come from Chuck E. Cheese. Tyler’s mom smiles as she tells the other parents in her support and education group at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, “Teenagers can regress back to Chuck E. Cheese if they want.” 

“A grown man can regress back to Chuck E. Cheese if they want,” laughs Dr. Michael Gomez, who leads the group.

Under Oklahoma law, Tyler is a sex offender. But here at the University of Oklahoma’s Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, he’s “an adolescent with illegal sexual behavior.” Doctors here teach kids like Tyler that ‘sex offender’ “isn’t their identity,” Tyler’s mom, Amanda, says. “It’s a mistake you made.” A serious mistake requiring treatment, but one that need not define them. “Kids are kids and should be treated as kids,” says Jaclyn Rivera, assistant district attorney in the juvenile division of the Oklahoma County District Attorney Office. Rivera tries many of these cases and, whenever possible, makes treatment here a condition of probation. “You don’t want to be throwing around labels when you’re talking about kids,” she says.