But increasingly, lawyers are throwing gender discrimination into the mix. Accused men are now echoing the complaints of their (most often) female accusers: that schools are violating Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs.
One said he had groped her and tried to kiss her a year earlier; another said that when she dated Nungesser, she had felt pressured to have sex with him. Nungesser’s accusers have said they each decided to speak up when they learned of the others’ cases.
Then, in April 2014, Sulkowicz spoke at a press conference with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. A press release quoted Sulkowicz as saying, “My rapist—a serial rapist—still remains on campus, even though three of the women he assaulted reported him.... Every day I live in fear of seeing him.”
Samantha Harris, of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, says, “Even though people seem to understand the importance of due process generally, there seems to be this blind spot with regard to these sexual assault claims.”