Letter: Colleges must stay out of assault cases
To the Editor of THE EAGLE:
I am curious about why the most obvious and simplest course of action is not part of Williams College's protocol for women (or men) that claim to be victims of sexual assault: call the police (Eagle, May 28). And for victims that are further victimized by the friends of those who are accused: call the police.
I seems so obvious that if a crime is alleged that the school's own disciplinary process is unfair to both the victim and the alleged perpetrator. The college has a vested interest in not exposing things like rape or other forms of abuse perpetrated by members of its community. In fact, colleges are somewhat complicit in the epidemic because of a general lack of faith in their objective marshaling of the facts or that an effective punishment will be meted out.
Better for the victims to be advised at all times, that if a suspected crime has taken place to call the real police. Not the pretend cops that the college hires to look and act like police but the guys with badges and guns, who can investigate and make arrests. Then the case gets in front of a real judge, again, not a play tribunal that claims to be fair but a real one that is as impartial as our system can be.
Then, one will not need to wonder why someone that all acknowledge committed a rape got a three-semester suspension and they will get to play in big boy's prison and register for the rest of their lives. If the police find no evidence to back up the claim then the accused can also rest assured that the matter is dispensed with. Why invent a new system when we have a fairly decent one already in place?
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