A number of feminists are backing a controversial law that would allow colleges to list rape and sexual assault charges on the accused’s transcript – even if they have yet to be found guilty.
The Safe Transfer Act, proposed by Californian Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, aims to prevent accused students from keeping their charge quiet if they attempt to transfer to another school.
The charge would only be removed from the accused’s transcript upon the receipt of a ‘not guilty’ verdict.
“My bill will ensure that students who try to transfer schools to avoid the consequences of their violent acts will, at minimum, face the same consequences as students who transfer because they’ve cheated on an exam,” said Speier.
Unsurprisingly, the bill has drawn plenty of criticism.
“Laws like this, which have already been passed in states like New York and Virginia,” said Brandon Morse of The Blaze, “have been known to punish both guilty and innocent alike.”
“The narrative being pushed by activists has been one of black and white, good and evil,” said Ashe Schow of The Washington Examiner.
“According to them, accusers, mostly women, always tell the absolute truth, and the accused, almost universally men, are awful even if proven innocent.”
Plenty of Facebook users have expressed similar concerns.
Meanwhile, a number of leftist outlets have spoken out in praise of the proposed bill – including BuzzFeed, whose readers have lashed out at anyone critical of it.
One user wrote, “I see the false accusations concern, and how this ‘leaves little in the way of protection for the accused.’ So how about students work on trying really hard not to put themselves in a situation where they could be accused of assault?”
Others shared similar sentiments.
This isn’t the first time lawmakers have pushed for colleges to attain greater control over sexual assault and rape cases.
April Winters with The John William Pope Center For Higher Education Policy wrote a scathing review of this push in 2015.
“Recent claims of sexual assault at the University of Virginia, Columbia University, and East Carolina University have resulted in either unfair punishment or premature public vilification of the accused, before the reports were found to be either suspect or completely fabricated,” wrote Winters.
She continued by pointing out that “the problems facing men accused of rape have increased recently.”
“In 2011, the Department of Education told universities receiving federal funding to use a ‘preponderance of evidence’ standard to evaluate sexual assault complaints, rather than the stronger criminal justice standard of proof, ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.'”