Navigating being a victim of a crime, especially sexual assault, can be difficult and confusing. It’s not always clear to people what their rights are as victims, how to access services, or if they have any guarantee that they’ll be treated with respect during the criminal justice process. As a result, many survivors of crimes don’t get access to the rights and supports they are entitled to, and may be unable to continue with criminal justice proceedings at all.
At issue is not the content or quality of Mr. Kingston’s music, but instead the rape allegations he faced regarding a concert in 2010. A 19-year-old woman claimed she was gang-raped by Kingston, his bodyguard and a band member following a concert she attended. The woman claimed she drank and smoked marijuana before the incident and so was “obviously intoxicated” and “incapable of consent.” Kingston countered that the sex was consensual, and ended up settling the trial at the time in order to focus on his upcoming album release and tour.
After the controversial policy proposed by Betsy Devos, “The public has just under 60 days to tell the Department of Education what it thinks”. These changes to Title IX proposed may not have the intention of giving advantage to accused attackers, but some proposed policies would inevitably have such consequences. It is up to the public, especially students, to speak up for what they think sexual assault policy should look like. Increasing political activism will result in an increased influence of millennials in government decisions, because of an increased participation in democratic processes such as elections and public commenting.
Changes to Title IX proposed by the Department of Education may not have the intention of giving advantages to those accused of sexual assault, but many of these new proposed policies would inevitably have such consequences. In an attempt to make the process of accusing and convicting sexual assaulters more fair for both sides, the department has proposed a so-called “both sides” approach to college campus’ sexual assault due process.
Sexual assault prevention is a major topic on every college campus. At the University of Connecticut, students are introduced to this issue at orientation. It is important to continue to raise awareness about these topics in order to ensure the continuity of understanding for the issue of on-campus harassment.
In order to create a safer campus, it is crucial that every student behaves in a non-threatening manner and is aware of how threatening dangerous behavior is verbally and physically expressed. Without this level of awareness, students are prone to become bystanders in violent situations or unknowingly act violently toward one another. The safety of the campus is compromised when attitude toward violence prevention is not as serious as it can be on behalf of every member of the UConn community.