This piece originally posted on Femtastic.
by Mona Thompson, ’13
In the past few weeks, Stanford has been talking a lot about sexual assault in the context of Judicial Affairs and the Alternative Review Process (someone really cool and smart and talented even wrote an op-ed about it).
It seems like most of the opposition to specific points in the ARP comes from this justification of needing adequate protections for a man who is falsely accused of sexual assault and at risk of losing his precious Stanford education based on the false claims of some crazy or misinformed woman. I’m not going to get into why we think women are falsely accusing men of sexual assault on campus (it seems like it would be a lot easier to get someone in trouble by falsely accusing them of almost anything else. Like cheating). But what I do want to talk about is: why are we so worried that men who do not think they assaulted someone will be accused of assault?
It seems that most of our worry over sexual assault comes from our own insecurities about consent. Continue reading