The focus of the recent #metoo movement is certainly on women and their experiences enduring a culture of overt male sexuality and all too frequent sexual assault, but men are subject to the same kind of lascivious behavior. Their tweets account for nearly thirty percent of the #metoo movement’s hashtags. Does that change the nature of sexual violence, though? Whether society likes it or not, more women are victimized by sexual assault than men. But what happens if they lie?
The University of Chicago recently expelled a student accused of sexual misconduct only four days before he was set to graduate. This apparent disruption of due process prompted him to file separate lawsuits against both the university and the ex-girlfriend who made the claims.
Colleges and universities have long been known to have controversial policies regarding sexual assaults on campus. If a student is accused of sexual assault, the consequences can be immediate, severe, and require almost no standard of evidence. That’s a troublesome equation when most young minds are still firmly entrenched in a world of drama where actions cannot possibly have real-world consequences.
That’s what former student “John Doe” says of his ex-girlfriend, “Jane Roe.” He claims that there was no dispute that the two were engaged in consensual sex both before and after they had broken up, and that Roe had only made the allegedly bogus claim after her friends found out that they were continuing to hook up.
Doe’s lawyers claim that there was a veritable treasure trove of compelling evidence that Jane Roe had created the story of her own sexual assault, but that the University of Chicago decided to expel him anyway.
One of the witnesses called upon to provide information to the university officials was a friend of Roe’s, and claims that they spoke just previously to the encounter which prompted the initial claim of sexual assault. The friend said that Roe seemed sober enough to have consensual sex, and said that she and her ex were planning to have “angry” intercourse.
A text to one of Roe’s friends reads: “I might just use him for sex when I want it and have no emotional connection.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Roe’s lawyers will provide a second side of the story when they respond to the lawsuit.