The uncivil war on sexuality

A blog post tackles fallout from the #MeToo movement.The sex offender registry and draconian laws aimed at offenders has destroyed lives of individuals and families. Today a new form of offender registration has transpired. This new offender registry creates life sentences using the internet as its delivery method carefully skirting libel and slander policies under […]

Committee hearing on "Yes means Yes" bill Friday

The Judiciary Committee will hear testimony Friday on LB988, which would have Nebraska adopt affirmative consent (“yes means yes”) as the standard in cases of sexual assault. Is this a wise course of action?The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Nebraska Legislature is looking at policies and procedures for sexual assault reports from within the legislature and its […]

Op-ed: Don’t overlook fairness to accused

Attorney Ken Garten, writing in the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune, says that the presumption of “innocent until proven guilty” often gets thrown out the window in cases of child sex abuse…to the detriment of not just defendants, but the legal system itself.Yes, these are horrible offenses, and children need to be protected. But the protections […]

UK: Men reluctant to volunteer to help with scouts

From the UK, an article in the Telegraph tells how fewer men are volunteering to help with scouts — partly for fear of how they’ll be perceived.Sadly, the truth is that volunteers aren’t stepping up for good reason.The first barrier is red tape, in the form of an exhaustive, compulsory background check, overseen by the Disclosure […]

Papillion, Sarpy County, sued over dismissed child porn charges

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Papillion, Sarpy County, along with the Sarpy County Attorney and several law enforcement officers, have been named in a federal lawsuit over the 2015 arrest of a former Nebraska resident.Wadith “Paul” and Stacey “Nikki” Nader had their lives turned upside down in 2015. That year, Paul Nader was arrested, charged with […]

The Other Collapsing Campus Rape Story

In addition to the one at Rolling Stone magazine, there is another campus rape story that is collapsing under the withering glare of fact-checking.In this one, some experts are wondering if the accused might seek damages. Read about it here.Other useful news and opinion on the Rolling Stone mess:What Would Joseph Pulitzer Think of Rolling […]

A Must-Read from Slate

Emily Yoffe’s Slate post is long. If you stick with it to the end, you’ll find a familiar theme: A genuine problem, irrational fear, government over-reaction, followed by the unwarranted destruction of lives based upon mostly untested accusations. Oh, yes: Any solution for the genuine problem is lost in the fevered hunt to obliterate the […]

UVa Student: I Doubted the Story but I Was Afraid to Speak Up

Emily Irwin is a student at the University of Virginia who penned an opinion piece on the Rolling Stone mess for The College Fix, an online student-reported source of national campus news and commentary.In expressing anger at the way her school and fellow students have been damaged by Rolling Stone, she writes:I am mad … that […]

Should Reporters Be Careful, Even When a Sexual Accusation is Made?

Some of them think so now, in the wake of the Rolling Stone blunder.This happens a lot: There is a massive news media screw-up — someone somewhere gets something incredibly wrong. This triggers pontificating op-ed pieces, most of them concluding that newsfolk need to be more careful.Well . . . duh!It happened when Dateline NBC […]