Harvard Law Prof Says #MeToo Movement Endangers Consensual Relationships
“due process may be in danger of being thrown out”
It’s remarkable to hear such a rational viewpoint coming out of Harvard these days.
The Daily Caller reports:
Harvard Law Professor Says #MeToo Is A Danger To Consensual Relationships
Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Bartholet argues that the #MeToo movement, made popular on social media after numerous high-profile media men were exposed as sexual predators, ignores the “principles of basic fairness” because it presumes guilt.
The professor, who teaches civil liberties and family law, says that despite #MeToo’s ability to bring predators to light, due process may be in danger of being thrown out.
In the rush to discard the possibility of innocence, men accused of sexual misconduct now face an immediate guilty sentence in the court of public opinion.
Writing for the Harvard Crimson, Bartholet says that due to the current social climate, “men and women are put at risk for personal conduct that may be essential if they are to have the chance to develop future relationships.”
“In the recent rush to judgment, principles of basic fairness, differences between proven and merely alleged instances of misconduct, and important distinctions between different kinds of sexually charged conduct have too often been ignored,” Bartholet says, as first reported by Campus Reform.
“Some argue that women who speak out should simply always be believed,” says the professor. “Others argue that if some innocent men must be sacrificed to the cause of larger justice, so be it. I find this deeply troubling.”
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I find it incredibly disturbing, as the numerous cases in which the accuser was proven to be blatantly lying attest. Full due process needs to be followed in every case; since this is outside the expertise of the school, each case should be investigated by the law enforcement agency(s) who have jurisdiction.
Kangaroo courts should remain the province of marsupials!