WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that sexual assaults are a threat to both women and men in uniform and that the Pentagon must do more to fight a culture that discourages victims from reporting assaults. (Who created such a culture?)
Thursday, the federal government sent a message that it's taking sexual harassment on college campuses seriously. Education officials released the names of 55 schools facing investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations. This comes after the White House issued new guidelines for colleges on Tuesday.Colleges find themselves increasingly pressed to act as pseudo-courts. Schools have been under fire for discounting complaints, mismanaging cases and meting out punishments that look more like slaps on the wrist. (They're talking about colleges, right, and not some other institution?) By all accounts, there's plenty of room for improvement (...and law suits? Time until the sharks come hunting for legal settlements?— 3,... 2,... 1.).
Still, college discipline procedures can make certain allowances that courts cannot, and school panels can step in when an alleged victim is wary of going to court. (Will colleges be required to report all accusations, not just the incidents they deem credible?)
Too Much For Colleges To Take On?
Some say it should come as no surprise that college panels — set up to rule on things like whether Johnny plagiarized his history paper — are now bungling cases of serious and sensitive crimes that even courts have trouble with. Colleges are simply in over their heads, says David Lisak, a consultant on campus sexual assault.
We must be ever vigilant and continue to watch over our children and protect them from predators who infiltrate the precincts of God's Holy Catholic Church and threaten the well being of children and families. The scandal of abuse and the misguided attempts of a few bishops to put image before justice is a cautionary tale that should inform the media's zeal for exposing evils which are immensely more prevalent in the wider community. Every diocese has a policy regarding child protection. Zero tolerance policies are followed to the letter. Any new cases are dealt with swiftly and involve police as soon as a complaint is made. Can public schools, universities and the armed forces say the same? According to NPR, apparently not.
The Folly Continues
"We also support continued efforts to develop treatments for those with pedophilic disorder with the goal of preventing future acts of abuse.”
In the end, however, only a small change was made: “Pedophilia” was changed to “pedophilic disorder,” to conform to other disorders in chapter on paraphilias, the APA said. The “diagnostic criteria essentially remained the same as in DSM-IV-TR,” it added.