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Opinion: Time To Get Real About Sexual Assault At UConn

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


Indeed, that many accusers at UConn choose against a police investigation and in favor of a student disciplinary investigation, a process requiring less due process of law and evidence, signifies as much — signifies a preference for private rather than public justice, thus sparing accusers the embarrassment of publicity and the burden of accountability.

But Herbst couldn't be more politically correct herself. "As long as there is a single sexual assault at any of our campuses, our work is not complete," she told UConn's feckless Board of Trustees last week, as if there won't always be sexual assault when the predatory instincts of young men collide with the emotional vulnerability and credulity of young women.

No laws or university policies will ever be as effective as teaching young women how to protect themselves against predators. While this may be denounced as "blaming the victim," it is just another form of self-defense, like karate, pepper spray, and pistols — and far more effective than an overworked criminal prosecutor.•

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