Jennifer Doyle begins her article with a comparison between police brutality and sexual assault on campuses. She simply states that “we have remarkable access to the details of the details of police violence, when that violence happens on a public university” (Doyle 12). She goes on to say that the “rape victim, in contrast, is an anonymized figure, a rumor and an abstraction… the rape victim is rendered into an anywomen who might as well be every women” (Doyle 12). She then goes on to tell a story of a nonviolent protest at the UC Davis campus. This nonviolent protest had caught the attention of the campus police for some reason and they were there in full force. An officer had pepper sprayed a seemingly innocent demonstrators. After this show of police brutality a public external investigation by Kroll Securities was launched to see what the campus police were doing there in the first place. The investigation had shown that the Chancellor of the University, Linda Katehi was the reason why the police were there. She had said that her reasoning behind this was because she did not want off campus “non-affiliates” to enter protesting camps and have “’older people from outside’ interacting with ‘very young girls’” (Doyle 16). Katehi also talks about how they were worried about sexual assault. Doyle goes on to comment that isn’t the whole college career having older people interact with younger ones. I would have to fully agree with Doyle Katehi’s reasoning was misguided at least. Doyle mentions a Rolling stone article titled, A Rape on Campus, the article took the side of the alleged victim and neglected any other information or opinion that contradicted the accused. The article was later investigated and proved false. This brings to mind what has happened recently on the news to the Duke men’s lacrosse team. All those accused were “proven” to be guilty of brutally raping an exotic dancer at a party without much investigation in 2006. It was only recently that everyone proven guilty was in fact innocent, the accusing lawyer had fabricated all the “evidence”. Throughout the rest of the article Doyle goes on to talk about the enforcement of Title nine, what is means on campus and what it should really mean to these colleges. The main goal of title nine is to make an equal campus for both genders, male and female, not only that but to provide a safe environment for all students. After reading this article I can’t help but wonder how do schools actually enforce title nine? How effective has title nine been at promoting a “safe” environment for all on campus? Do you believe that title nine is working and do you think that those who are put in charge to enforce title nine have done a good job?
Adjudication: noun, the act of a court in making an order,judgement, or decree
sanction: authoritative permission or approval, as for an action.