This panel is a great summary of the various positions on the sexual assault issue. There were two people on the right – one conservative and one sounding more libertarian – and two on the left – one representing the Administration and one representing a women’s group. Everyone played their parts perfectly.
While I recommend listening to the entire panel, here is a brief summary of the presentations with some of my own commentary.
1. The first panelist was Lara S. Kaufmann, Senior Counsel & Director of Education Policy for At-Risk Students at the National Women’s Law Center. Her presentation was a stereotypical talk on the subject by a member of a feminist interest group. Kaufman focused on how women are at risk, offering statistics and other evidence entirely devoted to showing the risk, and literally said not a word about the due process rights of people accused of sexual assault. It is as if she does not care about them.
My guess is that her presentation was not very persuasive to a Federalist Society audience. It would have been more effective if it had acknowledged and attempted to rebut the due process concerns and the charges that sexual assault statistics are often spurious. But she did neither.