A while ago I highlighted some of the underresearched, longshot statements that attorneys have made in regard to sexual assault. Adjacent to the legal world is the political one. And in an environment where soundbites and posturing are common currency, the ground is ripe for politicians to make just as many head scratching statements about sexual assault as their legal counterparts. Often desperate, commonly offensive, and always cringeworthy, here are some of the darndest things politicians have said about sexual assault.
Attorneys are often considered pillars of the community. Often thought of as vigorous champions of justice, attorneys are bound by their rules of professional responsibility to be zealous advocates on their client’s behalf. Sometimes though, zealous advocacy leads to the absurd. And when it does, three years of professional school is not enough to keep bizarre statements from escaping a counselor’s lips. Often desperate, commonly offensive, and always cringe-worthy, here are some of the darndest things attorneys have said about sexual assault.
It’s No Longer the Sixties
After four days of ballot counting, denied motions to stop said counting, and a handful of baseless claims of fraud, the end of 2020 has seen Joe Biden dethrone the divisive and impeached incumbent to become the 46th President of the United States of America. While Donald Trump’s most loyal followers proclaim “fix,” others clamoring for change exclaim “hallelujah.” In the midst of this contentiousness, Title IX coordinators wonder what Joe Biden’s accent to the Nation’s highest office will mean for the legislation meant to protect students from sexual misconduct as they pursue their education.
After four days of ballot counting, denied motions to stop said counting, and a handful of baseless claims of fraud, the end of 2020 has seen Joe Biden dethrone the divisive and impeached incumbent to become the 46th President of the United States of America. While Donald Trump’s most loyal followers proclaim “fix,” others clamoring for change exclaim “hallelujah.” Title IX coordinators on the other hand, wonder what Joe Biden’s accent to the Nation’s highest office will mean for the legislation meant to protect students from sexual misconduct as they pursue their education.
Poison Tree, Poison Fruit
In the legal world, there exists a doctrine called “fruit of the poisonous tree.” Used as a rule to exclude ill-gotten evidence, the metaphor claims if the source- or the “tree”- of evidence is tainted, then anything gained- the “fruit”- is tainted as well. This image of a decrepit rotting tree, high atop a hill, with its suspicious looking fruit hanging within arm’s reach, also serves as a wonderful metaphor for toxic masculinity.
The Toxic Masculinitree bares numerous fruit. Racism, domestic violence, general violence, homophobia, transphobia, and sexual assault all hang as products of the negative…
In This Corner…
2020 brings forth yet another Presidential election, one that some deem as the most important of all time. At the top of the card, current heavyweight champion Donald Trump prepares himself for the challenge of the number one contender, Joe Biden. Kanye West is somewhere in there acting weird, but we don’t talk about him. Elsewhere, voters will be treated to a mid-card attraction as long-reigning middleweight champ, Mitch McConnell, laces up the gloves once more as he prepares for a showdown with scrappy underdog, Amy McGrath. But, much further down the card, are the often-ignored judicial…
It was a late Friday evening in Cincinnati when I got the news. I sat at a patio table with my fiancé and my best friend, eating a late dinner and watching club goers shuffle by when my iPhone alerted me that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away. Knowing her fight with pancreatic cancer, her death was not necessarily a surprise, but still stung nonetheless. The rest of dinner was spent skimming the endless Facebook tributes written by my legal colleagues. By the time we got on Highway 71 to head back to Louisville, the…
Picking Up My Pen
Sexual assault on the college campus; it’s never not a problem, however sometimes it’s more publicized than not. While Bill Cosby has been connected to most of the more resent sexual assault chatter on the interwebs, college fraternities are also not without controversy.
The above stanza were the first words I ever wrote about the topic of sexual assault. The year was 2014 and I was preparing for my first year at the Brandeis School of Law. Despite being in my 30’s, I was excited about my student status, knowing my third degree would be my…
The Comment Section
Patrick Newman was a teacher and assistant football coach at Louisville’s prestigious Trinity High School. In 2015, Newman was accused of trading sexually explicit photos and videos with several teenage boys, ranging from 13 to 17 years old. Newman pled guilty to several child pornography charges and in 2016, was sentenced to 43 years imprisonment.
The Courier Journal reported the story on their Facebook page, garnering comments from readers. Regarding Newman, one male reader commented that “his sentence was minimal considering the damage he did to so many young boys and their families.” Another commenter stated that…
The Tarnished Media Maven
Bill Cosby’s career began in the 1960’s and spanned six decades through stand-up comedy, television, film and music. With a career covering so many areas through such a large duration of time, your age will indicate which Cosby you’re most familiar with. In her sixties at the time of this writing, my mother still recalls Cosby’s comedy performances on specials such as 1968’s To Russel, My Brother Whom I Slept With and 1983’s Bill Cosby: Himself. In my late thirties, I vaguely remember watching Fat Albert as a child. I greatly recall however, going to the…
James is the Director of Equity, Diversity and Title IX at Indiana University Southeast. He is a columnist at the I Taught the Law legal journal on Medium.