TO THE EDITOR:
I wish to bring up a central, though rarely discussed, facet of the issue of sexual assault on college campuses — how do you punish a crime which is almost impossible to prove?
While DNA evidence makes it is easy to show that a man has had sex with another person (sexual assault by a woman is an even more difficult case), it is extremely difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this sex was nonconsensual in a legal sense.
Sexual assault happens on college campuses, but in the vast majority of cases, little tangible evidence exists outside of a victim’s testimony.
Basic philosophies of western justice dictate the allegation of a crime is not adequate evidence to punish the alleged perpetrator. Just because a person claims another person victimized them does not mean that this is true.