Scott Walker believes that Sexual Assaults on College Campuses is not a Crime
Stumbled upon this article titled “Commentary: Walker’s budget calls for schools to stop reporting sexual assaults” written by Shane Nicholson, Managing Editor of The Rock River Times. It was so unbelievable that I had to read it several times to make sure that what I thought I read was really what I read. If you haven’t read it, pick up the March 4-10, 2015 Volume 22 Issue and find it on page 12 in the Commentary Section. I am sure you are not going to believe your eyes.
The commentary reports that “Buried in Scott Walker’s proposed budget for the state of Wisconsin, which calls for over $300 million in cuts to higher education, is a small note of massive consequence. The Republican governor would like schools to cease the reporting sexual assaults on college campuses. Here’s the passage in its entirety:
25. DELETE LANGUAGE RELATED TO SEXUAL ASSAULT INFORMATION AND REPORTING
Delete the requirement that the Board direct each institution and college campus to incorporate oral and written or electronic information on sexual assault in its orientation program for newly entering students and to supply all students enrolled in the institution or college campus with the same information in either printed or electronic form.
Delete the requirement that the Board of Regents submit an annual report to the Legislature regarding the methods used to comply with the above requirement.
Delete the requirement that any person employed at an institution who witnesses a sexual assault on campus or receives a report from a student enrolled in the institution that the student has been sexually assaulted report the assault to the dean of students. Delete the requirement that each institution report annually to the Department of Justice (DOJ) statistics on sexual assaults and on sexual assaults committed by acquaintances of the victims that occurred on the campus of that institution in the previous years, and that DOJ include those statistics in appropriate crime reports.
Now I know that there will always be two sides of any argument and that both sides have a right to make their case but to place something of this magnitude in a State Budget goes far beyond anything else I have yet to hear. I can’t recall local news agencies having a debate about this subject and it being made well known not only in the State of Wisconsin but nationally as well. To say that sexual assaults should not be reported means that you do not think it is a crime and therefore not worthy of those new female students into college knowing that some sexual predator is on the loose in their area. We know that most women fear reporting crimes like this because mainly they are placed on trial instead of the offender of this type crime but not even having an avenue to seek help is even more injurious, in some cases, than the crime itself. I guess in this era of government, we not only wish to give big business a blank check or police above the law status, now we wish to give rapists a clear path to rape. So much for the non-existing War on Women.