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Sexual assault cases should be handled in the courtroom

Sexual assault cases should be handled in the courtroom

Colleges that attempt to handle allegations of student criminal sexual conduct internally without involving the police and engaging the criminal justice system make a similar mistake as the Catholic hierarchy did in handling its clergy-related scandals. By imposing their own — though markedly different — rules for dealing with aberrant, criminal behavior, both the colleges and the Catholic Church deny constitutionally required due process to both alleged victims and alleged perpetrators. The proper place for judging and penalizing criminal behavior is in the courtroom, not in the cloisters or behind ivied walls. — Bob Foys, Chicago  

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