Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- A superb report in the Wall Street Journal by that inimitable journalist, James Taranto, moves me to reflect on the modern university and things sexual. Taranto has come across another of those poor saps, a male student as fate would have it, who fell into the clutches of a predatory female student.

The two met while attending Auburn University in the spring of 2011, and she, as she herself has testified, "rather quickly moved into his place. ... Everything was great until pretty much June 29." On that date while they were sharing the same bed at "his place" she was in some way discomfited. I believe it had something to do with sexual congress. She called the cops. He was detained for questioning. She, however, did not press charges. "In fact," as the indefatigable Taranto reports, "before sunrise she returned to his apartment, and the couple agreed to continue dating." Alas, their arrangement faltered, and in September she again had him arrested for allegedly striking her two days earlier in a public place. He insisted that at the time of the alleged assault he was fifteen miles elsewhere. He denied the charge, which eventually metastasized into a misdemeanor for simple assault and a felony for forcible sodomy. That June 29 thing had been revived.

On Feb. 3, 2012 a grand jury refused to indict the young man because the evidence against him proved insufficient to establish probable cause for prosecution. By May 24, 2012 this idealistic oaf -- he, after all, claimed to be transiently in love with his accuser -- had the simple assault case dismissed too because his accuser failed to show up in court. Yet at old Auburn he was still guilty. By then, through a procedure that was a laughable travesty of justice he was expelled from the university for something called "sexual assault and/or sexual harassment." If he set foot on Auburn's campus the campus cops would arrest him for "criminal trespass."

Such procedures by universities against young Romeos ought to give all young men fair warning to lock their doors against any woman who would enter their place, much less move in. This sort of thing is occurring too frequently and at an alarming cost to all involved. Frankly, my advice to collegians is to acquire the services of a reputable "escort service," and otherwise spend more time in the campus library.

The problem is that on most college campuses there is a war going on between the proselytizers of sex and the puritans. The puritans often win out, though it is not frequently noted.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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