In the past several years, public awareness about the problem of sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses has grown (see previous blogs on this subject). The handling of sexual assault claims by schools across the country has been under scrutiny, with many schools changing their policies and procedures to deal more aggressively with those accused of any sexual misconduct. In their haste to protect victims of these awful crimes, some institutions may have denied due process to the accused or even been complicit in defamation.
The accused are now fighting back. In what may be just the beginning, three lawsuits have recently been filed by people who were never prosecuted and claim that their reputations have been damaged by unfair processes and policies.