It was undoubtedly a year of heightened paranoia
about rape on college campuses, with everyone from Lena Dunham to
President Obama demanding immediate action to curtail a purported
epidemic of sexual violence. But due to a string of embarrassments,
2014 ended on surprisingly sour note for illiberal activists
conspiring to shunt aside due process in their zeal to eradicate an
exaggerated and politicized problem.
Still, while the voices of reason—of fairness for
accusers and the accused—scored some ideological
victories this year, 2015 will likely present even more daunting
challenges, writes Robby Soave. Dark clouds loom on the horizon,
according to several legal experts who are advocates for campus due
process or involved in rape disputes. In particular, a wave of
wrongheaded affirmative consent policies—which force students to
adopt bizarre and limiting sexual consent customs—could sweep the
nation, according to Soave.