George Will: Progressivism Made Rape Victim ‘Coveted Status’ with ‘Privileges’

Conservative columnist George Will alleged in his Saturday column that intensified focus on sexual assault on college campuses had turned victimhood into a “coveted status” that “confers privileges.”

Will read the government’s new standards for investigation of sexual assaults into a wave of government overregulation of colleges, which he felt campuses brought upon themselves with their infatuation with “progressivism.” Will wrote that this was most acute in the “supposed campus epidemic of rape,” which he suspected was not bore out by the statistics the government cited.

“Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of ‘sexual assault’ victims,” Will wrote. “It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.”

Will warned the government’s new evidentiary standards for sexual assault investigations would result in “costly litigation against institutions that have denied due process to males they accuse of what society considers serious felonies.”

Read the full column via the Washington Post.

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