So, this article in the Detroit News today highlights changes in sexual assult policies (mostly at UofM) due to Title IX. Once again, Gibbons is brought up and no mention is made of two stars of MSU's basketball team whose story seems even more damaging than Gibbons...and they're a (due to weak region) favorite to win the tourney.
I just don't get it. Our (not great) kicker seems to have been a legendary scumbag and likely rapist (reading his police interview, "I didn't bust in her", makes it pretty hard to defend the guy) but the victim didn't want to press charges and the police took no action. The university then expelled him as soon as it changed its sexual assault policy (which removed the requirement for the victim to make a formal complain and lowered the burden of proof). Our PR response was awful, but official actions seemed to be proper (albeit slow and clunky).
By way of contrast, two MSU players were accused of sexual assualt, a teammate witness said it was not consensual and the victim wanted to press charges. The police (just like with Gibbons) refused to press charges. MSU (unlike Michigan with Gibbons) has taken no action against the two players and the media makes almost no mention of any of this despite repeated coverage of Title IX and sexual assault.
Is this just crazy time? If reducing/eliminating sexual assault is the goal, why in the world has there been no action taken against these guys and, even worse, where's the parallel media attention given that MSU is a daily sports news item? It can't be a matter of "the press hates Michigan" because, frankly, I don't believe that to be true.
Maybe I just had to get that WTF off my chest, so mods, please feel free to delete if today should be a day of joy and celebration only.