Friday, January 23, 2015

Despite being cleared of wrongdoing, NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand still calls an innocent man a "rapist."

"I will accept a lie this big so long as it gets me re-elected."
It is no secret that in our culture, an accusation often equals a conviction, at least in the court of public opinion. That is a fact regardless of whether or not his accuser drags a filthy mattress around campus, looking for publicity and granting media interviews while claiming the media is "triggering rape memories." Of course, there were never any charges filed, and in spite of our tendency to condemn those accused of rape without the benefit of the doubt, a man was found not guilty by a college ethics committee, which has a lower burden of proof. But even that isn't enough to satisfy NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Hell, I'll go so far as to say I think Emma's story is so full of shit, she should have opted to drag a porta-potty around Columbia University instead of a mattress. 

Gillibrand sticks by a story proven to be lacking in fact, and takes it two steps further. First, she writes an article for the Huffington Post referring to the exonerated man as a "rapist" (while also using the opportunity to promote a "tough on sex crime" bill:

Last night at the President's State of the Union Address, I was honored to invite as my guest Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who has inspired us all with her performance art piece "Carry That Weight" in which she carries her mattress everywhere she goes to symbolize the burden she carries every single day as long as her rapist is still on campus...

In July of last year, I stood alongside survivors, advocates and a bipartisan coalition of senate supporters including Senators McCaskill, Collins, Blumenthal, Grassley, Warner, Heller, Rubio and Ayotte to announce the introduction of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. Our bill, which will be re-introduced this Congress, will compel colleges and universities across the country to finally face this problem head-on, aggressively, with the goal of making safe campuses for America's students a reality.

Under the Campus Accountability And Safety Act:

- underreporting will have stiff fines with real teeth;
- students will have a place to confidentially access the services they deserve; 
- survivors will work with advisors who have proper training; and 
- high school students across the country will have a new criterion to consider as they sit with their families and decide where to attend college.

Gillibrand invited the false accuser to the State of the Union address, dirty mattress and all. On the upside, when the President starts boring the audience to sleep, Emma didn't have to sleep in a chair, she brought her own mattress. (Of course, seeing as how Barack Hussein Obama is also full of shit, my porta-potty idea would have benefited both the President AND Emma whats-her-face at the State of the Union.) 

At the least, Gillibrand should have used the word "alleged." After all, the story has not been proven to be true, either by the police or by Columbia University; in fact, they found the opposite. But don't confuse her with the facts, she's made up her mind. 

Man found not responsible for rape blasts Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for 'harassment campaign'

BY ASHE SCHOW | JANUARY 21, 2015 | 12:53 PM 
Paul Nungesser was found “not responsible” for sexually assaulting another student at Columbia University. The student who accused him, Emma Sulkowicz, has since began carrying a mattress around the university as part of an art project to protest a finding she claims was unfair.

Sulkowicz’s activism earned her an invitation to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. When Nungesser heard of the invitation, he blasted the senator for rewarding Sulkowicz’s attacks against him.

“I am shocked to learn that Sen. Gillibrand is actively supporting Ms. Sulkowicz’s defamation campaign against me by providing her with a public forum in which to broadcast her grave allegation,” Nungesser told New York Magazine on Tuesday. “By doing so, Sen. Gillibrand is participating in a harassment campaign against someone, who, for good reason, has been found innocent by all investigating bodies.”

Nungesser reminded people that the university, after a seven-month long investigation, found him not responsible in 2013 — even in the current atmosphere where colleges are encouraged to find students guilty to appease political interests. Nungesser also pointed out that he cooperated with police after Sulkowicz filed a report (after the university found him not responsible) and that prosecutors declined to pursue the case.

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