College campuses have undergone a crusade of sorts in recent years, attempting to quell any sort of student sexual activity. Using rape as a rallying cry, a witch hunt of sorts has begun. The highest profile case was, of course, the University of Virginia fraternity members who were accused of a rape that never occurred, with Rolling Stone perpetuating the false allegations of a student there. But the latest case comes to us from Colorado State University-Pueblo, where not only did a rape not occur, but nobody is actually claiming that one did. Well, except for school administrators, that is.
Grant Neal was a student and an athlete at the school. He became romantically and sexually involved with a fellow student who was also his personal trainer. Due to school rules against athletes and trainers becoming involved in such a manner, the two attempted to keep their relationship secret. But it did eventually become known to others within the department, who reported it and the school took prompt action against Neal by having him suspended from the school for several years.
The thing is, no rape ever occurred. The woman in question repeatedly tried to tell administrators and others that she was absolutely complicit in every and all aspects of the relationship and that Neal had committed no wrongs. That didn’t stop them from denying any sort of due process and disregarding all evidence that pointed to his innocence. Text messages from her showed that not only was she fully on board with everything that took place, but was actually upset that the school was taking action against Neal, an innocent man, and punishing him for a crime that never happened.
“He’s a good guy. He’s not a rapist, he’s not a criminal, it’s not even worth any of this hoopla,” she told investigators when asked about it. That didn’t stop the witch hunt from proceeding, however, and they promptly kicked Neal out of school.
Now Neal is fighting back. He has filed a lawsuit against the school, the Education Department, Secretary John B. King, and Assistant Secretary Catherine Lhamon. The lawsuit contends that he was wrongfully accused and punished for a crime that never occurred, and that the rules put in place under the 2011 Administrative Procedure Act disallowed any sort of recourse for innocent men.
The case highlights the ridiculous extent many have gone in looking for boogeymen on every campus, and shows how any sex act can be misconstrued as rape by prudish anti-sex activists. Many are of the belief that any sort of sex is rape by the male involved, even when it’s not. This means that not only were Neal’s (and presumably many other male students’) civil rights violated, but they were likely done so based on their gender.
Supporters of Neal have set up a petition on Change.org arguing for his punishment to be removed, which can be viewed here.