It is not just regular American colleges, including several in Colorado, that are currently facing the heat over allegations of sexual assault. The Air Force Academy located in Colorado Springs, is also facing similar allegations involving star athletes.
Recently, at a ceremony marking the first day of classes at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, a number of generals and colonels spoke about their determination to restore the reputation of the Academy, and sympathized with victims of assault on campus. The reports of victimized cadets recently surfaced in the Denver Post which reported details of a house party in 2011. Several female cadets alleged that date rape drugs that were given to cadets at the party, after which they were sexually assaulted. The football players who perpetrated the crimes apparently also made threats to victims and their families.
The Air Force Academy initiated its own investigation, and a court martial of two football players. Others who were involved, were given lesser punishments. As many as 32 cadets were included in the investigation. Now according to the Academy, new leaders at the Academy will make greater efforts to protect female cadets from sexual predators. As part of the new efforts to help prevent such incidents at the Academy, freshmen are being trained about honor and integrity, and how integrity includes reporting immediately when classmates and friends do something wrong.
At colleges across the country, similar incidents of sexual campus are also raising an outcry. Denver criminal defense law firms have found Colorado colleges under pressure to strengthen their rules, to prevent such incidents. Colleges are bumping up their policies, and drafting stronger guidelines to clearly define sexual consent between students.
Unfortunately, Denver criminal defense law firms fear that much of the hysteria that is being raked up over college sexual assault could lead to an increased number of arrests, and false convictions involving young college students. Young males could find themselves accused of rape, especially in California where a recently approved bill would require conscious and affirmed consent before any sexual activity can take place.