Jane Moriarty Sexual Assault Panel 2019

On Friday, May 31, Professor Jane Campbell Moriarty, Carol Los Mansmann Chair in Faculty Scholarship, will participate in a Roundtable Session, Sexual Assault After the Kavanaugh Hearings.


Most will rightfully begin with a presumption that victims normally know the facts best. But what should this presumption mean in a criminal or administrative proceeding? Should an accusation alone be sufficient to derail a candidacy for high office or faculty tenure, or to lead to a student's expulsion? Can we ignore feelings of sexual guilt that, as has been suggested, can trigger assault complaints? If we require "outside" witnesses and evidence, however, will culpability be found only in multiple accuser cases like that of Bill Cosby? Will giving the accused rein to protect their dignity here subvert the goal of getting women believed? How do we protect the dignity of the accuser? What does social science/neuroscience tell us about consent, memory encoding, storing, retrieval, and related decision-making in sexual assault cases?

Estemmed Panelists 

Chair, Dan Subotnik, Touro Law Center

Sherry Colb, Cornell Law School

Aya Gruber, University of Colorado

Richard Klein, Touro Law Center

Jane Moriarty, Duquesne Law School

Dan Subotnik, Touro Law Center

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