When Columbia found Nungesser not responsible for sexual assault, Sulkowicz began carrying her mattress around campus in protest, to the praise of the media and politicians like Sen. A young man who goes to a hearing without a lawyer is playing with fire. Sulkowicz was allowed to carry her mattress around campus and malign Nungesser publicly. In essence, the guidelines called for colleges to take far more aggressive steps to protect victims, deter sexual assault, and punish perpetrators. These days, the interaction between young men and women is very combustible. From their silent protection of prominent student athletes, to the burdensome procedural realities facing victims, to systematic patriarchal confusion about the actual meaning of consent, colleges and universities have proven themselves largely incapable of confronting the issue without pressure from above. As a criminal defense lawyer, I defend people every day, some guilty, some not. You only have to tune in to the evening news, read a newspaper, or access an online news site to discover that sexual assaults occur far too often. Therefore, the male has to ask for permission to touch a specific female body part. The college issued a five-word response to the settlement: Structurally, institutionally, and culturally, incidents of campus sexual assault are likely to go unreported. Adding balance and fairness to a corrupt system will help all parties involved, especially if it tamps down the current hysteria. I recently had a client accused of raping a girl in the basement of his home while his mother worked upstairs. The accused student claimed in a suit that the college had violated his Title IX rights, and a federal district judge allowed the case to proceed. For its part, the Department of Education under Betsy DeVos perceives these rates as evidence of a serious sociological problem. By Ashe Schow July 26, Nothing can ever replace the reputation lost after a false accusation of sexual assault, but students accused of the heinous crime on college campuses received some good news these past couple of weeks. In the former case, a student was accused of verbally harassing a gay student for his sexual orientation, a charge which the accused denied.