SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT BERKELEY….Remember the case of John Dwyer, the Berkeley Law School dean who resigned after he was accused of sexual misconduct? No? Well, I don’t blame you. But Erin O’Connor has been studiously following the case and says this today:
Though Reisch was 25 at the time of her encounter with Dwyer, though she was, by her own lawyer’s characterization, falling-down drunk the night it happened, though she invited him up into her apartment and chose to wait drowsy and prone on her bed while he used her bathroom….[her actions] reveal not only an unwillingness to take responsibility for her own role in the ambiguous groping encounter that has since been labelled “harassment” but also a truly draconian determination to make her own lack of accountability into the basis for sweeping institutional change.
Huh? She was drunk and “chose” to wait drowsy and prone on her bed? And this means what? That she was just asking for a good groping?
What the hell is wrong with these people? Reisch and her lawyer want Berkeley to ban student-teacher dating and conduct sensitivity training regarding sexual harassment. Maybe that’s good, maybe it’s not, but trying to portray Reisch as somehow more responsible than Dwyer is contemptible. His conduct was wildly inappropriate ? to put it kindly ? and he knew it. Dwyer’s apologists ought to know it too.