It is fortunate that these students are still at Harvard for that means that there’s still an opportunity for them to learn something before they are considered educated. For they are claiming to be traumatised by the idea that a lawyer is offering a defence for someone accused of criminal actions. The correct answer here being yes, that’s the damn point of having lawyers, indeed of having trials about criminal actions. So that those accusing can make their accusations clear, those being accused can combat those accusations and through the process we find out whether criminal actions actually happened and if they did who was the criminal acting.
So, a faculty Dean at Harvard defending Harvey Weinstein is not some traumatic event for these students, it is a learning opportunity instead:
Harvard University has launched an investigation into law professor Ronald Sullivan after he agreed to represent Harvey Weinstein in court. Mr Sullivan, the university’s first African American faculty dean, joined Mr Weinstein’s legal team in January, ahead of the June trial for rape.
OK, bloke accused of rape hires lawyer to defend him on charges of rape.
Mr Sullivan, on joining Mr Weinstein’s team, felt the backlash almost immediately, as his students began complaining that his decision to represent the disgraced film producer traumatised them, and put them at risk. A student, studying visual and environmental studies, started an online petition to remove Mr Sullivan from his position as faculty dean of Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s 12 undergraduate residential houses. The petition said his choice of client was “deeply trauma-inducing,” and showed that Mr Sullivan doesn’t “value the safety of students”. No students have signed so far.
What a ghastly little snowflake. And unfortunately an ignorant one to boot. The trial is the process of defending us all against rapists. We need to find out whether rape happened, if so who dunnit, so we can punish them. To claim that this traumatises students is to be ludicrous. But then, American academia, eh?