On March 9th, 2012 it was reported that a restraining order was filed against star Montana quarterback, Jordan Johnson, by a female student after he had allegedly raped her six weeks earlier. After this news emerged, Johnson was expelled from school and criminally charged with rape. In February of 2013 he was put on trial.
Johnson was UM’s star quarterback and an NFL hopeful. He was nominated for the 2014 Walter Payton Award and named Montana’s co-MVP in 2013.
This incident followed many other accusations and scandals involving sexual assault at the University of Montana, eventually dubbing it the “rape capital” of the country. However, in March of 2013, Johnson was acquitted. Following his acquittal, Johnson sued the university for its “unfair and biased” investigation of the alleged rape.“Officials at the University of Montana — people who were in positions of great power — were unfair and biased. Their misconduct made my family and me suffer unnecessarily, both emotionally and financially.” Johnson said to the Associated Press in a statement. On Tuesday, Johnson was awarded $245,000 in retribution for the expulsion.
The suit against the University of Montana has provoked further actions like it, leading young men to accuse their universities of falsely acting on sexual assault accusations. This appears to be a counterproductive part of American Universities’ attempt to crack down on sexual assault and rape on campus and creates an interesting issue in the stance against rape culture and sexual misconduct.
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