If it were normal for media outlets and higher ed officials to proclaim that women who accuse men of rape were by default the perpetrators, it would be regarded not only as an error in judgment, but a systemic moral failing. As it should.
But looking through their conversations on the matter, that’s not what we find. Instead, in our supposed “rape culture” (ask a Feminist, she’ll tell you we live in one) we find the exact opposite: women – by default – labeled as “the victim” by people who were never there to witness what actually happened.
Just go through the articles on rape hysteria published by this website to see for yourself. Today we add to that growing body of evidence by reviewing several publications. The first one involves an alleged rape (see what I did there?) out of College Station. As KBTX reports:
Texas A&M University Police are investigating a sexual assault that happened over the weekend on the A&M campus.
So we definitely know it happened? You know, judge and jury and conviction and all that? Because that’s what it sounds like KBTX is trying to say.
How about no.
According to investigators, a student told police that she was sexually assaulted Saturday night by a person she knew. The victim said she met the suspect over the internet about a week ago and started chatting with him online before they agreed to meet.
Just a curious question: how do we know she’s “the victim”? Couldn’t it possibly be that she is falsely accusing the guy for one reason or another? Couldn’t it be possible that he is the victim?
Crazy idea, I know. KBTX continues:
Saturday evening, the two met at a restaurant. Shortly after meeting, the suspect asked to go back to the victim’s room to charge his phone. The student said the assault happened immediately after going inside her room.
University police say they know who the suspect is and they are investigating. If you have information about this or any other crime, please contact University Police immediately at 979-845-2345.
And if you would like to call KBTX to encourage them to use a little more discretion, their phone number is (979) 846-7777.
Our next publication is University Herald, which this site criticized for doing the same thing as KBTX. But here UH isn’t the guilty party. More disturbingly, it’s a higher education official commenting on a recent alleged rape (see what I did there?) at Vanderbilt University. Beth Fortune, VU’s vice chancellor for public affairs, had this to say:
“We are shocked and saddened by the allegations that such an assault has taken place on our campus and that they include members of our football team. Our first thoughts are for the victim, a Vanderbilt student, and we have conveyed to her and her family our deepest sympathy and sorrow. We will continue offer her all of our services and support.”
Of course, none of the students have been convicted of anything.
Quick question, Beth: what will happen if the Title IX Coordinator and Student Affairs administrators who are presiding over this case at your university don’t deliver a guilty verdict (“finding”) and don’t subsequently expel the students you have prejudged to be guilty? Either you are going to have to eat crow, or you will open the door for the accusers to claim Vanderbilt didn’t do everything it could to help victims of sexual assault.
In other words, a costly Title IX investigation, one which could be career-ending for certain administrators.
And of course, the students were summarily punished – before being found guilty of anything – by being dismissed from the football team. What if the rape accuser was summarily punished by being dismissed from the groups and clubs she belonged to? Wouldn’t people regard that as a bit – I donno – draconian?
By the way, Beth Fortune’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s her bio page.
This kind of thing happens all the time. In 2011 The East Texan, the newspaper at my own alma mater Texas A&M-Commerce, published an article claiming a rape had definitely occurred. Several days later they released an article saying the accusation was false.
Last year the University of Waterloo did the exact same but took it a step further: they not only published a statement which took the accuser’s side, but also instituted a new university policy which discriminated against male students on the school bus system (which sounds very similar to how The University of Fraser Valley, a relatively safe campus, instituted women-only parking). The University of Waterloo later published a statement saying the accusation was false.
And let’s not forget the infamous Duke lacrosse false rape case in which 88 faculty members, speaking for five academic departments, ten academic programs, and prejudicing their opinions on nothing more than the genetic code of those they accused, took out a public statement in the school’s newspaper proclaiming the guilt of the three young men who later turned out to be falsely accused.
It’s a good thing no chivalrous young men on campus took these publications and university personnel too seriously and decided to whip out some vigilante justice to the point that some falsely accused young man was killed. Which does happen, by the way.
Yes: contrary to what you will hear from Feminists, rather than mainstream institutions “not taking rape seriously,” the institutional practice of labeling accusers “victims” and having accused men and boys swim upstream against the poisoned well of public opinion is the standard.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz once said, “Helping the media shape the perception of a case is the single most important thing a lawyer can do.”
Because when we start talking about rape cases, we enter into a world where facts don’t matter. Public officials aren’t there to decide what’s right or wrong; they are there to decide what is best for their career by demonstrating sensitivity to the fashionable politics of the day. And the fashionable politics of today dictate that they engage in a discriminatory “sensitivity” that would – if it were applied to any other group of people – be called prejudice.
Imagine what would happen if the roles were reversed for a single day. If the talking heads of the mainstream media, whenever a rape accusation was made, referred to the man as “the falsely accused.” Imagine if higher education administrators summarily suspended, expelled, or curtailed the rights of the accuser because they “can’t take the risk of someone like that being on campus.”
Imagine if 88 faculty members at Duke University initiated a witch hunt against one of their own female students. Imagine if they looked the other way while students paraded around banners promoting sexual violence, or handed out wanted posters with the accuser’s face on it.
It would be unthinkable.
Welcome to the world of men and boys.
Thanks to NCFM-Carolinas for the article about A&M.