Campus Sexual Assault: Real and Imagined

Undeterred by data debunking the notion that college campuses have become what Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has called “havens for rape and sexual assault,”  the Obama administration is now investigating 90 colleges and universities for possible alleged sexual violence. Suggesting that “women are at a greater risk of sexual assault as soon as they step onto a college campus,” Senator Gillibrand introduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act last summer.

The only problem is that much of what is reported about a so-called “epidemic” of campus sexual assault is false. A study released last month by the Bureau of Justice Statistics revealed that the rate of rape and other sexual assault over the past two decades was 1.2 times higher for non-students of college age than for students on college campuses. In fact, campus sexual assault has actually declined from 9.2 per 1,000 college students in 1997 to 4.4 per 1,000 in 2013. Far from being a site of violence, the study found that female college students are safer from sexual assault while in college than at any other time in their lives.

Yet, hostage to the largesse of the federal government through student aid and federal grants, campus administrators have been forced to implement mandatory sexual assault workshops for students, faculty, and support staff. These are new federal requirements under Title IX—the gender equity law created in 1972 to protect individuals from discrimination based on sex in education. These requirements are mandated for all colleges and universities—including Catholic colleges and universities. Led by attorneys and representatives of a newly created sexual assault industry of victims’ advocates, faculty are warned that when credible allegations of sexual assault arise, the alleged perpetrator is barred from classes and campus events. And, in the moral panic surrounding sexual assault, any allegation is a credible allegation as punitive policies are implemented infringing on the civil rights of men.

Claiming that campus sexual assault is a common phenomenon, the promoters of the panic have attempted to deploy the allegations of campus sexual assault against political opponents in what they see as evidence of the “war on women.” Senator Gillibrand, a major promoter of the panic, moved on to campus sexual assault after targeting what she called a military culture of “violence and power” last Spring. In March, Gillibrand demanded that the military chain of command be replaced with civilian legal processes in cases of sexual harassment and assault in the military—claiming that the military leadership is unable to deal with these issues.  Citing the now-discredited statistic that 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted last year, panicked prosecutors and military leaders initiated some of the most preposterous prosecutions we have seen—until the tide of false sex abuse allegations on college campuses began to reach its height last Fall.

Politics always plays the pivotal role in any moral panic—especially a panic involving women portrayed as victims of a patriarchal culture. Exaggerated claims by advocates like Gillibrand and her sexual assault industry supporters are coupled with incendiary headlines in the media. Promoting the military sexual assault panic, the New York Times editorialized that the sexual assaults are the result of the “military’s entrenched culture of sexual violence.”

Those who dare question the existence of the “epidemic” of sexual assault on college campuses and military bases are vilified. Following the publication last spring of a Wall Street Journal column suggesting the possibility of a panic surrounding sexual assault, Terry O’Neil, president of NOW, called on the newspaper to fire author James Taranto because he is “determined to maintain or even deepen the rape culture that pervades campuses and much of society.”

And, when columnist George Will published a column in the Washington Post last June suggesting that when campuses “make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate,” he was uninvited from speaking at Scripps College. Will is scheduled to provide the commencement address at Michigan State, but MSU President Lou Anna Simon issued a statement explaining that he was selected as speaker before he wrote the controversial June column. Simon added that having Will speak “does not mean the university wishes to cause survivors of sexual assault distress.”

The Hook-up Culture is the Real Problem
With all of the attention focused on the exaggerated claims of a sexual assault culture, the very real problem of the hook-up culture on these campuses—including some Catholic campuses, is ignored. In “Hooking Up at College: Does Religion Make a Difference?” an article in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion that appeared a few years ago, sociology professors Amy Burdette, Terrence Hill, Christopher Ellison and Norval Glenn described the results of a comparative study of the dating behavior of college students. Drawing from a national sample of 1,000 college women, the sociologists surveyed female college students in an effort to analyze the influence of both individual and institutional religious factors on engaging in casual sexual encounters. The results revealed that “hooking up” has replaced traditional forms of courtship on college campuses and appears to be a reflection of the changing norms in the dating and sexual behaviors of college students.

In their study. Burdette attempted to point to the role that “moral communities” have historically played in the lives of students. They hypothesized that those communities with shared moral convictions would have a strong moral influence on students. Predicting that Catholic campuses, for example, would have a moralizing influence on their students, Burdette and her colleagues were surprised to learn when they analyzed their survey data that this was not the case on the Catholic campuses they studied.

Although the goal of the study was to determine whether or not religious affiliation and activity would make a difference in the students’ decision to participate in casual sex, the authors found that “not all religiously affiliated colleges and universities constitute moral communities.” In fact on several of the Catholic campuses they studied a “moral community” was completely missing. While women enrolled in Evangelical Protestant colleges were much less likely to participate in the hook-up culture, women enrolled in Catholic colleges were more likely to have “hooked up” while at school than women at colleges with no religious affiliation.

While the sample size was not adequate to make generalizations about the hook-up culture on all Catholic campuses, and the authors did not control for “faithfulness” of the campus culture on hooking-up behavior, the results suggest that the hook-up culture is common on some Catholic college campuses. And, more importantly the women surveyed are unhappy with the role they have been pressured to play in the hook-up culture that has developed on their campuses.

The Hook-up culture is real—and it is likely that there is a link between the hook-up culture and the panic over sexual assault on college campuses. Sadly, the response to the sexual assault panic will do little to change this culture as the “protective” policies actually end up removing power from women—creating instead, female children unable to stand up for themselves and in need of protection by the now-entrenched sex codes created by college campus feminists. Re-moralizing the campus can happen. For instance, Catholic University has re-instated single sex dorms in an attempt to help students create a healthier culture. Other campuses are implementing similar kinds of programs. Creating moral communities should be the goal for all Catholic college leaders.

(Photo credit: Christine Baker / The Patriot News)

Anne Hendershott


Anne Hendershott is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She is the author of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education; The Politics of Abortion; and The Politics of Deviance (Encounter Books). She is also the co-author of Renewal: How a New Generation of Priests and Bishops are Revitalizing the Catholic Church (2013).

  • Tim Danaher

    Not sure what the problem is. The western Catholic church only preaches on those issues which lead to our salvation, i.e., the poor, global warming, and loving our neighbor. These sexual issues are so pre-V2. The bishops and priest already assume their flocks know the Church’s position on fornication, divorce, homosexuality, that there is not need to continue teaching and preaching on these issues. If you keep the people invincibly ignorant of mortal sin, then the sin doesn’t exist for those seeking salvation. We are a sorry lot in need of true leadership, bishops and priest who will speak boldly and truthfully on these “old” issues. Pray for our leaders.

    • slainte

      It starts at home; parents should teach their children moral and ethical behavior and respect for the rule of law….no parent should expect to leave these duties to others.

      • Of course the problem now is that parents and even grandparents are incapable of this instruction.

  • fredx2

    The feminists seem to enjoy using this tactic: If you don’t buy into whatever steaming pot of nonsense they are selling, they say you are in favor of rape, etc. It’s an exceedingly dirty tactic, and they should be ashamed of themselves. No wonder they are found only on campuses, where the more idiotic your position, the higher you rise.

    • Paddy

      …and in the United States Senate where a lowbrow dunce celebrates her destruction of college life and our military.

  • GG

    Feminists, like gays, push their propaganda non stop.

    • Paddy

      All leftists do. They’ll settle for half the pie and then move on to demand half of what you got. It’s a devilish dialectic.

    • When your cause is without fact, you must respond vociferously, ferociously, and without compromise, lest actual facts intrude upon your fantasy. It’s no different than telling a four year old ice cream isn’t one of the four food groups, so you get “you’rer mean” (and if they were a little more verbal, you are a “pagatophobe”). “, “is to, is to ” and “lah lah lah” with index fingers firmly inserted in ears.

    • Catholic pilgrim

      FemiNazis is more accurate. I think if “war on women” is what the Dishonorable Senator Gillibrand is looking for, we should send her to Saudi Arabia, Islamic State of Iraq/Syria (ISIS), Nigeria (Boko Haram), & all the other Muslim countries where Women are TRULY oppressed. Send Sen. Gillibrand to fight an actual War on women to Saudi Arabia immediately! (Pack your bags & get on the plane, little Miss Hero.)
      St. Joan of Arc & holy Theotokos (examples of true courageous Feminism), pray for us & for FemiNazi politicians.

      • R. K. Ich

        There is a war on women, no doubt. The devil has hated women since Eden. The woman gives birth to creatures made in the image of God, which he hates, and furthermore, the Son of God chose to take on the nature that’s less than angels and dignify it above the highest angel. Indeed, he hates humanity. Abortion is the single greatest holocaust in the history of mankind, and the devil just rejoices that he can eat our offspring.

        • Catholic pilgrim

          Good points. Sadly, these powerful FemiNazi politicians (like Sen. Gillibrand or Hillary Clinton) don’t see the actual, real War on women. One case is how in several countries (China) “sex-selective abortion” is a policy openly & bloodily discriminating against Female babies by killing/aborting them for simply being Female. I haven’t heard the powerful FemiNazi politicians denounce that evil as a War on Women. They don’t even believe in Satan or sin or hell. Thankfully, we know from things like the Book of Revelation or the Guadalupe image or Fatima that our Lady, the New Eve, the Mother of our Saviour Christ, will triumph & crush the Snake/Satan.

          • jeanabeana

            I wish you wouldn’t reduce us all down to some horrid term like Femi-Nazi; in my work with friends and colleagues we are fully aware of the China policy and for years have shared the ”
            —SHIRLEY GEOK-LIN LIM”

            • Micha Elyi

              I wish you wouldn’t reduce us all down to some horrid term like Femi-Nazi…

              Don’t choose to be a Femi-Nazi and the horrid term won’t apply to you. (Pro tip: ‘female’ does not equal ‘feminist’.)

              Also, remember that a term becomes horrid only because it names something horrid. There is no such thing as ‘nice’ feminism. No matter how a feminist true believer tries to pretty-up feminism, below the surface it’s feminazism all the way down.

              • jeanabeana

                you use the term Femin-Nazi to be a defense for misoygyny– don’t project your own problems into other people

    • R. K. Ich

      Downright cultic, no? Almost as if they have some kind of religion, ideology, theology to foist upon the world – who will evangelize the benighted if they do not?

      Yes, man is incurably religious.

      • At least in Exodus they had a golden calf.

        We fashion our gods in the shape of minotaurs and other non existent beasts, and use toxic, radioactive or unstable elements.

  • Watosh

    Yes, the hookup culture bears much responsibility for college campuses being “havens for rape and sexual assault.” I would also like to point out something that never seems to be brought up, that the decision by the colleges to allow young male and young female students to live together in dorms also creates a “haven for rape and sexual assault,” in our colleges.

    • Holy smokes

      Such an easy thing to fix. While attnding the AF Academy, I advocated that position continually. Give the young men and women their privacy and space. This solution is not a panacea but it will root out considerable depravations. No need to pour lighter fluid over the glowing embers.

      • Micha Elyi

        Separate men’s and female residences would keep the females from invading the men’s bathrooms every morning. Females were shamelessly doing this back in 1976 (but somehow in the fevered femmorrhoid imagination, this is all men’s fault).

        • Holy smokes

          In my experience bathroom raids were nonexistent at USAFA but everyone sauntered back to their dorm room in little else that a towel or bathrobe, providing adequate temptation and proximity to other sex´s room. Need I say more? Separate dorms, not perfect but less temtations o overcome.

  • Vinny

    You can’t trust “Catholic” anymore. We need a new name like Real Catholic or Actual Catholic university, hospital, charity, etc.

    • Paddy

      Marquette, for example, has been absorbed by the gay agenda as the Milwaukee bishop apparently ignores the now-jesuitical happenings at a once great university. .

  • Therese

    One of the schools under investigation is my daughter’s Alma Mater, Knox College. The setting was a sexual hazing atmosphere that included males running naked through her dorm room, trashing it on their way out, 100s of sexually explicit abusive e-mails, among other emotionally abusive behaviors, all CONDONED by the jazz band teachers and tolerated by the administration. My daughter was eventually forced to drop out of the jazz band, even though music is her passion. It wasn’t until she went public with a youtube video that the Board of Directors insisted on some action. It should be noted that the jazz band teacher was a female.

  • Paddy

    Any victim of sexual assault ANYWHERE should simply dial 911. Their claim will be recorded. No college review committees, no campus police etc. are subvert implementation of the criminal code in order to protect a star athlete The police will complete an affidavit subjecting the “victim” to criminal penalties if she has lied and initiate the arrest process in accordance with due process.

    • Holy smokes

      It would be a valuble study that correlates these incidents to calls made. Legimacy is the critical factor.

    • Michael Paterson-Seymour

      Then, three months later, at the trial, the complainer goes into the witness box and
      claims she cannot remember much about the incident. When pressed, she says, “Well I might
      have said something different to the police. Yes, I did give a statement to the police.”

      She is asked, “Did you tell lies to the police?”


      “Did you tell the truth to the police?”

      “I suppose I did.”

      Then the police say in court, “What she told us was this.” That then becomes the evidence in the case, for she has incorporated her statement by reference into her evidence

      Then the jury, not surprisingly, return a verdict of Not Proven.

  • M

    “In fact, campus sexual assault has actually declined from 9.2 per 1,000 college students in 1997 to 4.4 per 1,000 in 2013. ”
    A positive statistic. Perhaps the Title IX interventions are working.

  • Tamsin

    Odd, but true, how the hook-up culture of perfect freedom from commitments finds itself, not at the opposite end of the spectrum from so-called rape culture, but closing the circle into a culture in which all sex is rape.

    Although it is unpleasant to read, for those who may not be aware of how serious the problem is, I recommend Heather MacDonald’s article, Neo-Victorianism on Campus.

  • Kathleen Burch

    In my work as a clinical psychologist, I treated several women with Bipolar Disorder who had delusions about sexual assaults, including so-called ritual abuse. The sexualization of our culture, including the hook-up culture rampant in our universities, helps to explain why the delusions tend to be around sexual trauma. The complicity of the “progressive” elements in government and culture in legitimizing the “rape culture” mythology is part, I believe, of a larger agenda: that of demonizing males and thus contributing to emasculating and weakening our culture, overall.

    • What proportion of these delusions do you estimate are attributable to the lurid portrayals of sexual violence on screens (CSI, etc) , with the obvious caveat that this is a guess?

      • Kathleen Burch

        I think that they probably help create a focus and content for delusions, more than anything else. Most people can be exposed to trashy stuff without going off the rails, but some people are very vulnerable and suggestible.

      • jeanabeana

        I think you have described a part of the issue DE-173; how many remember the film Exorcist when it first came out and the number of people who ended up in emergency rooms with violent reactions…. some of the books/novels I see and attempt to read today have a lot of violent episodes ; in particular 3 books I picked up all had scenes of water boarding and I immediately returned them to the library without reading the rest. I stopped watching the psychological crimes TV because they were all showing sadism towards women…. I was an avid reader of true crime as a teenager (though the magazines were forbidden in my home) and I read the James Bond books but probably later than most folks read them….. somehow I enjoyed the James Bond because it seemed more “fictional’ but today’s “Special effects” in the movies etc are over the top and I don’t see any “enjoyment” in the spoof…. or the “trickery” or the humor such as with Goldfinger…

        • Michael Paterson-Seymour

          Then, three months later, at the trial, the complainer goes into the witness box and claims she cannot remember much about the incident. When pressed, she says, “Well I might have said something different to the police. Yes, I did give a statement to the police.”

          She is asked, “Did you tell lies to the police?”


          “Did you tell the truth to the police?”

          “I suppose I did.”

          Then the police say in court, “What she told us was this.” That then becomes the evidence in the case, for the complainer has incorporated it by reference into her evidence.

          Then the jury, not surprisingly, return a verdict of Not Proven.

          • jeanabeana

            thanks for the kindness of your reply Michael….. I know Alfred Hitchcok always lured me in and I was terrified of Psycho. I much prefer a David Mamet intrigue — more story (kind of like the Amercan Hustle with Bale?)

            • jeanabeana

              Michael I had to look up the spelling of this person’s name but my reaction to the special effects stuff is like “deer in the headlights” such as a Bunuel scene might portray — so it pushes me away from viewing if they go overboard with the violence …. I imagine that people have become desensitized and don’t experience that “deer in the headlights” as I do…. just remarking on this as I wonder about the culture and our young people today.

    • How tragic that the system should demand that young men be pilloried based on marginal accusations, in the overheated “hookup” environment. Meanwhile trained police officers are given the benefit of the doubt when they shoot or strangle young men simply trying to avoid going to jail. Just more work for the so called justice system, all around. Our incarceration rate is six times that if Communist China. If there is anyone who deserves forgiveness, it is a silly young man trying to awkwardly make his claim to the world, whether it is Michael Brown strutting the streets of his neighborhood, or an undergrad who perhaps has been lured into believing he is wanted sexually.

  • R. K. Ich

    I’m convinced a full scale revival of all-male and all-girl colleges is a positive step toward arresting a lot of this madness, real or imagined. I recognize that co-ed learning is not an excuse for sin, but there is something meritorious about creating institutions with environments that focus on learning and not the dynamics of male and female interactions.

    If I had a daughter, she would not live on a co-ed campus. Period.

  • St JD George

    The loss of sanity in understanding God’s gift of sexuality pervades all corners of society now, and has some roots in our unwillingness or discomfort in talking about it with our children as well as (and more so) the progressive culture that seeks to actively promote promiscuity as natural and desirable.

  • Marie-Catherine

    With all due respect to you (Anne Hendershott), be extremely careful how you define your terms, and do not let third-parties with an agenda define your terms and concepts for you.
    In 1974 I was the subject of a particular horrific kidnapping at gunpoint and rape, just off campus at the University of Texas at Austin. The subject of rape of college students (it happens to boys as well as girls) has come up repeatedly since well before I had my experience. I had several persons in my life wind up getting raped and murdered, or just simply murdered, in the explosion of crime which started in the mid-1960’s, and I have paid a great deal of attention to this issue ever since 1974.
    One of the things I recall in the aftermath of my personal experience, was that the colleges were (just as they are now) at great pains to demonstrate how little crime they have on campus, and how campuses are the Garden of Eden. Nonsense. It happens all the time, and probably not one in ten will ever report it. There were multiple serial rapists active at U.T. Austin in the mid-1970’s, and when I went to a line-up to see whether my perp was in custody (he wasn’t) there were so many young women who had been raped they had to hold the line-up in a public auditorium. there must have been 300+ young women there.
    Just as bank robbers go to banks because “that’s where the money is,” many serial rapists and sexual predators lurk near colleges and universities because “that’s where the beautiful girls (and boys) are.”
    More importantly for the parents of college-aged girls (and boys), you need to pay particular attention to the area off-campus within 1-2 miles around the perimeter of the college campus. University police only have jurisdiction on the college campus proper, and they certainly do not patrol the areas immediately off-campus. The rates of violent crime of all sorts, immediately off-campus, are astronomically higher than they are on campus. And, since police depts. everywhere have every incentive to keep the incidents of reported crime down, they will deliberately falsify crime reporting. (Example: someone I know was the “super” of an apt. building with multiple units. A young female tenant was mutilated, raped and murdered in her bathtub. Since they did not break into the unit (and thus found her body) until her corpse started to smell, the Chicago Police Dept. reported it as “natural causes.” The person I know personally was one of the persons breaking into the apt. for well-being check and personally saw her body; he insisted in no way could this possibly have been “natural causes.”
    Rather than paint a bright tissue of denial and lies, parents of girls and boys going off to college would do well in my humble opinion to pound into their children’s brains several concepts.: (1) keep your doors and windows locked and do not leave your purses and wallets in plain view which practically invites a break-in. If you blunder into the room while a burglary is in progress the situation may turn into something much worse than a simple burglary. (2) You are at much higher risk in the areas just off-campus than you are on campus. (3) If you get drunk or “high” on drugs there is a certain portion of the population that will take your condition as constituting irrevocable consent to sex. (4) If you are out alone after dark, ditto.

    • Bucky Inky

      Rather than paint a bright tissue of denial and lies, parents of girls
      and boys going off to college would do well in my humble opinion to
      pound into their children’s brains several concepts…

      After hearing your account, seems to me the only thing any sane parent would pound into their children’s brains before going off to college would be Don’t do it!

    • Glenn M. Ricketts

      I think we’re all grateful for the reminder that the real thing does occur, and is brutal and traumatizing for the victims, as your account illustrates.

      Genuine cases such as this one, though, anger me still more at what is taken for “rape” on college campuses these days since there’s not even the most minimal resemblance to the circumstances you describe. If you take a look at the link below, you’ll get a sense of the type of cases that form the basis for Anne Hendershott’s article. F.A.C.E. is an organization founded by three mothers whose sons were falsely and outrageously accused of rape and as you’ll see, in circumstances that bear no resemblance to your expereince:

      What’s especially galling is that such frivolous allegations are taken seriously and actually claim to be similar to your experience.

  • jeanabeana

    I am agreeing with the author that the culture/social/mores are significant problems — one of the best books on this topic is “Our Guys” by Bernard Lefkowitz ; it is an older book 1998 but it indicates beginnings of the problem in the milieu of one community ; he also has some of the studies cited from that era (of course there are more available now)…. in the city where I have taught at college level I don’t believe that ANY of the crime statistics are reported accurately because they don’t want to scare cients/students away. On the blurb for the book, Lefkowitz gives “a hauntingly nuanced portrait of America’s culture and hidden world of unrestrained adolescent sexuality” which has become more worrisome since he wrote the book. Of course I see deeper issues in what the women in congress have described (my rep Niki Tsongas is on the committee) and there is a sadistic theme that runs through military training (Lefkowitz doesn’t get into these issues beyond high school). The hidden sadism is acted out in violence (and that is separate from sexuality — so there are many issues here).

  • Glenn M. Ricketts

    We’ve actually been having this “rape crisis” go-around for quite some time, always spurred on by bogus statistics. In 1976, the so-called Hite Report announced to the world that college campuses were in the midst of a rape epidemic: one in four college girls could be expected to be sexually assaulted. But then,when someone took a closer look at Hite’s statistical evidence, it turned out that her conclusions rested on a very small, self-selected group of respondents, perhaps 1300 out of 100,000 women targeted. Most, of course, had not even responded, but Hite was undeterred, and achieved instant hero status among academic feminists.

    That eventually passed, but college women, especially in “gender studies” programs, continued to learn – as they do at present – from the “classics” of feminists literature – from Andrea Dworkin, Susan Brownmiller, Catherine McKinnon and Naomi Wolfe, etc. – that there was virtually no variety of sexual relations between men and women, even in seemingly happy marriages, were actually rape or close to it. In a world of patriarchal oppression, McKinnon concluded, it was very difficult to distinguish. If only I were making this up!

    Then in the mid-1980’s came the “research” from the editors of Ms. magazine, who once again concluded that college campuses in America were experiencing rape and sexual assault on a scale that would have exceeded Bosnia after the breakup of Yugoslavia, and they had the statistics to prove it. Except, as we subsequently learned, these conclusions rested on a new form of “advocacy” research, in which it was the sponsors of the survey, not the respondents themselves, who decided that “rape” had occurred, A closer look also revealed that more than 40% of the “victims” had resumed sexual relations with their alleged “rapists” shortly after being “assaulted.”

    What’s going on here, asked Katie Roiphe in this 1993 NYT piece that makes aneasy fit for the current “rape crisis:”

    The rest of the 1990’s were dominated by the fevered crisis of “sexual harassment” hysteria, ably chronicled in Daphne Patai’s 1998 book, “Heterophobia.”

    All of this has never really gone away, of course, it simply scales down the level intensity from time to time, but can spring back into action very quickly: witness the 2006 farce at Duke University involving the three entirely innocent lacrosse players accused of rape by a woman who is now serving time for murder.

    Now of, course, we are in the midst of yet another round, stemming from the same kind of statistical inferences which have ungirded previous “rape epidemics.” And yet at the same time, we have this 2012 piece of feminist triumphalism by Hanna Rosin in the Atlantic, extolling the hook-up control, and the extent to which it’s controlled by women:

    So go figure: women on college campuses right now are in mortal peril of being raped just about anywhere, and yet they’re also the ones who’ve taken charge of the hook-up culture. They hit on the guys when they want to, and are the sexual aggressors. Whatever your moral outlook, it’s an interesting game finding your bearings in all of this. I’d suggest single-sex dorms and bathrooms for a start.

    • Anne Hendershott

      Thank you for this great historical overview of the moral panic surrounding date rape. I had written about some of this in my 2002 book, Politics of Deviance – but you have summarized it so well. Politics always drives these types of moral panics. Facts do not matter, politics matter as the bogus statistics are used to advance a cause. In the date rape panic the cause is to divide men and women – causing women to view men as the enemy and women as the victims of an oppressive society. There is great power in victim status. It will not end anytime soon because so many feminists–especially those on college campuses and now, in the military–who revile men–have so much to gain by creating these divisions. Politicians like Gillibrand who most likely do not believe any of this are just using this panic to advance their own careers.

      • Glenn M. Ricketts

        Thanks to you for writing this piece, although we’ll probably need many more, given the unwavering credulity of the media and the ascendant feminist ideology which inspires true believers.

        As I said in response to another poster who’d experienced the real thing, all of this can only have the effect of trivializing actual cases, whose victims do indeed deserve our compassion, and the perpetrators the maximum penalty. But if we continue with the present every-man-a-rapist hysteria, that seems almost inevitable.

        But thanks again, your piece is a much-needed corrective.

  • Holy smokes

    There may be a silver lining to all this; holy fear. Specifically, young men may think twice about hooking up fearing possible repercussions. If young men, regardless of campus, fail to control lust (grace inoculates this predisposition, of course), a dose of scrutiny and penalty encourages control.

    Simultaneously, the government continually looks for new socially acceptable demons to slay. The politicians provide a “legitimate” way to fill government coffers and diminish local power.

    Finally, deep down within person a conscience operates. My view considers that public officials misdirect their work toward secondary societal evils (like smoking or campus “rape”) instead of the primary evil of legalized abortion, the greatest man made threat to human security.

    • This ends up in one place. The catastrophic demographic collapse of Japan, with men and women just skipping out on each other’s company.

  • TefExpat

    Why would any college man even bother with a woman from campus?

  • Micha Elyi

    The Salem witch hysteria began when a female made false accusations.

    What was old is new again.

  • J_Bob

    One has to wonder how Catholic are many of these “Catholic” schools are, & foster moral development, assuming the children had a moral upbringing?

  • Randall Ward

    I believe the correct % from the Justice Dept. is six percent of one percent. .6%

  • ShootsStraight

    The radical feminists prefer to talk about the great number of sexual assaults, rather than calling it rape, because that term implies rape but can be made to cover a multitude of actions. They now use “sexual assault” as an umbrella term, covering everything from a casual remark (e.g. “Hey baby, looking good.”) to a touch on the arm to an unwelcome kiss to rape. Using this method, the radicals also claim that many girls are sexually assaulted in elementary school, by their classmates. Rape is a genuine problem; by including in a mix of behaviors that may or may not be sexual, the radical feminists dilute the severity of that crime, all in their attempt to gin up a fake “War on Women.”

  • Elleblue Jones

    The problem is not so much the rapes that are reported. It’s the ones that are not reported. We need to teach our young men and women to respect their own bodies and those of others. We need to speak about pornography and it’s deadly impact on our thoughts, words and actions.