Counterbalancing the feminist outrage against the “rape culture” terrorizing our society, a new Department of Justice study concludes that the left’s favorite statistic – 1 in 5 female university students are sexually assaulted – is pure fantasy. The study, conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, also found that non-students were much more likely to be sexually assaulted than students.
A Touchy, Important Subject
It’s always tricky to take on the left when it comes to subjects like sexual assault. It’s probably why few Republicans have dared to do it. But it’s also why this new breed of radical feminism has been allowed to flourish. And make no mistake about it, these women (and men, and transgenders, and two-spirits, and furries…) have bigger aims than merely protecting college girls from frat boys. They want nothing less than societal upheaval, and they are willing to use any trick in the book to get it, including (gasp) lie.
According to the DOJ study, the actual rate of campus victimization is 6.1 in 1,000. That’s not just slightly below the “1 in 5” characterization; it exposes that popular statistic as nothing more than a deceptive tactic. Furthermore, at 7.6 in 1,000, the rate of sexual assault among non-students is 1.2 times higher. The study also concluded that sexual assault rates are falling, a trend invisible to the rage-y feminists.
Our current leadership will be surprised to read the report. Both Barack Obama and Joe Biden have included the statistic – this year – in public remarks on sexual assault. The number itself appears to have come from a small, Web-based survey conducted by the Justice Department in 2007. But despite low participation rates and the fact that the researchers themselves said the results could not be generalized beyond the two universities they studied, the statistic caught on.
Speaking of our current leadership, the White House said at the beginning of the year that we needed to crack down on campus rape by “changing a culture of passivity and tolerance in this country, which too often allows this type of violence to persist.” And this is really the heart of the problem. The new wave of radical feminism has succeeded in propagating this “rape culture” myth, blindly claiming that our society gives tacit approval to sexual assault. This gives them the ability to go out and claim that “only men can stop rape.”
A Powerful Rebuke
Conservatives – doubtlessly corrupted by “white male privilege” – aren’t the only ones who think these radfems are out to lunch. In their recommendations to the White House, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) was every bit as harsh on this idiotic special-interest group. Calling the whole “rape culture” movement an “unfortunate trend,” RAINN said, “Rape is caused not by cultural factors but by the conscious decisions, of a small percentage of the community, to commit a violent crime.”
No one supports rape. It is a crime, it is severely punished, and it shall remain that way. But radical feminists don’t want to stop rape; they want to dramatically change the way men behave in American society. By demonizing fraternities, sports, colleges, comedians, and anyone who would dare question a rape accusation, they can open the door to their version of utopia. What that might entail is anyone’s guess, but it probably won’t be pretty.