Fabricating a rape culture on campuses

Posted by on May 22, 2017

Wow, what a birthday present. It has just been announced that August 1, my birthday, is the day that the Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is releasing the results of their cooked-up survey into sexual assault and harassment on university campuses.

The ground is being prepared for startling announcements about how many young female students are being subject to vile attacks from marauding males. Just last week our newspapers carried stories of students who have been raped having to wait four weeks for counselling. It’s all nonsense, of course. We already have laws in place to deal with sexual assault – there’s no reason for separate treatment for the small numbers of university students dealing with such serious issues.

The truth is that young women on university campuses are far less likely to run into problems with sexual aggression than women elsewhere, as explained by a University of Colorado criminal justice expert writing in the New York Times. I wrote about all this last year in my article Campaign of Fear.

What’s happening is a total snow job designed to set the scene for crazy “Yes means Yes” regulations now requiring American college students to give enthusiastic consent every step of the way during sexual activity. Australia is heading in the same direction. We are witnessing a deliberate campaign to promote the idea that our university campuses are also suffering a rape culture – the first step in setting up these sorts of regulations.

The broader aim is strengthened rape and sexual assault laws, increasing sentences for such crimes and further eroding traditional legal protections against false allegations.

The campaign of fear is falling nicely into place. As happened in America the first step was to come up with some shonky research showing an alarmingly high incidence of assault and harassment on campuses. The Union of Students produced the first one here – finding 73 per cent of students had experienced unwelcome sexual behaviour. Naturally no one mentions that most of the reported experiences – which included things as mild as unwanted stares or comments - didn’t involve fellow students and many occurred off campus.

But this dubious survey was enough for our Human Rights Commission to leap into action, spending a cool million dollars on another self-reported survey originally due to be released in May but held back because of the possible trauma for “rape victims” of hearing the results of the survey during their exam period. Can you believe it?  

The madness continues. Students all over Australia have been softened up by screenings of a grossly misleading movie called The Hunting Ground, a film thoroughly discredited for presenting false claims of a rape epidemic, promoting misinformation about rape statistics and falsely reporting on relevant rape cases. Nineteen Harvard law professors have denounced the movie for thoroughly misrepresenting a legal case which features strongly in the documentary.

How ironic that Sydney University has had a number of screenings of this dangerously misleading, fear-mongering movie and yet just last week students last week were screaming and yelling, objecting to a screening of The Red Pill. When I tried to get the demonstrators to explain why they were there most admitted they hadn’t even seen the documentary yet they were quite prepared to believe the nonsense being promoted about it.   

Just you wait. In August we’ll see the same students reacting to the horrors revealed by AHRC survey and stridently demanding new protections to counter this manufactured rape culture on campuses. And unless we do something the result will be, as The Red Pill shows, more young men having their lives ruined over false rape accusations.

It’s really difficult for universities to stand up against the pressure they will receive to do something about the dreadful rape culture that is soon to be revealed. But there is action we can take to show them that the broader community objects to this misleading campaign and wants universities to resist efforts to setting up “enthusiastic consent” regulations and the type of kangaroo courts which are making university campuses such risky places for male students in America.

But first we need to hear from people within the Australian university system who might like to help. Anyone with good contacts with people high up in university administration, members of university councils or boards, or knowledge of who’s who in the power structure of our universities. Please contact me – bettina@bettinaarndt.com.au. All correspondence will be treated totally confidentially and will not be for publication. We’re simply gathering information to help plan the best means of attack.     

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