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MORE ON NORTH DAKOTA’S “HATE SCHOLARSHIP:” More problems with the ’1 in 3 men would rape’ study.

Sarah Edwards — the lead author of a recent study purportedly showing that one in three men would rape if they could get away with it and so long as it wasn’t referred to as rape — really, really believes that one in five women will be sexually assaulted during college.

Despite significant flaws in the 2007 study that produced that one-in-five figure — as well as more representative studies showing the rate to be much lower — Edwards, a University of North Dakota assistant professor of counseling psychology, wholeheartedly believes the study. In an email to the Washington Examiner, she said that those who deny the higher rate just can’t handle the information. . . .

Edwards also provided the Examiner with the debriefing material that was supposed to address “rape myths.” Researchers were tasked with confirming that male participants’ “assumptions go in the right direction” following the survey. In other words, make sure those men believe what the researchers believe.

Some of the assumptions were innocuous, like telling the men they should respect a “no” (even though that’s no longer acceptable; men are now required by feminists to get a “yes” for every stage of potential sexual activity). Other dispelled “myths” conform to current politically correct wisdom — for example, ignoring men as sexual assault victims and infantilizing drunk women as if they were incapable of giving consent.

The more dangerous claim the researchers are spreading is that false accusations don’t happen. Researchers told the men that “most women who claim they were raped don’t make it up but were actually assaulted.” It’s not so much that women completely make up being raped (like Tawana Brawley or Crystal Mangum did) but more the idea that men are being branded as rapists over drunken hookups, misunderstandings and he said/she said situations. Perhaps a better term for these than “falsely accused” would be “wrongly accused.”

Further, Edwards readily admitted she hopes this study gets her grant money. Following this study, which was clearly designed to elicit eye-catching headlines, Edwards hopes to broaden her “research” by conducting the same study on a national scale.

Sounds like they’ve got a hostile educational environment going for male students there.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor: Rape discussions don’t do enough to blame patriarchy.

A male professor at the University of Texas at Austin has found the missing ingredient when discussing sexual assault—the patriarchy.

In an essay that appeared for about a day on Waging Nonviolence, a social justice news site, before it was removed, Robert Jensen blamed—in great detail—his concern about the lack of discussion and blaming of men and the patriarchy when discussing sexual assault.

“Taking rape seriously requires a feminist analysis of patriarchy, and that analysis takes us beyond rape to questions about how patriarchy’s domination/subordination dynamic structures our intimate lives, an inquiry that can be uncomfortable not only for those who endorse the dynamic but also for those who have accepted an accommodation with it,” Jensen said in his essay, which has since been republished on his own website.

Jensen opined that when talking about rape, it is paramount to discuss the socialization of men and their understanding of sex, power, and violence.

“Rape is a crime committed by individuals, of course, but it is committed within patriarchy, and if we were serious about reducing the number of rapes, we would be talking about the roots of that violence in patriarchy,” Jensen said.

According to Jensen, defining—or “narrowing,” as he called it— rape and rapists “deflects attention from other questions about patriarchy’s eroticizing of domination and the resulting rape culture.”

He also blamed the “mainstream voices” for discrediting feminists’ analysis of rape as “too radical.”

Actually, the feminists themselves have done most of that.

THESE MEN HAVE BEEN CRUELLY ABUSED BY UVA PRESIDENT TERESA SULLIVAN, WHO HAS YET TO APOLOGIZE. Washington Post: U-Va. Phi Psi members speak about impact of discredited gang rape allegations.

Phi Psi members, speaking publicly for the first time since the allegations surfaced, told The Washington Post they went into hiding for weeks after their home was vandalized with spray paint calling them rapists and bricks that broke their windows. They booked hotel rooms to avoid the scrum of protestors who marched on their front lawn. They watched as their brotherhood was vilified, coming to symbolize the worst episode of collegiate sexual violence against women since the 2006 Duke University lacrosse team scandal — which also turned out to be false. . . .

After reading the article, Phi Psi leaders scanned archived e-mails and checked bank statements, determining that the fraternity did not host a party on the weekend of Sept. 28, 2012, the night of the alleged attack. They also determined that no Phi Psi members matched the article’s description of the attackers, calling into question one of the main elements of the account.

Most alarming to the members was the idea that a gang rape could be part of a hazing ritual.

“We vehemently deny that it would be plausible as a ritualistic tradition to join our fraternity,” Scipione said. Fontenot added: “It’s animalistic and totally unrealistic.”

But it was believed because it played into feminists’ patriarchal-rape fantasies.

PROFESSOR MARK PERRY TAKES APART NORTH DAKOTA “HATE SCHOLARSHIP” ON MEN AND RAPE: No polling organization would ever be taken seriously if its sample size was 73, and neither should this ‘study’ on college rape.

To fully comprehend just how bogus this “study” is, imagine the public and media reaction if a polling organization like Gallup, Rasmussen Reports or Pew Research ever tried to release survey results on presidential or Congressional approval or any other topic with a sample size of 73 (instead of the typical random sample sizes of between 1,000 and 1,500 necessary to achieve standard margins of sampling errors)! Those polling organizations would immediately lose credibility and would never be taken seriously again by the public and media – and that should be the same reaction to this “study,” these “researchers” and this “journal.”

Actually, imagine if you did a study with a sample size of 73 that purported to show that blacks were strongly predisposed to rape, and then promoted it with that racial finding. This piece of “hate scholarship” is just as bad.

FIGHT THE POWER: UVA fraternities are refusing to sign new campus requirements.

So far two University of Virginia fraternities are refusing to sign a new Fraternity Operating Agreement to resume social activities.

Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Alpha have released nearly identical statements refusing to sign U.Va.’s new requirements that fraternities alter their activities following a two-month suspension on social activities. The new rules require a certain number of fraternity brothers to be sober and present and different places around the house and set limits on what kinds of alcohol can be served and in what containers.

The fraternities state two reasons for their refusal to sign on to these new rules.

The first reason is that U.Va., “for reasons that were found to be untrue, unfairly punished all members of fraternities and sororities.” This is in reference to the Rolling Stone article claiming a woman was gang raped at a Phi Kappa Psi party, which resulted in the social activity ban (without any evidence other than the uncorroborated accusation).

“Because we do not accept the validity of a suspension imposed in contravention of the existing FOA, university policy, Virginia law and the constitutional rights of our members, we are not compelled to sign a revised FOA to continue operations on campus,” the fraternities wrote in press releases that were put out separately but shared the same language. . . .

The fraternities have released these statements just one day after Charlottesville police found “no substantive basis” for the allegations set forth in Rolling Stone to have occurred at Phi Psi.

Next, Title IX suits.

#RAPECULTURE: Teen boy who reported sex with woman teacher was treated like criminal, paper reports.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Campbell County Woman Charged With Child Sex Abuse Denied Bond.

Campbell County, A judge has denied bond for a Campbell County woman facing multiple child sex abuse charges. Melissa Edwards faces four felony charges including two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15.

Monday the prosecutor told the court Edwards is obsessed with the 14-year-old boy, with whom she had sexual relations at least four times from late 2013 until December of last year.

She said Edwards admitted to the relationship, attributing it to going through a “change of life” that her hormones were out of control, and she fell in love with the boy, even though she knew it was wrong. She also said it was the boy’s mother who got deputies to investigate, after becoming concerned the relationship between her son and Edwards was “unnatural.”

I’m still not sure if these cases are becoming more common, or are just being reported more often.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Molly Shattuck teen sex abuse case heads to court for hearing Wednesday.

The boy told police that Shattuck would pick him up during his lunch breaks from a summer class and that the two would “make out” in the back seat of her Cadillac Escalade. Shattuck would drive him to the parking lot of the T. Rowe Price building in Owings Mills, near the McDonogh School, where both the alleged victim and Shattuck’s oldest son are students, according to the documents.

Shattuck invited the boy to join her and her children and their friends at a rented beach house in Bethany Beach over Labor Day weekend, according to the documents. She gave the boy wine and beer, then pulled him away from the other teenagers by saying he needed to go to bed, the documents allege.

She then brought the boy to her bedroom, stripped down to her underwear and performed oral sex on him, according to the documents. She invited him to have sexual intercourse, documents say, but he decided to leave.

The indictment charged Shattuck with two counts of third-degree rape, which carries a potential sentence of two to 25 years in prison for each count; four counts of unlawful sexual contact in the second degree, which carry a penalty of up to three years in prison; and three counts of providing alcohol to a minor, which carry a fine of $100 to $500 and could lead to an order of community service or imprisonment of up to 60 days.

I’m guessing she won’t do serious time. Reverse the genders, though. . . .

#RAPECULTURE: She was charged with sex crime; Cretin-Derham 16-year-old got the blame. K-12 schools are apparently hotbeds of female sexual entitlement and victim-shaming.

I THINK WE SHOULD CALL THIS SORT OF BOGUS RESEARCH “HATE SCHOLARSHIP.” Ashe Schow: No, we did not just learn 1 in 3 college men would rape if they could get away with it. “The biggest problem with that study is that the researchers surveyed just 86 men (who received extra credit for their participation) at a single university in North Dakota. And the answers of just 73 men were used for analysis because the researchers discounted missing data and one man whose answers confused them. . . . The study is further tainted because it begins with a false premise — the often-repeated but thoroughly debunked statistic that one in five women will be raped during their college years.” If the researcher, Sarah Edwards, had done similarly shoddy and result-oriented scholarship about race she’d be drummed out of the academy. But shoddy research that makes men look like rapists is stylish now.

ASHE SCHOW: More evidence colleges are bad at adjudicating sexual assault: Accuser lawsuits.

Men who claim they were falsely accused of rape have been suing their universities for perceived injustices. Now women are filing strikingly similar lawsuits.

A female student at Virginia’s Bridgewater College claims in a civil lawsuit that the college improperly handled her sexual assault accusation. The woman claims Bridgewater didn’t follow Title IX (a federal law provision that has been interpreted to require colleges adjudicate sexual assault) or its own sexual misconduct policy in her case. The woman also claims in her lawsuit that the school failed to properly investigate the sexual assault, provide her with written notification of the school’s review, or inform her of on-campus resources for accusers.

Across the country, a University of Oregon student has filed a lawsuit claiming the school failed to properly investigate her claim in order to protect its basketball team. She claims to have been gang raped by three basketball players (who have in turn claimed the sex was consensual) and that the university violated her Title IX rights.

Her case is a bit different in that she faults the university for allowing one of the men she accused of raping her to transfer to the school from Providence College following earlier allegations of sexual misconduct. The UO student claims the university shouldn’t have enrolled the student because of the prior allegations against him.

Of course, accusations do not equal guilt. No criminal charges have been filed against the student for lack of evidence. The man’s life should not be over just because someone accused him of sexual assault (especially if there’s a lack of proof). However, the women’s allegations in each case sound eerily similar to what men have been claiming in their lawsuits – namely that schools appear to selectively follow Title IX requirements and their own policies and fail to conduct proper investigations.

Well, that’s because they do, which is why criminal matters should be left to the police and courts.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Tuscaloosa police charge 23-year-old high school teacher with sexual relationship with student. “Sgt. Brent Blankley, a spokesman for the police department, said investigators from the juvenile division were alerted early this week by the Tuscaloosa City School System of a troubling relationship between a student and teacher at Bryant High School.”

Related: Student-teacher sex: Are more female teachers being charged?

TEACH MAGAZINES NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! Cops Say Nothing Happened at UVA Frat Accused of Gang Rape, But Who Really Cares? Notice the complete lack of apology from UVA President Teresa Sullivan for her unconscionable sexism and rush to judgment.

UPDATE: More from Ashe Schow.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Former Duncanville Teacher Charged With Child Sexual Assault.

A former Duncanville High School teacher has been arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child for allegedly having sexual relations with a 15-year-old student.

Elizabeth Ann Ramsey was also charged with “Improper Relationship between Educator and Student”, a second degree felony. She is currently out on $50,000 bond.

An investigation began in November 2014, when Child Protective Services indicated a student at Duncanville High School made an outcry of sexual abuse against his former teacher.

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim says he and Ramsey had consensual sex on multiple occasions and at multiple locations. The locations included the school, Ramsey’s mother’s house in Fort Worth, and Ramsey’s home in Fort Worth.

The victim, now 17, says the first incident occurred when he was 15 and in his sophomore year. The last incident occurred sometime after his 16th birthday.

And yet male teachers are scarce because people fear they might be predators.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Fourth teen victim of Utah teacher comes forward alleging sexual assaults.

Yet another victim has marred a former Utah teacher’s rap sheet, accusing Brianne Altice of having sex with a teen after she was arrested in connection to a similar crime. . . .

Altice’s trial was expected to begin last year, but additional victims kept coming forward to report alleged wrongdoing by the former English teacher from Davis High School.

The first victim allegedly seduced by Altice claimed to have sex with the teacher between January 2013 and September 2013, but their inappropriate relationship started with mere kisses between classes. During those months, Altice allegedly had sex with a second victim.

Evidence from the third victim who came forward last month alleging sex abuse in August 2013 and September of 2013 will be presented at a hearing next week.

Remember, one reason male teachers are so rare is that people fear they might be sexual predators.

Related: Connecticut teacher accused of sexual assault re-arrested for threats. “A former Connecticut high school teacher who pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with an underage student has been arrested on a separate charge of threatening someone connected to her case, police said Saturday. Danielle Watkins, 32, of Norwalk, was taken into custody on Friday after approaching a former student whom she was barred from contacting and making unspecified threats, according to a police report.”

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME: U.Va. fraternities accept punishment based on false accusation.

Even though Rolling Stone’s sensational story about a brutal gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity has fallen apart, the Inter-Fraternity Council has accepted new terms in order to resume social activities on campus.

Members of Phi Kappa Psi were accused of gang raping a freshman girl named Jackie, whose story fell apart when her friends told the Washington Post and CNN that she told them a different story and made up a story about having a date the night of the alleged incident.

Despite that, U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan banned social activities for fraternities until Jan. 9 (fraternities had previously agreed to suspend activities for the weekend after the Rolling Stone story was published). Sullivan kept that ban in place even after the story fell apart.

And now, in order to resume social activities, fraternities (and sororities, although their new rules are far less strict) will have to sign agreements pledging to change their partying ways.

Fraternities, of course, take the brunt of the punishment.

UVA President Teresa Sullivan is channeling Aunt Polly.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! (CONT’D): False Rape Accusation Leads To Alaska Man’s Beating Death. “A man was beaten to death by the boyfriend of a woman who falsely claimed he raped her in a Fairbanks, Alaska motel room on Wednesday. The woman, 31-year-old Dominique Vasquez, reportedly did not want to admit to her boyfriend, 39-year-old Abraham Stine, that she had cheated on him and so lied about the rape, according to Alaska Dispatch News.”

ROBBY SOAVE: Congress, End the Hangover: Abolish the Federal Drinking Age.

Activists, administrators, and national policymakers concerned about a supposed epidemic of rape on college campuses should stop trying so damn hard to regulate students’ sex lives. Instead, their efforts would be better spent lobbying Congress to abolish a law that puts students at risk of sexual assault by encouraging them to consume alcohol recklessly: the National Minimum Drinking Age Act.

Just over thirty years ago, in response to public concerns about teen drinking and driving, Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which punished states for failing to raise the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 by taking away their highway funding if they refused. Within a few years, all 50 states and D.C. had fallen in line, making the U.S. one of only four countries with a drinking age higher than 18 (the others are Japan, South Korea, and Iceland).

Did the law decrease drunk driving? Many experts doubt it. Jeffrey Miron, a Harvard University economics professor and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, has argued that the law had “little or no life-saving effect.” While a few states that adopted a stricter drinking age on their own saw limited, temporary success, the vast majority of states that prohibited teen drinking in response to federal bullying had little to show for it—other than the federal dollars they got to keep.

There is some evidence, however, that raising the drinking age might have actually worsened the teen binge-drinking problem. It’s easy to imagine why that might be the case: if drinking any amount of alcohol is illegal for 18-year-olds, those who want to drink anyway have every incentive to down as much booze a quickly as possible, thus minimizing the amount of time they could be caught by the cops holding a beer in their hands.


TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! (CONT’D): UMSL says reported rape on campus did not happen.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis has determined that a rape reported on campus in December did not happen.

A student who reported she was raped last month has now changed her story, university spokesman Bob Samples said.

The university sent a message to students on Thursday informing them of the new development.

“Following a thorough investigation, which included the reporting party meeting with and informing the police investigator that the incident did not occur, the UMSL Police Department has determined that the incident (in a Dec. 18 warning to students) was unfounded,” the message says.

The student originally reported to police that on Dec. 17 she’d been forced into a car parked on West Drive and raped in the backseat by a man she didn’t know.

And yet, as I understand it, this never happens.

THE PHRASES “GROSS INJUSTICE” AND “DUKE UNIVERSITY” CERTAINLY SEEM TO GO TOGETHER A LOT: Gross Injustice at Duke: Accused Rapist Convicted Via ‘Indirect-Double-Hearsay.’ “Lewis McLeod, a Duke University student who was convicted of rape by the administration and faces expulsion, has sued the university for violating his due process rights. His lawsuit sheds light on Duke’s adjudication process—and no one who reviews the shocking details could conclude that the procedure was anything other than a total farce.”

You know, if men’s rights activists followed lefty rules, when Duke’s traveling admissions road show came to their town to recruit prospective students, it would be met by protesters with DUKE HATES MEN signs.

SEEMS LIKELY: Psychology Today: Will More Men Be Falsely Accused Of Sexual Assault In 2015?

2014 was a landmark year with two high profile sexual assault hoaxes exposed. HBO’s “Girls” star Lena Dunham’s publisher has recently admitted that in her memoir “Not That Kind Of a Girl” the actress falsely claimed that a Republican named Barry raped her when she was a student at Oberlin College. In fact Barry had never met Lena. Meanwhile the University of Virginia Phi Kappa Psi gang rape yarn by a freshman student named Jackie has also unraveled. After these high profile sexual assault charges proved to be fictional, the difficult,unpleasant question must be asked is: how often do women make phony claims of sexual assault? . . .

Unfortunately sexual assault has been politicized since the 1980s, when feminists established that a subordinate at work was inherently being sexually harrassed if approached by a romantically interested or sexually suggestive superior. In this super-charged era, Republican President George H. W. Bush’s Department of Defense nominee John Tower and Republican Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon were both sacked for inappropriate sexual advances to women and Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas was accused in his contentious confirmation hearing of inappropriate behavior towards his assistant Anita Hill. In the heat of debate about allegations of improper conduct by men in high office, feminists famously railed that women don’t lie about such things. Then feminists grew silent when women’s rights supporting Democratic President Bill Clinton was accused of that very type of sexual harrassment.

Now, after a two decade truce, a new campaign by the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has targeted college campuses, hysterically attempting to demonize men as potential sexual predators by bandying about propaganda that 20% of college women are victims of sexual assault. The state of California has reacted to this alleged epidemic of rape by passing the “Yes Means Yes” legislation that puts the government on every student’s date and in every student’s bedroom. The result of basing policy on bad statistics is a further poisoning of the relationships between men and women. More innocent men now face the very real prospect in 2015 of having their lives destroyed by false accusations of sexual assault.

This dangerous crisis of male-female relations is an opportunity for the Obama Administration to reverse course, tamp down the vigilante atmosphere and actually contribute positively to the discussion. Politically neutral social scientists should be commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services to study the incident of bogus claims versus true claims of sexual assault in a variety of urban, rural and college locations across the country to get impeccably reliable data. The Obama Administration “It’s On Us” campaign should be mothballed. The Office of Civil Rights should cease strong-arming universities into complying to ridiculous new standards to prosecute men for sexual assault claims. President Obama should announce that the 20% sexual assault claim that the campaign was based on was erroneous in lieu of the latest Justice Department study that showed a 0.61 percent incidence of female college students actually being assaulted.

By making a clean break from the misguided Office of Civil Rights offensive against men, President Obama can create a lasting legacy of de-politicizing this tempestuous subject by accurately identifying and targeting those who do assault women without falsely tarring and feathering innocent men.

Yeah, I don’t think that he’s interested in doing that.

BRENDAN O’NEILL: “Automatic belief of rape accusations was a central principle of the KKK’s war on rape, too. This was one of the things that most shocked Ida B Wells, the early twentieth-century African-American journalist and civil-rights activist. ‘The word of the accuser is held to be true’, she said, which means that ‘the rule of law [is] reversed, and instead of proving the accused to be guilty, the [accused] must prove himself innocent’. Wells and others were startled by the level of belief in the accusers of black men, and by the damning of anyone who dared to question such accusations, which was taken as an attack on the accuser’s ‘virtue’.”

Everything old is new again.


Declared “the worst journalism of 2014” by the Columbia Journalism Review, Rolling Stone magazine’s account of a gang rape at a fraternity house nonetheless continues to cloud collegiate life at the University of Virginia.

U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan did not lift the suspension of fraternal organizations after The Washington Post found discrepancies in the story that forced the magazine to back away from the allegations.

Instead, Sullivan said, the university will use the harsh national spotlight it is under as an opportunity to lead efforts to combat sexual assault on campus.

The University of Virginia: Where facts don’t matter, but agendas do.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz fights accusations of sexual assault. He’s taking precisely the correct approach if he’s innocent. But this feels like a lefty spoiling attack. I wonder what’s about to come out? Something about Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton?

UPDATE: Related: Shhhhh – Top Obama bundler accused of child rape.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Juveniles Sexually Abused by Staffers at Corrections Facilities: Scandal in Idaho Shines Light on Victimization of Young People by Staff.

When a local nurse’s son was sent to the juvenile corrections center here at age 15, she was upset, but relieved that he would be away from drugs and gangs. The single mother said that the “night he went in, I felt bad, but I could sleep because he was safe.”

But within months, the head of security at the state juvenile corrections center in Nampa struck up a sexual relationship with the teenager, according to police reports. Julie McCormick admitted to having sex with him three times in 2012 while he was incarcerated, the reports said.

Ms. McCormick, 29 years old at the time, told detectives that she fell in love with the boy nearly half her age. She pleaded guilty in 2013 to lewd conduct with the minor and was sentenced to five to 20 years in prison in 2014. A lawyer who represented Ms. McCormick declined to comment.

“You hear about the Boy Scouts, you hear about the Catholic Church—those kids can walk away from it,” said his mother. “My son couldn’t.”

The scandal is an instance of an issue plaguing juvenile facilities nationwide.

National inmate surveys show juveniles experience a rate of sexual victimization by staff that is more than three times that of adult prisoners. Nearly 10% of youth held in state juvenile facilities reported incidents of sexual victimization, with more than 80% of those incidents involving staff, according to a national survey of juvenile inmates published by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2013 that covered the preceding year. . . .

Staff at Nampa allegedly groomed inmates in the manner of child molesters, according to the legal claims.

One former inmate said in an interview that a nurse gave him perks, such as soda and candy, and flirted with him. That led to sex on several occasions in the medical clinic, he said. She gave him money, then threatened to turn him in for having contraband—the money—if he refused her advances, he said. He was 18 at the time and the nurse, who is accused of having sex with other juveniles at Nampa, was in her mid-30s.

“You’re an easy target,” said the college student, now 24, who didn’t want to be named. “You have to think, ‘Why wouldn’t they do this with some young guy in the street?’ ”

The former nurse, who is named in legal claims and no longer works for the center, couldn’t be reached for comment. Jeff Ray, a spokesman for the Idaho Department of Correction and Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, said, “We knew nothing of the allegations” at the time she left the job.

Perpetrators in these cases are often women. About 90% of youth who said they were victimized by staff in the federal survey were males reporting sexual activity with female staff.

Matriarchal privilege.

AUGUSTA CHRONICLE: Assault On The Truth: Fictionalized rape reports fueling hysteria on college campuses.

It’s a journalistic travesty that Rolling Stone’s discredited and disgraceful University of Virginia rape story ever made it into print.

What’s more shameful is how so many people actually hoped the gory – and phony – tale of the fraternity gang-rape was true.

It’s as if many activists and politicians wanted a freshman named Jackie to have been brutally assaulted in September 2012 by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi frat house. It’s as if they hoped she had gone through a three-hour ordeal that ended in her fleeing the house party in a blood-stained dress.

Because as horrific as all that would have been, it would have helped their agenda.

It would be convenient fodder for liberals crowing about the rape “epidemic” sweeping American universities, where, according to an oft-cited but thoroughly debunked academic study, “1-in-5” college women are sexually assaulted.

It would have bolstered their canard that colleges can’t properly deal with campus rapes, and are in need of “fixing” through expansive new federal legislation.

And it would have dovetailed nicely with the overall “war on women” theme Democrats will trot out between now and 2016, when Hillary Clinton, or possibly Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., runs for president.

But instead, the implosion of the ginned-up UVA rape tale – much like the yarn Hollywood it-girl Lena Dunham spun about being raped by a “moustached campus Republican” named Barry – only erodes public trust in the veracity of bona fide incidents of rape.


SUSAN GOLDBERG: The Plan to Take Back Feminism in 2015: Will the real feminists please stand up!

Take one look at Mic’s list of feminist triumphs for 2014 and you’ll get the feeling that most of us have over the course of this rather petty year: American feminism doesn’t know what to do with itself. Sure, it pays lip service to international women with its only PC figurehead Malala Yousafzai taking the list’s lead. And yes, the editors made sure to include a proportional number of women of color on the list, even if they included Ferguson protestors, leading one to ask why the feminist movement would want to associate itself with the kind of race riots we haven’t seen in this nation in nearly 50 years. But when your greatest triumphs include hashtag activism, conquering “manspreading,” and harassing Bill Cosby over decades-old alleged rape accusations, you do more to illustrate how pathetic you’ve become than how much you claim to have accomplished.

A few of these so-called feminist triumphs were listed among the top feminist fiascos of 2014 in the LA Times, along with some real head-hanging, shame-filled moments stretching from #ShirtStorm to #BanBossy. One item on the list, however, strikes a sobering note: Rotherham. The complete lack of American feminist response to the sex trafficking of women in this British town for over two decades should be enough to shame feminists into pursuing a new direction in 2015.

Yeah, I don’t think they’re capable of shame.

PLENTY OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Cathy Young: A Better Feminism for 2015. “The perception of pervasive, one-sided male power and advantage can create a disturbing blindness to injustices toward men—even potentially life-ruining ones such as false accusations of rape. A true equality movement should address all gender-based wrongs, not create new ones. . . . Choosing sides on the basis of gender is textbook sexism—and insisting that women are entitled to belief is a feminist version of the old-fashioned pedestal.”

BUT OF COURSE: The Duke lacrosse rape accuser is back in court. “The Associated Press reports that Crystal Mangum, whose accusations of gang rape against Duke University lacrosse players were revealed to be fake, has appealed her conviction in the stabbing death of her boyfriend: Attorney Ann Petersen asks that Mangum get a new trial. Petersen says the jury shouldn’t have been allowed to hear evidence about an attack on another man in February 2010.”

Remember when all the feminists called her a victim who should be believed just because she had a vagina?

THIS IS OBVIOUSLY PROOF THAT ALL DEMOCRATS SUPPORT ISLAMIC TERROR: Congressman Walks Back Appearance At Islamic Terror Group’s Chicago Convention. You know, just like Todd Akin proved that all Republicans are pro-rape.

HOW’S THAT SMART DIPLOMACY WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Ralph Peters: Obama ‘Tried to Romance Putin and He Got Date-Raped.’

CAMPUS SEX WARS: As the Campus Rape Narrative Unravels, Will Due Process Strike Back in 2015? “Affirmative consent is a baffling way to fight sexual assault. Rape is a crime committed by a minority of determined, serial perpetrators; it’s unclear why activists think that forcing students to jump through new hoops before they have sex will deter these monsters. The policy will produce more mutual confusion and false accusations, however.”

STANDING UP AGAINST INJUSTICE: UVA Prof Wants University To Apologize To Wrongfully Punished Fraternities.

University of Virginia professor Robert F. Turner and his son, Thomas E. Turner, a junior at the university, are calling for U.Va. officials to apologize to the fraternities and students “wrongfully punished” by the administration after the Rolling Stone magazine published a since-discredited story about a fraternity gang-rape at the school.

The Turners, who say they have no connection with Greek life, wrote an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch asking the university — specifically naming U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan — to publicly apologize for its decision to ban fraternity events without any investigation.

“[W]hat message did Sullivan send about basic fairness and the due process of law?” the Turners asked. “Neither of us has any connection with the Greek system, and we understand that they are not popular with some faculty members and administrators. But it is precisely when the alleged crime is so heinous, and the accused unpopular with those in authority, that we must guard against emotion-driven efforts to bypass fundamental due process.”

The Turners wrote that they understood why Sullivan made the decision to ban Greek life for several months due to “pressure from outraged faculty and other community members,” but also said that was “no excuse.”

Denying due process because of emotionally driven outrage is not the way to get justice, rather, it’s an impediment to justice. But this is how universities now find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to combating campus sexual assault.

Especially when they have spines made of jelly — or, in the case of President Sullivan, seize on a hoax to advance a pre-existing agenda.

NEWS FROM THE SMART SET: Doonesbury Somehow Unaware That the UVA Gang Rape Story Was Debunked Weeks Ago. “Given that The Washington Post has proved the UVA rape story to be false, it’s grossly irresponsible to craft a cartoon that uncritically recounts debunked details. I understand that Trudeau may have drawn it before Rolling Stone’s credibility went to hell, but that was a long time ago.”

CAMPUS SEX WARS: Mothers Of Accused College Rapists Fight Back.

Advocates are fighting for colleges to take a more aggressive approach to sexual assault, pointing out that only a fraction of students found culpable are expelled. But Allison Strange and her son hope to remind people that there is another side to the story. She Skypes weekly with other mothers of sons who have been accused of sexual assault on college campuses, and says there are so many students out there whose lives have been twisted up by false claims of rape.

“How in the world can we be in a situation where someone’s words – without any evidence, without any witnesses, without anything – how in the world can someone’s life be turned upside down, or basically ruined?” Strange said. “You grow up hearing sticks and stones can break my bones and words can never hurt me. I would have taken sticks and stones breaking bones all day long over knowing that someone could say something about you, and that it would pull the plug on your entire life.”

She added: “They pulled the plug, and we were swirling down the drain. And that’s exactly how it felt.”

And the colleges don’t care. At least, not enough to do anything about it.


It simply states that no person “shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Based on those 31 words, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has stripped colleges and universities of a crucial component of self-government. Using ludicrous statistics based on flimsy social science to manufacture hysteria about a “rape epidemic” on campuses, the federal government is mandating the overthrow of due process in adjudicating accusations of sexual assault. Title IX’s 31 words beget hundreds of pages of minute stipulations and mandates.

This crusade against a chimerical “epidemic” is rapidly collapsing under the weight of its absurdities and of the frauds (hello, Rolling Stone) that moralistic frenzy begets.

Indeed it is.

PHONING IT IN, SIX WEEKS OUT OF DATE: Doonesbury credulously swallows the UVA Gang Rape story.

ASHE SCHOW: The Year Of Campus Sexual Assault That Wasn’t:

The story did not turn out to be as advertised. Jackie, who told Rolling Stone she had a date the night she was allegedly gang raped, made up the story about the man who supposedly took her to the frat party — even creating fake cellphone numbers and sending her friends pictures of an old high school classmate, according to three friends who said they rushed to her aid the night of the alleged attack. That night, her friends recalled, Jackie said she had been forced to perform oral sex on a group of five men. By the time the story made it into Rolling Stone, she claimed she had been gang-raped by seven men.

Activists quickly tried to shift the narrative, claiming that the accuracy of Jackie’s story didn’t matter and that sexual assault really was as big a problem as they insisted. Anyone who disagreed was called a “rape apologist.”

Then came another blow: The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report showing that one in 41 women were raped or sexually assaulted while attending college, not one in five. Everyone agrees that one is too many, but some also believe that one false accusation is too many as well. Others do not, claiming that false accusations are rare (based on decades old studies or anecdotes that don’t take into account what is now being considered sexual assault). The implication being that the falsely accused don’t matter.

So, what does this mean for 2015? Next year the focus probably will continue to be on due process rights for the accused, especially given the growing number of lawsuits against universities by accused students that could move forward or be settled. And with more people realizing just how damaging the responses have been to the mythical statistic that 20 percent of women will be raped during their college years, policies may change.

Money for lawyers. Yay!

CLAIRE MCCASKILL: Statistics? We don’t need no stinkin’ statistics!

Who needs facts and statistics when you have a good narrative?

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., during an interview reported by Chuck Raasch of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, indicated that she was not happy about disputing statistics regarding campus sexual assault.

“Frankly, it is irritating that anybody would be distracted by which statistics are accurate,” McCaskill said.

This coming from a senator who has rallied around the one-in-five statistic and featured it in her own report about campus sexual assault. Now that new evidence suggests the incidence of campus rape is closer to one in fifty women over four years than to one in five, statistics suddenly don’t matter.

Yes, there seems to be a pivot from the science is settled: there’s an overwhelming rape explosion! to even one woman’s rape constitutes a crisis!

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Rice ISD substitute teacher/aide charged with inappropriate relationship, sexual assault. “A Rice woman investigators say was a teacher’s aide or substitute teacher in the Rice Independent School District has been charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between and educator and a student.”

FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS: Cathy Young: The Crusade Against “Rape Culture” Stumbles. “The Rolling Stone account of a horrific fraternity gang rape at the University of Virginia, which many advocates saw as a possible ‘tipping point’—a shocking wake-up call demonstrating that even the most brutal sexual assaults on our college campuses are tacitly tolerated—has unraveled to the point where only a true believer would object to calling it a rape hoax. . . . It also looks like Jackie made up both ‘Haven’ and the sexual assault he supposedly engineered in an attempt to get the romantic attention of Ryan Duffin, one of the friends she called for help that night. Tellingly, her lawyer has not commented on these revelations. . . . Will 2015 see a pushback against the anti-’rape culture’ movement on campus? If so, good. This is a movement that has capitalized on laudable sympathy for victims of sexual assault to promote gender warfare, misinformation and moral panic. It’s time for a reassessment.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Pennsylvania ‘cheer mom’ of 3 arrested for having sex with daughter’s 17-year-old classmate in parked car. “Gibney, a mother of three, was a volunteer cheer mom at Pottsgrove High School where her daughter is a member of the cheerleading squad, reports NBC Philadelphia. The victim also attends the high school.”

WHEN POLITICAL NARRATIVES MEET FACTS: Campus sexual assault under fresh scrutiny after new survey shows lower incidence.

When President Obama announced in September his “It’s On Us” initiative to combat college sexual assault, he declared that “an estimated 1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted in her college years.”

“One in 5,” Obama repeated, to drive home the point.

But now, in the wake of a new federal Department of Justice report showing the incidence of rape and sexual assault on campus at far lower levels and trending down over the last decade, that statistic is being called into question.

Well, that’s because it’s bogus. Which doesn’t stop Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo): “Frankly, it is irritating that anybody would be distracted by which statistics are accurate.”

Old narrative: The statistical proof of our argument is overwhelming!

New narrative: Our argument is too important to be undermined by mere statistics!

SALON: Christmas Is Just A Rape Celebration, You Know.

JOURNALISM: Readers Unload On Mother Jones For Pushing Bogus ’1 in 5′ Rape Stat.

ACE OF SPADES: Why Feminists Are Obsessed With Rape:

You may wonder why feminists never stop writing about rape.

The answer is simple: Minus rape, feminism stands exposed as a trivial lists of complaints — women not “empowered” enough in TV shows, Liz Lemon selling out the sisterhood on 30 Rock, Negative Body Image You Guys in the media, etc.

Minus rape, feminism is rather too obviously a list of trivial complaints by comfortable yet hysterical semi-affluent white women.

So they always are struggling to bring rape up as a topic, because it’s obviously more serious than the six millionth whine that Men Expect Too Much Regarding Make-Up and Beauty Myth You Guys.

And that’s it. It’s the “serious” veneer slapped upon a very silly and trivial channeling of personal anxieties and hysterias into an alleged “politics.”

Indeed. Related thoughts here. “One notices that feminists seldom debate or engage in dialogue with their critics. We may take this as evidence that feminist rhetoric and ideology cannot withstand careful scrutiny.”

Also: “Christmas is a special hell for feminists.”

JONATHAN FARLEY: It’s Time For A New Standard On Judging Rape Accusers.

ASHE SCHOW: Huffington Post suddenly doesn’t care about sexual assault statistics. “The claim that one in five women will be raped during their time in college was all the rage this year — until it became indefensible. Now, suddenly, statistics don’t matter.”

CHICKS DIG JERKS: J.K. Rowling Is ‘Unnerved’ by Everyone’s Crushes on Draco Malfoy.

UPDATE: Given the surprisingly detailed Harry Potter discussion in the comments, let me once again recommend my colleague Ben Barton’s Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy, an explanation of how the series is a libertarian manifesto for the world’s youth. “This partial list of activities brings home just how bleak Rowling’s portrait of government is. The critique is even more devastating because the governmental actors and actions in the book look and feel so authentic and familiar. . . . Lastly, Rowling even eliminates the free press as a check on government power. The wizarding newspaper, The Daily Prophet, is depicted as a puppet to the whims of the Ministry of Magic.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: From the comments: “So college girls today live in constant fear of being raped. While daydreaming about Draco in leather pants and reading the S&M fantasy 50 Shades of Grey. What would Freud say was their problem?”

RAPE HOAX FALLOUT: A Joint Letter From Civil Rights Attorneys To UVA President Teresa Sullivan About UVA’s Illegal Sexual Assault Policies. This reads like the outline for a lawsuit under Title IX and Section 1983.

Related: U.Va. board chair blasts Rolling Stone for damage to university’s reputation. “During a meeting held by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, Rector George K. Martin called Rolling Stone’s treatment of the university ‘drive-by journalism’ and denounced the damage done to the university’ reputation. Martin opened the meeting by expressing the board’s ‘collective sorrow’ for the students, faculty, fraternities and others on campus who had been ‘wrongly maligned and traumatized’ by Rolling Stone’s now disputed article alleging a gang rape and massive cover up by U.Va.”

You know, UVA President Teresa Sullivan has been remarkably supine in the face of Rolling Stone’s libel since, false or not, it advanced her preferred campus agenda. But the Board may feel differently.

OF COURSE, AN AWFUL LOT OF THESE STORIES TURNED OUT TO BE LIES: Why the Personal Became Political for Women in 2014: Women have discovered the power of going public with deeply intimate stories.

Lena Dunham, who shot to fame in no small part for her emotional and corporeal honesty, waited almost a decade to speak publicly about her experience with college sexual assault. “Speaking out was never about exposing the man who assaulted me,” she would later explain of the decision to go public. “Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun.” In many ways, Dunham has made the political connections to her work explicit, as when she teamed up with Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List on her book tour. Dunham has also continued work on her critically acclaimed, albeit controversial, TV show Girls, a fiction that for many feels uncomfortably real.

You’d think that National Journal’s Lucia Graves would mention that Dunham’s story about being raped by a top campus Republican named “Barry” was exploded, and that Dunham and her publisher have admitted that there was no “Barry.” (Her story about abusing her infant sister, on the other hand, which Graves unaccountably ignores, appears to be true.)

The, of course, there’s the UVA rape hoax, and the 1-in-5 campus sexual assault figure that Kirsten Gillibrand — prominently mentioned in the article — has backed away from, something that Graves also doesn’t mention. And Gillibrand’s own fat-shaming story — like Dunham’s, suspiciously non-specific, and eventually tied to a conveniently dead Democrat — seems just a little too convenient.

So when we talk about “personal stories,” maybe the emphasis here is on the “stories” part (stories as in “fiction”), rather than the personal. But Graves is right about one thing: It’s all about power.

THE STORY OF A COLUMBIA STUDENT falsely accused of rape.

He says that he is innocent and that the same university that found him “not responsible” has now abdicated its own responsibility, letting mob justice overrule its official procedures. The mattress project is not an act of free expression, he adds; it is an act of bullying, a very public, very personal, and very painful attack designed to hound him out of Columbia. And it is being conducted with the university’s active support.

“There is a member of the faculty that is supervising this,” he said. “This is part of her graduation requirement.”

Most of the lynch-mob justice on campuses is actively facilitated by faculty and staff. This is why, as I say, Congress needs to look at holding universities responsible for this kind of bullying.


MICHAEL BARONE: Free speech, political correctness struggle to coexist on campus.

The total discrediting of Rolling Stone’s story on rape at the University of Virginia has shined a light on one of the least palatable features of American life: the so-called epidemic of rape on campus.

Authorities from Barack Obama on down have cited the phony statistic that one in five college women is raped. Phony, because it’s based on a 2007 survey conducted at two Midwestern schools, not of a random sample, but of a small number of self-selected respondents. The study also includes unwanted touching and kissing in its broad definition of “sexual assault.”

A Department of Justice survey released this month presents a different picture. Between 1995 and 2013, it reports, an average of 0.61 percent of female students were raped or sexually assaulted every year — 2.4 percent over four years, not 20 percent. Moreover, DOJ reports, that rate has been declining significantly in recent years, in line with a national decline in rape.

In other words, there is no suddenly raging epidemic of rape on campus. Nevertheless, colleges and universities have been scampering to comply with mandates from the Obama Department of Education to set up procedures in which campus administrators, with no legal training, act as investigators, prosecutors, judges, juries and executioners.

Accused students are not allowed to have lawyers or to confront witnesses, and legal rules of evidence do not apply. State legislatures have passed or are considering laws requiring schools to adopt (and many schools are adopting) a “yes means yes” standard, requiring express consent at each stage of a sexual encounter.

These kangaroo courts can and do expel male students, putting a blot on their records for life. No wonder dozens of them are suing universities and getting big cash settlements. No wonder 28 current and retired Harvard law professors signed a letter calling such processes “deeply unfair and undemocratic.”

Some day, I suspect, this frenzy will be seen as akin to the hysteria over satanic abuse in day care centers in the 1980s. Many people went to jail over utterly fraudulent charges based on bogus psychological research, akin to the Salem witch trials.

Administrators’ thumbs are heavily on the scales here, and it’s not on the side of free speech. As I say, this is ripe for Congressional civil rights legislation.

THIS SEEMS LIKE A STRONG TITLE IX CASE AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY, as well as a civil suit against the students involved. Unpunished vandalism rampage inspired by Rolling Stone’s U.Va. rape story: Student activist who led vandalism attack on Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house says he has no regrets.

I also think that university toleration of lynch-mob behavior is a serious civil rights problem on campuses, and something that the next Congress should look at remedying.

IT’S ABOUT TIME: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand removes debunked sexual assault statistic from website. “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., one of the most prominent lawmakers working to curb campus sexual assault, has removed from her website the debunked claim that one in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college.”

Of course, that’s bad news for some.

UPDATE: Gillibrand’s bill and “rape privilege:” “But the truth is, young women who don’t go to college are more likely to be raped. . . . In other words, these women are victims of sexual violence at a rate around 30 percent greater than their more educated counterparts. The focus on sexual violence against some of our most privileged young people has distracted us from the victimization of those enjoying less social and economic advantage.” Feminism is always about the concerns and well-being of upper-middle-class white women.

CHARLOTTE ALLEN: Top 10 feminist fiascoes of 2014. The UVA “gang rape” hoax leads the list, unsurprisingly. But read the whole thing.

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Next Up in America: The Liberal Retreat.

As the United States staggers toward the seventh year of Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House, a growing disquiet permeates the ranks of the American left. After six years of the most liberal President since Jimmy Carter, the nation doesn’t seem to be asking for a second helping. Even though the multiyear rollout of Obamacare was carefully crafted to put all the popular features up front, delaying less popular changes into the far future, the program remains unpopular. Trust in the fairness and competence of government is pushing toward new lows in the polls, even though the government is now in the hands of forward-looking, progressive Democrats rather than antediluvian Gopers.

For liberals, these are bleak times of hollow victories (Obamacare) and tipping points that don’t tip. For examples of the latter, think of Sandy Hook, the horrific massacre in Connecticut that Democrats and liberals everywhere believed would finally push the American public toward gun control. Two years later, polls show more Americans than ever before think it’s more important to protect gun access than to promote gun control.

Sandy Hook isn’t the only example. There was the latest 2014 IPCC report on climate change that was going to end the debate once and for all. The chances for legislative action on climate change in the new Congress: zero or less. There was Ferguson and the Garner videotape showing the fatal chokehold, both of which set off a wave of protests but seem unlikely to change public attitudes about the police. There was the Senate Intelligence Committee “torture report” that was going to settle the issue of treatment of detainees. Again, the polls are rolling in suggesting that the public remains exactly where it was: supportive of “torture” under certain circumstances. And of course there was the blockbuster Rolling Stone article on campus rape at UVA, the story that, before it abruptly collapsed, was going to cement public support for the Obama administration’s aggressive attempt to federalize the treatment of sexual harassment on campuses around the country. . . .

Shell-shocked liberals are beginning to grasp some inconvenient truths. No gun massacre is horrible enough to change Americans’ ideas about gun control. No UN Climate Report will get a climate treaty through the U.S. Senate. No combination of anecdotal and statistical evidence will persuade Americans to end their longtime practice of giving police officers extremely wide discretion in the use of force. No “name and shame” report, however graphic, from the Senate Intelligence Committee staff will change the minds of the consistent majority of Americans who tell pollsters that they believe that torture is justifiable under at least some circumstances. No feminist campaign will convince enough voters that the presumption of innocence should not apply to those accused of rape.

It’s like Americans insist on remaining Americans.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Tutor facing decade or more in prison for having sex with her 15-year-old student REJECTED plea deal that would have given her just a few months behind bars. She probably didn’t believe a judge would sentence a woman to serious time. And based on history, that was a fair — though in this case losing — bet.

JIM TREACHER: Reminder: Hillary Clinton Has Directly Contributed To Rape Culture. “Many of the same people who make such a convincing ‘rape culture’ argument will also argue that you should vote for Hillary. Many of the same people who assumed the UVA Phi Psi house was guilty of gang rape, who say things like ‘I believe women’ when presented with evidence that a rape accusation is false, will defend Hillary because she was just doing her job.”

AS OPPOSED TO THE USUAL EUNUCHS, I GUESS: Obama takes questions only from female reporters. But this is just sad: “Considering what turned out to be a poor ending for the year in women’s issues — namely campus sexual assault — Obama needed to bring attention back on women. Obama tried in April to spearhead a movement this year and continue the momentum of the ‘war on women’ narrative, but it suffered a number of setbacks: Due process supporters piped up, a major story about campus rape was exposed as a hoax, Republicans defeated candidates who overdid the ‘war on women’ theme. To put it briefly, the president needed a win, and this is what he came up with.”

UVA RAPE HOAXER “JACKIE” plagiarized love emails from Scrubs, Dawson’s Creek.

ANDREW MALCOLM: The Rolling Stone Story Is Part of a Broader Hoax.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student claims he was expelled from W&L for consensual sex.

A day after Rolling Stone published an article describing a brutal gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house, a former Washington and Lee student claims he was expelled for having consensual sex with another student who eight months later regretted the encounter and claimed rape.

The former W&L student has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the private Lexington university discriminated against him because he is a male, and because it wanted to avoid the negative public scrutiny that UVa was experiencing. Moreover, the student, identified as John Doe in the lawsuit, contends W&L’s Title IX officer advocates to female students that “regret equals rape.”

Yes, taking responsibility for one’s choices and actions is totally a male thing. Because equality!

OBVIOUSLY THE NEXT STEP IS TO LABEL EXCULPATORY VIDEOS “REVENGE PORN:” Woman falsely accuses man of rape, and man captures it on video.

ASHE SCHOW: Marginalizing The Already Marginalized:

Sometimes, small percentages of the American people are worth fighting for. And sometimes they’re not, at least for the Left.

About 10 percent of the American people are uninsured and can’t get health insurance? Better disrupt the entire healthcare system to help them.

About 6 percent of U.S. residents are here illegally? Better disrupt the entire immigration system to make them legal.

Less than 1 percent of women are raped each year while in college? Better redefine consent to turn nearly all sex into rape unless nobody reports it.

But 10 percent of rape accusations are false? (One study suggests it’s as high as 40 percent.) That’s negligible and can be ignored. . . . Those falsely accused in college can be kicked off campus or even expelled without due process or evidence. That’s a substantial loss of tuition. The black mark on one’s record can prevent a man falsely accused from getting into other colleges or even finding employment after graduation.

If sexual assault survivors are people, not statistics, then the falsely accused are also people, not statistics. And, as such, they cannot be ignored for a greater narrative and policies that are poised to increase the number of falsely accused.

It’s all about politics. The “compassion” talk is just a smokescreen. And college men need to realize that the feminists, and their Democratic allies like Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand, are entirely happy to sacrifice your lives for a slogan.

ASHE SCHOW: Defining nearly all sex as rape. “California’s ‘yes means yes’ law turns the idea of sexual consent upside down. Suddenly, nearly all sex is rape, unless no person involved reports it as such.”

ASHE SCHOW: Atticus Finch: American literature’s most celebrated rape apologist. “If ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ were taught in women’s studies classes today, Finch would have to be labeled the villain of the book for not accepting at face value an accuser’s tale of rape and for posing difficult, painful questions to her on the witness stand.”

THE UNRAVELING HOAX: University Of Virginia Student’s Catfishing Scheme Revealed. “A University of Virginia student named Jackie appears to have used internet phone services to fabricate the identity of a man she says she was going on a date with on the night she claims she was gang-raped by seven fraternity members.”

Related: Life In Post-Truth America.

JONATHAN TURLEY: After Ferguson, come the apologies for nothing:

College campuses last week seemed more like centers of political reeducation rather than real learning as various academics have been forced into public apologies over references to the recent controversial decisions of grand juries in Missouri and New York.

Consider the bizarre case of University of California at Los Angeles law professor Robert Goldstein who based an essay question on his final on Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, chanting, “Burn this b—- down!” after the grand jury decision. The angry mob proceeded to loot and burn various businesses in the town. With some calling for Head to be prosecuted, this was a ready-made question for exploring the limits of the First Amendment in a real-life situation. However, Goldstein was immediately attacked by commentators like Elie Mystal of the blog Above the Law for being “racially insensitive and divisive.” Mystal falsely stated that Goldstein’s question asked students to “advocate in favor of extremist racists in Ferguson.”

Goldstein actually apologized and told his students that he “clearly underestimated and misjudged the impact of this question.” He proceeded to throw out the question in what seemed a cringing compliance with a new taboo subject.

Related: The Trouble With Teaching Rape Law. “Imagine a medical student who is training to be a surgeon but who fears that he’ll become distressed if he sees or handles blood. What should his instructors do? Criminal-law teachers face a similar question with law students who are afraid to study rape law.”

Higher education today: A race to the bottom, between the vicious and the trivial.

UPDATE: A bright spot from Oberlin, of all places.

HOW LENA DUNHAM AND OTHER CELEBRITIES ARE GLAMORIZING RAPE: “If rape culture exists it’s not on college campuses. This is a developing and startling trend with Hollywood and feminist entertainment culture. The glamorization of rape as a means of fitting into a social clique. It’s not about demanding truth. It’s about demanding obedience. Not getting young women to bond with shared experiences of a sexual assault to find healing, but that it’s simply becoming a fad and cool to do so. This is a dangerous bandwagon that corporate pop culture is all too happy to attempt to exploit. . . . This is feminist driven media attempting to gleefully create a culture of Rape Glam and at the forefront is the hipster queen of millennial drama, Lena Dunham.”

Well, women used to bond in their twenties by talking about their children, but a whole class of women don’t have those to talk about anymore.

Plus, the piece reminds us that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) herself made a Dunhamesque non-specific accusation about Senatorial fat-shaming.

K.C. JOHNSON: UVA’s Stalinist Rules For Convicting Males. “The collapse of the Rolling Stone rape story had an important byproduct—it showed the stunning unfairness of UVA’s proposed new sexual assault policies. UVA’s proposed guidelines, like those of many colleges, are heavily pitched toward accusers, minimize due process and all but ensure that key evidence will not come before the university, especially if that evidence might contradict the accuser’s version of events.”

Really, why pay six figures to send your kids to places that are prone to hysteria and a police-state mentality?


Whether or not “no means no” might have been adequate to prevent the problems of date rapes behind the sock hop, it was not adequate to all the difficulties we faced. My generation drank more than our mothers had, so that women were more frequently incapable of saying no, or much of anything else. There were no parietal rules to keep us out of each other’s rooms, or force us to come home at an early hour. Nor could we fall back on “nice girls don’t”; we had to refuse this specific man each time, not on the grounds that some external force was stopping us, but because we simply didn’t want to have sex with him. That’s an uncomfortable conversation, and modern though we may be, most of us still hated uncomfortable conversations, especially if we’d had a few and just wanted to go to sleep.

I’m not calling for a return to single-sex dorms, curfew rules, and the presumption that “nice girls don’t.” I’m just pointing out that these things gave our mothers an easy way to say “no” that didn’t have to be explained or defended, and wouldn’t be taken as a specific rejection of this person right in front of you. We were chanting a slogan designed for a world that no longer existed. In the world where we lived, it required an assertiveness and a confident self-knowledge that a lot of 19-year-old girls found hard to muster. It required actions we weren’t always willing to take, like loudly saying “no,” and leaving if he persisted. In other words, it left us vulnerable, though not in the same way that our mothers had been. . . .

It is not the word “no” that women are struggling with; it is the concept of utter refusal. That is what has to change, not the words to describe it. It is perhaps unfair that this burden should be placed on women, especially when we are socialized to be accommodating and “nice” (especially to men). Unfortunately, no one else can bear the burden of deciding who we want to have sex with, and then articulating it forcefully.

Nor should feminists be eager to help women avoid the burden of deciding, and then stating their opinion in the strongest possible terms. “No” and “I don’t want to” are great tools for women to master. For centuries, society protected nice middle-class women from having to use them by deciding what we wanted, and punishing anyone who wanted anything else. Now that those rules are gone, some feminists are essentially advocating handing the burden of deciding what we want over to … men, who are supposed to guess whether we are offering “affirmative consent,” and be punished if they guess wrong.

We’ve reached the point that yes doesn’t even mean yes. Meanwhile, as Don Surber notes, under modern feminism even women bosses in the workplace want men to spare them the pain of definite statements.

The point of her piece was that men have to understand the rules of women in the workplace, and not that women have to understand the rules of business. She uses a wifely logic:

I’ve been at countless meetings at various news organizations where a male editor, suggesting a story idea, loudly declares something like: “We need a piece on the drop in gas prices!” A woman, making the same point, might ask hesitantly: “Has anyone noticed that gas prices are falling? Do we know why?”

Both are saying exactly the same thing: Get me the damn story on gas prices, and get it now.

It’s the old if-you-really-love-me-you’d-know-what-I-mean routine.

But actually they are not saying the same thing. One is giving an order (“We need a piece on the drop in gas prices!”), the other is asking pointless questions (“Has anyone noticed that gas prices are falling? Do we know why?”). The problem is the second speaker is not saying what she means, which means she is a poor communicator, which makes her a bad boss. The whole piece is that kind of passive-aggressive nonsense.

This is what a feminist looks like, at the end of 2014. Women used to be made of sterner stuff. No wonder so few women self-identify as feminist now.

CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS: Here’s why Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story went viral.

FORMER PUBLIC DEFENDER: Lena Dunham and the damage done by false accusations.

As a public defender in Fairfax County, I once watched the sentencing of an attractive, young defendant who had falsely accused her middle-aged, married neighbor of rape.

The police believed her and investigated and arrested the alleged rapist. At the sentencing of the woman, the prosecutor described the indignity to which the neighbor had been subjected: an arrest in front of his neighbors, the harm to his reputation, the embarrassment to his family, the threat of serving up to 30 years in prison. He was innocent, and he suffered even though he was not convicted. False accusations are easily made yet devastating.

The Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney pursued the false police report with the same seriousness he had the original rape charge. The woman who made the false claim deserved prosecution and punishment. And the innocent deserve protection. They deserve to be protected by the police and by the media.

Thus, I have a suggestion for The Post: Stop minimizing the harm caused by Lena Dunham’s accusation.

#FALSERAPECULTURE. The author is a law professor now.

THIS IS LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE A DELIBERATE HOAX: Friends of U.Va. rape accuser begin to doubt story.

Three friends of the alleged University of Virginia rape victim are growing more skeptical about her account, saying they have doubts about information she gave them and why she belatedly tried to get herself deleted from the Rolling Stone article that engulfed their campus in controversy.

The friends say among their concerns is the fact that the woman, named only as “Jackie” in the article, gave them a cellphone number so they could text a man she said she was seeing around the time she alleged she was gang-raped at a fraternity house.

Eventually, the friends ended up with three numbers for the man. All are registered to Internet services that enable people to text without cellphone numbers but also can be used to redirect calls to different numbers or engage in spoofing, according to multiple research databases checked by The Washington Times.

“That definitely raises some red flags,” Alex Stock, a University of Virginia junior and friend of Jackie, told The Times. “I think as more details come out I definitely feel a little more skeptical. This is all new territory for me. I’m not too technologically savvy.”

The friends say Jackie also gave them the name “Haven” as the first name of the upperclassman she was seeing shortly before the purported attack, but they haven’t been able to find anyone by that name enrolled on the campus or even living in the area.

Occam’s Razor has been saying “hoax” for a while, but this just made it a bit sharper.

HMM: Here Are EIGHT Campus Rape Hoaxes Eerily Like The UVA Rape Story.

THOU SHALT NOT CONTRADICT THE NARRATIVE, ESPECIALLY WITH ICKY PATRIARCHAL FACTS: Angry protesters denounce George Will at MSU; called ‘rape denier,’ backs turned. Hey, they’ve been turning their backs on the truth for a long time. But the biggest joke: signs stating “rape is not a pawn to be politicized.” Uh huh.

Even more delicious: “At Michigan State’s ‘alternative ceremony,’ one speaker was professor Ruben Parra-Cardona, associate director of MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. Ruben, in a speech, criticized Will for seeing sexual violence ideologically. The scholar also checked his own privilege.”

Related: Charles C.W. Cooke: Does Truth Matter to the Feminist Left? The reactions to the unraveling of the Rolling Stone story suggest not. “Where most readers accepted with alacrity the possibility that Sabrina Erdely could have got it wrong, the tireless archaeologists of our supposedly ubiquitous ‘rape culture’ took to remolding their position every six-and-a-half minutes and to carrying on in public like a bunch of frothy peanut-gallery-voyeurs at a backwoods 17th-century witch trial. Just a few short weeks ago, when Rolling Stone’s story was almost universally believed to be true, we were urged to read each and every sordid detail of the case so that we might better acquaint ourselves with the broader problems that are presented by ‘rape culture.’ Today, as the story continues to collapse, the opposite view is regnant, and the very same people who pointed excitedly to Erdely’s work now contend that we should not be focusing on an individual case such as this in the first place.”

STEPHEN L. CARTER: Why The CIA “Torture Report” Is Like the Rolling Stone Rape Debacle.

By not talking to relevant CIA personnel, the staff weakened what was in most other respects a thorough and troubling examination of poorly conceived and poorly run program. But one needn’t be a supporter of the enhanced interrogations — I’m certainly not — to find unpersuasive the proffered explanation that CIA officials could not talk to the committee while a criminal investigation was pending. The investigation closed in 2012. Had the committee wanted to interview CIA officers closely involved in the program, there was plenty of time to do so, even if it meant postponing the date for finalizing the report. If, on the other hand, there are pending criminal matters to which the public isn’t privy, then releasing the report with all the accompanying hoopla is sure to poison the jury pool.

Why, then, didn’t the staff members speak to ranking intelligence officials, either in the CIA or elsewhere in the executive branch? Perhaps we see at work a malady that has become all too common: a reluctance to disturb the narrative.

Nowadays, narratives are all the rage, and inconvenient facts and testimony are generally left out of the story. This is exactly what got Rolling Stone magazine in trouble. Even back when I was a college journalist, we never ran a controversial story without seeking a response from the other side. But Rolling Stone, in its vivid account of a rape alleged to have occurred at a fraternity house on the University of Virginia campus, did exactly that. No comments from the accused; no comments from the fraternity; no comments from the accuser’s own friends. The accuser supposedly placed these limits as a condition of writing the story. Why on earth did the magazine go along?

Surely the same explanation applies. To do otherwise would have disturbed the narrative. Sexual assault is said to be rampant on campus, and Rolling Stone had a powerful story to tell. Adding even routine denials, to say nothing of the sort of widely varying accounts that a serious investigation would surely have unearthed, would have reduced the power of the tale.

It’s hard to believe that the magazine would have stumbled into the same thicket of unprofessional journalism had it been reporting on, say, a source’s allegations that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted conservative organizations. Possibly the story wouldn’t have run at all; certainly it would not have run without a serious effort at verification.

Journalistic standards, like Congressional ones, are amazingly flexible depending on who is being targeted.

YA THINK? Daily Beast’s Ana Marie Cox: Rape Story “Tarnishes” Dunham’s Credibility.


As most readers may know by now, a gunman or gunmen has taken about dozen hostages (or more, accounts differ) prisoner in a cafe in Martin Place, which is the ceremonial heart of Sydney. It’s the Cenotaph war memorial and but a stone’s throw from the US Embassy. The US embassy has warned citizens in country to be aware of their surroundings, in sense of being on guard against possible assailants.

The scene of the incident is an upscale cafe, which now has a black “shahada” flag draped across it, saying “there is no God but Allah”. There are reports that the police have rounded up a number of the suspect’s associates in Auburn, which is a suburb heavily populated by Muslims.

Much more at the link.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN FOR TOMORROW IS UP: The great campus rape hoax: The truth – that rape on campus is becoming less common – doesn’t fit the left’s narrative.

GENE LYONS: No Defense For The Mistakes In the Rolling Stone Rape Story.

Preppy WASPs, of course, are America’s last acceptable criminal class. A journalist can “profile” them all she wants with no fear of chastisement. On a recent Slate podcast, Erdeley explained she’d decided to write about UVA’s heavy-drinking “elitist fraternity culture” even before she’d met “Jackie,” the alleged victim.

“Southern” was a big part of it, too. . . .

If Rolling Stone’s story reads like a Stephen King novel, that may be because it’s largely imaginary.

UVA pledge events take place during spring semester, not September; there was no fraternity party. The side door Jackie escaped from doesn’t exist. Her three friends say they encountered her about a mile from Phi Kappa Psi that night, telling a lurid, but very different story involving forced oral sex. Jackie had no visible wounds. It was she who insisted on keeping quiet.

They also say Erdeley never interviewed them.

Jackie’s alleged seducer “Drew” never belonged to the fraternity and denies ever dating Jackie — an easy alibi to break, unless true.

The scales having fallen from my eyes, I keep returning to the scene where guys outside an off-campus bar supposedly called Jackie a “feminazi bitch.”

“One flung a bottle at Jackie that broke on the side of her face,” we’re told, “leaving a blood-red bruise around her eye.”

Maybe an NFL quarterback could throw a beer bottle hard enough to break on somebody’s face, but I doubt it. The victim, however, would be more than bruised. She’d be lucky to survive.

And there would definitely be a police report.

Indeed. Interesting to see this coming from a Dem columnist generally regarded as part of the Hillary orbit.

ADVOCACY JOURNALISM: So new DOJ figures come out showing that campus sexual assault is less common than off-campus sexual assault, and that the rate is a tiny fraction of what activists claim, and what’s the spin? Sexual assaults go unreported. Not even a mention of the other, narrative-threatening, findings.

TEACH BOYS NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE BY TEACHERS: Principal sobs as she reveals how pupil’s false affair claims ended her career and turned ‘everyone against her’ before judge laughed them out of court.

Yeah, this is like a grand convergence of InstaPundit themes here. . . . But false accusations do a lot of harm. Perhaps as women face more of them, society as a whole will take more note.


SEAN COLLINS: Rolling Stone And The Myth Of A Rape Epidemic.

HANNA ROSIN ON CAMPUS RAPE INVESTIGATIONS: Many women on campuses may want catharsis rather than rigorous justice, which is fine as long as no human beings are sacrificed.

BUT REMEMBER, IF YOU HAD ANY DOUBTS YOU’RE A “RAPE DENIALIST” OR SOMETHING: ABC: Witnesses ignored by Rolling Stone undermine another key part of “Jackie” narrative.

Related: As UVA Rape Story Falls Apart; Feminists Try to Save ‘Rape Culture’ Narrative. “Rape culture” is real. Just in places like ISIS’ Iraq or Boko Haram’s Nigeria, not on American college campuses. Strangely, feminists are completely uninterested in doing anything about those places.

FREDDIE DE BOER: What progressives don’t want to talk about in the Rolling Stone scandal: A presumption of truth in every rape accusation is an impossible standard. And it’s doing real damage to the cause of fighting sexual assaults. It’s almost as if “fighting sexual assaults” isn’t progressives’ top priority.

ASHE SCHOW: Advocacy groups must believe rape accusers without evidence, others should not. “We now live in a society where the search for the truth — things like facts and evidence and true investigation — is labeled as victim-blaming and an impediment to justice. A society where an accuser’s word — and sometimes, a university’s made-up version of the accuser’s word — becomes gospel, and evidence provided by the accused is ignored. A society where false statistics are repeated and those who disagree are disparaged as ‘rape apologists.’” It’s not about helping rape victims. It’s about protecting a racket from dangerous scrutiny.

Related: Triple Jeopardy and No Lawyers at SMU.

MEGAN MCARDLE: Lessons From The Rolling Stone Debacle.

When questions first emerged, a number of people treated quashing those questions as the moral equivalent of war, attacking the questioners as if being skeptical of a story was itself wrong — rather than exactly the spirit of inquiry that makes science, and public debate, work. Others pointed out that trauma victims often have fragmentary or contradictory memories, which is generally true of all eyewitnesses, not just trauma victims, and not really sufficient to explain the gaping holes in this particular story. When we get wedded to our narratives, we become blind. That is true of everyone — the people who were appropriately skeptical of this story as well as the people who weren’t — and we all need to be on guard against it all the time. . . .

Before the problems emerged with the Rolling Stone story, I saw a lot of people talking as if this story somehow represented a broad and pervasive problem on college campuses rather than a single incident. Even if the story had held up, this would have been a vast overstatement. All sorts of horrific crimes happen in America, and the legal system does not always get the justice we would like. They are not necessarily representative of American culture, or even flaws in our institutions; they are reflections of the fact that we live in a big country, and like any big country, we have some bad apples.

But people who are worried about the problem of false rape accusations are now in danger of making the same mistake. If Jackie’s story is a hoax, it is no more representative than it would be if it were true. It is one story. Were reporters and editors excessively credulous because of the nature of the accusation? That seems likely. But that doesn’t mean that most accusations of rape are false, or that feminists are happy to tell fake stories in order to advance the cause.

Well, I don’t know. I’ve seen a lot of evidence for that last proposition. Or if not “fake stories,” certainly “too good to check stories,” told with reckless disregard for whether they’re true or not.

AMY TAYLOR: Lena Dunham, I Don’t Believe You. “I don’t believe that you were raped or sexually assaulted. I don’t believe that you are a victim or a survivor. I believe that you are a psychopath that needs to be the center of attention.”

THE WASHINGTON POST’S ERIK WEMPLE: The full demise of Rolling Stone’s rape story. “[T]he shoddiest piece of journalism in recent memory. . . . Erdely’s mission appears to have been to present as sensational and damaging an account of fraternity excesses as she could gather.”

ASHE SCHOW: Due process for everyone but those accused of rape. “‘[B]ecause essentially burden of proof is a defense of the perpetrator,’ said Stanford University activist Elisabeth Dee.” Due process weakens the state vis-a-vis the individual, so when lefties control the state, they’re against it. When they don’t, they’re all for it.

NOT VERY WELL: K.C. Johnson: How the Times Handled the Rape Report. While the Washington Post has been doing real shoe-leather reporting, the New York Times has engaged in shallow, slogan-affirming punditry disguised as reporting. In other words, pretty much what they did during the Duke Lacrosse case.

SENS. MCCASKILL & GILLIBRAND SAY: The Facts May Change, But The Narrative Must Remain The Same:

Sen. Claire McCaskill said at the hearing she is “saddened and angry” about the “bad journalism” in the Rolling Stone article.

The article was a “setback for survivors in this country,” said McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat. “This is not a crime where you have rampant false reporting and embellishment.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., echoed McCaskill’s concerns.

“Clearly we don’t know the facts of what happened or didn’t happen” in the alleged University of Virginia gang rape case, Gillibrand said. “But these facts have not changed: UVA has admitted that they have allowed students who have confessed to sexually assaulting another student to remain on campus.”

“I refuse to let this one story become an excuse for Congress not to fix a broken system,” Gillibrand said.

Actually, we now have a pretty good idea what didn’t happen, which is everything that was reported in the now-exploded Rolling Stone article. It’s not clear that anyone was raped, and certainly the lurid gang-rape-on-broken-glass scenario can be pretty much ruled out. It’s not clear that a fraternity was involved at all.

What is clear is that Gillibrand and McCaskill leaped on this storyline when it looked good, and are now backpedaling. And Gillibrand also hung her hat on the Erdely military-rape story, which I predict won’t hold up well under investigation either.

I’d also like to know how much coordination there was among folks at UVA — Emily Renda worked in UVA President Teresa Sullivan’s office, and on the White House “It’s On Us” campus rape group, and I believe was the one who told Erdely about Jackie’s case — and Rolling Stone, and the White House, and Sens. Gillibrand and McCaskill. Perhaps someone will ask them, or submit a FOIA request to the White House and a state FOIA to President Sullivan’s office. Conveniently, McCaskill and Gillibrand aren’t subject to FOIA, but that doesn’t stop intrepid reporters from asking them.

I’d also be interested in hearing from reporters themselves: Was the White House pushing this story?

HANNA ROSIN: The Washington Post Inches Closer to Calling the UVA Gang Rape Story a Fabrication.

Jackie has now given her friends two different names for the man she was with that night. Neither of them was in fact with her, ever dated her, or even knew her all that well. She appears to have invented a suitor, complete with fake text messages and a fake photo, which suggests a capacity for somewhat elaborate deception. Jackie, though, has not recanted her story. Her attorney would not answer questions for the Post’s story on Wednesday and has told reporters to stop contacting Jackie.

Here’s the most disturbing journalistic detail to emerge from the Post’s reporting: In the Rolling Stone story, Erdely says that she contacted Randall, but he declined to be interviewed, “citing his loyalty to his own frat.” Randall told the Post he was never contacted by Erdely and would have been happy to be interviewed.

That could mean one of two things: Jackie could have given Erdely fake contact information for Randall and then posed as Randall herself, sending the reporter that email in which he supposedly declined to participate in the story. Erdely also could have lied about trying to contact Randall. Rolling Stone might have hinted at this possibility in its “Note to Our Readers” when it referred to a “friend of Jackie’s (who we were told would not speak to Rolling Stone)” but later spoke to the Washington Post. That would take Erdely a big step beyond just being gullible and failing to check her facts, moving this piece in the direction of active wrongdoing.

People on Twitter are imagining all sorts of scenarios that might be true, but at this point, Occam’s Razor suggests that the whole thing was a hoax. Sure, it’s possible that Jackie was making up all sorts of stuff, but was then actually raped, and then subsequently changed her story many, many times. But at this point, all we know for sure is that everything she specifically told anyone seems to have turned out to be either clearly false, or extremely questionable — and mostly the former.