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Where Black Lives Don't Matter — Campus 'Rape Culture' Tribunals

In the spring of 2014, a black man (given the pseudonym "James Hays") was accused of sexual assault by a white female fellow student (pseudonym "Mary Gill") for an unwanted kiss attempt. The campus removed Hays from his dorm, allegedly for Gill's safety. After this ordeal, his mother recalled, the man "just stayed in his room and was severely depressed, never left his bed. He couldn't eat or sleep. Every night at home he had horrible screaming nightmares. ... He said he thought about suicide all the time, and he tried once."

When asked if there was a racial element in the case, Hays' mother said, "As black Americans, we have always been cautioned about white women wanting to entrap black men, especially in the South, where interracial dating was taboo. When my son and this girl first started 'fooling around,' he told me reluctantly [that] she didn't want anyone to know. Especially her ex. That's a big red flag for me."

This young man suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and attempted suicide, following a false accusation of sexual assault that got him removed from his room and demonized by society. This and other harrowing stories of lives destroyed emerge in a new book, The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America's Universities. Stuart Taylor, a co-author of the book, told PJ Media that black men are "probably disproportionately" accused of sexual assault, and "probably disproportionately black men accused by white women."

"A lot of people talk about the frequency with which black athletes are accused by white women," Taylor noted. "There's a simmering tension here between two groups that like to complain they're oppressed: Extreme feminists talking about women, and people concerned about the racial targeting of blacks."

Taylor's book addresses a large movement in politics and the universities which uses false statistics to argue that one in five women get sexually abused on a college campus. If this statistic were true, 2 million of the approximately 10 million women enrolled as undergraduates in American colleges and universities would be sexually assaulted while at college, which translates to between 400,000 and 500,000 sexual assaults per year. For comparison, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, there were 116,645 rapes in the entire United States (a nation of 160 million women) in 2014.

The 1990 Clery Act requires all colleges to report the total number of student sexual assaults, and between the years 2012 and 2014, universities reported an annual average of between 4,558 and 5,335 sexual assaults. Compared to the 1-in-5 statistic, that is a ratio of almost 100 to 1. As it turns out, surveys backing up the 1-in-5 statistic do not actually ask students if they were raped or sexually assaulted. Instead, they ask broad questions about sexual activity, and then interpret certain types of activity as sexual assault.