The Campus Rape Meme Just Keeps Chugging Along

College rape has become a national scandal. We are constantly informed that female students live in peril of being sexually assaulted in proportions that defy statistical credibility. Recently, for example, Andrea Horwath, Ontario NDP leader, claimed on national television that the university is a dangerous place since one in three female students will be sexually assaulted. No crime on the planet has such a victimization rate which, if true, would require something approaching martial law to redress.

In any event, the NDP leader is bravely confronting the danger as she visits various campuses prior to the provincial elections. Andrea, however, judging from a recent appearance on CBC TV, is safe.

Thanks to such unseemly advocates and their emasculated brethren (who proliferate in the political, academic and legal professions from which their careers or ideological agendas materially advance), the rape meme has spread throughout the U.S. and Canada with bubonic rapidity. The real victims of the plague, however, are not female students but circumstantial evidence and common sense.

Let’s consider. What responsible parent would send his or her daughter to university if she stood a 33% chance of being sexually assaulted and her life potentially ruined? Or would not labor to find an institution where she might conceivably emerge unscathed from her studies? And why, for that matter, would female students now outnumber their male counterparts by a significant number and graduate in greater numbers as well, which MIT economists David Autor and Melanie Wasserman in their 2013 study, The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education, call a “tectonic shift” in the educational landscape? The disparity is approximately 60-40 and, in some departments like English, as high as 80-20.

“[T]he gains of women have been nothing less than stunning,” the MIT researchers observe. The same is true of various faculties, especially educational departments and medical school. Any objective and impartial study would reveal that women have done remarkably well while men have been psychologically raped and economically assaulted. No man is safe from unproven or anonymous allegations of sexual assault or from classroom prejudice, which explains the declining numbers of males attending and graduating university. Andrea Horwath is unintentionally right. The campus is indeed a dangerous place -- not for women, but for men.

But facts cannot budge a meme. USA Today featured an article noting that 89% of colleges reported zero rapes in 2015. The author Patrick deHahn, however, is having none of it. After all, he argues, “Reported is really the key word. Just because a school had no rape reports doesn’t mean no rapes happened.” In a sense, deHahn is correct: “report” really is a key word, since his article is merely a “report” of a report, which, following the logic applied therein, does not mean that his report needs to be believed or accepted. Logic was never the strong suit for the radical feminist sorority and their male hangers-on, a cadre for whom the under-reporting of rape becomes indisputable proof that indiscriminate campus rape actually exists.

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