Mass Rapes at UC Berkeley?
Just days after a new California law redefining rape came into effect, several shocking but unsubstantiated rape allegations have been leveled against fraternities on the UC Berkeley campus.
One stunning university police report cites accusations of a mass rape at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, where not just one but five victims were supposedly drugged and raped on the same night at the frat house near campus.
In another allegation, a specific perpetrator was named, arrested, and shamed publicly -- only to be later declared "factually innocent" as the rape charge was quietly dropped, after his reputation was ruined.
Suspiciously, in most of the cases the charges were not made by victims or witnesses, but rather by third parties long after the fact. These third-party accusations were made either anonymously or by "Campus Security Authorities," which includes campus political activist groups. In many of the cases, the actual "victims" themselves have not come forward and may not even consider themselves to have been raped.
And even more suspiciously, almost none of the supposed crimes were reported directly to Berkeley's municipal police force, whose jurisdiction covers campus as well, but instead only to the university police, who are required by recent regulations to log and publicize each accusation.
In not a single case have any of the charges been substantiated, nor have any suspects been indentified or arrested (aside from the one case noted above where the charge was subsequently dropped).
Very few details about any of these cases have been released by the UC Police, so it could be possible that one or more of these allegations could eventually be proven true.
But in light of the other controversial rape claims recently being made at college campuses elsewhere around the country, including the University of Virginia where a traumatic gang-rape allegation first made national headlines and then collapsed under scrutiny, many are questioning whether or not this similarly spectacular rape epidemic at Berkeley could possibly be a political ploy to exaggerate rape statistics, rather than a sincere attempt to capture and punish actual rapists.
The police have released few details about these "crimes" likely because they themselves have no details, other than impossible-to-verify vague claims made by persons not present at the incidents.
Here's the improbable timeline of sexual assault allegations involving frats at UC Berkeley in 2014 (including links to the actual campus police reports):
January 1 - September 27, 2014:
ZERO incidents of sexual assaults reported at any fraternities at U.C. Berkeley for the entire time period.
September 28, 2014:
"Yes Means Yes" law comes into effect in California, which stipulates that all rape allegations at college campuses statewide be accepted without question, placing the burden on the accused rapist to prove his innocence. It also redefines rape to include any sexual contact that occurs when one participant is intoxicated, or when one participant silently assents to sex without affirmatively declaring "Yes" beforehand and during the act.
October 2, 2014:
The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received two separate reports of sexual assault occurring in the fraternities on Saturday, September 27, 2014. BPD has also reported a third sexual assault on Saturday which may have occurred in a fraternity.
October 16, 2014:
UCPD received a third party report from a Campus Security Authority (CSA). In the report the CSA advised that five individuals alleged that they were given 'roofies' and were sexually assaulted at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity located on the 2300 block of Piedmont. ... UCPD has provided this information to the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) who advised that they have received no reports for the activity reported above.
October 17, 2014:
A leadership member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity contacted a UC Berkeley Campus Security Authority. The leadership member reported that he was contacted by a member of the Berkeley Theta Delta Chi fraternity. The member reported that he had been sexually assaulted by another current UC Berkeley Theta Delta Chi fraternity member. The reporting member stated that there may be other victims. UCPD has provided this information to the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) who advised that no reported activity of this nature has been reported to BPD.
October 22, 2014:
UCPD received a third party report from a Campus Security Authority (CSA). In the report the CSA advised that a female student alleges that she was drugged and sexually assaulted at a fraternity. The assault occurred approximately two weeks ago on a Saturday after a football game during the daylight hours. UCPD has provided this information to the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) who advised that they have received no reports for the activity reported above.
November 6, 2014:
On Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, UCPD received an anonymous letter from a third-party regarding a sexual assault at a fraternity located on Piedmont Avenue. The letter informed us that during the weekend of October 31st, 2014, the victim attended a Halloween party at the fraternity. The third-party reported that the victim believes she was drugged and sexually assaulted by a fraternity member. ... The letter has been forwarded to the City of Berkeley Police Department.
November 14, 2014:
On Thursday, November 13th, 2014, a Campus Security Authority (CSA) reported to UCPD an alleged sexual assault that occurred within a campus dormitory. The [informant] informed us that an unidentified victim student was at a fraternity party and was later escorted to her dormitory by a male student, where the alleged assault took place. There are no more details regarding this encounter at this time. A victim or witness has not contacted UCPD at this time.
One might conclude from this timeline that the moment the new sexual assault law was passed, the UC Berkeley fraternities suddenly went on a rape rampage. Alternately, one could argue that people suddenly felt safe to report the kind of rapes that had been committed at fraternities on an ongoing basis for years. But neither option seems likely, especially considering the odd fact that (except in one case) no female victims themselves have come forward, the rapes instead having all been alleged by outside third parties. More likely is that members of campus activist groups, having heard after-the-fact gossip that such-and-such young woman got drunk at a party and slept with a frat brother, decided that this incident (according to the new law) constituted a rape, whether or not the woman herself felt that she had been raped, and they then reported it to a campus department that is required by law to issue a press release about the allegation and register it as an instance of sexual assault for statistical purposes.
Just to be clear: The author and publisher of this article are strongly opposed to rape in all forms, and fully support investigations into all of these allegations -- and if there is any substance to them, demand prosecution of the perpetrators. However, we are just as strongly opposed to false rape accusations, which not only can ruin an innocent accused person's life, but also diminish the seriousness of real sexual assault cases, which will all have an increasing shadow of doubt cast on them each time another claim is proven false.