Posted on | May 20, 2014 | 25 Comments
[I]f recent reports are to be believed, there is an outright “epidemic” of rape on college campuses, one so grave that students are even complaining that school administrators are not going far enough in hunting down and punishing the accused. NPR confirmed last month that campus rape reports are on the rise and that students at Columbia University are now even placing in bathrooms flyers containing the names of “sexual-assault violators on campus.” . . .
Violent-crime statistics — including sex crimes — have been declining for two decades. Did all the bad guys suddenly decide to enroll in universities? No one can explain it, other than to claim that rapes must have been underreported in the past (a claim that is, conveniently, impossible to disprove).
Be sure to read the whole thing, including Delgado’s discussion of her friend Amy’s “regrettable sex” — the unfortunate (usually drunk) consensual hook-up that is later regretted, the remorse for which can inspire some women to re-invent the event as rape.
The problem is this: If it weren’t for drunken hook-ups, college kids would be having a lot less sex. But if you tell college kids to stop getting drunk and hooking up, you’re a right-wing extremist. So, instead, the kids get drunk and hump like bunnies and (predictably, as a consequence of the Law of Large Numbers) some of this ubiquitous drunken humping will be rape, or at least the kind of “regrettable sex” that the girls will subsequently decide was rape because the guy didn’t call back. The problem in such cases is that it’s always “he-said/she said” — there are no witnesses to the drunken deed that occurred in his dorm room or her apartment — so criminal prosecution is generally impossible. You can’t prove rape under those circumstances and . . . what can you do?
What ends up happening is a lot of feminist protests and lecturing, none of which involves the advocacy of sobriety. And so the drunken hook-ups and morning-after claims of rape continue.
It’s sad, but these kids won’t listen to right-wing extremists who tell them to stay sober and stop humping.