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Campus Feminists and the Rape Shortage

Posted on | October 12, 2015 | 72 Comments


More than 17,000 students attend the University at Albany-SUNY. Feminists insist that 1-in-5 college women are victims of rape on campus, and this statistic presents a bit of a problem for Carol Stenger, director of the university’s Advocacy Center for Sexual Assault. Last year there were only 28 reports of sexual assault at SUNY-Albany and it doesn’t require advanced math skills to realize that 28-in-17,000 is a long way from 1-in-5. This didn’t seem to faze Ms. Stenger, who spoke of the need to “increase reporting” of sexual assault and declared: “We know the national statistics. It’s happening everywhere.”

Is it really “happening”? Is there a “campus rape epidemic” to such an extent that 1-in-5 college women are victimized? If so, then we would expect that the sexual assault “awareness” efforts of feminists, augmented by the enforcement authority of the federal Department of Education and a White House Task Force, would bring these cases to light and confirm those “national statistics” of which Ms. Stenger spoke. The reports at SUNY-Albany are clearly insufficient, as Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner explains:

There weren’t the thousands of reports that Stenger seems to want in order to fall in line with debunked national statistics (the claim that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while in college), either.
In the past year, Albany had 28 reports of sexual assault, twice as many as it had before Stenger opened her advocacy center. . . .
For the record, those 28 reports don’t break down to what alarmist national statistics say they should.
“Nine of them were from students who asked the university not to take action. Six resulted in disciplinary proceedings that led to two student expulsions and one persona non grata order against a nonstudent,” the [Albany, N.Y.] Times Union reported. “Six were from third parties (when reached, the alleged victims either denied any violence occurred or declined to speak). Four involved assailants whose identities were unknown. Three were outside the university’s jurisdiction.”

In other words, Ms. Stenger’s official “advocacy” resulted in a doubling in the number of sexual assault reports, but only five of those 28 reports (18%) warranted disciplinary proceedings against students, with a sixth disciplinary case involving a non-student. SUNY-Albany expelled exactly two students, out of a total campus population of more than 17,000, for sexual misconduct. Certainly, the situation at SUNY-Albany does not confirm feminist claims of a “campus rape epidemic” victimizing 1-of-5 female students, nor can any college or university in the country produce such documented confirmation.

Feminists invented a non-existent “crisis” for political reasons — perhaps hoping to use these claims to generate campus support for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign — and are now confronted with an absence of proof. Those who have exaggerated the prevalence of sexual assault to create a fictitious “campus rape epidemic” have also inspired journalists to begin scrutinizing the actual number of reported assaults. What if more newspaper reporters began asking the kinds of questions Bethany Bump of the Albany Times-Union asked Carol Stenger?

What if reporters began filing Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain documents from state university officials that would allow some realistic estimation of the actual rate of sexual assault on campus? We are beginning to see a trickle of reporting like that, and how long before the journalistic trickle becomes a factual flood that washes away this “rape epidemic” myth created by feminist fearmongers?

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72 Responses to “Campus Feminists and the Rape Shortage”

  1. Jean-Christophe Perrault
    October 13th, 2015 @ 8:49 am

    Shut down or should we just ban man from going there to stop this epidemic?

  2. Jean-Christophe Perrault
    October 13th, 2015 @ 8:58 am

    It is so scary how we are moving to a world where feelings and impressions are becoming more important than facts.

    I feel there is a rape epidemic everywhere is more important than the fact that 5 cases per year in a University of 17,000 students actually happen (.02%).

    Now, her job to prove the rape epidemic exist with those .02% cases, good luck and yet I am confident, she will succeed. She has a whole gender studies department to fight those inconvenient fact. (Honestly I am surprised those fact are even able to come out.)

  3. Gunga
    October 13th, 2015 @ 10:59 am

    …email me with your account number and PIN to learn how you too can be a part of this rapidly growing industry while you work from home!

  4. Sanguifer
    October 14th, 2015 @ 6:58 am

    Frankly, it could be that I mixed up the bogus statistics in my head. I’ve heard so many bad stats spouted by feminists that I occasionally lose count 😉

  5. Mike G.
    October 14th, 2015 @ 7:21 am

    It is hard to keep track of all the B.S. statistics the left spews on a daily basis.

    Hell, even they can’t remember them unless they have an aide behind them with a thick portfolio to refer back to when grilled by congressional committees.

  6. Sanguifer
    October 14th, 2015 @ 8:26 am

    This really gives me cognitive dissonance, since I’m a left-leaning libertarian myself. But screw tribalism, when people do retarded shit, it’s no use plugging my ears and going “lalala I’m right You’re wrong”. The left is getting more and more ridiculous by the day, and for years now. And obviously they won’t listen to the right saying that, so it’s on the somewhat saner left-leaning people to call them out on their BS and hope for the best…

  7. Robert T. Ives
    October 15th, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

    Mike, there is no problem here at all. One must merely keep re-defining assault until it includes anything that one might criticize concerning male behavior until the magic 20% is reached. We KNOW the number is right, so the reporting is clearly wrong. Of course, a lot of the problem is that women are afraid to report…..apparently MANY women. Quartermaster is on this.

  8. tomsmithdeal
    October 15th, 2015 @ 8:23 pm

    Am I missing something here???? If there are 17,000 students at that school and say half are women, that makes for 8,500 females.

  9. Joanie Smithie
    October 15th, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

    If that many actually happened, it would be safer to drop them naked in Detroit or Chicago on a friday night than to send them to university.

    That’s what the femmies don’t understand about their 1 in 5 stat.

  10. NotKennedy
    October 15th, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

    Sheesh… she’d be a tough account to “service”.

  11. rjschwarz
    October 15th, 2015 @ 9:07 pm

    I’m sure the numbers work out if you use Common Core math.

  12. pca2002
    October 15th, 2015 @ 9:30 pm

    The manufactured sexual assault “crisis” has little to nothing to do with drumming up support for Hillary; it has everything to do with women’s and gender studies departments being on the chopping blocks everywhere as parents come to realize spending $50K a year on a women’s studies degree is a colossal waste of time and money.
    But of course, there is no way you can kill off these departments if they are all that stand between us and a rape free-for-all as they would have us believe.

  13. rabidfox2
    October 15th, 2015 @ 9:31 pm

    And by God if we can’t get the statistics up to where they should be, we’ll redefine rape until they do.

  14. jim_m
    October 15th, 2015 @ 10:09 pm

    The two students that were expelled were extremely busy,

  15. teapartydoc
    October 16th, 2015 @ 5:48 am

    Yesterday I had a nurse sit down in front of me in the lounge between cases for no apparent reason as she is not on my team who then engaged in small talk with moments of very purposeful eye contact which was not returned in the way obviously desired. If they are going after old men, the young ones can’t be all that interested. They have destroyed their own environment for emotional attachment by their own doing and are left searching for satisfaction the way young men used to. The young men don’t seem to want to play under the new rules because they would rather hold on to their jobs than be destroyed by a vindictive former lover. It would seem to me that the most successful women of the future–and I’m not talking about money–will be the ones who don’t play this game.

  16. PeterP
    October 16th, 2015 @ 6:51 am

    1 out of every 5 Democrat votes is a fraudulent vote. I can’t prove this, but, come on, everyone knows its true.

  17. Lisa Graas
    October 16th, 2015 @ 7:13 am

    I really hate feminism and I don’t care who knows it.

  18. Daniel Freeman
    October 16th, 2015 @ 7:34 am

    Since they still support co-education, either they’re pro-rape, or they’re just pretending to believe that bogus stat.

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  20. lfstevens
    October 16th, 2015 @ 12:01 pm

    To learn more about rape culture, ask a Yezidi. She can also explain slavery and genocide. Very enlightening.

  21. VonZorch Imperial Researcher
    October 16th, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

    Actually it’s liberal speak for “don’t cloud the issue with facts.”

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