Sunday, February 28, 2010

College women don't report rape because they don't know they have the right to report? Because of self blame? Puh-lease!

We have recently illustrated the preposterousness of the claim that yet more rape reforms are needed to end underreporting.  As we demonstrated, society has undergone an avalanche of rape reforms over the past 30 years precisely to encourage women to "come forward" and cry rape.  It is now easier than ever to charge and convict both rapists and innocent men of rape, yet underreporting seems to have gotten worse, not better.  A recent study purports to show that only five percent of college women report rape, much worse than the figures from the 70s we reported. That is, of course, absurd on its face.  Yet it is being touted as if there are twenty times more rapes on campus than are being reported.  The evidence for the alleged rapes in that survey are not tested or examined.  It would be most enlightening to have an objective, independent evaluator study the evidence for each claim, including the male's side of the story.  I promise you that, like the reports made to police, the incidents comprising the so-called rapes are anything but clear (see, for example, this recent post).

Indeed, "underreporting" is wielded either as a club to pass more and more reforms, or as an excuse to explain why there aren't a hell of a lot more rape claims.  After all, sexual assault advocates are being paid to sit around and respond to few claims, so they need to justify their existence.  The fact is, underreporting is the feminists' trump card to end all discussion about the prevalence of rape.  The argument goes something like this: Rape is rampant, and we know this from all the rapes that are not being reported.

Sorry, ladies.  Underreporting is entirely too politicized to be taken seriously.  You are the ones who have politicized it, so you must assume responsibility  for the fact it isn't taken seriously.

Yet, here's yet another  report, this one from Spokane, that helps fan the flames of rape hysteria.  It "explains" underreporting on campus:  "And many college-age women may not understand they have a right to report it, or they’re afraid."  And: "Perhaps the biggest deterrent to reporting, however, is self-blame. 'They think that if they went out to a party, and were drinking, they were somehow to blame for what happened,” said Shipman, of the Spokane sexual assault center. 'They need to understand they are the victim of a crime.'"

Allow me to pause to bang my head against the wall.  In 2010, college women need to be told that rape is a crime?  That they have a right to report it? Right. And I have some swamp land in Jersey to sell them. 

That doesn't just strain credulity, it shatters it into a thousand pieces.

Allow me to posit the number one reason college women aren't reporting rape: because they know that whatever happened in bed with a male classmate wasn't rape.  They might toss that word around to their girlfriends or to persons taking surveys, but when it comes to honestly answering that question, they know that they led the guy to believe that they wanted to have sex.  They are not reporting more rapes because there aren't more rapes.