Friday, January 21, 2011

Surprise! Another college 'rape' that never happened -- this time at Dartmouth

A female student at Dartmouth claimed that a college-aged male, about 6 feet tall, with an average build and no facial hair (and how many Dartmouth male students does that described?), entered her residence hall room at 10:25 p.m. last Sunday and tried to sexually assault her.  The man allegedly pushed her down and pulled off her pants, but she kicked and yelled at him, and he then fled.  The woman described him as wearing a dark winter coat, dark baseball cap and winter boots. Police said the student didn't recognize the man. 

The reported attack resulted in a campus-wide crime alert being sent by Harry Kinne, director of Safety and Security. A campuswide e-mail urged students to lock their dorm rooms.  "I appreciated getting the e-mail," said sophomore Katie De Le Rosa. "Knowing that that stuff happens is important to me." 

After the allegation, Dartmouth's student newspaper reported the alleged attack by making sure everyone knew it really happened: "Safety and Security and Hanover Police are working to identify an unknown male suspect who entered a residential hall and sexually assaulted a female student on Sunday evening, Director of Safety and Security and College Proctor Harry Kinne told The Dartmouth. . . . . The suspect pushed the woman down and removed her pants, but fled after the victim kicked and yelled, Kinne wrote in the e-mail." (Note that the man didn't "allegedly" enter the room, he "entered" the room; he didn't "allegedly" assault the accuser, he "assaulted" her; he wasn't an "alleged" suspect -- you get the point.  At Dartmouth, words apparently don't matter.) 

Director of Safety and Security and College Proctor Harry Kinne made problematic statements suggesting that an assault, in fact, occurred, even though the police investigation was ongoing: “We want people to know when something like this happens so that they’re aware and can take precautions,” Kinne said. “Any time there’s an incident like this — any place on the campus — we have the same level of concern."

What was "something like this," Mr. Kinne?  You did not mean an allegation under investigation -- you easily could have said that but didn't. You meant an attempted sexual assault. Even though you had no idea if an attempted rape had actually occurred. Why would you not simply issue an email alert advising that a student had made the allegation, noting that it was being investigated by police?

If you were a  college-age male at Dartmouth who is approximately six feet tall and has an average build and no facial hair -- and, again, that must describe hundreds of young men -- you can be assured that at least some women, and some men who don't fit your description, were looking at you with suspicion this week. I suspect a few guys started to grow beards or mustaches this week.

It turns out -- surprise! -- according to the Union Leader: "No one tried to rape a Dartmouth College student in her dormitory room, a [Hanover] police investigation concluded."  And: "Police said the sexual assault never happened." And: "Hanover police, with the assistance of the college's Safety and Security, conducted numerous interviews over several days and concluded the incident is unfounded and there is no risk to the Dartmouth community or threat to public safety."

It didn't happen. There is no risk to Dartmouth. So will the accuser be charged with a crime? Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone said, "Not at this time." Why not?  And why is that not more of a concern? 

Suppose one or more of those college-age males at Dartmouth who are approximately six feet tall and have an average build and no facial hair had been arrested and identified by the rape accuser. Their lives would have been effectively destroyed, even if none of them were convicted.  Doesn't happen?  Spend a few weeks reading through this blog to open your eyes.

Nor would the police release the name of the individual who filed the report but they confirmed it was a Dartmouth College student.  You can be certain that if one of those young men who matched the description had been arrested, his name would have been splashed all over the news for the world to titillate to his humiliation -- and good luck if he tried to get a good job after that since any prospective employer would be able to Google his name and learn of the horrid allegation. That, too, is perfectly OK, right?

So students can rest easy, right?  Wrong. One news report said: "Police said that although this case was unfounded, students still should take precautions such as locking their dorm room doors, partnering with a trusted friend when going out in the evening, avoid drinking too much and not letting strangers into their dormitories."

Instead of using this false report to raise awareness about a crime that didn't occur, shouldn't this incident be used to urge students -- more specifically, male students -- to take precautions to insure their lives are not destroyed by a false rape claim?

And regardless of what police told the local paper, The Union Leader, that the alleged attack never occurred, some students used the hoax as an occasion to politic: “Although I’m ignorant to the facts of this particular situation, the word ‘unfounded’ suggests to me that reporting an incident is unsafe and possibly humiliating, and that in order to prove a case I have to be 100 percent certain,” said a co-chair of the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault.

In fact, the term "unfounded" is not a term of art. Different jurisdictions "use different definitions of, or criteria for, 'unfounded.'" B. Gross, False Rape Allegations: An Assault On Justice, Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, Dec. 22, 2008.

Will this "rape" that never happened be added to Dartmouth's tally of sexual assaults for 2011?  I will not be surprised if it is.

So, again, we have yet another college rape claim, and yet another rape lie.  College campuses are among the safest places in America. As Heather MacDonald said in "Campus Rape Myth": "It’s a lonely job, working the phones at a college rape crisis center. Day after day, you wait for the casualties to show up from the alleged campus rape epidemic—but no one calls. Could this mean that the crisis is overblown?" 

No, somehow, it means that college campuses are cisterns of male predatory activity. The fact that there is precisely no evidence for that aside from the stardust wishfulness of the sexual grievance industry is beside the point.