Monday, February 28, 2011

'One-in-Four' Lie Demolished, Once and for All

Relatively few women come forward to report their rapes, we are told, even though members of what can aptly be called the sexual grievance industry insist that rape is rampant. They tell us that our college campuses are cisterns of male sexual predatory activity even though the numbers say it isn't so.

How could rape be rampant if hardly anyone is reporting it? Underreporting of Biblical proportions, of course. To solve the supposed underreporting problem, rape counselors and feminist legal scholars continually push for more and more funding for anti-rape campaigns and for more and more legal reforms in order to encourage rape victims to "come forward."  None of these efforts have ever worked.

Many feminist scholars seriously suggest that the burden of proving consent be shifted to the male. This proposal, the Holy Grail of feminist rape reforms, is necessary, they insist, to do justice for all the multitudes of rape victims who simply aren't "coming forward" because the legal system is so terribly biased against women.

The reality, of course, is that rape -- although too common (one rape is one rape too many) -- is not rampant in our culture, or on our college campuses. The one-in-four stat, in all its various dishonest manifestations, has been debunked time and time and time again. Among others, Christina Hoff Sommers and Heather MacDonald have debunked it.

For my money, a writer on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Web site has driven the final nail in the one-in-four coffin because he uses their own (inflated) 90 percent underreporting figure to prove, beyond any question, that the one-in-four stat is a lie : One-in-One-Thousand-Eight-Hundred-Seventy-Seven

Go read it. Go cut it out and paste it to your refrigerators. Go send it to your sister's friends.