Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Brilliant Ashe Schow: The meme that 'one-in-five' college women are raped was all the rage -- until it proved indefensible, so now "statistics don't matter"

Please read it here. We've been saying the same thing: see here.

I would add this: As Ashe points out, the lead author of one of the principal one-in-five studies, Christopher Krebs, recently told Emily Yoffe that it simply is not a representative statistic that can be relied upon when discussing American college women in general. Even before that, the Washington Post concluded that the stat couldn't be relied on as representative. The New York Times says the stat is "flawed." And even Scott Berkowitz, head of the national advocacy group RAINN, says the 1 in 5 stat "is probably too high."

The sexual grievance industry exaggerated the prevalence of sexual assault in order to foment a public outcry. They succeeded, and the public outcry they created led to public policy solutions that are unjust to presumptively innocent male students. In the criminal law context, Innocence Project guru Prof. Mark A Godsey has explained that "the risk of wrongful conviction is the highest when there’s public outcry. Most of the exonerations and wrongful convictions have occurred in rape cases."  Exactly how unjust were the laws and policies promulgated as a result of the panic of a rape epidemic on campus? Among many, many others, twenty-eight (mainly liberal) Harvard law professors have decried the policies, as have law professors at Yale and George Washington University. The American Association University Professors has critizized the "Dear Colleague" letter. Even Brett Sokolow, the head of NCHERM and the foremost advocate for rape victims on American college campuses, says colleges are treating men unfairly when it comes to sex charges.