Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Takeaway from new University report on sexual violence: college women need Victorian-era fainting rooms

The report by a sexual-violence work group created by Syracuse University is predictably biased with all the sexual grievance industry's usual bells and whistles. It refers to the "victim" and the "accused," suggesting that accusers are automatically "victims" and that the accused are automatically rapists. It references an "epidemic of sexual violence on campus," even though the "epidemic" was recently shown to be multiple times less of an "epidemic" than the sexual grievance industry previously insisted. It says that "interim measures," including "interim suspension of the accused" (that is, the rapist) "must be offered, even if victim chooses not to file a report" and "even when respecting the confidentiality request of the victim." Get it? The accused (sorry, the rapist) should be punished even if the victim decides not to press the matter, and even if the accused (er, the rapist) isn't told who made the complaint.

On and on it goes with the usual tripe. But the big takeaway from the report is more basic: forget all that 21st Century crap about strong and independent women. The women of Syracuse University should be afforded ready access to good old fashioned Victorian era fainting rooms, complete with fainting couches, smelling salts -- the whole bit -- to accommodate rape hysteria.

Granted, the report doesn't literally call for "fainting rooms" for women, but it might as well. Among other things, it wants the school to dispense with actual "hearings" and structure the investigation of sexual assault claims to "limit the retelling of the incident" -- because, heaven knows, in "he said-she said" disputes where an adjudication of guilt can be life-altering for the accused and typically depends on the accuser's account of the incident, the accuser's delicate sensitivities (sorry, I meant "the victim's delicate sensitivities") trump any silly old search for truth and justice.

Most important, the report repeats several times that the counseling center's location -- near fraternities -- is a fundamental problem. It causes "fear," "can be threatening," and is "a potential barrier for seeking out services."

You'd think Syracuse stuck the counseling center next to Dracula's castle the way they are carrying on. And therein lies the problem. Acting like fraternities are rape pits where unspeakable evil is perpetrated against women doesn't stand up to scrutiny. (Can you say "Rolling Stone"?)  Moreover, as feminist Naomi Wolf has written: "Feminists have long argued that rape must be treated like any other crime." But when they insist on acting like rape victims need fainting rooms, this only serves only to brand it as "a 'different' kind of crime, loaded with cultural baggage and projections."

The problem is, the cultural baggage surrounding rape is cultural baggage they've manufactured. It signals that women, as a class, are oppressed by men, as a class, and that's the point of the whole exercise. Rape is no longer a crime, it's a rallying point for gender get-evenism.

If they really cared about rape victims, they wouldn't be insisting that the counseling center be moved away from fraternities. They'd be giving rape victims directions to the police station.