The Middle Class Campus Rape Craze

We seem to be going through a period of hysteria around the phenomenon of the purported rapes of middle class girls on co-ed college campuses.

Less than 40 years after feminists broke down gender segregation in the academy, lowering standards and blowing up the doctrine of in loco parentis, many of those feminists have come to decrying their unique project, the co-ed institution of higher learning, as a place where rape is endemic.

In the words of activists, these aren’t typically violent rapes. They are instead rather more rapes via intoxication and seduction, which are not necessarily obviously rape for everyone involved until later on, when there is no evidence or eyewitness testimony to corroborate the reports. It is a subjective conception of rape that never meets the evidentiary standard that American courts require to convict someone of a crime.

UVA: Educating the a future generation of leading group sex fans and permanently damaged therapy patients

 

The latest article on the topic is a feature for Rolling Stone about a ‘gang-rape’ at one of the most prestigious public universities in the country, the University of Virginia. UVA was founded by Thomas Jefferson.

The article recounts a scene of the dean responsible for investigating rape complaints:

If Dean Eramo was surprised at Jackie’s story of gang rape, it didn’t show. A short woman with curly dark hair and a no-nonsense demeanor, Eramo surely has among the most difficult jobs at UVA. As the intake person on behalf of the university for all sexual-assault complaints since 2006, it’s her job to deal with a parade of sobbing students trekking in and out of her office. (UVA declined to make Eramo available for comment.) A UVA alum herself, Eramo is beloved by survivors, who consider her a friend and confidante – even though, as only a few students are aware, her office isn’t a confidential space at all. Each time a new complaint comes through Eramo’s office, it activates a review by UVA’s Title IX officer, is included in UVA’s tally of federally mandated Clery Act crime statistics, and Eramo may, at her discretion, reveal details of her conversation with the student to other administrators. (Jackie was mortified to learn later that Eramo had shared her identity with another UVA administrator.) After all, a dean’s foremost priority is the overall safety of the campus.

When Jackie finished talking, Eramo comforted her, then calmly laid out her options. If Jackie wished, she could file a criminal complaint with police. Or, if Jackie preferred to keep the matter within the university, she had two choices. She could file a complaint with the school’s Sexual Misconduct Board, to be decided in a “formal resolution” with a jury of students and faculty, and a dean as judge. Or Jackie could choose an “informal resolution,” in which Jackie could simply face her attackers in Eramo’s presence and tell them how she felt; Eramo could then issue a directive to the men, such as suggesting counseling. Eramo presented each option to Jackie neutrally, giving each equal weight. She assured Jackie there was no pressure – whatever happened next was entirely her choice.

Like many schools, UVA has taken to emphasizing that in matters of sexual assault, it caters to victim choice. “If students feel that we are forcing them into a criminal or disciplinary process that they don’t want to be part of, frankly, we’d be concerned that we would get fewer reports,” says associate VP for student affairs Susan Davis. Which in theory makes sense: Being forced into an unwanted choice is a sensitive point for the victims. But in practice, that utter lack of guidance can be counterproductive to a 19-year-old so traumatized as Jackie was that she was contemplating suicide. Setting aside for a moment the absurdity of a school offering to handle the investigation and adjudication of a felony sex crime – something Title IX requires, but which no university on Earth is equipped to do – the sheer menu of choices, paired with the reassurance that any choice is the right one, often has the end result of coddling the victim into doing nothing.

“This is an alarming trend that I’m seeing on campuses,” says Laura Dunn of the advocacy group SurvJustice. “Schools are assigning people to victims who are pretending, or even thinking, they’re on the victim’s side, when they’re actually discouraging and silencing them. Advocates who survivors love are part of the system that is failing to address sexual violence.”

We ought to perhaps consider, that whether or not these sexual acts are actually rape, whether or not this is the kind of culture that is capable of maintaining a global empire of any significance, or really a country of any significance at all.

These are what, in the historical context, we would call show trials. There is no evidence presented beyond hearsay. In many cases, as with the recent charges leveled against Bill Cosby in the media, there’s nothing but a long parade of hearsay, with no evidence presented, amid an ideological climate that states that the testimonies of women should be trusted no matter what, whether or not it meets the ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ standard.

The press has also become comfortable repeating thin non-evidence in a libelous manner, and the government does not seem to care that major television stations, magazines, and newspapers are making a mock of American laws around libel and defamation.

What do we really get out of co-education?

 

Given that co-education has not delivered the promised results, as with all socialist programs, there must be a set of wreckers to be blamed for the institutional failures. In this case, the failure of co-education to do anything but deliver vastly damaged standards of public intellect and lowered public morals, the wreckers blamed for this failure are young male pseudo-rapists, who are really more accurately termed fornicators.

Having driven out older norms and rituals around sexual behavior, the left expresses shock that the result has been widespread unhappiness. Having lost the language to call women ‘ruined’ with fornication, or for calling promiscuous young men rakes, or for even distinguishing between legitimate and illegitimate sex, there is only the language of therapy and trauma to take its place.

Regrettable, morally-damaging sex falls into the only legal category that seems to hold the moral weight that contemporary liberals haven’t destroyed: rape.

Whereas before there was a wide taxonomy describing different forms of sexual misbehavior, today, we only have ‘harassment’ and ‘rape.’

Women are supposedly strong and independent, but even the girls who attend some of the most selective institutions in the country are neither strong nor independent enough, apparently, to enforce their own consent, or to make intelligent decisions about protecting themselves from unseemly sexual encounters.

If so among the most intelligent and socially well-positioned young women, what does that say for the gender as a whole? These are students that are at least in the top 5%, IQ-wise. It is perhaps more likely that the ancient philosophers were more correct about the limitations of this sex than we tend to give them credit for today, even by the piously trumpeted admissions of the feminists.

This has always been a major philosophical problem for assigning legal rights to women: it makes a whole lot less sense when someone else always has to enforce the rights of that entire class of human being. Almost any man can clobber any woman in a physical struggle, and given the vulnerability of their sex, the law before the revolution had different expectations for women.

Going back 60 or 70 years, this set of consequences was foreseeable and was foreseen.

Diminished standards, diminished morals, and ruined graduates

 

‘Jackie’ from the article was most likely not raped. But the damage done to her is certainly real, as is the emotional ball of screw-up-edness that she and whomever is stuck marrying her is going to wind up having to clean up.

“Everything bad in my life now is built around that one bad decision that I made,” she says. “All because I went to that stupid party.”

Who cares?
Did Jackie’s family get their money’s worth? Did the state of Virginia get its money’s worth? Was this education worthwhile for her? Was it terribly worthwhile for the men who ran a train on her? Do we want people of such low moral quality leading the country? Why are we still assigning to much weight to these institutions if, by the loud admissions of liberals, they are churning out ‘rapists’ of this type?
Out-of-state tuition at UVA is over $18,000 per semester. Are their parents getting a good return on their investment if this is at all representative of the moral level of the student body?
The influence of the ‘party culture’ is perhaps over-rated, as there are many students who choose to opt out, but in my estimation it isn’t by much. If you host a party with kegs of cheap beer and have plenty of solo cups, you won’t lack for attendees.
Calling the problem ‘rape’ or ‘rape culture’ is not accurate.
The sexual revolution has more unpleasant consequences than has been advertised. It is common to hear American men say that they don’t particularly want to marry or have relationships with American women. One of the reasons why is that they tend to accumulate all sorts of baggage as they pick up a dozen or more sexual partners by the time they hit their early 20s, whether or not they’re educated. For our grandmother’s generation, that would’ve been unthinkable, the sort of experience that they would expect a prostitute to have and not a respectable young woman.
Whether or not Jackie deserved to be ruined, what kind of idiot would want to marry her?
There is this sort of idea, promulgated by the revolutionaries, that women are simultaneously hyper-durable, people who gain in vitality and worth as they accumulate sexual experience, while simultaneously saying that women are hyper-delicate creatures who can be emotionally scarred for life by an unhappy sexual encounter which might not meet the legal standard of rape.
Like in many other cases, our ancestors had more accumulated cultural knowledge than we give them credit for. Discarding historically accumulated morals and rituals as if they were worthless and ‘irrational’ has caused an enormous amount of human suffering that liberals only seem capable of acknowledging in such a way that blames everyone except themselves and their own proudly trumpeted doctrines of the sexual free-for-all.
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5 thoughts on “The Middle Class Campus Rape Craze

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  2. Cmon Henry, this is plainly made up from whole cloth. Did you read the bits about what the rapists said? “Grab its motherfucking leg” Ooooh those objectifying misogynists!

    She was, according to the article gangraped on broken glass and when she left not one person at ***a hyper liberal college campus*** y’know, told anyone? did anything? And why? “Oh you don’t wanna be the girl who cried ‘rape’ and now we don’t get to go to frat parties!”

    It’s odious horseshit. But instead of UVA calling out this propagandist at Rolling Stone, they roll over and immediately begin self flagellation. Already I’ve seen the twitter comments making the “Well Jefferson was a legendary WoC rapist, so of course UVA has rape culture in its blood! Gas the cismales!” leap.

    They’re certainly getting bolder, and your comparison to show trials is accurate but as they over extend themselves into having to invent kulaks, the silent majority is quietly demurring and taking their children elsewhere. It’s already beginning. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-24/enrollment-in-u-s-colleges-declines-for-a-second-year.html

    • I thought that I made it clear that I doubt the account of the events in the article. I’m not overly enthused by the real culture of an expensive four year party of solo cups and rutting, either. I’m not going to make excuses for the prolification of the middle class.

      The left lurches from ‘rutting is wonderful’ to ‘rutting is rape’ depending on how it’s feeling that particular day.

      Part of the decline in enrollment is probably demographic (echo boom running out of gas), and part of it is other reasons like this.

    • This was mentioned in the article, actually, but portrayed as the same thing, part of the same trend, and as a further rationalization for the show trials.

      One was an actual rape and murder, committed by a vibrant-American, the other was an act of fornication among degenerate crackers rationalized as if it were rape.

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