No rape crisis on our campuses: official

No rape crisis on our campuses: official, by Bettina Arndt.

What a rare good news story. After all the dire predictions about university campuses crawling with rapists, the results of a ­million-dollar survey released yesterday by the Human Rights Commission thankfully shows very few problems for our bright young women.

The survey found only 1.6 per cent of students reported being sexually assaulted in a university setting in 2015-16 — even using a broad definition that included being “tricked into sexual acts against their will” and including incidents during travel to and from campus. Most didn’t report the sexual assaults because they didn’t feel it was serious enough (40 per cent), or because they did not need any help (40 per cent).

All they came up with is a high incidence of low-level harassment — mainly involving staring and sexual jokes or comments. So there’s no rape crisis at all, although clearly it’s a good idea for proper support for the small numbers of women who allege sexual assault, and for sexual harassment to be discouraged. …

But you ought to have seen the report on the ABC News. Lots of young women mouthing the best and latest lines from their feminist courses, creating a facade of crisis.

Just watch as this good news is buried in a massive media blitz, particularly on Fairfax and the ABC, who have bought into the rape crisis narrative. We’ll be bombarded with horrific stories from submissions from rape “victims” describing their experiences — all solicited by the commission.

The problem is, they are not rape “victims”. They are accusers whose stories have never been tested in court — mainly date-rape cases, he-said, she-said stories revolving around sexual consent. Such cases often don’t result in convictions because juries won’t punish young men for these very serious crimes unless there is clear evidence of their guilt.

That’s what led to the trumped-up campaign. Feminists want these men convicted and are browbeating universities to sidestep the criminal justice system to ensure more men are punished.

How seriously can we take it?

The researchers did everything they could to produce evidence of the “rape epidemic”. One wonders why the tiny sexual assault figure of 1.6 per cent refers to a two-year period, from 2015 to 2016, when the harassment data is gathered in one year? Even the loose definition of assault didn’t do the trick: “a person forced, coerced, or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, including when they have withdrawn consent”.

And the report acknowledged the response rate of 9.7 per cent represents people “who were moti­vated to respond”.

All of this, plus years of publicity promoting the rape scare campaign and still such tiny numbers reporting sexual assault.

I cannot help but recall previous “rape” crises, including the much bally-hooed claim like of “one in four raped”, where it turned out that the definition of “rape” they used included voluntary sex where the woman later regretted it (sometimes simply because it had not led to an ongoing relationship). Oh, that’s what you mean by “rape”.

Or the huge rape cases like the Lacrosse team at Duke, or the college kids in the Rolling Stone case, which turned out to be total fabrications that a gullible and willing media fell for and repeated for months before the truth came out.

Meanwhile a large proportion (the majority?) of real rapes occur in government institutions that are supposed to keep people safe — jails. But the media does not care because there is no political or financial advantage in reporting it, for them or their class.