Campaign of Fear

campaign-of-fear-photoThe Washington Post’s headline was grim: “Hundreds of colleges had zero rape reports and that could be worrisome.”

That was in 2014 when the hysteria over “the rape culture” in American colleges was just starting to take hold. Madness ensued. College and university presidents, embarrassed by zero rape reports, scrambled to explain why their campuses made the newspaper’s list. “We always operate under the assumption that zero does not really mean zero,” said a California State University spokesman defensively. “Under-reporting will happen.”

Two years on and this is the new norm on American campuses while the hysteria over sex risks grows ever more strident. What’s frightening is just how little time it took for one of the world’s leading education systems to be captured by a gender-based culture war.

We may snigger at the “Yes means Yes” regulations now requiring American college students to give enthusiastic consent every step of the way during sexual activity and the crazy trigger warnings protecting students from being exposed material they may find offensive. But Australia is clearly heading in the same direction. I’ve just written for the Weekend Australian about the striking parallels between what happened in the United States and current efforts to promote the idea that our university campuses are also suffering a rape culture. Read my article campaign-of-fear

This campaign is far from a joke. It is being carefully orchestrated by the usual gender warriors who have already recruited the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission to conduct a survey to provide  the evidence they need to claim new regulations need to be in place to protect students.

Regulations on campus are just the beginning. The broader aim is strengthened rape and sexual assault laws, increasing sentences for such crimes and further eroding traditional legal protections against false allegations.

This is scary stuff. It would be nice to think that our intellectual elite, the academics who run our universities would have the backbone to stand up to this nonsense. We already have laws in place to deal with sexual assault – there’s no reason for separate treatment for the small numbers of university students dealing with these issues.