Now a very welcome post-script to my recent blog about the rape crisis on campus. Yesterday I wrote about the release of the Human Rights Commission survey which is being totally misrepresented by the ABC and most of our other media sources. The reporting of this story is a shocking example of peddling of fake news by our journalists. When the data doesn’t fit their preferred narrative about a rape crisis on campus they have the effrontery to simply lie about the results. It is all quite extraordinary.
And here’s the comment piece I wrote for The Australian:
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 little problem for our bright young women.
The survey found only 1.6 percent of students reported being sexually assaulted in 2015-2016 – even using a broad definition which included being “tricked into sexual acts against their will” and including incidents happening during travel to and from campus. Most of these students didn’t report the sexual assaults either 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.
Just watch as this good news is totally buried in the massive media blitz, particularly on Fairfax and the ABC who have totally 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 whole trumped-up campaign. Feminists want these young men convicted and are brow-beating universities to side-step the criminal justice system and ensure more men are punished – as I explained in the Weekend Australian.
The Human Right’s Commission has obviously worked hard to find data that conforms to the “rape culture” narrative, having accepted a million dollars from Universities Australia to dig up evidence. What a disappointment for the organisation promoting the propaganda movie, the Hunting Ground, which provided $150,000 in seed funding for the survey.
The researchers did everything they could to produce evidence of the much promoted “rape epidemic”. One wonders, for instance, 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 just 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 their 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.
Universities were given these results ahead of time yet Vice Chancellors last week indulged in virtue-signalling exercises proving their willingness to respond to the rape crisis. Their media offices provided weasel-worded responses to my questions concerning the risk that the campus rape scare might put off full-fee paying overseas students. And all that time these leaders of our esteemed centres of higher learning knew the rape crisis bubble had burst.