… we are sourcing all these statistics from different places, so how do we know that they are on a similar enough basis as to be comparable?
STATS & Girls Who Accuse
Misinterpreting 1 in 5 data, & Accusers (mostly female) who tell false stories (for attention) about being assaulted
The frenzy over college sexual assault now sweeping the nation was triggered by a specific event… our detour into madness might never have happened had those investigative journalists at NPR and the Center for Public Integrity resisted their “nightmare” narrative and just reported the truth.
www.thedailybeast.com By Christina Hoff Sommers
This is another case study in eye-catching, outrage-inducing headlines with no substance to back them up.
www.washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
No polling organization would ever be taken seriously if its sample size was 73, and neither should this ‘study’ on college rape
The biggest reason that this “study” should be completely ignored and receive no media attention is that its results and conclusions are based on a sample size of only 73 male students at one of the North Dakota universities
www.aei.org By Mark J. Perry
Sen. Gillibrand is participating in a harassment campaign against someone, who, for good reason, has been found innocent by all investigating bodies.”
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
One of the challenges of defending the falsely accused is that falsely accused college boys have many incentives to stay silent. Their entire future is at stake. Colleges demand confidentiality, and aren’t willing to advertise outcomes even in aggregate. So any report that provides hard data is helpful. EduRisk, part of United Educators, produced a report in 2011, titled: “Student Sexual Assault: Weathering the Perfect Storm.”
From 2006-2010, United Educators (UE) received 262 claims of student-perpetrated sexual assault, which generated more than $36 million in losses for UE and our members. The claims data show that students accused of perpetrating a sexual assault are just as likely to sue the institution as accusing students.
Colleges are doing such a bad job adjudicating that the accused are bringing half of the law suits. Even more surprising, is that they are costing the schools a lot more than that:
In UE’s five-year study, 96 percent of the student-on-student sexual assault claims involved acquaintances. Students accused of assault brought 54 percent of the claims and comprised 72 percent of the financial losses—composed of legal fees and payments to claimants.
The accused are winning their cases when they have a reasonable shot at due process.
But many are ending up in court after a botched adjudication:
Three-quarters of the student sexual assault claims resulted in litigation. Claimants argued that educational institutions:
- Did not follow their policies and procedures
- Had confusing or unclear policies and procedures
- Did not respond promptly or reasonably to an assault report
- Treated the victim or the perpetrator cruelly or unfairly
These four issues translated into the following causes of action (in order of frequency): negligence, breach of contract, Title IX violations, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud. Less commonly alleged causes of action included defamation, due process violations, and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
This is an impartial report coming from a school insurer which addresses the financial impact of lawsuits related to campus sexual assault. It should be noted that this was before the current set of unreasonable campus policies with a ‘preponderance of evidence’ standard and other directives that radically increased the likelihood of kangaroo courts doling out biased results. But it still shows the many problems with campus adjudications.
This seems to me to be as hard evidence as you can find that these case (at least up until 2010) are not getting resolved by schools, and that schools are incapable of resolving them in a way that doesn’t just end up in the courts anyway: making for a terrible experience for the accusers and the accused.
Update: news story that relates to this insurance issue for colleges:
It wants to reject all previous experience of relations between the sexes and substitute a new status for women in our society unknown in any previous society. Universities are now responsible for maintaining the happy situation in which a woman never receives a proposal that offends her because it is unwanted and thus makes her feel vulnerable.
www.hoover.org by Harvey C. Mansfield
A Victory for the Truth: Sen. Gillibrand’s Sexual Assault Resources Website Drops the ‘One in Five’ Myth
The issue of false accusations on campus is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Sure, President Obama and even more so Vice-President Biden, have gotten a lot of mileage out of the mythical “1 in 5” statistic, possibly for purely political gain, but since I voted for them, I’m still willing to assume that they have been misled instead of willfully throwing our college men under the bus.
But the fact is that the outlets that conservatives love to hate, such as the New York Times and NPR, have, until the last few weeks, been strikingly one-sided on this issue. Save Our Sons has looked for relevant articles and commentary from any source, and until recently, these tended to be right-leaning media outlets.
A lot has changed in the last few weeks.
From my perspective, a month ago only the right-leaning media outlets were willing to refute the extremist feminist positions, and even they were afraid to challenge the two “holy truths”:
- Myth 1: 1 in 5 girls are raped in college
- Myth 2: Always believe the accuser
A real turning point was the 28 Harvard law professor’s open challenge to Harvard’s Sexual Assault Policy, and by extension, the nationwide trend denying due process rights to those accused. These legal scholars, some of them openly liberal, were able to call into question the mantra to ‘always believe the accuser,’ and it opened a trickle of stories. The New York Times covered it, and then a few days later had their first balanced look at the issue.
Then came the Rolling Stone UVA article, which Salon hailed as “one of the best articles I wish I’d never had to read”, and then more importantly, its implosion. Salon had four articles on the fallout of the faked storyline over as many days. The best piece analyzing the media maelstrom was in Real Clear Politics.
The ‘always believe the accuser,’ now could be seen to be farcical, despite protestations that the ‘fake story’ proves the ‘reality’ of the prevalence of campus rape:
So what if this instance was more fictional than fact and didn’t actually happen to Jackie?…. The rape culture we try so hard to deny was brought out from its diseased shadows and shocked people with its true face. (Huffington Post)
Since when did falsity prove reality? Only when ‘holy truth’ is challenged by logic. Now the media trickle feels more like a flood, although the article above shows that extremism hates being exposed as extreme and there will be a feminist backlash.
Finally, the real facts are out from the Justice Department, and it’s a first that this viewpoint was reported by NPR. The “1 in 5” is off by several orders of magnitude.
So now, there are many stories about false accusations… from all media outlets, including the New York Times. Save Our Sons tracks all the major media outlets, throughout the political spectrum, regardless of the ‘lean’ of the publication. This new balance is refreshing.