A college campus is supposed to be a place for the “free exchange of ideas” and a place where independent thought is fostered. In reality, all they seem to be doing these days is stifling such things. They want cookie-cutter socialists, and anyone who truly thinks outside the box or questions the molds from which he’s supposed to be fashioned gets banned.
That’s what Reed College student Jeremiah True (a 19-year-old who doesn’t shy away from his name) found out when his Humanities professor Pancho Savery (rhymes with slavery) banned him from future class conferences simply for questioning the politically correct campus rape statistics.
They say numbers don’t lie. Of course, they also say that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. Statistics and opinion polls are notorious for being biased for the express purpose of pushing some agenda by showing artificial support for an issue. “97% of scientists” comes to mind.
Campus rape statistics are no different. The politically correct statistic to quote is that one in five women gets raped on a college campus. This statistic was based on surveys of just two universities, and which included questions that would categorize a casual and consensual sexual encounter (facilitated by booze) as a rape. Interestingly, the Department of Justice claims that just 0.6 percent of women are raped on college campuses every year.
Obviously, rape happens, and it’s horrible. But there are incentives for young women to lie about a consensual sexual encounter with someone else and say that it was rape. She can lie about it, get lots of attention, get the guy in tons of trouble, and win the sympathy of everyone else around her. Maybe she’d even pass that class that she was failing.
And government gets involved too, offering women a false sense of security by telling them to use “rape whistles,” the “buddy system,” or urination to defend themselves from a rapist. And it’s these statistics that somehow are supposed to make the case for strict gun control on campuses. Go figure. The Daily Caller reported:
True says he sparred with his classmates on a variety of issues, but says it was his criticism of the 1-in-5 rape statistic that ended up being the tipping point.
“There are several survivors of sexual assault in our conference, and you have made them extremely uncomfortable with what they see as not only your undermining incidents of rape, but of also placing too much emphasis on men being unfairly charged with rape,” said Savery in an email True posted online. “[Other students] have said that things you have said in our conference have made them so upset that they have difficulty concentrating in other classes. I, as conference leader, have to do what is best for the well-being of the entire class, and I am therefore banning you from conference for the remainder of the semester.”
At least one student thinks giving True the boot was the right move, saying that True’s statements somehow represented a safety hazard.
“This is an excellent example of a professor taking initiative to take care of his students,” senior Rosie Dempsey told BuzzFeed. “Of course, we are an institution that encourages dissent and active discussion, but there is a difference between stimulating discussion through opposition and making other students feel unsafe.”
Another student said that True’s ouster was necessary because he was “triggering” other students, suggesting that True was so bothersome he was activating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in others.
I don’t think True would deny the existence of sexual assault or rape. That wasn’t his point. Saying that something is exaggerated is not the same thing as saying it doesn’t exist. The response from the professor and other classmates is purely emotional.
“Rape culture is indisputable and [True’s] words and actions are deeply upsetting. They’ve retraumatized and triggered survivors, and that seems antithetical to Reed culture,” said junior Kate Hilts.
What if the professor had decided to up that statistic to something like “95% of women are raped on a college campus?” Would those who ridiculed those numbers be guilty of “retraumatizing” and “triggering” survivors? Would they be guilty of “activating” PTSD in sexual assault victims in the class?
If it was such a big deal, then why was it allowed to be brought up in the first place in a Humanities class? I still can’t figure out how “rape culture” fits in with a class that’s supposed to talk about art and literature of classical Greece.
In reality these days, no opinion, idea, or fact is off the table for discussion, as long as it’s an opinion, idea, or fact that’s socially acceptable and politically correct. Everything else would only turn the college classroom into a “safety hazard.” True that.