Thursday, October 08, 2015

The 1-in-5 Rape Statistic That Could Be True

One in 5 accusations are false

It is simply anecdotal evidence, notes commentary writer Ashe Schow, who has written story after story about the sexual assault witch-hunts happening on college campuses. However, two studies of sexual assault, one at Harvard University and the other at the University of Miami, call into question the oft-repeated claim that one female student in five on college campuses is the victim of sexual assault.

At Harvard, 33 students told officials they were raped in 2014, only 0.15% of the campus of 21,000. But the kicker was that in six of those cases, officials decided that the accusations of rape were “unfounded.” For those of you crunching the numbers, that works out to about 18.1% — or nearly one in five — of those accusations of campus rape turning up false.

The University of Miami discovered a similar situation. The people worried about sexual assaults on campus always talk about how there is a culture of victim blaming. But in their hunt to find anecdote after anecdote of sexual assault, they are creating reason to be suspicious of someone who comes forward to say they were a victim — exactly opposite the intended effect.


UK: School chiefs branded a 'disgrace' after they decide not to expel teenage boy, 13, convicted of sexually assaulting pupils because he is a 'low risk'

Because he is black, one imagines

School chiefs were branded a 'disgrace' when they claimed a teenage boy convicted of sexually assaulting female pupils did not pose a risk.

One 15-year-old girl needed counselling after being repeatedly molested by the boy on the school bus. She was groped and abused by the youngster, who was 13 at the time, 'on a weekly basis' during the 20-minute journey.

But after carrying out a risk assessment it was decided he wouldn't be expelled from the school in Derby because he represented a 'low risk' to fellow students.

The girl felt 'too embarrassed' to come forward and tell anyone what was happening and was only questioned by her school and the police after a second teenage victim made allegations against the schoolboy.

The boy, who cannot be named, was arrested and questioned over the allegations and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexually touching underage girls without their consent.

Today the victim's mother criticised the school for its handling of the matter and said she is moving her daughter to another school.

'The fact that the school said he is a low risk of reoffending and that he is walking the same corridors as my daughter is nothing short of a disgrace,' she said.

'If that had happened in any job or any other walk of life, that person would have been suspended from their job while the matter was being investigated.'

The girl will be taking her GCSEs at the end of next year and her mother said she will be moving her to a different school. 

The teen, who is from Derby, and also cannot be named for legal reasons, said: 'It was horrible.

'It happened on a weekly basis for around a year. It would only be on the journey home from school because I had friends with me on the way to school.

'He would grab my chest and put his hand up my skirt, but I was too embarrassed to tell anyone what was happening because he was in the year below me.'

She said another girl had told her friend what he was doing before it was reported to the school. 

As well as the two sexual abuse victims, the offender and the school cannot be named because of a court order.

The teenager said the second victim had also moved to another school since the boy pleaded guilty to the offences.

She said that, because the boy is in the year below her, the only time she comes across him is occasionally when they move from class to class or at break times.

The teen added: 'I don't like it, I find myself staring at him because of what he has done to me and I go to counselling for what happened.'

A spokesman for the school said it does not disclose details regarding its dealings with students or discussions with parents.

He said: 'A parent made the school aware of the conclusion of an investigation involving one of its students.

'As a result, the school actively sought and is following advice from the police and the other agencies involved in this case to achieve an appropriate level of safeguarding for all of its students.'


University equality officer who allegedly tweeted ‘kill all white men’ is charged with sending a threatening message

She's really pleased with herself

A university equality officer who allegedly tweeted 'kill all white men' must appear in court charged with sending a threatening message, it has been revealed.

Bahar Mustafa, a student union Welfare and Diversity Officer at Goldsmiths, University of London, has been charged after a complaint of 'racially motivated malicious communication'.

The 28-year-old was caught in the centre of a racism and sexism row earlier this year after she allegedly told white people and men 'not to come' to an event.

Scotland Yard said today that Mustafa must now attend Bromley Magistrates' Court to answer charges of sending a threatening message.  She must also answer a charge of communicating obscene or menacing messages at the court on November 5.

A Met spokesperson said: 'A woman interviewed under caution regarding a complaint of racially motivated malicious communication made on a social media network has been summonsed to court.'

The charges cover the period between November 10, 2014, and May 31, this year.

A petition from the union at the university based in New Cross, south east London, previously called for her to be removed from her post.  The union alleged that Mustafa, of Enfield, north London, tweeted '#killallwhitemen' and called someone 'white trash' on Twitter.

A post on her Facebook page in April appeared to show her inviting BME women and 'non-binary' people to an event but asking men or white people not to attend.

She graduated from Goldsmiths earlier this year with an MA in gender and media studies.


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