Heather McDonald: Campus sexual assault crisis is based on a fiction

….  I went to colleges, a few, and for a lot of years… I had a lot of females friends – a lot – and never, ever heard a first, second or third hand story about “on-campus rape/assault”. Now, outside of those enclaves, that’s a different story in my experience. Its just so easy to get this sort of nonsense traction in the fantasy lands of the modern PC petri-dishes that are our institutions of higher “learning”…. GE

WINTERY KNIGHT

This article by Heather McDonald from City Journal, the journal of the moderate, centrist Manhattan Institute. (H/T Dennis Prager)

Excerpt:

In the last few weeks… the White House has… created a new federal task force to “protect [college] students from sexual assault.”

[…]The materials accompanying the new sexual-assault task force recycle the usual feminist claims about campus rape: an “estimated 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted at college,” proclaims a White House press release. Such an assault rate would represent a crime wave unprecedented in civilized history. By comparison, the 2012 rape rate in New Orleans and its immediately surrounding parishes was .0234 percent; the rate for all violent crimes in New Orleans in 2012 was .48 percent. According to the White House Council on Women and Girls, “survivors” of this alleged campus sexual-assault epidemic “often” experience a life of depression, chronic pain, diabetes, anxiety, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

And yet…

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