Warning – think carefully about sending your sons off to university in Australia. And be cautious about how you handle yourself if you are studying there. Our universities are becoming increasingly hostile places for male students and given the grip feminists have on our higher education system, that’s only going to get worse.
Just look at the success activists have had in promoting a fake rape crisis on our campuses. Australia is fast heading for the nightmare that has hit the American university system which is fighting off law suits from male students across the country who have been thrown out of their colleges after being falsely accused of sexual assault.
The colleges have lost the majority of these Federal Court cases, 53 out of 37, according to Brooklyn College history professor KC Johnson, co-author of The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities. Many colleges pay out six-figure settlements, says Johnson who is monitoring the 170 similar cases currently working their way through the court system.
Thousands of young men have had their education derailed, their lives shattered as a result of a kangaroo court system of tribunals imposed on publicly-funded universities by Obama. Women are being encouraged to charge men with sexual assault if they’ve been drinking prior to having sex, or if they change their mind about consent during or after the event. None of the usual rules about fair trials apply here. The male students have no access to lawyers, they sometimes don’t even know who accused them, they don’t get to see any of the evidence and often can’t use SMS or Facebook messages between the two young people to prove their innocence.
But then, surprise, surprise. Even after this highly organised campaign, the survey revealed great news. No rape culture on our campuses.
Columbia University in New York faced a big payout recently to a young man after allowing his rape accuser for three years to carry her mattress around the campus – even after they found no evidence supporting her allegations. She achieved international celebrity as the Columbia Mattress Girl and was even given credit towards her fine arts degree for this ‘performance art’ which publicly shamed the innocent male student.
Funnily enough, just at the time, Columbia was being rapped over the knuckles by the US Federal Court, so-called ‘rape victims’ were parading around our own Parliament House carrying mattresses and trying to bully our universities into doing more to support our own rape crisis on campuses.
That was in late July, just before the release of the Human Right’s Commission (HRC) survey into Sexual Assault and Harassment, a survey which feminists were hoping would prove our campuses are not safe places for young women. They’d long been arguing that female students are at risk – a Union of Students survey had found 73 per cent of students claimed to have been sexually assaulted or harassed. This crazy figure was from a self-selected survey using hugely expanded definitions such as claiming any sex involving girls who had been drinking was necessarily sexual assault.
Most sexual assault cases involving students are actually all about regret-sex and rarely end up with convictions in criminal court. Our sensible juries usually won’t convict the young man on the basis of contradictory he-says/she-says evidence and that’s the reason for this whole campaign. Activists are pressuring universities to get involved in such cases in the hope of punishing more accused men – as happened in America.
Young women in our universities are being taught it is ok to lead a man on, encourage him to think she’s interested in having sex.
They’ve spent years preparing the groundwork for the HRC survey. Campuses across Australia have screened a rape campus propaganda movie called The Hunting Ground which is replete with horrendous tales of sexual mayhem on US college campuses. But the film has been thoroughly discredited – 19 Harvard Law professors have denounced the movie as "biased propaganda" for misrepresenting two key legal cases where the alleged rapists were ultimately exonerated in Federal Court.
Many of our universities not only showed The Hunting Ground but give credit to the organisation promoting the movie when framing new policies being introduced regarding sexual assault. The Hunting Ground Project donated $150,000 for seed funding for the HRC survey.
But then, surprise, surprise. Even after this highly organised campaign, the survey revealed great news. No rape culture on our campuses. Only 1.6 per cent of students reported being sexually assaulted on campus in 2015-2016 – even using a broad definition which included being “tricked into sexual acts against their will.” And most of these events weren’t even on campus but took place while students were travelling on public transport or simply elsewhere. 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 (another 40 per cent)
All this million dollar exercise came up with was a high incidence of low-level harassment - mainly staring and sexual jokes or comments.
It was quite extraordinary watching our media ignoring the true statistics and promoting the fake news story about the rape crisis on our campuses. I was one of the very few journalists in mainstream media to expose what was going on – which inspired an attack from Lenore Taylor in The Guardian. Her final sentence quoted the former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
Well, I happen to believe it is not in helping young women to be scared into believing our campuses are unsafe places populated by serial rapists. Young women in our universities are being taught it is ok to lead a man on, encourage him to think she’s interested in having sex. To give no sign that she is ambivalent about consent and then change her mind afterwards and charge him with rape. How is that teaching women to be moral, responsible adults with a duty to behave reasonably towards the men in their lives? Why are the rights of decent young men not being protected?
According the police reports collected by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics university campuses are roughly 100 times safer than the rest of the community.
Of course, I feel it is important that genuine rape victims have proper support and encouragement to take action against their attackers. But ultimately I agree with The Chicago Tribune’s take on this whole issue. The newspaper published an editorial saying “Campus Rape? Call the police”.
While it is true that our criminal justice system in the past failed many rape victims it is now “totally geared towards providing young complainants with a compassionate and complete hearing,” says Margaret Cunneen SC one of NSW’s most senior crown prosecutors who is best known for securing convictions in the Bilal Scaf-led gang rape cases in Sydney. Cunneen thinks it is nonsense to suggest that our highly educated, privileged young female students would be particularly at risk but simply choosing not to report rape.
According the police reports collected by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics university campuses are roughly 100 times safer than the rest of the community. There were 14 campus sexual assault reports to police between 2012 and 2016 compared with 24,498 across the state. So comparing NSW university populations (students and staff) with total numbers in the state this means people are 108 times more likely to be sexually assaulted across NSW than on one of the state’s university campuses. National data is not available but there seems no reason states would show much variation.
So there’s every reason to think our campuses are pretty safe places but despite the reassuring news from the HRC survey, leaders of our universities are still pandering to the feminists, setting up 24 hour hotlines for sexual assault victims and requiring students to attend sexual consent courses which absolve women of any responsibility for the decision-making process that leads to a yes or no, let alone encouraging them to express those wishes clearly rather than keep men guessing. Courses which infantilise women and demonise men.
That’s just the beginning. Across the country we are seeing universities penalising males for singing bawdy drinking songs or for posting comments rating the sexual attractiveness of young women on Facebook. Last year a young man was on the ABC’s 7.30 Report sheepishly apologizing for having sung “disgusting songs which glorify rape.” The lyrics included:
“I wish that all the ladies were buns in the oven
And if I was a baker
I’d cream them by the dozen”
Pretty harmless stuff, I would have thought. I particularly enjoyed this sentence which was included in the lyrics being denounced by The 7.30 Report: “I’d like to tickle their clitoris.” Rape culture? On the contrary. Isn’t this exactly what we women have long been asking for?
Jokes aside, it’s hardly surprising that males are not feeling comfortable in the increasingly anti-male culture at our universities – 60 per cent of graduates are now women. In particular we are witnessing a ferocious campaign by feminists to shut down the slightest hint of lusty male sexuality. That’s making college campuses very scary places indeed for testosterone-filled young men.