Rape victim mentality won’t stand up in court, or in the real world
I read this article about some women at Columbia University in New York City. The woman who is the main subject of the article is disgruntled because she decided that her consensual sex with her boyfriend was actually rape – long after the fact. Columbia administrators heard her complaint against her boyfriend six months after the “assault,” and ruled in favor of the boyfriend. Now she is dragging a mattress everywhere she goes, to draw attention to her victim status. She doesn’t file a police report or prosecute her now-ex-boyfriend in court.
It’s a good thing that she wasn’t “assaulted” on a concrete park bench, or she’d need to drive a forklift to bring it to class.
Another “victim” claims she was assaulted at a fraternity party, and then again at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. (Gee, you’d think you’d be safe among all those “progressive” people.) She never filed a complaint against her attackers.
Instead of taking their cases to court, these women choose to proclaim their victimhood, by dragging a mattress around campus, or by scrawling the names of their alleged attackers in dormitory bathrooms.
Schools like Columbia and governments like the current Obama administration help create this victimhood mentality, by lowering the standards of what is considered rape, and then by insisting that the school investigate and punish the alleged rapist. This is inherently wrong. If a rape occurred, the victim should file a police report and prosecute the attacker in court. College “kangaroo courts” only encourage plaintiffs to feel like victims. Schools should stay out of sexual harassment or rape claims. These people are legally adults. They can use the court system like adults.
If a real case of rape exists, it will stand up in a court of law, and result in a guilty verdict for the defendant. Many cases of campus “rape” would never pass legal muster, yet they are given life and vigor through the bumbling politically-correct machinations of academia. Worse, by teaching women to use an “academic” standard of rape which often fails to match reality (or the legal definition of rape), colleges are preventing women from learning how to function in the real world, and making them more vulnerable to victimization in the future.
Finally, more than half of all “rapes” involve alcohol, ingested either by the plaintiff or the defendant. Colleges would do much better to teach students about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, since so often the plaintiff is impaired by the use of those substances.
That will never happen at Columbia, of course. I’d like to see a “where are they now” in a few years, to see if the disgruntled women in the article are still dragging a mattress around, still proclaiming their victim status. Life in the real world after college has a way of beating sense into most people. I doubt it will work on these women, but there’s always the possibilty.