Conservative columnist George Will has fired another round in the ongoing War on Women. In a recent column for the Washington Post, he comments on the “supposed campus epidemic of rape” saying that being a victim of sexual assault has become a “coveted status that confers privileges.”
Privileges? Is that the privilege of being terrorized and violated? Or perhaps it’s the privilege of being emotionally scarred and stigmatized?
What Will calls “privileges” are the new standards sponsored by Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan regarding investigations of sexual assault at schools and colleges. One example of the new standards – investigators are asked to take a “more likely than not” view of the evidence as opposed to the “clear and convincing” approach currently in use. Said Biden:
[box type=”shadow”]”Students across the country deserve the safest possible environment in which to learn. That’s why we’re taking new steps to help our nation’s schools, universities, and colleges end the cycle of sexual violence on campus.”[/box]
Whether Will wants to believe it or not, sexual assault on college campuses is a very real problem.
- 1 in 5 women are raped during their lifetime, 37% of them while between the ages of 18 and 24
- Many rape victims know their attacker
- Victims of sexual assault are more likely to be in abusive relationships
- Less than 20 percent of sexual assaults are reported to campus authorities
Bizarrely, Will blames President Obama for the current climate:
[box type=”shadow”]”Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of “sexual assault” victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.”[/box]
Despite what Will thinks, no one is lining up to be sexually assaulted so they can claim what he thinks of as “privileges.” And as for blame, it should be placed right where it belongs – squarely on the sick shoulders of the rapist.
h/t: The Huffington Post
More from AATTP on rape culture in America:
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- Watch the POWERFUL ‘Rape Poem To End All Rape Poems’ By the Rutgers University Slam Team (Video)
- After Student Writes Disgusting ‘Rape Guide,’ 50K Activists Descend on Dartmouth College to Fight for Sexual Assault Reform