Rape Declines, Duke Responds

Posted: Sep 08, 2009 12:00 AM

Ada Gregory is the director of the Women’s Center at Duke University. She thinks campus rape is more prevalent at Duke than recent statistics suggest. In a nutshell, she believes that rapists are more manipulative and cunning than the average individual. She also believes that people who are manipulative and cunning have higher IQs. And, of course, Duke University is loaded with men who have higher IQs. So the Duke campus must be crawling with rapists.

Only five incidents of rape were reported on the campus of Duke University in 2007. So, over the summer, officials at Duke decided to change the sexual misconduct policy to encourage more victims to come forward.

Under the old policy, officials were required to report instances of faculty on student rape or staff on student rape. Under the new policy, when officials learn of student on student rape they must report it. The policy also mandates that the Women’s Center be notified every time there is an allegation of student on student rape.

The new policy at Duke will allow the Women’s Center to offer medical and psychological services to the alleged victim. This will give them more to do and help them appear to be even busier at a time when rape seems to be declining at Duke.

The Duke Chronicle recently quoted Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek as saying the following: “I hope the way women and men see this is as a supportive process that seeks to find the truth.”

Dean Wasiolek’s remarks suggest that there is some newfound need to “find the truth” now that the statistics show rape is declining at Duke. But what she fails to realize – or, perhaps, pretends to fail to realize – is that the decline in rape accusations at Duke is the result of a “process that seeks to find the truth.” It’s called our First Amendment freedom of press.

In 2006, several members of the Duke Lacrosse team were accused falsely of committing a rape. After relentless scrutiny by the press the woman who leveled the false accusations was exposed and humiliated. And the university was sued after members of the faculty and administration gang raped several lacrosse players in the court of public opinion.

The Women’s Center and the Dean of Students Office are now suggesting there has been a decline in true accusations of rape. In reality, there has been a decline in false accusations of rape because women who are prone to lie about rape now realize that certain consequences attach to their actions. In other words, false accusations of rape can be followed by humiliation in the court of public opinion, litigation in the courts of law, or both.

If the Duke feminists were truly concerned about rape – as opposed to gender politics – they would begin to police members of their own administration. Over the summer, administrator Frank Lombard (white but, fortunately for him, gay) was arrested after sexually assaulting his adopted black child on a webcam and then broadcasting it to another pedophile on the internet. He also offered his child to be raped by a stranger he met on the internet.

I’m supposed to note that Duke administrator Frank Lombard is only an “alleged” rapist who enjoys the benefit of the presumption of innocence. But administrators at Duke don’t believe in the presumption of innocence so we’ll just call him a rapist instead.

Regardless, feminists at Duke are unlikely to read anything about Frank Lombard. He gets a pass because he’s gay. And his victim wasn’t a woman. And talking about his case won’t help increase funding for the Duke Women’s Center.

The new policies at Duke University show just how manipulative and cunning campus feminists can be. But they don’t prove these characteristics are directly correlated with IQ or, for that matter, any interest in pursuing the truth. The evidence, if anything, leads to the opposite conclusion.

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