The campus rape industryâ€™s central tenet is that one-quarter of all college girls will be raped or be the targets of attempted rape by the end of their college years (completed rapes outnumbering attempted rapes by a ratio of about three to two). The girlsâ€™ assailants are not terrifying strangers grabbing them in dark alleys but the guys sitting next to them in class or at the cafeteria.
Kossâ€™s method produced the 25 percent rate, which Ms. then published.
Kossâ€™s study had serious flaws. Her survey instrument was highly ambiguous, as University of California at Berkeley social-welfare professor Neil Gilbert has pointed out. But the most powerful refutation of Kossâ€™s research came from her own subjects: 73 percent of the women whom she characterized as rape victims said that they hadnâ€™t been raped. Furtherâ€”though it is inconceivable that a raped woman would voluntarily have sex again with the fiend who attacked herâ€”42 percent of Kossâ€™s supposed victims had intercourse again with their alleged assailants.
All subsequent feminist rape studies have resulted in this discrepancy between the researchersâ€™ conclusions and the subjectsâ€™ own views. A survey of sorority girls at the University of Virginia found that only 23 percent of the subjects whom the survey characterized as rape victims felt that they had been rapedâ€”a result that the universityâ€™s director of Sexual and Domestic Violence Services calls â€œdiscouraging.â€ Equally damning was a 2000 campus rape study conducted under the aegis of the Department of Justice. Sixty-five percent of what the feminist researchers called â€œcompleted rapeâ€ victims and three-quarters of â€œattempted rapeâ€ victims said that they did not think that their experiences were â€œserious enough to report.â€ The â€œvictimsâ€ in the study, moreover, â€œgenerally did not state that their victimization resulted in physical or emotional injuries,â€ report the researchers.
If you tell people they’re victims, and give the “nuclear option” of claiming race when accusing another or using it to justify low performance, how can they say no? Just say that word and you’re off the hook.
As a result, the culture itself creates a dangerous inflation of results. Dangerous because after two semesters of this stuff most people tune out, and because the results are unreliable, law enforcement and others are leery of acting on them.
It would be better to be honest about rape and when and where and how and by whom it occurs, than to try to inflate figures to make it seem more serious.