Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sexual assault as "rough and tumble?"

By Chloe Angyal

According to today's (technically tomorrow's - love that international date line) Sydney Morning Herald, "schools frequently dismiss sexual assault between students as part of the 'rough and tumble' of high school life."
The report, by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, states that "while one in seven teenage girls has been the victim of a sexual offence, most are reluctant to report them because they know the perpetrator or they fear they will not be believed."
I guess it's something of a "bright side" that Australian campus sexual assault stats haven't yet reached America's 1-in-4 level, but one in seven is still unacceptable.
What I really want to know is, how exactly do schools justify classifying sexual assault as part of the rough and tumble of high school life?

3 Comments:

At November 9, 2008 at 7:15 PM , Blogger PeterW said...

Date rape, as broadly defined by feminists, is any sex that the woman regrets afterwards. This is the definition they use whenever they wish to inflate their numbers, as in the quoted "one in four" statistic, a favorite totem of feminists with an axe to grind and a light regard for accuracy.

There is indeed too much concern focused on a "crime" that may be a crime on Monday or Wednesday and a right on Tuesday or Thursday, according to after-the-fact shifts in a woman’s mood.

Feminists claim that date rape is not taken seriously enough; perhaps it would be better to ask how it could be taken seriously at all once we begin defining it as they do. Indeed, the date rape campaign owes its success only to the lingering effect of older views of the word "rape." Feminists themselves are not confused about this; they write openly of “redefining rape.” Of course, for those of us who still speak traditional English, this amounts to an admission that they are falsely accusing men. And let us not forget the study that concluded that half of female complaints of rape were in fact unfounded.

 
At November 9, 2008 at 11:46 PM , Anonymous Chloe Angyal said...

The FBI estimates that 2% of reported rapes are false reports - the same percentage as for other crimes, like robbery. That's not exactly "half."
Feminists do not define date rape as "any sex that the woman regrets afterwards": check your facts before you make your argument, PeterW.
As a note, as mentioned in the comments policy above, since this is a feminist blog, anti-feminist comments won't be tolerated here; please be respectful or be gone.

 
At November 10, 2008 at 1:40 AM , Blogger Roscoe said...

I agree with your distaste of the comment above yours chloe, though I must admit, we couldn't ask for anything better. Here we have a volunteer allowing us to show why his reasoning is wrong. Others may come and read the comment, relate and then wonder how peterw could be wrong, let's show them. And worse would it be if peterw did not post at all, as one more person would be deprived of the feminist point of view. Take the anti-ness in stride and show him more mistaken. This is how we can change minds.

 

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