In response to the total implosion of Rolling Stone's preposterous story about a fraternity gang-rape at the University of Virginia, the media have reverted to their Soviet-style reporting. They're not even saying: We're choosing not to talk about UVA because it's a side show. It's more like: UVA? That's a school?
Not only did the UVA gang rape turn out to be a hoax, but then President Obama's own Department of Justice completed a six-year study on college rape, and it turns out that instead of 1-in-5 college coeds being raped, the figure is 0.03-in-5.
Less than 1 percent of college students are the victim of a sexual assault -- 0.6 percent, to be exact -- not to be confused with the 20 percent, or "one in five," claimed by feminists and President Obama.
But neither the DOJ report, nor the UVA rape hoax have dissuaded Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill from pushing their idea that the nation is in the grip of a college rape epidemic.
This week, Gillibrand dismissed the UVA outrage, saying, "Clearly, we don't know the facts of what did or did not happen in this case."
Actually, we know quite well what happened in this case. A disturbed young woman invented a fake boyfriend and a fake gang-rape to get attention, and an incompetent journalist acted as her transcriber. It was a total hoax -- just like the Duke lacrosse case, the Jamie Leigh Jones case, the Tawana Brawley case, and every other claim of white men committing gang-rape.
Gillibrand and McCaskill: Perhaps the accusations against Dreyfus were overblown, but that doesn't mean there's not an epidemic of Jews selling secrets to the Germans!
We are truly in the middle of a rape epidemic: an epidemic of women falsely claiming to have been raped.
It's said that "women never lie about rape!" But the evidence shows that women lie about rape all the time -- for attention, for revenge and for an alibi. All serious studies of the matter suggest that at least 40 percent of rape claims are false.
The U.S. Air Force, for example, examined more than a thousand rape allegations on military bases over the course of four years and concluded that 46 percent were false. In 27 percent of the cases, the accuser recanted. A large study of rape allegations over nine years in a small Midwestern city, by Eugene J. Kanin of Purdue University, found that 41 percent of the rape claims were false.
To put it in terms Kirsten Gillibrand would understand, two in five women claiming to have been raped are lying.
So why are we always being hectored: Only 2 percent of rape allegations are false!
That oft-cited number comes from Susan Brownmiller's 1975 book, "Against Our Will" -- which sourced the claim to a mimeograph of a speech by a state court judge, who made a passing remark about a New York police precinct with an all-female rape squad. Nothing more is known about whether this was an actual study, and if so, what was examined, how the information was collected or the actual results. Nor can any trace of the speech, the precinct or the data be found.
In Women's Studies classes, that figure is called a "home run."
That's why the feminists are so anxious to move on from the UVA nonsense rape story. They want to move on now so they can come back to it later, when everyone's forgotten, and start citing UVA as their No. 1 example of the fraternity gang-rape culture.
It's crucial that we get a letter in the file that says, "This was total B.S." Otherwise, the UVA hoax will remain in an open file, marked "unresolved."
All we're hearing now is, Enough! Enough! Don't be a bad winner. All this coverage is putting Jackie in a precarious emotional state. If you were a gentleman, you would drop the subject.
Then in three months, they'll be bringing up the UVA gang rape as proof of a college rape epidemic. In six months, the case will show up in feminist textbooks.
Wait a minute! That was a hoax!
We didn't agree it was a hoax. We conceded nothing.
The Duke lacrosse case proves that. In an unusual move, after that gang rape turned out to be yet another hoax, the players refused to accept the case being dismissed for "insufficient evidence," which is how prosecutors usually drop charges. They insisted on being declared "innocent."
This, the attorney general did. He also denounced the prosecutor, Mike Nifong, and saw that he was disbarred.
A few years went by, and then, this year, some douchebag wrote a book arguing that "something happened" in the Duke case between the players and the stripper (who has since been convicted of murder). The book got a rave review from The New York Times.
With feminists, either you lose or the game was rained out.
So before anyone moves on from UVA, we need to get it in writing that this case was a hoax. Jackie's got to apologize to the fraternity; UVA's president has to not only apologize, but pay restitution to the Greek system for shutting it down for an entire semester; and Rolling Stone authoress Sabrina Rubin Erdely has got to swear that she will never, ever write again.
She cannot be an "investigative journalist." She cannot even write movie reviews. Remember, Sabrina: No means no.