A Fraud’s Finale

Two years ago the Human Rights Commission conducted a “national survey” of university students that “found” 51 percent of them had been sexually assaulted at least once in the previous year. The headline figure and the shameless trickery that created it were immediately ridiculed by several commentators (including yours truly). According to the HRC’s own numbers, 97 percent of Australian students had never experienced anything resembling sexual assault, let alone rape. So how did they come up with 51 percent? Easy: mere “harassment” was promoted above its humbler rank in crime’s hierarchy to constitute assault. Students who answered ‘yes,’ they had suffered “Repeated or inappropriate invitations to go out on dates,” for example, were classified by the HRC as assault survivors. Staring, jokes and emails were also press-ganged into service. Even rude behaviour experienced going to and from university was classified as a campus sexual assault. “The researchers did everything they could to produce evidence of the ‘rape epidemic’,” wrote Bettina Arndt.

For the HRC and its feminist cheerleaders, however, 51 percent was handy. More than handy; it was necessary. The Commission had taken $1 million from Universities Australia and $150,000 of seed funding from the producers of the propaganda film, The Hunting Ground, to finance the survey. Forty-one percent wouldn’t do. They were paid to make a crisis. The doctored results allowed amenable media outlets like Fairfax and the ABC to run a “more than half of students” angle. From there, a routine “growing calls” campaign began – to reform safety protocols, apologise to women, honour the “survivors” and hector men. Australian National University Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt was reportedly “emotional” and “visibly upset” about the bogus findings. The politics of this sham went over the head of astrophysicist Schmidt whose response demonstrated the accuracy of Oscar Wilde’s aphorism that “we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” Yesterday the professor apologised again – this time for the delayed release of a “sexual violence prevention strategy.” Sexual violence at universities – a rarity, as the HRC survey showed – was “one of the worst scourges that we have in Australia and on [ANU’s] campus,” he said. And just like that, a lie takes hold. It wins.

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26 Responses to A Fraud’s Finale

  1. stackja

    Lying no longer faces sanctions?

  2. Roger

    Feminism has turned women into perpetual victims.

  3. Mother Lode

    If you declare that ‘staring’ is as serious as rape, then rape is only as serious as staring.

    And, seriously, what constitutes staring. A smoking hot woman walks past a guy and his eyes follow her?

  4. dopey

    Perving is a lot easier these days with girls staring at their phone.

  5. C.L.

    Dot, I note they’re trying to run that as a racism story.
    The media cannot stop lying.
    It is not a racism story; it is a story about deranged feminists and their corruption of the law.

  6. Always bet on black.

    Men should always frame their issues as racial ones simply to out crazy the crazies, at least to get attention, then break down the misandry they face.

    Sugar coat those red pills.

  7. C.L.

    Yeah, I don’t blame the bloke for the angle; good luck to him.
    But the media is using race as a fig leaf to hide the actual story – which is now their mission in just about every arena.

  8. tombell

    why do these stupid men time and time again bow before the altar of toxic wyminism? is it simply because their careers on the public teat will be lost forever? is this the end game for the wymin. make life so unbearable for men that only wymin will eventually populate academia, the PS, parliament etc?

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    We know that 11,000 scientists (including Prof. M. Mouse) called for the deplorable knuckle-dragging recalcitrant population of Earth to be reduced for Gaia.

    What we didn’t know was that the HRC has actively been pushing this population decline by arranging for gormless nerds to never ever hook up with the wholly indoctrinated female of the species, homo frightbaticus.

    It’s been quite successful too.

  10. a happy little debunker

    The ‘survey’ participants were self selected.
    It’s a bit like running an opinion poll over Green’s policies and only asking Green’s voters.

  11. dover_beach

    What we see here is the academic-legal-bureaucratic complex in full display. There isn’t a single front in the culture wars that hasn’t began with a recce of this sort. The only way to defeat it is to call out the lies involved in the research, to increase the costs to academics and bureaucrats that run with this sort of rubbish, and so on.

  12. Lee

    What staggered me was the numbers of lefties who wanted desperately to believe that the number of “sexual assaults” on uni campuses was incredibly high, despite all reasoning to the contrary, and vilified those – like Bettina Arndt – who disagreed with them.

  13. Des Deskperson

    ‘So how did they come up with 51 percent? ‘

    As I understand it, the 51% includes university students who had been ‘sexually harassed’ at any time and any place. Only 26 % – a tad over half – were actually ‘sexually harassed’ in ‘university settings’, which included travelling to and from campus. Travel was included because although it is ‘not strictly within the control of universities it is never the less an important part of the students’ university experience.” According to the bar graph at the ABC article, travel to and from campus is the most common type of ‘sexual harassment’ in a university setting.

    So while Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt was reportedly “emotional” and “visibly upset”, but even if we accept the AHRC definition of ‘sexual harassment’, if an senile AO honouree ogles a student at Manuka Pool or some
    retard (hat tip Professor Gillian Triggs) rubs up against a student’s bum on the R7 bus, it has nothing to do with his university’s culture.

  14. Muddy

    The tactic here is to merely grab a headline. By the time an individual or organisation looks at the fine print and questions or contradicts the details, the media focus has moved on to another issue. A discrepancy of fact is now ‘yesterday’s news,’ and other than websites with a comparatively small audience, the contradiction of the headline claims will never see the light of day. If, for some reason, the questioning does slip through a crack, and receive an amount of media focus, it will painted as ignorance/denialism, etc.; the headline will have moved to ‘taking action’ on the original claim, and any resistance will be painted negatively.

    We need a means of responding to these tactics -given limited resources, including media access – but as yet, I do not know what that could be.

  15. herodotus

    We live in an age where political players (including most of the media) will say that up is down, girls are boys and vice versa and largely get away with it because mainstream media only has a dozen conservatives of prominence to counter the b/s nationwide.
    Sarah Sea-Patrol was on Sky’s Newsday yesterday saying Morrison’s government was responsible for the increased bushfires. The Harry Potter lookalike host gave her a pretty easy time apart from objecting to her jibe that Morro put talking to cricketers above doing anything about fires.

  16. herodotus

    Bolt did a pretty good carve up of Ken Wyatt and the latter’s defence of Bruce Pascoe. Wyatt revealed himself as a complete lightweight in his recent statements. A walking, talking token Minister.

  17. classical_hero

    If university is so toxic to females, then why are they the majority? It’s worse than a warzone.

  18. nb

    ‘Students who answered ‘yes,’ they had suffered “Repeated or inappropriate invitations to go out on dates,” for example, were classified by the HRC as assault survivors. Staring, jokes and emails were also press-ganged into service.’
    I’d hate to be a member of the 49%.

  19. Leo G

    Two years ago the Human Rights Commission conducted a “national survey” of university students that “found” 51 percent of them had been sexually assaulted at least once in the previous year.

    Quite possibly, the other 49 percent were mature age students. Most university students live continuously in a reckless and dangerously state from sexual assault by their own sex hormones.

  20. JC

    Isn’t Brian Schmidt a Nobel price winner? Just wow if he is.

  21. Des Deskperson

    ‘Isn’t Brian Schmidt a Nobel price winner? Just wow if he is.

    The, err, ‘unofficial official rumour’ on campus is that Schmidt’s duties as a Nobel Laureate have distracted him from attending to the administrative detail of running ANU.

    Whether or not you believe this is up to you.

  22. Old Lefty

    The HRC survey was a typical Triggs exercise in intellectual dishonesty. Its focus was recent and confined to student on student harassment. So it excluded the good Dr Triggs’ leftist contemporaries and the industrial-scale exploitation of students by the tenured left of the 70s. (One of them, no names😘) was reportedly known to his female students as ‘Dr Lay on Top of Us’).

  23. Old Lefty

    Then there was the outing of Lawrence Krauss, one of the ABC’s favourite leftist atheists from the US, as a serial harasser. But you had to read News Ltd to discover that; no ABC or Fairfax reporting.

  24. Then there was the outing of Lawrence Krauss, one of the ABC’s favourite leftist atheists from the US, as a serial harasser.

    You mean he was a heterosexual male?

    These claims are bullshit. If they weren’t he’d be in gaol.

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