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Barbara Kay: More rape statistics by the biased for the biased

Posted on 2014-12-22 13:16:11

A new Forum Research telephone survey of 1,658 concludes that one in five women have been raped or sexually assaulted. Yet that widely contested figure is still not good enough for radical feminists. University of Ottawa law professor Elizabeth Sheehy (whose previous claim to fame is a book that advocates justice provisions that would permit female victims of domestic violence to kill their abusers without legal penalty) insists the poll number is a “lowball of what’s happening here.” Sheehy says the poll question, “Have you ever been sexually assaulted or raped?” is inadequate, because “There’s just so many layers…to a person’s decision in her own mind as whether what happened to her was or was not rape or sexual assault.” The actual statistics on rape look nothing like the surveys. Precisely the problem. Physical assault leaves bruises or blood or broken bones. Robberies leave spaces where items once stood. Vandalism creates visible damage to property. Rape and sexual assaults are the only crimes dealt with by law enforcement where the “evidence” that a crime has taken place is left to the alleged victim to decide. What rape actually means nowadays is notoriously vague. (It used to imply some measure of force. If it doesn’t, it may not be great sex, but it should not be criminalized behaviour). It can mean anything from drunken-revels remorse, to drunken sex with one’s partner, to a sexual act not explicitly invited by the word “yes.” In which case Ms. Sheehy may be right when she claims half of Canadian women have suffered at least one act of physical or sexual violence since age 16. It is worth revisiting the origins of rape-culture hysteria, because unlike other crimes, most of the surveys and reports about rape from the 1980s and 90s that ideologues rely on for their numbers were not fuelled by concerns about public safety. The parameters and methodology of many of those reports don’t stand up to interrogation, because they were conducted by theorists........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


Barbara Kay on how you know you’re a pit bull fanatic (Video)

Latest Column

Barbara Kay: More rape statistics by the biased for the biased

Posted on 2014-12-22 13:16:11

A new Forum Research telephone survey of 1,658 concludes that one in five women have been raped or sexually assaulted. Yet that widely contested figure is still not good enough for radical feminists. University of Ottawa law professor Elizabeth Sheehy (whose previous claim to fame is a book that advocates justice provisions that would permit female victims of domestic violence to kill their abusers without legal penalty) insists the poll number is a “lowball of what’s happening here.” Sheehy says the poll question, “Have you ever been sexually assaulted or raped?” is inadequate, because “There’s just so many layers…to a person’s decision in her own mind as whether what happened to her was or was not rape or sexual assault.” The actual statistics on rape look nothing like the surveys. Precisely the problem. Physical assault leaves bruises or blood or broken bones. Robberies leave spaces where items once stood. Vandalism creates visible damage to property. Rape and sexual assaults are the only crimes dealt with by law enforcement where the “evidence” that a crime has taken place is left to the alleged victim to decide. What rape actually means nowadays is notoriously vague. (It used to imply some measure of force. If it doesn’t, it may not be great sex, but it should not be criminalized behaviour). It can mean anything from drunken-revels remorse, to drunken sex with one’s partner, to a sexual act not explicitly invited by the word “yes.” In which case Ms. Sheehy may be right when she claims half of Canadian women have suffered at least one act of physical or sexual violence since age 16. It is worth revisiting the origins of rape-culture hysteria, because unlike other crimes, most of the surveys and reports about rape from the 1980s and 90s that ideologues rely on for their numbers were not fuelled by concerns about public safety. The parameters and methodology of many of those reports don’t stand up to interrogation, because they were conducted by theorists........

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