Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times did the same thing with Somaly Mam (even worse) Than Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely with the Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus” at the University of Virginia.
So it is a rape hoax but we are going to behave as if it was true?
“sentence first, verdict afterward.”
UVA should immediately apologize to the men and lift whatever sanctions were placed on them. Afterwards, bring “Jackie” up on whatever criminal charges are appropriate.
The University of Virginia administration, led by President Teresa Sullivan, doesn’t have clean hands in this matter either. They immediately and uncritically swallowed unsubstantiated allegations by an anonymous person in the Rolling Stone story as being true and suspended the activities of ALL fraternities and sororities, not just the fraternity mentioned in the bogus story, as though there was guilt by association. This overreaction resulted in the vandalizing of the Phi Kappa Psi house, threats and vilification of the members to the point they had to move out and find other lodging and trashing of their reputations. When the story was shown to be false, they doubled down and instead of apologizing to the Greek community and lifting the suspension, said that well, even though the story was untrue, in their view there is still a sexual assault problem on campus, and we are going to root it out. Where is the apology for their intemperate and illogical action? Frats and sororities have 3500 members out of a student body of some 20,000. Do they seriously believe that even if there is a “sexual assault problem” at UVA (unproved so far as I can tell) that it rests only in fraternities and not in the general student body or outsiders? They believe that ALL men are evil and ALL women are innocent angels.
In academia, false claims of rape and harassment are now employed by activists as “tools of social change”
There is a rash of campus activists – most of them (if not all of them) Feminists – now brazenly making false claims of rape and harassment and using them for activism purposes. Most often, these false claims are made as a means to “raise awareness of the problem of rape on campus,” OR “sex trafficking” an interesting notion since if rape were such a big problem on campus there would be no need to make up fake rapes at all.
But sometimes these false claims of harassment/rape are employed as a means to directly leverage power against a man who advocates an idea which a particular Feminist disagrees with. On a similarly disturbing note, there is no evidence that our academic institutions have disciplined the vast majority of these false accusers, even though they have punished other students for far less.
This whole thing played out just months ago with the Somaly Mam scandal:
Somaly Mam and Nicholas Kristof should have lawsuits filed against them for committing fraud and stealing money from the public by providing the public with false sex trafficking horror stories that were lies to send money to the Somaly Mam and Afesip charities. These charities then committed human trafficking themselves by forcing women and girls to stay in their (rescue) centers against their will and to lie about being forced into sex trafficking to the western media and donors.