Democratic Congressman on Campus Rape Epidemic: Expel 80% Even If Innocent



Democrat representative Jared Polis is all in on the so-called epidemic of campus rapes. Polis wants to expel students willy nilly, unfairly and without constitutional protections. Someone should tell him that the colleges will empty out.

During a House Education and Workforce Committee hearing, Democratic Congressman Jared Polis said that even if a whopping 80% of accused campus rapists are innocent, it was still better to kick them all out of school.

Rape is a terrible crime and people who exaggerate it and who are unreasonable like Mr. Polis diminish the seriousness of the crime.

The rape epidemic is probably more exaggerated than real.

National Review Online posted statistics last year:

In the general population college-age women have significantly lower rates of sexual assault than do girls twelve to seventeen, while a fifth of all rape victims are younger than twelve. Most of the familiar demographic trends in violent crime are reflected in the rape statistics: Poor women are sexually assaulted at twice the rate of women in households earning $50,000 a year or more; African American women are victimized at higher rates than are white women, while Native American women are assaulted at twice the rate of white women; divorced and never-married women are assaulted at seven times the rate of married women; women in urban communities are assaulted at higher rates than those in the suburbs, and those in rural areas are assaulted at dramatically higher rates. But there is at least one significant departure from the usual trends in violent crime: Only about 9 percent of those raped are men.

USA Today article called it a hoax:

According to the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, the rate of rape and sexual assault is lower for college students (at 6.1 per 1,000) than for non-students (7.6 per 1,000). (Note: not 1 in 5). What’s more, between 1997 and 2013, rape against women dropped by about 50%, in keeping with a more general drop in violent crime nationally.

George Will also addressed it:

The administration’s crucial and contradictory statistics are validated the usual way, by official repetition; Joe Biden has been heard from.

The statistics are: One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, and only 12 percent of assaults are reported. Simple arithmetic demonstrates that if the 12 percent reporting rate is correct, the 20 percent assault rate is preposterous. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute notes, for example, that in the four years 2009 to 2012 there were 98 reported sexual assaults at Ohio State. That would be 12 percent of 817 total out of a female student population of approximately 28,000, for a sexual assault rate of approximately 2.9 percent — too high but nowhere near 20 percent.

The rape hoax is more about politics than reality. Colleges are now feeding grounds for the progressives and their policy of perpetual hand wringing and victimhood. Micro-aggressions, constant Big Brother spies waiting to pounce on the next PC offense, safe spaces for whiners, and revolts against speakers who disagree with Progressives is the college rule of intellectual paralysis. Men and fake rape epidemics is just more progressivism.



  1. I recall reading that the rape statistics bandied by the left often include any kind of uninvited attention by males, such as whistles, personal comments, stares, etc. Rude maybe; rape, no.

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