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The New York Times declares:

Widening Spotlight On Assault Of Women *
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER DEC. 4, 2014

Members of the audience at a board of visitors meeting about sexual assault at the University of Virginia on Nov. 25, held after a Rolling Stone article outlined a gang rape allegation. The school found itself under increasing scrutiny this week. Credit Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress, via Associated Press

WASHINGTON — There is little to intersect the lives of a college freshman, a 59-year-old former model and a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq war. Their targets — a prestigious state university, a long-beloved entertainer and the United States military — do not have much in common, either.

But in just the last week, the governing board of the University of Virginia has scrambled to answer allegations that it has mishandled sexual assault claims by women after Rolling Stone magazine published an account of a freshman who says she was raped at a fraternity party, and more than a dozen women, long in the shadows, have come forward with allegations that they were raped by the comedian and actor Bill Cosby. A new military study released Wednesday night demonstrated that reports of rapes and sexual assaults had increased 8 percent, and Congress reopened the debate over how to best address that problem — one that potentially threatens the life of a major defense bill and perhaps the confirmation of a new defense secretary.

While protests of the so-called rape culture on college campuses have surfaced before — Take Back the Night marches are decades old — the sudden convergence of exposure and outrage over these acts of sexual violence suggests a tolerance tipping point in American culture for a problem that institutions and victims alike have long hidden from view.

“I think we are at a critical moment,” said Eugene R. Fidell, an expert on military justice at Yale Law School. …

What has changed are the willingness of women to come forward in ways that would have been unthinkable in the past and, as a result, the pressure on institutions to respond to issues that were once allowed to fester just out of sight. …

What is still in question is whether awareness will lead to effective change in an emotionally charged landscape where the overall problems are clear, but the facts in individual cases can often be elusive.

For all the talk of “zero tolerance” on campuses, in the military and in the White House of sexual assault, extensive legislation on Capitol Hill has yet to move forward and President Obama has largely stayed out of the fray on the issue. The Obama administration has begun to put more pressure on universities and expose which ones are under investigation. But the federal government has yet to pull out its biggest gun: the ability to take away federal funding from universities that are found to violate student rights in sexual assault cases. …

After the Rolling Stone article detailing a gang rape allegation and an emergency meeting of the board, the University of Virginia found itself under increasing scrutiny this week. Virginia lawmakers have called for hearings on the matter; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges sent the university a letter asking officials to demonstrate they are in compliance with student safety standards; and more than 1,000 alumni have written emails about the incident. …

There are several similarities in the challenges faced by colleges and the military, where the adjudication of sexual assault often is conducted outside the criminal justice system. … At the same time, the Obama administration has pressed universities hard to better report and deal with sexual assault under laws many have flouted. …

Some universities are also reconsidering their policies on Greek life, which some critics have insisted are at the center of sexual violence on campus. … The University of Virginia has suspended its fraternity activities until January.

That university’s Board of Visitors is expected to develop new and tougher policies for assaults on campus that officials desperately hope can rewind its growing image as a symbol of rape culture.

You’ll notice that the long article does not mention the severe doubts that have emerged about the Rolling Stone story recounting a supposed Night of Broken Glass at a University of Virginia frat house.

Depressingly, of the first 128 readers’ comments approved by the NYT, only two point out that there is a controversy over the Rolling Stone text’s factuality.

Update: A video has emerged in which a participant in the U. of Virginia fraternity gang rape initiation ritual confirms every single detail of the Rolling Stone article based on his own experience a generation before (extremely Not Safe for Work). So this New York Times reporter has been utterly vindicated in her decision to threat Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s gang rape tale as Gospel. My apologies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW__jgc6H-A&feature=youtu.be

* By the way, wouldn’t the headline be less ambiguous if it instead of reading

Widening Spotlight On Assault Of Women

it simply read

Widening Spotlight On Assault On Women

or is some pixel-stained wretch in the headline department being subversive?

 
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  1. All sexual assault victims deserves to be listened to, believed and validated in their victimhood – except boys raped by rich white male pederasts in Hollywood. We all know those liars are in it for the money and did it for the drugs.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    All sexual assault victims deserves to be listened to, believed and validated in their victimhood – except boys raped by rich white male pederasts in Hollywood
     
    …and those who accuse the spouse of the next anointed president. Especially should they accuse the spouse of the spouse of obstruction of justice. Winning through intimidation, indeed.
  2. Dahlia says:

    Richard Bradly has his best post yet up.

    Its an excellent summation that also indicts the entire article.

    Predicts that much of the article would not stand up to scrutiny, beyond problems already known: lifted misogynistic lyrics nobody has ever sung not known, rape victim- shopping, etc.

    I urge readers to spread this. Starting with NYT, but also twitter, blogs, etc. Don’t let them get away with this inept journalism meme. This was malice and crusading rolled in one.

    Read Bradley for a range of problems, but if you’d like quotes and sourcing on the Rugby Road verses, see his comment thread on his previous post and find my last comments.

    Pull the trigger.

  3. Outrageous.

  4. WhatEvvs [AKA "Bemused"] says:

    I misread your headline and thought you said that the Rolling Stones had raped someone. Then I read it correctly.

    But it made me think of something. Rock culture and the ubiquitous groupie presence is the very definition of rape culture. When will we see an expose of that?

    And Bill Cosby is hardly alone in Hollywood as a seducer of the young and stupid. Amy Berg made a documentary about it, and it’s been buried. Hollywood is rape culture too.

    • Replies: @gu
    Desirable men getting laid with nubile chicks while you remain unfucked is not rape, no matter how youdislike it.
  5. As always, Animal House shows the way.Just compare the Medieval Catholic-Nazi goings on at the uber-WASP Delta House (1:56 in) to the clean-spirited hijinks at Omega House:

  6. The nerdy looking lesbian with the sign that says “Doesn’t Want To Take Classes With Rapists”, looks like that Saturday Night Live character “It’s Pat”. Pat is suppose to be a gender ambiguous person.

  7. “As always, Animal House shows the way.Just compare the Medieval Catholic-Nazi goings on at the uber-WASP Delta House (1:56 in) to the clean-spirited hijinks at Omega House:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHppmhyNx8M”

    Albanian John Belushi’s character in “Animal House” is suppose to be a Polak.

    • Replies: @syonredux

    Albanian John Belushi’s character in “Animal House” is suppose to be a Polak.
     
    That's why he belongs to the good fraternity; the evil, blond WASP bastards at Omega House would never let him in.They only want WASPS like Kevin Bacon
  8. @Jefferson
    "As always, Animal House shows the way.Just compare the Medieval Catholic-Nazi goings on at the uber-WASP Delta House (1:56 in) to the clean-spirited hijinks at Omega House:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHppmhyNx8M"

    Albanian John Belushi's character in "Animal House" is suppose to be a Polak.

    Albanian John Belushi’s character in “Animal House” is suppose to be a Polak.

    That’s why he belongs to the good fraternity; the evil, blond WASP bastards at Omega House would never let him in.They only want WASPS like Kevin Bacon

    • Replies: @John Cunningham
    Belushi played John Blutarski, nicknamed Bluto.
  9. @syonredux

    Albanian John Belushi’s character in “Animal House” is suppose to be a Polak.
     
    That's why he belongs to the good fraternity; the evil, blond WASP bastards at Omega House would never let him in.They only want WASPS like Kevin Bacon

    Belushi played John Blutarski, nicknamed Bluto.

  10. As always, Animal House shows the way.Just compare the Medieval Catholic-Nazi goings on at the uber-WASP Omega House (1:56 in) to the clean-spirited hijinks at Delta House:

    Whoops.Got the houses wrong in the original post

  11. You can write to the New York Times with suggestions on news coverage and to point out factual errors here:

    [email protected]

  12. So we’ve had at least two manipulated causes celebre recently: 1) thuggish blacks as victims of pale white cops, and 2) women as victims of blonde men and Dr. Huxtable. The causes are arrayed against American gentlemen (or gentile-men).

    I’m a little slow, so maybe someone could explain more to me about how all this gets done. Who decides and where does it start? Is there a wizard behind a curtain somewhere?

    I mean, I know how “Remember the Maine” worked. And those incubator babies in Kuwait. Stuff like that. But this?

    Will we be seeing more of these MSM sensations on the way to Hillary’s coronation?

  13. A video has emerged in which a participant in the U. of Virginia fraternity gang rape initiation ritual confirms every single detail of the Rolling Stone article based on his own experience a generation before (extremely Not Safe for Work). So this New York Times reporter has been utterly vindicated in her decision to threat Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s gang rape tale as Gospel. My apologies.

    Funny stuff.Needless to say, the $PLC takes a rather dim view of him:

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2013/fall/The-Smiling-Nationalist-

  14. Great video! The smoking makes it extra truthy.

  15. A glimpse into the sinister world of WASP clubs:

  16. Bill De Blasio is more worried that his Mulato son might be killed by a Stale Pale Male cop than he is about the possibility of his son being killed by an urban inner city “Gentle Giant”.

    • Replies: @syonredux

    Bill De Blasio is more worried that his Mulato son might be killed by a Stale Pale Male cop than he is about the possibility of his son being killed by an urban inner city “Gentle Giant”.
     
    We must all be on guard against the evils of Anti-Giantism
  17. This really is worrying. I was so glad when other “respectable” outlets like the Washington Post published their critiques, but it looks like the Narrative is not going to give up that easily.

  18. @Ben H
    All sexual assault victims deserves to be listened to, believed and validated in their victimhood - except boys raped by rich white male pederasts in Hollywood. We all know those liars are in it for the money and did it for the drugs.

    All sexual assault victims deserves to be listened to, believed and validated in their victimhood – except boys raped by rich white male pederasts in Hollywood

    …and those who accuse the spouse of the next anointed president. Especially should they accuse the spouse of the spouse of obstruction of justice. Winning through intimidation, indeed.

  19. @Jefferson
    Bill De Blasio is more worried that his Mulato son might be killed by a Stale Pale Male cop than he is about the possibility of his son being killed by an urban inner city "Gentle Giant".

    Bill De Blasio is more worried that his Mulato son might be killed by a Stale Pale Male cop than he is about the possibility of his son being killed by an urban inner city “Gentle Giant”.

    We must all be on guard against the evils of Anti-Giantism

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    We must all be on guard against the evils of Anti-Giantism

     

    It's especially strong in Philadelphia, Washington and Dallas.
  20. Well, I guess this is a bad thing to say, but I’m honestly delighted with the New York Times right now.

    The Rolling Stone story by Sabrina Rubin Erdely (make sure we name and shame here) is collapsing like a Bedouin’s tent.

    So the New York Times decides to double down.

    Good.

    The sooner the reputation of “the paper of record” is utterly destroyed, the better.

    It’s already suffered some hits (Jayson Blair comes to mind) but it’s still, like a Trustafarian on crystal meth, clinging onto its past inheritance.

    A few more hits and it will be done. There are only a finite number of times an “authoritative” source can proven completely unreliable.

    That “megaphone” is looking more vulnerable now than ever.

    I hope they back Erdely to the bitter end.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    Destroyed? I would say enhanced. The largely female liberal Democratic target audience knows it can read with confidence that their narrative will not be subverted irrespective of any information that exists to the contrary. Not only can they safely read the NYT and not be challenged and made to feel uncomfortable but they will also know everything that is fit to print and fit to reiterate so they can talk about controversial subjects and not get into trouble for any thought crimes. It is like Pravda.
  21. @syonredux

    Bill De Blasio is more worried that his Mulato son might be killed by a Stale Pale Male cop than he is about the possibility of his son being killed by an urban inner city “Gentle Giant”.
     
    We must all be on guard against the evils of Anti-Giantism

    We must all be on guard against the evils of Anti-Giantism

    It’s especially strong in Philadelphia, Washington and Dallas.

  22. A new military study released Wednesday night demonstrated that reports of rapes and sexual assaults had increased 8 percent, and Congress reopened the debate over how to best address that problem

    The best way to address this problem would be to return to the former structure where women were mostly segregated from men. See the history of the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) and the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).

    • Replies: @sanjoaquinsam
    I agree yet if I'm not mistaken recent studies show that it isn't male on female rape that is increasing, but male on male.
  23. You’ll notice that the long article does not mention the severe doubts that have emerged about the Rolling Stone story recounting a supposed Night of Broken Glass at a University of Virginia frat house.

    Depressingly, of the first 128 readers’ comments approved by the NYT, only two point out that there is a controversy over the Rolling Stone text’s factuality.

    Rush Limbaugh has been saying something for a long time that is very apt for this situation as well as the Ferguson situation, Duke Rape case, etc.. When it comes to conservatives or anyone who happens to be a target of the Left, “The nature of the evidence is irrelevant; it’s the seriousness of the charge that matters.”

  24. “the uber-WASP Omega House”

    That’s not true. Look at Mohamed, Jugdish, Sydney, and Clayton.

  25. That’s not true. Look at Mohamed, Jugdish, Sydney, and Clayton.

    Segregated from everyone else, mocked and reviled for not presenting the appropriate WASP image.Fraternity admissions standards as the new Nuremberg Laws…..

  26. What is still in question is whether awareness will lead to effective change in an emotionally charged landscape where the overall problems are clear, but the facts in individual cases can often be elusive.

    This how young people with still developing brains and adults with mental health issues experience the world.

  27. @iSteveFan

    A new military study released Wednesday night demonstrated that reports of rapes and sexual assaults had increased 8 percent, and Congress reopened the debate over how to best address that problem
     
    The best way to address this problem would be to return to the former structure where women were mostly segregated from men. See the history of the Women's Army Corps (WACs) and the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).

    I agree yet if I’m not mistaken recent studies show that it isn’t male on female rape that is increasing, but male on male.

  28. Shouldn’t all this destroy Hillary’s candidacy? She is an actual, honest-to-goodness, “rape-denier”. (Juanita Broderick, not Monica Lewinsky for you who are too young to remember.)

    Are all the hysterical lefties going to completely ignore Juanita Broderick? … And get away with it?

    Sigh … they might because Republicans won’t dare to raise the issue. Republicans could have made “rapist” Bill Clinton’s middle name, but they didn’t.

    More dangerous to Hillary, though, is that supporters of Elizabeth Warren will use it. … And they will have no qualms about using it … it is their stock-in-trade. Obama doesn’t like Hillary either.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    More dangerous to Hillary, though, is that supporters of Elizabeth Warren will use [Juanita Broaddrick's accusation]… And they will have no qualms about using it … it is their stock-in-trade.
     
    And will see that the Republican gets the blame. Remember, it was not George Bush, but Al Gore, who made Willie Horton a celebrity.
  29. There is a country music video that endorses Hillary Rodham for president. What kind of voters are they trying to attract with a country music video ? Reagan Democrats ? Because it sure as hell is not Mestizos and Blacks. And most SWPL types do not like country music either, they prefer White hipster music like Adam Levine, Moby, Calvin Harris, and John Mayer.

  30. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    This is entirely a thought experiment, so stick with me.

    What if a major party, let’s say the Democrats, hoped to run a presidential candidate who was female, but, her husband (she has one for the purposes 0f this experiment) was credibly supposed to have been a rapist, or at the very least, exploited his previous powerful jobs to sexually assault women? How would that intersect with the narrative?

  31. “What has changed are the willingness of women to come forward . . . ”

    “For all the talk of “zero tolerance” on campuses, in the military and in the White House of sexual assault, extensive legislation on Capitol Hill has yet to move forward . . . .”

    Should read: For all the talk of “zero tolerance” of sexual assault on campuses, in the military . . .

    ” . . . . and President Obama has largely stayed out of the fray on the issue.”

    Change to: “above the fray”

  32. RE: The Dan Brown Screenplay for The UVA Fraternity Rape Initiation Ritual,

    You can sense the confabulation here. This isn’t just some ad hoc horror; this is an organized conspiracy that goes back years, decades, centuries!Perhaps it was initiated by Thomas Jefferson himself back in 1825.Maybe Poe’s Gothic tales contains hidden clues to the horrors that he witnessed (perhaps even participated in!) as an undergraduate at UVA. Perhaps that explains his mysterious disappearance and death in 1849! Was Reynolds (Poe’s dying words referred to a “Reynolds”) the name of the blond (perhaps even Albino) UVA assassin who dispatched Poe before he could tell too much?

    There’s a Dan Brown screenplay in this, I tell you!

    I don’t think that we can have too much Jefferson in the film.Perhaps the flashback to the first ritual in 1825 should show Jefferson presenting a Black slave girl as the annual sacrifice?Plus, Jefferson was deeply interested in the “Saxon” roots of American liberty.Why, he even wanted Hengist and Horsa to be featured on the Great Seal of the United States*.And did you know that Jefferson actually taught Old English (otherwise known as Anglo-Saxon) at UVA? What could be more sinister.Perhaps the first initiates were students in his Anglo-Saxon class? Maybe the initiation can be linked back to the Pagan Anglo-Saxon tribes in England?Jefferson as a secret worshiper of ODIN!

    It keeps getting better!

    *”Hengist and Horsa, the Saxon chiefs from whom we claim the honor of being descended, and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed.”[3]

  33. Steve, you are missing the point, as the Rolling Stone author herself has told us. Whether the “Jackie” allegations themselves are true or not, we have a RAPE CRISIS, which must be dealt with (by abolishing all fraternities, etc.). 1 in 3 coeds is being gang raped every week (or something like that) so anyone who questions whether Jackie was one of those 3 is just a rape denier. If , say the Anne Frank diary turned out to be a hoax, would this mean that the Holocaust never occurred?

  34. Wow! That video was genius. I didn’t pay attention to Ram Z Paul in the beginning because his first videos were quite poor and preachy, but that one was a slam dunk. Thanks for the heads up.

  35. @Celt Darnell
    Well, I guess this is a bad thing to say, but I'm honestly delighted with the New York Times right now.

    The Rolling Stone story by Sabrina Rubin Erdely (make sure we name and shame here) is collapsing like a Bedouin's tent.

    So the New York Times decides to double down.

    Good.

    The sooner the reputation of "the paper of record" is utterly destroyed, the better.

    It's already suffered some hits (Jayson Blair comes to mind) but it's still, like a Trustafarian on crystal meth, clinging onto its past inheritance.

    A few more hits and it will be done. There are only a finite number of times an "authoritative" source can proven completely unreliable.

    That "megaphone" is looking more vulnerable now than ever.

    I hope they back Erdely to the bitter end.

    Destroyed? I would say enhanced. The largely female liberal Democratic target audience knows it can read with confidence that their narrative will not be subverted irrespective of any information that exists to the contrary. Not only can they safely read the NYT and not be challenged and made to feel uncomfortable but they will also know everything that is fit to print and fit to reiterate so they can talk about controversial subjects and not get into trouble for any thought crimes. It is like Pravda.

  36. “Ben H says:
    December 5, 2014 at 2:19 am GMT

    All sexual assault victims deserves to be listened to, believed and validated in their victimhood – except boys raped by rich white male pederasts in Hollywood. We all know those liars are in it for the money and did it for the drugs.”

    But we know that women never lie about sexual assault. Except for Paula Jones, or Kathleen Willey, or that teenaged girl who seduced Roman Polanski.

  37. From that twisted, but funny, video:

    “The university is in on it. The university has a rape. culture.”

    LOL

  38. I’ve never been a part of a gang rape. But I have been a part of sex orgies where dozens of men line up for access to a couple women. That was when I lived in San Francisco. Maybe such festivities don’t occur in other American cities but group sex – as I remember – was every Wednesday at the Power-Exchange. On the other nights the facilities were monopolized by the gays. It’s not like he says. He’s lying.

    I also went to the University of Virginia (George Mason college at the time) and I had several pals who were at Charlottesville on the main campus. But of course in those days the campus had no women at all. The girls were at Mary Washington (which like George Mason also split off)….

  39. Ramzer mentioned the Nazis!!

    Kristall-Facht!!!

    Night of the long dic*s.

  40. @FactsAreImportant
    Shouldn't all this destroy Hillary's candidacy? She is an actual, honest-to-goodness, "rape-denier". (Juanita Broderick, not Monica Lewinsky for you who are too young to remember.)

    Are all the hysterical lefties going to completely ignore Juanita Broderick? ... And get away with it?

    Sigh ... they might because Republicans won't dare to raise the issue. Republicans could have made "rapist" Bill Clinton's middle name, but they didn't.

    More dangerous to Hillary, though, is that supporters of Elizabeth Warren will use it. ... And they will have no qualms about using it ... it is their stock-in-trade. Obama doesn't like Hillary either.

    More dangerous to Hillary, though, is that supporters of Elizabeth Warren will use [Juanita Broaddrick’s accusation]… And they will have no qualms about using it … it is their stock-in-trade.

    And will see that the Republican gets the blame. Remember, it was not George Bush, but Al Gore, who made Willie Horton a celebrity.

  41. @WhatEvvs
    I misread your headline and thought you said that the Rolling Stones had raped someone. Then I read it correctly.

    But it made me think of something. Rock culture and the ubiquitous groupie presence is the very definition of rape culture. When will we see an expose of that?

    And Bill Cosby is hardly alone in Hollywood as a seducer of the young and stupid. Amy Berg made a documentary about it, and it's been buried. Hollywood is rape culture too.

    Desirable men getting laid with nubile chicks while you remain unfucked is not rape, no matter how youdislike it.

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