Rape for Money
Sept. 27, 2012
“In 2010, there were three reported incidents of sexual assault on campus; in 2011, there were a total of eight. These numbers include both rape and unwanted touching.” ~ Montana State University Exponent
On September 10, 2011, an 18 year-old man grabbed a woman’s breast and was convicted of sexual assault. Two weeks later a woman made a similar report of being groped, also filed as a sexual assault, then admitted to lying about the incident weeks later. Defining the first as a sexual assault is a gross exaggeration, the second an outright lie, the two serving only to trivialize and undermine the Bozeman woman brutally raped at knifepoint only months before.
But this is not the first distortion of reality perpetuated on a Montana university campus. Earlier this year the Department of Justice assaulted the University of Montana, then voted the safest campus in the nation, with a rigorous investigation of eighty sexual assaults allegedly reported. Since, we have learned that some of the evidence was “cherry picked” to create the illusion of a “rape prone culture”, scaring society into allocating $300,000 for such things as creating misleading training videos to further distort reality for our youth.
Montana State University Dean of Students Matt Caires recently commented; “After comparing our crime statistics to other similar universities, it’s evident that MSU-Bozeman is one of the safest places in the country for students to receive their education.” At the same time we hear of eighty sexual assaults in 2011, apparently a crucial number in the Department of Justice’s recipe for a “rape prone culture”.
When society lied to about what constitutes sexual assault and wrongly accused are imprisoned, we are effectively punishing the innocent. When the dust settles following the Department of Justice’s attacks on our universities, after the lies have been exposed, we will see we have punished the innocent not once, but twice; imprisoning the wrongly convicted while trivializing and undermining true victims.