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Book Warns of ‘New Totalitarianism’ on Campus, Links Problem to 2011 Federal Mandate

WASHINGTON / May 9, 2016 – A provocative new book spotlights the dramatic erosion of free speech and due process rights on college campuses, and pins much of the problem on the federal Office for Civil Rights. Rape Culture Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women calls on lawmakers to take determined measures to restore democratic ideals and constitutional protections to universities.

Written by social commentator Wendy McElroy, Rape Culture Hysteria examines the factual basis of “rape culture” and concludes it is “not a real crisis but a manufactured one.” The book portrays Rolling Stone magazine’s report of an alleged gang-rape at the University of Virginia as emblematic of the hysteria. Even though the magazine account was quickly exposed as a fraud, rape culture proponents continued to insist that university investigators should “always believe the victim.”

Much of the problem can be traced to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which issued a Dear Colleague Letter on campus sexual violence in 2011. The policy required colleges to eliminate many due process protections in their handling of sexual assault allegations. As a result, the “treatment of accused males on campus has worsened dramatically,” McElroy posits.

McElroy charges the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and other “government policies are instrumental in turning American universities into bankrupt social experiments.” As a result, a new “high-paid, careerist professional caste” of college administrators has been created, she writes.

The book identifies a number of solutions, including reducing the OCR budget, treating sexual violence as a “criminal matter by turning accusations over to the police,” and devolving educational authority to the states.

“Political correctness is the new totalitarianism,” McElroy concludes. More information on the book can be seen here:


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