So there\’s a complaint about the \”sexual environment\” at Yale.
But the £25,000-a-year alma mater of Bill Clinton and both George Bushes has been plunged into a sexual harassment scandal that threatens to drag its reputation through the mud.
Yale\’s management has allowed the cultivation of a \”sexually hostile environment\”, in which misogyny flourishes and sexual attacks on young women are frequent, they claim.
The US government has launched an investigation into a complaint by 16 students at the Connecticut college. They allege a string of serious assaults and rampages by gangs of men that went unpunished.
It\’s always difficult to know in American academia. There are undoubtedly rapes that do happen and as the vile things they are the perpetrators should be chased down and punished.
But there\’s always that nagging feeling that someone\’s changed the meaning of the word \”rape\” on us.
Alexandra Brodsky, a 21-year-old studying Ethics, Politics, and Economics, described Mr Hunter\’s comments as \”absurd\” and said: \”Six or seven of my friends have been raped\”.
Using the conventional, legal, definition I think that\’s unlikely. Possible I guess, but unlikely, which is one of the things that makes me wonder about the definition of rape that\’s being used.
I guess we\’ll find out though….