A third of female students in Britain have endured a sexual assault or unwanted advances at university, stark new research conducted for The Telegraph shows.
Or perhaps “unwanted advances” needs to be defined.
“Watcha, fancy a coffee?”
That’s an advance and, given the answer, was obviously unwanted. Yet given the basics of human sexuality, where men propose and women dispose, it seems like a reasonably necessary part of keeping the species going.
The rape rate (and yes, obviously, there’s arguments about definitions here) appears to be around 22 cases per 100,000 adults per year. 22 too high, of course, but rather different from one third of all female students we might think.
One per cent of students of either gender said they had been raped at university.
That’s 1,000 per 100,000. Or, given the average three year course, a rate of 333 per 100,000. 15 times the rate in the general population? Could be: although it does seem more likely that we’re using a slightly different definition of the word “rape”, doesn’t it?
And then this is just ludicrous:
It came as a new legal briefing commissioned by the End Violence Against Women Coalition, an alliance of charities and campaign groups, warned that higher education institutions are avoiding their legal responsibilities by refusing to investigate sexual assault allegations.
It argues that the governing bodies of higher and further education institutions count as “public authorities” and therefore subject to both the Human Rights Act and the Public Sector Equality Duty, which imposes legal obligation on public bodies including eliminating discrimination and harassment against women.
The report’s author, Louise Whitfield, a partner at Deighton Pierce Glynn and specialist in public law, said: “UK universities whose policies at present would lead them for example not to investigate a rape allegation and to regard it as purely a police matter, are failing to protect women students and are very likely to be in breach of the law. “
So they want to import the American system of kangaroo courts, no legal training or representation and all the rest? Like that system works so well, eh?
You can all fuck off quite frankly.