Community of the Wrongly Accused: The unfortunate politicization of the University of Montana’s mandatory sexual assault training

August 27, 2012
(cotwa.info) All students attending the University of Montana will be required to watch a video tutorial, consisting of seven short videos, and pass a quiz based on them with a score of 100 percent before they can register for second semester classes.
Students are forced not only to watch rape propaganda, but to parrot back the information in quizzes if they want to remain enrolled at the university.
All men on this campus should protest. The fact that they felt it necessary to entrust them with a patina of extremist gender advocacy is disheartening. Does it really ring true to anyone’s experience that one of our cultural norms is to encourage sexual violence?

The script for the videos was written by two professors from the school’s Women and Gender Studies program. “We know this video can evoke strong feelings on the part of men and women,” one of them said. “This training is designed to create the opportunity for dialogue and discussion and to make sure we’re not silent about these issues.” You can watch the videos here: http://www.umt.edu/petsa/
The videos focus, among other things, on “America’s ‘rape-prone culture.’” One of the videos says: “Many scholars warn of a rape-prone culture, where prevalent attitudes, norms and behaviors excuse, minimize and even encourage sexual violence. This environment creates stereotypes and beliefs about women, men, sexuality and power.”
One of the videos also debunks what it calls lingering “myths” surrounding rape, including this one: “People lie about sexual assault.” The tutorial clarifies that “the vast majority of sexual assault reports are true. Not believing a survivor can be emotionally damaging and may prevent others from coming forward.”

Amanda Marcotte (feminist) refutes normalization of rape in Lisak/Miller study:

“Far from being ordinary men who get out of control from lust, the roughly five percent of men interviewed who are rapists are men who seek out opportunities to rape women. . . . they pride themselves on their methods of identifying victims and separating them from potential help.”

Image Francois Boucher – The Rape-of-Europa: While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete.

Note from Noah: This same viewpoint was given a platform at Carnegie Mellon University and while it was consensual, I went. I argued that same point at the forum and had the security called on me. Women do in fact lie about rape… and we shouldn’t blame people who are smart enough to point this out