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beingthebest
try as I might, I'm only human
08:27 AM on 04/22/2011
Oh Joe, you are going to get in trouble now! Don't you know that doing anything poisitve for women is a no-no these days. The conservative small government wants to control women completely and you really are getting in their way
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gayleg
10:19 AM on 04/22/2011
False accusations aren't a problem. Way to support violence against women, dude.
JStading
"Shall NOT be infringed" means what it says.
11:01 AM on 04/22/2011
Yeah, they are.  This lawsuit was just filed by a kid who got booted from a college over a rape allegation.  What's the problem?  "The student submitted an appeal to SJS [Student Judicial Services] with evidence including a polygraph test, text messages between his roommates and witness statements, but SJS did not consider the evidence."

http://media.www.gwhatchet.com/media/storage/paper332/news/2011/04/14/News/Student.Files.Suit.Over.Suspension-3993185.shtml

In "proceedings" that bar witness statements, polygraphs, and text messages, it seems that you're stuck being found guilty every time.  These processes encourage false allegations and destroy lives.
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beingthebest
try as I might, I'm only human
11:13 AM on 04/22/2011
dudette to you. Are you saying the conservative government, as small as they would like us to believe they want to be, is not going full-titl to legislate what I can do with my womb, even though the law states it is my right?
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SparkyDash
Still a BFD
08:17 AM on 04/22/2011
Love you Joe Biden. Thank you.
Morrisfactor
Just a little bent
03:56 AM on 04/22/2011
Wow, as the father to three wonderful daughters, it's scary to hear the statistic that "twenty percent of college women will be sexually assaulted."

But that statistic is not correct.

Using the Univ. of New Hampshire as an example: it has an enrollment of 14,964 students (all facts are per their website). There are 8,829 female students.

If 20% were being sexually assaulted, that would be 1,766 females a year, or 34 assaults per week. Do the facts support those numbers?

The Clery Act requires the Univ. of NH to post the number of sexual assaults. The Univ. of NH website says in 2007 there were 8, in 2008 there were 8, and in 2009 (the latest year they provide stats) there were 10. These figures presumably include both sexes.

Keep in mind that "sexual assault" no longer means just carnal rape as it used to, but now includes: groping, unwanted advances, exhibition, explicit telephone calls, making someone uncomfortable.

Even with a widely enhanced definition of "sexual assault", there were only 26 incidents among 45,000 students over three years, or about 1 for every 1,730 students - a relatively low percentage. This is nowhere near the quoted "twenty percent".

Once I understood the real risk, and considered that the people quoted in the article are dependent upon funding for their lively-hoods (or to get elected), I realize that I can relax and send my last daughter to college and sleep without too much worry.
06:48 AM on 04/22/2011
too true,
I've seen the DoJ report from the Janet Reno days, the one that spawned the oft cited "25%".(Not sure why they've been saying "20%" in recent statements, they have not mentioned having new data)
DoJ did the right thing by presenting that figure as "highly speculative", but every time it's trotted out by some gov't agency in a press release, reality is cast aside. They state a number and that's that, no mention of the limitations of the data or DoJ's own admission that the number being cited is not able to be supported by the facts (neither is it contradicted by the facts - rather it is beyond the facts) It was DoJ's hypothetical estimate that ought to have put to the test in a larger study, this was acknowledged in the report itself.

So Biden and Duncan have engaged in several less than upstanding behaviors here:
fear-mongering, setting up a fake, overly threatening context for the sake of dishing out praise to UNH and for the sake of making themselves and the administration out as guys/institutions who care and do the right thing.

Maybe UNH does a better job than the majority of other schools, but if that's the case it should be simply said and stand on the merit of UNH's programs, and not be put out as part of some subterfuge which is inherently counter-productive due to its hidden falsity.
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beingthebest
try as I might, I'm only human
08:29 AM on 04/22/2011
Once you daughter comes to you (if you are lucky enough to have an open relationship as I did with my Dad) and tells you she has been assaulted, you will realize that quibbling about statistics is what they do to side-step this assault against all women.
Morrisfactor
Just a little bent
01:54 PM on 04/22/2011
Beingthebest-

I have very, very close relationships with my daughters, and I pray that they will never be raped. I am concerned about it and coach them on avoiding dangerous situations and making poor choices.

I "quibble" about statistics because they are being used to paint all males as rapists or potential rapists and frankly, driving a wedge between men and women so that a few select people (like Biden) can profit from it.

The vast majority of men are good and decent, yet constant media projections of men as thugs/rapists/idiots are hurtful, inaccurate and outrageous. If females were portrayed in modern media as men are, you'd be marching on Washington DC.

I want my girls to find good men and live happily with them. I don't want them brainwashed into thinking every man lurks around the corner, waiting to assault them. It simply isn't true and the statistics prove it isn't true - if anyone would take the time to investigate - which apparently the author of the article did not do.

No Beingthebest, I hope to never have one of my daughters come to me with tragic news, but I don't want them spending the rest of their lives living in fear of men - which is what is being preached by many of the people in this article.
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NikitaAhn
Peace is its own reward.
03:27 AM on 04/22/2011
Any progress towards preventing sexual assault, as well as improving support for survivors, is a good thing. This is a huge problem on campuses all over the country. I was raped my freshman year in college - when I reported it to a school counselor I was asked if I was "sure" it had been rape because my rapist was someone I was dating at the time. Ultimately they suggested, quite forcefully, that I take a "medical leave" to recover. I didn't return, and my attacker got to stay and graduate with honors. They didn't want to deal with the legal and PR issues associated with rape on their campus, so they swept me under the rug and went on their merry way. I can't even explain how difficult it was to go to someone and tell them what had happened, only to have them dismiss my experience and question my judgement. It added even more pain and shame to an already excruciating experience - I wish my school had had a program like UNH. I could have saved me a lot of suffering.
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sydneymoon
07:18 AM on 04/22/2011
What an incredibly sad trauma you have been through.
Sending thoughts of peace and comfort.
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NikitaAhn
Peace is its own reward.
01:25 PM on 04/22/2011
Thank you. Luckily that was almost 8 years ago now, and my life today is wonderful. I have a great family that supported me, and I was able to take my expereinces and use them to help others. Plus I'm back in school and earning a 4.0, so while I'll always carry that trauma with me, I've gotten to a point where I am very happy.
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rambisfan
11:18 PM on 04/21/2011
he's praying not sleeping
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callmemara
07:52 AM on 04/22/2011
you've surely got a better comment than that for this subject?
11:17 PM on 04/21/2011
Vice President Joe Biden is correct in promoting a nationwide campaign on sexual awareness at America's colleges and universities.

Biden recently told the University of New Hampshire that it is "the model for the country" as a result of its rape research, prevention efforts, crisis center and awareness campaigns.

It would behoove many American universities to follow UNH's actions designed to reduce -- or even eliminate -- rape on college campuses.
isadora
Leftie, educator, labor activist, Unitarian Univer
11:10 PM on 04/21/2011
Another day, another admirable attitude toward women from another Democrat. Contrast this story with Republicans in Congress valiantly crusading to redefine rape to their own advantage while the country's serious problems were pushed by the wayside-one of their crusades supposedly backed up by religious attitudes which add the element of the absolute.
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ChaCubed
It's a lie. Goodbye.
01:08 AM on 04/22/2011
Another example that blows the "why bother voting, they're all alike" out of the water.

And, in my opinion, exposes those posting that opinion as frauds, but I have no proof of that, so ... @this is not meant to be a factual statement.
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Titus
Bourbon, no ice
07:39 AM on 04/22/2011
Joe is and has always been a class act. We need more like him.
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gomezrules
Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
10:59 PM on 04/21/2011
I take it Joe actually stayed awake for all of the proceedings!!...??
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ChaCubed
It's a lie. Goodbye.
01:12 AM on 04/22/2011
Yeah, that's what's important.
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YankeeCanuck
dog
01:12 AM on 04/22/2011
He wrote the Violence Against Women Act, and worked hard to get it passed. It was not popular at the time.
He made a difference.
04:05 AM on 04/22/2011
Yes, he did.  I like Joe Biden.
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towny
10:59 AM on 04/22/2011
Yes he did & I believe that helped save my life.
10:39 PM on 04/21/2011
Miracle of mireacles. Biden didn't say something outrageous or insensitive. He's hoping he's not one of those on the unemployment numbers that he famously said that Stimulus would create 500,000 jobs per month...we're still waiting.
isadora
Leftie, educator, labor activist, Unitarian Univer
11:12 PM on 04/21/2011
And what does that have to do with anything? Maybe you can drag in a discussion of protecting the flag-and while you are at it mother and the flag.
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ginger42
Just the facts, ma'am--Sgt Friday
12:31 AM on 04/22/2011
Republican trolls from Rove are flooding the comment sections of many websites. The Republican MO of recent years
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Fran Jaime
09:10 PM on 04/22/2011
You forgot apple pie! The entertaining thing about them is that they keep getting farther and farther away from the topic.
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Onlygodknowswhy
and you are not god
12:20 AM on 04/22/2011
It done better than the tax cut fairy.
It was suppose to bring in billions and create millions of new jobs.
Been waiting ten years.
Ten long years.
All wr got was a huge debt two endless wars.
And the bush era economy.
Unemployment at the worse 10%.
But obama had saved us all from that nasty bush era economy.
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ChaCubed
It's a lie. Goodbye.
01:14 AM on 04/22/2011
And how 'bout them Mets, huh?