Man: Officer, my car was broken into and my laptop was stolen.
Officer: Are you sure?
Man: Uh, yes. I was sitting right here in the driver’s seat. This guy I used to know opened the passenger door. I yelled “Hey! Get out!,” and after the initial shock (when I was simultaneously paralyzed by surprise and fear) I tried to push him out, but he was stronger. He grabbed my laptop from the back seat and then ran away.
Officer: Did you scream for help?
Man: I’m not sure, I mean, I think so. It all happened so fast and I was kind of scared. I thought the type of guy who forces his way into a car with a person sitting right there, well, he might be the kind of guy who could hurt someone.
Officer: Did he hit you or say he would hit you if you didn’t give him your laptop?
Man: I don’t…I don’t know, but I was really worried that he would.
Officer: Do you always leave your computer in plain view in the back seat of the car when you are sitting in the driver’s seat?
Man: But it’s my car. Can’t I have what I want in the back seat while I’m sitting here in the front seat?
Officer: Hmmm, well, I don’t know about that. Can you describe this man?
Man: Yes, like I said I used to know him. He has a tattoo of the school mascot on his left forearm and he has short blonde hair. His name is John Doe and he’s the captain of the football team.
Officer: Oh, hey, slow down there princess, you don’t want to falsely accuse someone of breaking into your car and stealing your computer.
Man: No, it was him. I’m sure. See, he even dropped his campus I.D. Hey, aren’t you going to take any notes?
Officer: Has this John Doe ever borrowed your computer before?
Man: What does that have to do with him stealing it now?
Officer: Just answer the question.
Man: I let him use it for a few months last year, but I told him he couldn’t use it again after he downloaded a virus.
Officer: Are you sure you didn’t invite him into your car and tell him that he could use your computer for old times’ sake and then you changed your mind after he left with it because you were mad at him because you found out he’d borrowed someone else’s computer too?
Man: What the…?
Officer: Hmm, well, if that’s what you think happened I’ll go back and file a report. And hey, don’t leave your computer in the backseat of the car again when you are in the front seat. That’s just asking for it.
Women on campuses around the U.S. often have their rape cases dismissed (that’s assuming there is even somewhere for a student to report that she or he was raped).
According to the report just released by Senator Claire McCaskill:
- 10% of schools surveyed do not have a Title IX officer to report sexual assaults
- 73% of campuses have no protocol for how to work with local law enforcement in cases of sexual assault
- 22% of schools give athletic departments oversight of rape claims involving athletes
- 41% of the schools surveyed have not reported a single rape case in 5 years
Large, validated surveys indicate 7.5% of women report that they were raped between the ages of 18 and 24, making the “no rape in 5 years claim” so troubling it is beyond words.
And some people have the gall to intimate that there isn’t a campus rape problem, although I guess if you stack the deck so much against the victim and only believe your own pundits then it’s very easy indeed to wonder why all the fuss?