And by the way, if Valenti disagrees with the “consent must be sober/drunk equals rape” stance, why has she not said so earlier? She also appears to agree with Vice President Biden’s claim that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in college, even though that statistic has been widely debunked (see here, here, and here). Last year she claimed that “Rape is as American as apple pie,” without citing a single study indicating that rape is a cultural norm in our nation.
In fact, studies have shown exactly the opposite. Dr. David Lisak, a psychologist and researcher focused on sexual violence whose work is often cited by feminists, finds that rape is actually committed by a small percentage of men who are repeat offenders. The vast majority of men will never commit rape. So how is it a cultural norm?
More seriously, Valenti, and quite a few other folks, seem to believe due process and presumption of innocence are part of the problem. Valenti has suggested that we look to Sweden’s rape laws, which “go much further than U.S. laws do” as a potential model for our own legislation, alarmingly adding: “In fact, some activists and legal experts in Sweden want to change the law there so that the burden of proof is on the accused; the alleged rapist would have to show that he got consent, instead of the victim having to prove that she didn’t give it.”
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