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March 20, 2015

College Student Banned From Class For Upsetting Students By Saying the "One in Five" Statistic Is Bunk

This is college. You can't say things that are true here!

It's He Said She Said. He ventured a (true) opinion, she said I'm telling on you and you are banned.

The 19-year-old told BuzzFeed News that his professor, Pancho Savery, warned him repeatedly that his views made his classmates uncomfortable before he told him in a March 14 email that he was no longer welcome to participate in the "conference" section of his Humanities 110 lecture-seminar class.

"Please know that this was a difficult decision for me to make and one that I have never made before; nevertheless, in light of the serious stress you have caused your classmates, I feel that I have no other choice," Savery wrote in the email, obtained by BuzzFeed News.

[I]t was his questioning of the widely shared and often debated statistic that 1 in 5 women in college are sexually assaulted -- it doesn’t serve "actual rape victims" to “overinflate” numbers, he said -- and his rejection of the term "rape culture" that led to him being banned, he said.

I don't understand how this is even possible to dispute -- the one in five study defined unwanted kissing as rape.

But True Things made some soft, weak women in need of protection by paternalistic hierarchies hysterical, so the very little ladies will be protected against actual intellectual engagement.

Savery, who declined to comment to BuzzFeed News, wrote in his email to True that he had discussed whether to ban True from class with another professor before making his decision.

"There are several survivors of sexual assault in our conference, and you have made them extremely uncomfortable with what they see as not only your undermining incidents of rape, but of also placing too much emphasis on men being unfairly charged with rape," Savery wrote to True. "The entire conference without exception, men as well as women, feel that your presence makes them uncomfortable enough that they would rather not be there if you are there, and they have said that things you have said in our conference have made them so upset that they have difficulty concentrating in other classes. I, as conference leader, have to do what is best for the well-being of the entire class, and I am therefore banning you from conference for the remainder of the semester."

Devolution. Catch the fever.


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