The foundational premise underlying campus Title IX sex tribunals denial of due process to male students accused of race is “believe women.” There is no reason to suspect this premise will change on campus, and it will continue to serve as the justification for precluding the accused students from having a minimal opportunity to defend themselves and challenge accusations against them.
In the mythology of sexual assault “survivors,” women almost never lie. They constructed a litany of excuses for why they can’t remember, tell different, even contradictory, stories or enthusiastically consented at the time, although discovered they were raped a month or year later. But to raise these issues is to violate the basic premise: Believe women.
Except when it comes to being an Israeli woman raped by Hamas.
On Sunday, CNN’s Dana Bash asked Representative Pramila Jayapal why so many progressive women have been silent about the extensive reports of widespread rape and sexual assault carried out by Hamas against Israeli women during the massacres of Oct. 7.
What followed was a master class in evasion, both-sidesism and changing the subject from the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“I’ve condemned what Hamas has done,” Jayapal allowed, briefly, before moving immediately to condemn Israel. Bash persisted: “I was just asking about the women, and you turned it back to Israel. I’m asking about Hamas.”
“I’ve already answered your question, Dana,” Jayapal replied, adding that while rape was “horrific,” it “happens in war situations. Terrorist organizations like Hamas obviously are using these as tools. However, I think we have to be balanced about bringing in the outrages against Palestinians.”
The United Nations Women wasn’t any better.
Yet it took U.N. Women, the agency that has that mandate to look out for women’s rights globally, eight weeks before issuing a perfunctory statement saying it was “alarmed” by accounts of gender-based atrocities during the attacks of Oct. 7.
Nor were the NGOs.
As for other so-called human-rights organizations, the website of Human Rights Watch — which includes a page ostensibly devoted to women’s rights — has dozens of news releases about the war in Gaza. Not a word about the rapes. From Amnesty International: nothing that can be found on its website. The National Organization for Women denounced the Oct. 7 attacks on the day they occurred and last week issued a news release condemning “rape as a weapon of war.” But it contained no mention of Hamas.
But what did about the “usual suspects”?
One might think this spells the end of the blind acceptance of any accusation of rape or sexual assault, given that “believe all women” was an “absurd overreach,” but not at all.
#TitleIX should help protect students from sex discrimination & sexual assault. But today, students are STILL living under the draconian Trump rule.
— Democratic Women’s Caucus (@DemWomenCaucus) November 30, 2023
The “draconian Trump rule” is the one that complies with court decisions, minimal constitutional mandates and enables an accused male student to have at least some slight opportunity to challenge accusations that will ruin his life. And the same blatant lies designed to undermine the Constitution when it comes to rape accusations on campus are being spewed by the same proponents of “believe all women.”
Except Israeli women raped by Hamas. And there is no shame, whatsoever, about this notorious hypocrisy.
To which one can today add: Every victim of sexual violence should be heard; no condemnation of rape should ever come with qualifiers; “Silence Is Violence.”
But not when it comes to Jews.