So This Happened: So-Called “Men’s Rights Group” Infiltrate College Sexual Assault Reporting System (DETAILS)

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    So, this despicable thing happened.

    A group identifying themselves as “Men’s Rights Activists” reported more than 400 false accounts of rape in order to render a Los Angeles college sexual assault report system unusable.

    The group — believing they were being victimized — attacked Occidental College’s anonymous system after being prompted by users of Reddit’s /r/MensRights subreddit. Additional support in falsifying the records came from 4Chan.

    The college was singled out for the apparent ease with which authorities could be notified of sexual assault, with “ShitlordDon” suggesting that as “the ‘victim’ never has to prove anything,” men could be falsely accused of rape.

    Occidental College’s director of communications, Jim Tranquada, confirmed the anonymous sexual violence reporting system received around 400 separate claims of assault in 36 hours. The surge in reports started shortly after a Reddit user named “ShitlordDon” suggested the attack. Blogger David Futrelle captured the first incitements with screenshots, as Reddit users spoke of reporting “female-on-female assault,” and suggested accusing “every ‘Feminist’ at Occidental College” of rape.

    Earlier this year, the government announced an investigation of the college for failing to disclose more than 20 sexual assault allegations in 2010 and 2011.

    SOURCE: The Verge | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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