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The Fake Rape Crisis Campus Tour

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Last week, August 14, I was to give a talk at La Trobe University looking at the supposed "rape crisis" on our campuses. But suddenly the university announced I was banned because my “topic didn’t align with the values of the university" which is promoting a strong campaign against sexual violence.  

Here’s an Australian university refusing to allow anyone to tell the truth about the safety of students on our universities. Last year the Human Rights Commission released the results of their million-dollar survey into sexual assault and harassment – a survey that followed years of lobbying by feminist activists  claiming a rape crisis on our campuses.

The results showed there is no rape crisis - only 0.8 percent of students claimed to be sexually assaulted over the previous year, including incidents  on public transport to and from campus. A stranger brushing up against a girl on a train is not what most of us think of as rape on campus. And most of the students claiming sexual assault said they didn’t think it was important enough to report or didn’t need any help.

All the survey  really came up with was low-level harassment including a lot of unwanted staring and some offensive sexual jokes or comments.

Yet universities across the country chose to kowtow to a tiny group of feminist activists rather than celebrate our safe campuses. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics found universities are 100 times safer  for young women than the rest of the community. 

The La Trobe talk is the first event in my campus tour exposing the fake rape crisis, the first of what I hope will be many talks across the country. 

I’m seeking your financial support to make this happen. The La  Trobe talk is taking place on September 6 followed by another at Sydney University on September 11.

Funds are needed to help the student clubs sponsoring these events with their costs, including my travel expenses. With the feminist activists already holding demonstrations protesting the events, we may need to pay for extra security.  

I am hearing from students everywhere who are keen for open discussion on this issue on their campuses so  many future talks are being planned. We'll increase the crowd-funding goal as more talks are booked in. I'll post details of the events here and on my Facebook page. 

This is one small step towards opening up more free speech on campuses. Please do what you can to contribute.
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Fascinating developments regarding the action I have taken against key organisers of the Sydney University protest who tried to stop me speaking on about the fake rape crisis last month. Here’s my new video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIxmWeRw-T4. Please help me circulate it. And don’t forget to like it and subscribe.

This one is mainly about Maddy Ward who proudly takes ownership of the event, along with fellow activist Jessica Syed.

The two of them have quite a history. We were amazed to discover that last year the University of Sydney investigated Maddy Ward for her role in a protest against an anti-abortion group which had a stall on campus. She abused and harassed them and showed them her tits! The photo on the thumbnail of my video shows the two of them on that day.

Work Dynamic, the firm which investigates such matters for the University, suggested Ward be given a semester’s suspension for misconduct. Ward claimed in a Buzzfeed article that the investigation was so stressful it triggered her depression and she failed a semester of her studies as a result.

Yet the University failed to act prompting a NSW Labor MP Greg Donnelly to speak about the delay in parliament. (Contrary to Ward’s claims, Donnelly did not orchestrate the Christian lobby against her.)

The outcome was extraordinary. The University dropped the charges against Ward and has refused to release details of their decision even to the anti-abortion complainants who took action against Ward. The University claimed the matter was confidential.

The anti-abortion incident is only one example of endless trouble-making by Ward. Maddy Ward and Jessica Syed, another of the women I named in my complaint, were in strife earlier this year for endorsing violence against Israeli soldiers in the form of a "martyred" female suicide bomber on the front page of the student magazine.

It will be interesting to see whether Sydney University continues to protect these young women who are clearly responsible for so many breaches to university regulations. We now have submitted five long videos providing evidence of the key protesters in action.

It's been exciting to see how many prominent people have spoken out in the last few weeks about the need for universities to protect free speech on campuses, including the Education Minister, the Attorney General, a number of Senators, a Chancellor and former Vice-Chancellor. The Australian has published two editorials and numerous media commentators have weighed in, using my case to argue that universities are failing to promote proper intellectual debate and challenging ideas.

The university has commenced their investigation into my complaint and have asked for a list of witnesses for their lawyers to interview. They say the whole process may take months, given that the university then presents my named group of key protesters with a notice of allegation and they are then given time to respond.

I’ve recently postponed talks in UWA and ANU. It proved too difficult to make these events happen in a hurry, with universities naturally putting students hosting my talks through a long form-filling process regarding security and so on. We are making big plans for my campus tour next year, giving plenty of time for the universities to provide venues. I have the impression that a number of universities are now keen to step up and use my talks as proof of their new credentials in supporting free speech. Now that’s quite a breakthrough.

But I still need student groups across Australia willing to host events. The Liberal Club students at La Trobe and Sydney really put themselves on the map by being brave enough to be the first to host my events and are receiving great kudos as a result. Please help me find other courageous souls to push this process along.

It’s marvellous that my campus tour has prompted such a lively discussion about free speech on campus but I still have a long way to go to persuade universities to be braver about the fake rape crisis.
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I just received an email from Sydney Vice Chancellor Michael Spence:

"Thank you for your email requesting a refund of the security fee. As we provided the security service that was paid for, and the security officers acted within the protocols required of them, we do not believe there is a case for any refund of the total fee. "

It is quite extraordinary that the University says the security officers acted within the protocols required of them. I wrote to the Head of Security prior to the event asking what we were paying for? i.e. what were their protocols? As I explained, the security officers at La Trobe were told their job was to protect me - and presumably the venue from harm/damage. But they happily pushed my audience out of the room after the talk, requiring them to walk through the hostile protesters outside.

I asked Sydney University if their security guards had instructions to intervene if protesters made it impossible for my audience to attend my talk - as indeed happened. We had no answer to these questions and Spence's email confirms that the security officers were not required to ensure the event proceeded nor that unruly protesters were removed so that the audience could reach the venue. The presence of the riot squad was the only reason that happened.

We will see what happens next. I will keep you all informed. (By the way, I am looking for smart lawyers who might be able to help pro bono if we end up in court. Please contact me if you know anyone suitable. Also let me know if you would like to be added to my email list for updates on all my activities)

We now have locked in University of Western Australia for October 17 and the ANU looks set for October 9. Details coming soon.

Cheers, Bettina
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For those of you who haven’t heard the news, the La Trobe talk was pretty difficult with noisy protesters doing their best to drown out my talk. But Sydney University demonstrators took things to a different level. The security guards were overwhelmed by the unruly protesters who blocked the corridor leading to the venue preventing most of the audience from attending the event. Our students were threatened, physically jostled, some even flung against walls by the aggressive crowd prior to the riot squad being called in by security to control the protesters before my talk could go ahead.

The Liberal Club students had been charged nearly $500 for the cost of the security - which we paid for partly with funds from this crowd-funder.

I spent the next week, with the help of various clever people, putting together a series of letters to Vice Chancellor Michael Spence asking firstly that he return the security fee to the students because the security guards were unable to control the unruly protesters.

But more importantly, I have asked that formal complaints be taken against key organisers of the protest. I have spelt out in detail the various codes of conduct and bullying/harassment policies breached by these organisers and provided abundant evidence, including video footage of these breaches. We have included witness statements from members of my audience who were bullied, abused and harassed by the protesters.

My new little video reveals who these key protesters are and gives a few glimpses of them in action. Plus shows you some of the relevant university regulations.

This is designed just as a first stage. We are organising extensive media coverage regarding my request for action by the university and have plans to follow up, with legal action if necessary.

But for now I would be most grateful if you could circulate this video as widely as possible. And please sign this petition asking the University to take action against the protesters. https://www.change.org/p/bettina-arndt-sydney-university-must-take-action-against-bettina-arndt-s-violent-protesters
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Thanks for the generous support you have all given to my crowd-funder. I am very happy that we have now nearly reached the first goal.

The La Trobe event is going ahead on Sept 6 - the new date we set after the university administration finally agreed to lift the ban and allow me to speak. You might like to read the lively discussion taking place on the La Trobe Liberal Club Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/latrobeliberals/ about the event. Pretty amazing reading comments from female students saying they feel unsafe because the university is allowing the talk to take place. It would be great if you could contribute intelligently and respectfully to the discussion. I gather everyone is welcome to attend. That's at 11 am on Sept 6, ELT 3, Bundoora Campus.

Then, on September 11, I am supposedly speaking at Sydney Uni, at 6.00 pm. The university is taking a long time to provide a venue - we will see how that pans out. There's already a demonstration being planned against my "disgusting tour of misogyny and misinformation".
https://www.facebook.com/events/690377051342824.

The good news is we are planning more events, at Canberra University and hopefully the ANU, Murdoch and possibly some of the Brisbane campuses.

So I am now increasing the goal for fundraising to cover some of the costs of these trips. We are deciding whether I might need extra security for the La Trobe and Sydney events but thanks to you, we have the funds to use for that, if needed.

Thanks again, Tina
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