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The Campus Rape Scare Campaign

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Over the last few years Bettina has been speaking out about the rape crisis scare campaign on our campuses. She was the only journalist in mainstream media  to point out that the  2017 Human Rights Commission survey revealed remarkably good news about our campuses, with only tiny numbers of students reporting sexual assault, even when that was defined in the broadest possible terms i.e. including a stranger touching a student on a train to the university..

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics has shown universities are 100 times safer for young women than the rest of the community.

Bettina is appalled that our universities are kowtowing to a small group of feminist activists and agreeing to lie about the safety of our universities for young women – risking deterring overseas families from sending their daughters to study in this country.

What’s behind the campus rape campaign?

What really concerns her is the motive behind the activists’ campaign. These feminists are unhappy about the fact that juries rarely convict in he-said she said date rape cases when they don’t know whom to believe. Their aim is to get more rape convictions by persuading universities to get involved in adjudicating sexual assault cases using lower standards of proof and by failing to offer the accused normal legal protections – as has happened in America.

Here's an article published in the online journal Quillette about what happened in the US and the implications for Australian Universities.

Universities introducing legislation to adjudicate rape cases

Some Australian universities are already moving in this direction. Here  is a list of universities that have introduced new regulations to investigate and adjudicate sexual assault on campus.
 
Bettina’s campus tour

For the past year Bettina has been speaking to student groups at universities across Australia, seeking to promote honest discussion about this issue and expose the reasons why activists are promoting such untruths about student safety.

What’s happened so far

Here is her video outlining the major events which have happened so far.

Her first campus talk took place at La Trobe University in September 2018, after initially being banned by university administrators who claimed it clashed with the values of the university. After some negotiation, the university revised their decision and event went ahead, despite noisy protesters doing their best to drown out Bettina’s talk.


Riot squad needed to control protesters at Sydney University

But at her second talk, at Sydney University demonstrators took things to a different level. The student group which sponsored her talk were required to pay nearly $500 in security charges to obtain a venue and then these guards were overwhelmed by unruly protesters who blocked the corridor leading to the venue preventing most of the audience from attending the event. Members of the audience 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 Bettina’s talk could go ahead.

 
Formal complaint to the University

Bettina has asked the University to make a formal complaint against protest organisers. She’s provided the university with extensive video footage showing these organisers in action. See Bettina’s video naming the key protesters and spelling out the ways they breached the University’s codes of conduct and bullying and harassment policies. Here she reveals some amazing stories about past activities of the key troublemakers .

The Federal government set up an inquiry into free speech at our campuses following the protest against Bettina. 

Truth blitz at Sydney University

Even though Sydney University is investigating Bettina’s complaint it seems unlikely that they will act. So, in late February 2019, Bettina organised a ‘Truth Blitz’ at the University. She used students from other universities to put under student doors at most colleges a very detailed flyer warning male students about the dangerous consequences of the rape crisis scare campaign- namely the establishment of an alternative ‘believe-the-victim’ justice system based on a lower standard of proof.

UWA – first stop in 2019 Campus Tour

The student activists are working hard to prevent Bettina speaking on campuses. The Union of Students has passed a resolution to stop her speaking and is funding protests against her. This is intimidating many student groups from hosting her events, but she recently staged her own event at UWA, which was sold-out due to the mighty efforts of her group of volunteers. But no protesters showed up – a dreadful waste of the $350 the university forced her to pay for extra security guards.

But she achieved her main goal of getting publicity about the rape scare campaign into mainstream media. But it was very revealing that some local media made no attempt to present the true facts about the issue but simply allowing the activists to promote the scare campaign. Look at this interview on Channel 9.  Crikey also recently gave good coverage to her campus tour. But here the reporter actually quoted her figures proving there is no rape crisis but still suggested Bettina was skewing facts and making false claims. Go figure!

The tour goes on.  

Bettina will continue to speak out on university campuses and seeks student groups to host her events. Please contact  her if you can help connect her with student groups anywhere in the country.
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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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