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A rather angry and somewhat incoherent rant about rampant “misandry” on college campuses spurred both editorial concern and heated “discussion” at OpEd News yesterday.

The article was primarily founded on the false statistic that nearly half of all reported rape cases are false. As Mark Twain might say: “lies, damned lies and false rape statistics”. Indeed, the statistics are just the opposite - that the vast majority of rapes and attempted rapes go unreported by the victims who are almost always female.


Clearly, many women who are subjected to such violence would rather avoid long legal battles and what they perceive as a hostile legal system that will attempt to turn the case against them rather than the perpetrator.

Even a quick perusal of domestic violence statistics in the United States indicates that women are victimized by the hundreds of thousands, and perhaps millions every year, often by family members under the influence of alcohol.

Recent reports of widespread violence against women serving in the military are another sad example of how most rapes, assaults and violence against women are not reported to authorities. 

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The idea that many men are languishing in prisons for rapes they did not commit is absurd on its face. Indeed many men who repeatedly perpetrate domestic violence at home never go to prison, and never face any penalties whatsoever for their egregious behavior.

The idea that America, and American college campuses, have become bastions of “misandry” is beyond ludicrous and needs no further comment. If you base an entire article on false statistics, then the rest of the article can be pretty much discounted.

I might suggest that if you have issues with women's groups on campuses that you do something constructive about it, go and talk with them, see what their point of view is, rather than writing angry, inaccurate articles and posting them on websites.

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John R. Moffett PhD is a research neuroscientist in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Moffett's main area of research focuses on the brain metabolite N-acetylaspartate, and an associated genetic disorder known as Canavan disease.

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-- Thoughtfully and intelligently spoken.  Th... by Jan Baumgartner on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 2:59:01 PM
Actually, I couldn't agree more.  Amanda ... by Amanda Lang on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 4:50:58 PM
This article said nothing at all. It was a collect... by John Conolley on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 10:21:25 PM
This short article simply states that the referred... by Mars Caulton on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 10:30:32 PM
The studies cited in my article are among the few ... by David R. Usher on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 1:24:04 AM
David,As a PhD neuroscientist, I know something ab... by John R Moffett on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 12:50:53 PM
John,Finally we are talking fact. Now, lets look ... by David R. Usher on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 2:39:30 PM
It   starts to become boring.  Especiall... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 3:07:33 PM
 If feminism does not exist, then neither did... by David R. Usher on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 3:50:49 PM
We can spend all day arguing statistics, which you... by John R Moffett on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 3:49:19 PM
John, You are an intelligent man.  You know e... by David R. Usher on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 3:54:19 PM
I concur completely. I should add that the there i... by John R Moffett on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 4:09:00 PM
Rape. You bet it was rape. I woke up in the furnac... by emily horswill on Friday, May 11, 2007 at 2:34:18 AM
Emily,Your assertions are not convincing. Now, it... by David R. Usher on Friday, May 11, 2007 at 10:14:10 AM
Emily,Your case, which given the uniqueness of the... by David R. Usher on Friday, May 11, 2007 at 10:45:35 AM