Internet trolls have abused a Los Angeles college’s sexual assault reporting system to report more than 400 false accounts of rape. So-called “Men’s Rights Activists” — males upset by their perceived victimization in an increasingly equal society — attacked Occidental College’s anonymous reporting system after being prompted by users of Reddit’s /r/MensRights subreddit. Additional support in falsifying the records, Gawkerreports, came from 4Chan.
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. 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. 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.
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