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Our old friends from the Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition appear to have folded up shop in favor of their reband Dinah’s Voice.  As you can see, the CASC specific twitter is gone as is apparently their website which now redirects to a subsection of the DV site.

As I noted about Dinah’s Voice originally:

It’s just exactly the same people.  Christendom is too small.  They can’t get as much attention if they only focus on that.

So the CASC is now simply the “Christendom chapter” of DV.  They have a chapter for Stubenville as well.  Undoubtedly they will continue on as before until the world ends or right wing deaths squads become reality.

For all my misgivings due to the interactions I had with Christendom alums, the community around the college proved to be made of tougher stuff.  While their tactics leave something to be desired, there was a good push back against the CASC.  Someone put this little site which has some good information even they did feel the need to insult me in the index.  (I’m kidding; that would only be an insult to a… I could say something crude but I won’t.)  I’m curious how the defamation lawsuit against Donna Provencher goes but knowing the wheels of justice, they’re probably turning very slowly.

The question then is two fold: Can Dinah’s Voice keep up enough momentum to survive and can Christendom retain the mettle it needs defend against these and other inevitable other attackers in the future?  We can hope the answer is no to one and yes to the other but only time will tell.

 

 

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Do Nothings on the Other Side

A CASC member makes a comment about Roseanne:

And a friend of the blog offers an observation:

Does this principle apply also to women who have sex drunk and who claim they otherwise wouldn’t have? How does this not cut out the heart of the idea that a woman who is drunk can be taken advantage of?

It’s hard to see in the screenshot but Mrs. Connolly is one of those people.  The blue haired atheist feminist people.

She authored an article on the Coalition’s web page last month entitled “What does it mean to report to the Front Royal police?” in which she details the woes of anyone who happens to be raped in the area at or around Christendom.

We will pretend for a moment that we are reading a reliable source.

With that in mind, there’s still a couple issues this piece raises.  The stupidest first:

[If the rape victim] is an underclassman (freshman or sophomore), she has to hunt down a resident assistant (RA), whom she must beg for a curfew extension. If she goes to the hospital without first getting an extension, she may find herself in trouble with Student Life in the morning.

Hmmm, I was brutally assaulted; do I care what Student Life thinks?

Or, to put it another way, instead of being raped, you were stabbed.  Are you going to hunt down your RA before calling an ambulance?  If your college requires that, don’t go to that college.

The imaginary victim decides to go to the hospital to have a rape kit done but Connolly points out that it might not get tested.  That’s not exactly encouraging.  But maybe that won’t happen to this victim (spoiler: it does) and she still has to get to the hospital first:

Most students don’t have cars. She asks all the girls in her dorm, but most are already sleeping, or else not in yet. Odds are, she does not find a ride. There’s a sexual assault support nonprofit the next county over, Choices of Page County. They provide transportation to a hospital. Unfortunately, Front Royal is too far for them to come. She calls another nonprofit, The Laurel Center in Winchester, and is told that hospital transportation isn’t a service they’re equipped to provide.

So there’s nobody to take her to the hospital to get a rape kit done which won’t be tested anyway.  She’s too polite to wake anyone up except for the RA she had to ask permission to leave from and the RA doesn’t have a car and can’t call or wake up someone who does.

But I can think of someone who could drive these poor girls to the hospital: the women who are part of the CASC and live in Front Royal.  They should start their own version of Choices or volunteer to help add that service at the Laurel Center.   Help people on a local level instead of being hashtag warriors and making new groups so they can help all the women at all the Catholic colleges.  You know, subsidiarity right?

This is the other side of the coin from the Do Nothings I talked about earlier. Instead of writing articles or attacking people online, the CASC could be doing something to actively help the women they’re current trying to exploit, but SJWs destroy things.  They don’t do constructive things.  They’ll set up nonprofits they can leech off of, but start a van service for abused or endangered women in their own town?  That’s work.  They don’t have time.  Are they empowered feminists or not?  Start a group and recruit people who can do driving.  Something like that would be far more helpful than Dinah’s Voice.

I would hope, should any one of them do something like this, that they wouldn’t turn away girls who were raped when they were drunk just because people with lowered inhibitions don’t do things they wouldn’t have done otherwise.

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Christendom Advocacy and Water Quality Coalition

You’d think that the Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition would keep to the stated scope of pressuring Christendom College to implement Title IX and make the president resign but of course in addition to being sexual assault “allies” they’re also terribly concerned about the environment.

Under fire for a lack of meaningful action by past student victims of alleged sexual assaults and rapes by classmates over nearly two decades, Christendom College’s administration now finds itself under scrutiny from a different direction. Royal Examiner has received a copy of a complaint sent to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) alleging a failing wastewater system that has been dumping into a nearby creek feeding into the Shenandoah River for an unknown amount of time.

A passage from the April 6 e-mail to DEQ states that, “Christendom is located right on the Shenandoah River. Their wastewater system is leaking into the river. I urge your office to look into this environmental matter for the protection and preservation of our waterways … The overflow (there’s a lot) goes straight into the creek/river … The wastewater system is very badly in need of upgrading and/or enlarging … it is nowhere near able to handle the volume of water the students use.”

The sender of the complaint said she was approached about the college’s wastewater problem after her name became known as part of the support group – the Christendom Advocacy Support Coalition (CASC) – for student and alumni sexual assault victims. However, she asked to remain anonymous for this story, a request we will honor. (Archive)

Why on earth would anyone approach a group that’s all about rape victims and tell them about a faulty wastewater system?  Unless maybe the CASC was fishing for things like this?  Oh, but it’s a great look for these ladies.  This is simply harassment.  They can spin it anyway they like but that’s what it is.  If they want to come out of this looking petty and retarded, they’re well on their way.

Rebrand and Expand

The Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition is now an “initiative” of something called Dinah’s Voice.

WHAT WE DO

Empowering students and holding Catholic institutions to a higher standard

Dinah’s Voice is a student-focused, survivor-driven organization whose mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault on Catholic high school and college campuses and ensure accountability from academic administrators. We firmly believe in St. Pope John Paul II’s teachings on Theology of the Body and in maintaining the dignity of all human persons.

How did the CASC get to be part of it this?

Dinah’s Voice is currently in the process of expanding our executive board & advisory council.

Executive Board:
Adele Chapline Smith, Founder & President

Donna Provencher, VP of Communications

Bridget Randolph, Interim VP of Public Policy

Advisory Council:
Greggory Gassman, Treasurer

Of course.  It’s just exactly the same people.  Christendom is too small.  They can’t get as much attention if they only focus on that.

Incidentally, I’m reading SJWs Always Double Down by Vox Day.  SJWs are not, as he points out, particularly competent people and are therefore drawn towards jobs where they don’t actually have to do anything worth while.  This means that HR departments, anything volunteer based, and non-profits tend to be the most converged:

The fact that most open source contributors are unpaid and the projects don’t need to make any money in order to accomplish their objectives is the primary reason that open source has been so rapidly converged in comparison with for-profit corporations.  It is also why the absolute breeding ground for SJWs is in the not-for-profit organizations.

Social justice is not profitable, but advocating for social justice most certainly can be.  And for the individual of limited talents beyond a capacity for expressing outrage, it is arguably the most profitable profession there is.

The Coalition Voice has probably got as far as they can with one school.  Christendom only has a lousy 19 victims (allegedly).  That’s not enough.  A wider net allows for find more violations of the narrative.  They need more outrage.

And the outrage won’t be stopping any time soon.  If anyone thought that should Christendom cave on the Title IX issue that the Coalition would be satisfied, consider current goings on at Franciscan University.  From the National Catholic Heretic:

Franciscan University also accepts federal money in the form of loans and grants and is therefore required to follow Department of Education statutes including Title IX, the federal law that mandates procedures for handling complaints of sexual discrimination, harassment or violence.

On its website, Franciscan University outlines its anti-sexual harassment policies in detail: “Franciscan prohibits conduct which constitutes sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. …”

Since 2015, the university has required each student and staff member to watch a 53-minute video about Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

That is the official line, but as current and former students share stories among themselves, they find anecdotal evidence that suggests the university’s official commitment to preventing sexual assault and harassment may not measure up in practice.
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Mary, a current graduate student, told NCR that over the course of a year, she and a number of other women had multiple complaints about a man in their department who asked “intimately personal questions,” demonstrated pestering behavior and hugged women despite repeated and firm requests to stop the touching. Mary said her supervisor requested written documentation of negative interactions.

Mary and other women submitted a written complaint to John Pizzuti, director of Campus Safety and Compliance, and to Pergi, the school’s human resources vice president in charge of Title IX. Neither Pizzuti nor Pergi asked to speak with the women, but one month later, they received a formal response from Pizzuti, stating that the university would be taking no further action.

“I have determined that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the University’s Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct may have been violated by [name redacted] at this time,” said the letter, a copy of which was shown to NCR.

But that’s not all.  There a good number of alleged rape cases where the students were “revictimized” by the school.  Title IX is only the first step.  No matter how it’s implemented it won’t be good enough.

Given that this new organization is the same people and that they’re SJWs, there isn’t going to be any real difference between the two.  As Vox says:

SJWs tend to utilize the exact same tactics over and over again, and even repeat the very same arguments, no matter with whom they are arguing or what the subject is.  They like to pose as if they are intelligent and well-educated, and they often possess academic credentials of one sort or another, but they are observably incompetent as well as dishonest and intentionally deceptive.

The Nonsense Coalition might morph to the Nonsense’s Voice but the nonsense part isn’t going to change.

Naivete and SJWs

It is somewhat understandable that people with little experience with SJWs and their tactics, people who are not internet dwellers and haven’t watched this play out again and again over the past ten years, people who are nice Christians, can’t quite wrap their heads around it when they or their organization gets attacked by SJWs.

A couple comments I’ve had privately from alumni of Christendom College illustrates this rather unfortunately. There is the idea that the CASC is genuine in their desires but have gone about it the wrong way, that they actually want to help people, that they think that Title IX does anything, or that they’re just crazy and not that much of a threat.

People like this can sure sound genuine. They can spout a good line about helping victims, about being victims. But they’re SJWs and SJWs always lie. Even if we were to believe them about being victims, there’s very little chance that their current campaign again this college has actually anything close to noble ambitions.

Nor does it matter what happened to these people in the past, whether they were victims or not. What matters now is what they’re doing now. To put too much emphasis on their victimhood as a cause is to deny them free will. It does not matter what happened to them. They’re choosing to be bad. They’re choosing to hurt people.

You might say that there’s a difference if, say, one of the people has admitted to being mentally ill. They can’t help themselves. But you wouldn’t let a mad dog run loose would you? If people are being hurt, we have an obligation to protect them regardless of the motivation or culpability of the party causing the injury.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and people always choose evil under an aspect of the good so ignore how nice or honorable or hurt they’re claiming to be. Giving SJWs the benefit of the doubt will only give them more opportunities to cause harm.

The CASC are not a bunch of harmless cranks. They’re not a bunch of innocent victims lashing out in pain. They’re SJWs and they want to hurt you and destroy things that you love.

“Catholic” or not?

The Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition seem to have been wise enough to refrain from using “Catholic” in their name but they do say this:

Is CASC a Catholic organization?
Yes. While we do not require members to be practicing Catholics, all of our members are Christendom alumni who are well versed in Church doctrine and teaching, our organizational mission is motivated from a desire to see a deeply Catholic approach to addressing the issue of sexual violence and supporting survivors of sexual trauma, and our official policies and resources will always conform fully with Church teachings as received via the infallible authority of the Magisterium.

The answer contradicts itself: yes, we’re Catholic but no, we’re not actually practicing Catholics.  Plus it’s very interesting to see that a “deeply Catholic approach” to these issues includes trying to get people fired for disagreeing with you.

While not using “Catholic” in their name is following canon law, consider the reason for that part of the law:

If an organization indicates that it is “Catholic,” persons who hear about it naturally will assume that it represents the Church’s interests–but if it is run by a group of lay people acting entirely on their own, this is not necessarily so. Such groups can potentially do a lot of harm, by “spinning” the Church’s generally teaching about human rights and dignity to support a specific social or political position, which the Church may be neutral about, or which may actually be at odds with Catholicism.

The Nonsense Coalition claims to be Catholic but likes to retweet homosexuals and far-left, pro-abortion politicians and post pictures like this.  They post on their website things like this: Bad Things Do Not Happen to Good Girls.  Another story of an alleged rape victim, this one makes the ones Simcha posted look almost not stupid and unbelievable by comparison.  But it’s also full of gems.  Like these:

The negligence that Christendom College displayed in addressing Adele’s case is intricately linked with the deeply entrenched misogynist preference that the Front Royal Catholic community (and the sort of people the College attracts) expresses towards men, at the expense of women’s safety.  This sexist sentiment is deeply ingrained in this community’s expression of Catholicism.
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Can you guess what it might be like to be reared within a social group that systematically programs its girls to be breeders of children and caretakers of men, while this same social group raises its boys to externalize blame and responsibility while they assume their places among their brothers, fathers, and male elders as esteemed patriarchal leaders?

If what this woman says about Front Royal and Christendom College is to be believed, then the place is a hellhole and no piddly Title IX is going to save it.  But really it just sounds like she doesn’t like Catholicism:

Our sexuality does not exist for its own sake, but for the glory of a distant god, his virgin, sexless mother, and the salvation of a (naturally and through no fault of their own) morally deviant male race.
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[Christendom College and the Front Royal Catholic community ] care about there being no premarital sex allowed (or at least spoken of), no birth control permitted (or at least spoken of); no threats to traditional family would be tolerated. The ultimate threat to their patriarchal utopia, Feminism is a dirty word. Women’s liberation, a laughable phenomenon, not worthy of discussion…. Homosexual or ‘gay’ is a popular insult. A joke, not to be taken seriously.
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For these people in this town and at this college, mental illness is a choice, medication an admission of defeat, a source of shame. Abortion is the greatest sin; a woman’s ‘choice’ or agency over her body is a misnomer. An unspeakable affront. A greater stain on humankind even than the sin of slavery, for which the American South is infamous.
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We fallen women have no recourse.

We are told. Subtly or otherwise.

Birth control is immoral. It is bad for women’s health.

But what we are not told is this.

What is more immediately bad for your health is sexually transmitted infections that can become cervical cancer. What is decidedly bad for your health is an unwanted pregnancy, a rape baby. What is bad for your health is thinking you are disgusting for something that was done to you that was not your fault. What is bad for your health is domestic violence. What is bad for your health is not realizing that you are a Person who has a right to have needs, wants, hopes, dreams.

Yep, if you’d just had birth control and abortions, none of these bad things would have happened.

Or you could recognize that as a young adult you made a lot of very stupid decisions (underage drinking, drinking and driving, sex).  It’s not the town’s fault.  It’s not the college’s fault.  It’s not the Church’s fault.  It might be your parents fault for continuing to let you go to college and not packing you off to a reform school when you were behaving so badly.  But in order to be empowered, in order to have agency, you have to take responsibility for what you did.

These women fail to realize that in order to solve the problems they’re complaining about the answer isn’t throwing yourself into modernity but going backwards.  Single sex schools and chaperones everywhere.  (If men are so evil why would you want to be around them anyway?)  Or maybe, they could just have self control and common sense.

But if the Nonsense Coalition won’t go for that and if they want modernity and all its sludge, then they shouldn’t call themselves Catholic.

Those Rotten Misogynist Apostles

The Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition sure likes to put stupid things on Twitter.

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I guess that Thomas though all the other apostles were women then:

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”