JIM CREES: No excuse.

I read a lot of newspapers and journals.

I read three or four newspapers each day - two from overseas and at least two ‘domestic’ products.

I also read quite a few magazines each month. Some involve a review of news or literature, others are more orientated toward my hobbies or interests.

So ...I read a lot of ‘stuff.’

Generally, when I read articles with which I disagree, I just move on. More often than not, I can enjoy a different point of view and differing opinions.

And then ...

The unfortunate truth is, there are some real morons working in the field of journalism. (I imagine not a few people think that about me as well, but there you have it!)

Recently, a columnist in the Wall Street Journal offered his opinion on what he perceives to be a “war on men” and followed up with some absolute insanity about how women are often responsible for their own rapes, and should be held accountable as such.

Oh. My. God.

I simply can’t let it slide past.

Journal columnist James Taranto recently wrote a piece opining that there needed to be a more fair and balanced look at rape.

A balanced look at rape!

It’s not the rapist who is solely responsible for the situation, he suggested. The woman involved also was to blame for her own rape.

Taranto is specifically concerned that young men in college are being unfairly picked upon for forcing sex on women who have not consented to such, (in other words - rape.)

Taranto’s amazing thesis is simply that if a woman is drinking at a party and she drinks herself into a stupor and is then raped, she is equally to blame for the rape as is the perpetrator.

She shouldn’t be drinking.

Don’t believe me? Well, I quote:

“If both parties are intoxicated during sex, they are both technically guilty of sexually assaulting each other.”

And this on the pages of the Wall Street Journal!

So, according to Taranto, the problem in a rape situation, specifically a college rape situation isn’t necessarily that a sexual assault has taken place, it is equally that the victim has had too much to drink, or is dressing too sexy.

Read on, s’il vous plaît.

“What is called the problem of “sexual assault” on campus is in large part a problem of reckless alcohol consumption, by men and women alike.”

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury. I beseech you.

This “journalist” writing in a major U.S. newspaper, claims, in effect, that a girl can be responsible for her own rape.

If so, it would appear, a girl raped during a college drinking party - being equally culpable, as it were, for her own rape - could then be charged with her own sexual assault and/or rape.

Really!!??!!

This isn’t the first time Taranto has spouted this kind of crap.

Not too long ago, he suggested that all the worry about sexual assault in the military was simply another example of how the feminists were trying to “criminalize male sexuality.”

This guy not only has a platform, but also a welcoming audience - an audience that says “Boys will be boys” and “Look at the way she dresses and drinks. She deserves it ...”

According to relatively recent U.S. Justice Department report entitled “The Sexual Victimization of College Women” in any individual year, almost one in 20 college women will be a victim of a “completed or attempted rape.”

One girl out of every 20!

Then, a 2004 report in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol revealed that 72 percent of college rape victims were so intoxicated that they could not consent to sex.

But here is the point, ladies and gentlemen.

The fact that a girl - or guy for that matter - is so drunk she doesn’t know what she is doing, or doesn’t understand what is being done to her means she is irresponsible, immature, and, in fact, stupid.

It DOES NOT mean she deserves to be raped.

There is no excuse, nor will there ever be any excuse for rape. Not drinking. Not dress. Not attitude.

To suggest that a rape victim - no matter what her temporary circumstance may be - is equally culpable for her own rape is disgusting.

To offer a free platform for such garbage is not an promotion or promulgation of “free speech.”

It simply encourages a freedom of stupidity - which is one freedom we could well do without in this country.