- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 12, 2014

Activists are calling for The Washington Post to fire columnist George Will over recent articles published in which he questioned the Obama administration’s statistics on college sexual assaults.

The liberal group UltraViolet says it’s gathered 87,000 signatures in protest to Mr. Will’s column published June 6 with the title, “Colleges become the victim of progressivism,” The Blaze reported.

George Will makes his living writing columns that many people disagree with. But his latest column has gone too far,” reads the petition, titled “Tell The Washington Post: Fire George Will.”

“Rape is a serious crime — accusing women of making it up and arguing schools shouldn’t be addressing sexual assault puts both women and men at risk,” it continues. “By publishing George Will’s piece, The Washington Post is amplifying some of the most insidious lies that perpetuate rape culture. It’s not just wrong — it’s dangerous.”

In his column, Mr. Will accused the Obama administration of “riding to the rescue of ‘sexual assault’ victims.”

“It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults,” he wrote.

The Post also came under fire for a June 10 column written by W. Bradford Wilcox and Robin Fretwell Wilson that was originally titled, “One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get married.”

The headline received massive backlash and was eventually edited to read, “One way to end violence against women? Married dads.”

Ultraviolet’s petition was updated to also protest the June 10 column.

UltraViolet was co-founded by Nita Chaudhary, a longtime Democratic party activist and the wife of Jesse Lee, the director of progressive media and online response at the White House, The Blaze reported.

Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Dianne Feinstein, Tammy Baldwin and Bob Casey sent a letter to Mr. Will on Thursday, accusing the columnist of trivializing such a sensitive issue.

“Your column suggests that we — including some of us who have worked on this issue for many years — all have missed a subculture on college campuses where survivors of sexual assault are inducted into a privileged class,” they wrote, Politico reported.

“The culture you described is so antiquated, so counterintuitive and so contrary to anything we heard that we hope you will make an effort to hear the stories survivors bravely shared with us about the struggles they face in addressing what has happened to them — often with little meaningful assistance from authorities expected to help them.”