Don’t Be Ignored, Cry Rape

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Slander and libel can wreck careers and reputations. That’s what they are intended to do. I am of the opinion, in fact, that certain false claims run in cycles like a trending style of jeans or haircut. “Everybody’s saying it” is like “Everybody’s wearing it.”

What more effective way to damage a man’s reputation than to claim he sexually assaulted a child or woman? The mere suggestion is enough to make an entire generation or an entire nation take pause and reflect on the plausibility. Many err on the side of caution, sympathizing with the accuser . . . just in case.

Bill Cosby a rapist who drugged his victims? When confronted with the possibility We all start saying things like, “I don’t want to let my adoration for him cloud my opinion” and, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.”

To that I say, Not necessarily. Surprised? Surprised that a woman whose ex-husband molested their daughter could have an objective bone in her body about sexual assault? Don’t be.

I hate, with equal passion, deception at the hands of manipulative individuals intending to sink others and elevate themselves. That’s a special kind of evil.  A psycopathy that goes undetected until there are multiple casualties.

Rape is an immeasurable violation (often impulsive, often brutal) against a person that leaves her reeling in physical and emotional pain, including confusion, shame and distrust.

Slander or libel involves a calculated series of believable lies, perhaps even planted evidence and co-conspirators, that attack the content of one’s character leaving him reeling in confusion, anger and distrust; leaving him exiled from community because of the guilty-until-proven-innocent prejudice.  (Have you watched Gone Girl? If you have, you know what I mean.)

Victims of either rape or slander are ripped open, examined and then gingerly advised to put themselves back together.

In both scenarios the victims often have to disengage from life for a time; maybe relocate, make new aquaintances, enter a new occupation–start over–at great expense to purse and person.

Along those lines, I found an interesting article supporting my perspective. I’d love to get your perspective. Below are excerpts from “10 Reasons False Rape Accusations are Common”

To my gender, I plead: Don’t be the girl who will not be ignored.

h/t: A Voice for Male Students.

Feminists and their ideological allies routinely dismiss and trivialize the experiences of men falsely accused of rape by claiming that “only 2% of rape accusations are false – the same as false reports of other crimes.” They also invoke this claim as a rationalization to erode due process for the wrongly accused – especially in academia where male students are often effectively guilty until proven innocent.

The 2% claim is more than just an erroneous figure. It is a lie. Substantial evidence exists which – when taken together – confirms that false rape accusations occur substantially more often than false reports of other crimes.

Given the inherent flaws in measuring criminological behavior, the rate of false rape accusations cannot be dictated by any individual criterion. Instead it must be triangulated by multiple factors. Ten of those factors are listed below.

This is a compilation-style AVFMS post with extensive source citations. Let it be a resource to anyone interested in raising awareness of the problem of false accusations and challenging those who dare repeat the lie that only 2% of rape claims are false.

The Reasons

1. Experts working in the trenches of the criminal justice system report that, in light of their experience, false rape accusations are much higher.

Criminal justice professionals have the power to investigate rape with far greater accuracy than academics. The latter regularly rely on survey research for criminological data, which often involves simply taking the respondent’s answers to their questions (many of which are tailored to corral respondents into answering in a particular way) as gold.

At the same time they abstain from conducting an independent investigation into the crime scene, evidence, eyewitness statements, cross-examining statements by the accuser, interviewing the accused, and so forth.

Criminal justice professionals do all these things. Thus their experience is not to be taken lightly, and this is especially true the more experienced they are. Consider the words of veteran sex-crimes prosecutor Craig Silverman: For 16 years, I was a kickass prosecutor who made most of my reputation vigorously prosecuting rapists. I am unaware of any Colorado prosecutor who put as many rapists away for as much prison time as I did during my prosecutorial career. Several dozen rapists are serving thousands of years as a result of my efforts.

However, during my time as a prosecutor who made case filing decisions, I was amazed to see all the false rape allegations that were made to the Denver Police Department. It was remarkable and surprising to me. You would have to see it to believe it.

Any honest veteran sex assault investigator will tell you that rape is one of the most falsely reported crimes that there is. A command officer in the Denver Police sex assaults unit recently told me he placed the false rape numbers at approximately 45 percent. Objective studies have confirmed this. See Purdue Professor Kanin’s nine-year study published in 1994 concluding that over 40 percent of rape allegations were demonstrably false.

The above statements are heresy to say publicly for many politically correct prosecutors. That is especially true if they want to maintain good relations with the victim advocacy community [1].

Note that not only does Silverman say that false rape accusations happen with remarkable regularity, but also that there is a culture which stifles speech daring to voice this inconvenient truth.

Oftentimes, whenever police or prosecutors speak the truth about the rate of false rape accusations, Feminist and related interest groups demand that they undergo “sensitivity training.” What this really means is that they must be intimidated, browbeaten, threatened, and coerced into apologizing for stating an inconvenient truth.

These groups also tend to advocate definitions of rape that fly in the face of the legal (real) definitions and are simply out of touch with how crimes must be investigated.

Despite this, however, police will occasionally show off-the-cuff candor. After investigating a woman’s claim that turned out to be false, Captain Randy Lewis of Rexburg PD told reporters that “we run into that all the time” [2]. After a similar investigation Captain Lynn Mitchell of the U Police said “Rape is a very ugly, violent crime which law enforcement and the community take very seriously. However, there are many fraudulent reports of rape each year” [3].

After a woman falsely accused a man of rape in Orlando, FL, police told local news reporters that false reporting “has reached an epidemic level” [4]. They then made a point to ask the community stop making so many false rape claims because it was draining precious resources from the criminal justice system [5].

Sgt. Sandra Tomeo of Plano PD told reporters for the Plano Star Courier that false rape accusations were “a common occurrence,” citing numbers indicating that ~47% of rape accusations made to Plano, TX police were demonstrably false [6].

Speaking to the Warrington Guardian, detective Dougie Shaw said: We have anything up to four or five reports of rape every weekend but a large number of complaints turn out to be something else with some not thinking about the consequences of false allegations. But we always take allegations of rape seriously and do everything we can to gather evidence.

Most weekends we also have a report from somebody saying their drink has been spiked with rohypnol – while we have had cases where women have been drugged these are extremely rare. We actually have significantly less genuine rape cases than those reported so it is important to consider the percentage of bona fide reports when looking at conviction statistics, which appear low because they encompass all reports [7].

Barbara C. Johnson, a former attorney with ~20 years experience and an advisor to the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Bicentennial Committee, also describes the rate of false rape accusations as being excessively high in her book Behind the Black Robes: Failed Justice [10].

2. Rape claims are made for a much wider variety of reasons than false accusations of other crimes.

The nature of false rape accusations is different from false reports of other crimes in ways that distinctively facilitate false rape claims. Accusing someone of rape claims require virtually no physical evidence. For this reason rape lies can be flung about for all sorts of reasons.

Rape lies are sometimes concocted as a form of revenge to land ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands in jail, or as a means to get rid of a current partner. A woman may lie about rape to cover up the fact that she is cheating on her husband, which sometimes results in her husband killing her lover. Sometimes, if the husband is having an affair, the woman the man is having an affair with will falsely accuse him of rape if she is caught by his wife.

Some female students falsely accused their teacher of rape because they get poor final grades in class as an excuse for failing their exams. Other women make up false claims simply to get attention, or because they regret a consensual sexual encounter. In some cases women lie about rape to get an abortion (see here and here). There is also a rash of Feminists who make false rape claims (especially in academia) as a means to “raise awareness” of the problem of rape.

Sometimes entire groups of men are falsely accused, which happened at Duke [11] and Hostra University. While both cases were highly publicized and accompanied by public outcry neither false accuser was charged. One woman cried rape because a man forgot her name.

There is also virtually no limit to which some women will go to fabricate a false claim. Some women seek out S&M/bondage encounters and use the rough sex as “evidence” against the men they falsely accuse. Some women give themselves black eyes, or rip their clothes and scratch their faces, or cut themselves, or tie themselves up as “evidence” against the men they falsely accuse.

There are also some women who use false rape claims as a means of extorting money from men. In some places women who claim rape can immediately apply for “victim’s compensation,” which has led some women to lie about rape just to be handed free money.
When was the last time you heard of someone being falsely accused of murder for such a wide range of reasons?

3. False rape accusations are rarely punished, removing the deterrent to falsely accuse.
Why do people do bad things? Often because they can. The absence of law and law enforcement tends to embolden the corrupt and corrupt the good.

Even in cases that receive a high degree of public outcry false accusers are not charged. The infamous false accuser Crystal Mangum in the 2006 Duke lacrosse false rape case was not charged either despite overwhelming evidence that she lied. This news outlet reports about a woman who was spared jail despite making not one, not two, but eight false rape claims [8]. Another woman finally was jailed for a false rape claim, but only because it was the third time [9].

At Hofstra University Danmell Ndonye falsely accused five young men of gang rape as an alibi to her boyfriend for having sex with several of men in a restroom. Even though one of the young men recorded the incident with his phone and proved she lied she was never charged with a crime.

Even when police acknowledge the high rate of false rape accusations (as I documented earlier in this post) the false accusers are not charged. And when they are charged it is often on the grounds that they waste police resources or damage the credibility of rape victims, not that they put men through a living hell.

What does the absence of any public mention of the harm to the wrongly accused – on the rare occasion that false accusations are punished at all – say about how much society values their humanity?

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