Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Another false rape claim with many of the hallmarks common to these cases

The news story printed below is yet another false rape claim with many of the hallmarks common to these cases. Women who lie about rape often accuse men who are, by white middle class mores, "scary" -- typically black or foreign men. Here, the false accuser claimed Hispanic men committed the atrocity. This was the second time in a year that she had claimed Hispanic men tried to harm her.

In addition, false claims are often made to cover up something from a parent, husband or boyfriend. Here, the false accuser was trying to cover up something -- but not, as in the typical case, an illicit affair. Here she was trying to cover up a stupid mistake where she accidentally shot herself in the knee -- among the more bizarre reasons I've seen for lying about this extremely serious matter.

And finally, we see the police complaining about the real harm she's done -- wasting police time. This, too, is sadly typical of these cases. Never mind that she disparaged an entire class of men, likely making women fearful of Hispanic males because of her lies. Never mind whatever anxiety she might have caused local Hispanic men when the police were investigating whether one of them should be arrested. And never mind deterring this false accuser from making similar unfounded claims against innocent men.

And that's a point that's so obvious, it's easy to overlook. Yes, men are the exclusive targets of this crime, lest this fact be forgotten. The false accuser is careful to discriminate -- it's men, and often foreign or black men. While contrary to the feminist cries that rape should be classified a "hate crime" because it supposedly singles out a gender (it really does not -- ever hear of prison rape? Rape of boys?), false accusations of rape really should be classified a "hate crime" -- because its targets really are exclusively male.

Here is the story:

Woman pleads guilty to false rape

Dirk Vanderhart • News-Leader • May 27, 2008

The wife of a founder of the Ozarks Minutemen has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about being raped and shot by three Hispanic men, court records show.

Angela D. Wilburn, 44, appeared in Greene County Associate Circuit Court today and pleaded guilty to making a false report, a class B misdemeanor.

Wilburn — the wife of Brian Wilburn, who helped form the Ozarks Minutemen — was charged with the crime in December, after calling 911 reporting someone had shot her.

In interviews with a detective at St. John’s Hospital, Angela Wilburn said three Hispanic men broke into her home. One of the men sexually assaulted her in the hallway of her mobile home, then shot her in the knee with a handgun, she said.

News of the attack generated discussion on the Ozarks Minutemen Web site, where Brian Wilburn gave members updates on his wife’s condition.

But the woman soon retracted her tale.“Angela eventually stated to me that she had accidentally shot herself in the knee,” Detective Kenny Weatherford wrote in a probable cause statement.

“She stated that she heard a noise and grabbed her husband’s gun and was reaching for a flashlight when the gun went off.

“She stated to me that no one broke into her house and that she was not raped. She stated it was an accident and she made it up because she was scared and embarrassed.”

But by the time Angela Wilburn made the admission, Greene County deputies had already spent more than 100 man-hours investigating the fictitious attack. The Greene County Sheriff’s Department said in December it will seek restitution from Angela Wilburn for the wasted time. Such repayment could be part of her sentence, said Greene County Chief Deputy Jim Arnott.

The woman is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 3. She could face up to six months in prison and a $500 fine.

The false report wasn’t the first time Angela Wilburn reported being attacked by Hispanic men. On June 6, she told deputies three Spanish-speaking men in a white van attempted to abduct her as she walked on Farm Road 156 west of West Bypass. She reported she was able to fight off one man and flee on foot.

The report later led to a Crime Stoppers bulletin and statewide alert. Though detectives are not actively pursuing the case, the sheriff’s department has left it open, Arnott said.

“It’s one of those things where we can’t prove it one way or another,” he said.