Monday, June 30, 2008

A whopper of a feminist double standard: Women don't lie about rape, except when they recant a rape claim

One of the most disturbing canards of the sexual assault counseling industry is that women don't lie about rape. Exposing this lie, and injecting false rape claims into the public discourse about rape, is the principal purpose of this Web site.

But equally disturbing is the related assertion of some in the sexual assault counseling industry that when women claim they've been raped and then recant, it's "often" the case that the recantation shouldn't be believed and, in fact, the women really were raped. See, e.g., here. ("Separating rape racts from fiction: . . . .Women lie about being raped. Fact: It is assumed that when a woman recants a report of a rape or sexual assault that the original report was false. Often, an individual recants because she feels threatened or is intimidated by the legal process. Law enforcement may drop cases because there is a lack of physical or corroborating evidence." Cite: http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/other/120988982237460.xml&coll=2&thispage=1: Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 4, 2008.)

The assertion that the recantation is suspect is typically posited without any supporting authority beyond the writer's serene ipse dixit. It is, of course, impossible to engage in constructive dialogue with persons who purport to refute facts with assertions that cannot be tested. (It is akin to their "proof" that far more rapes are occurring than are reported. How do we know that? Well, rape is "the most underreported of all crimes," they chant with zombie-like repetition. How do we know it's underreported? We know it's underreported because no one is reporting all these rapes that must be occurring. Which proves, of course, that rape is rampant. Get it? Neither do I.)

In Professor Eugene Kanin's landmark 1994 study about false rape claims, he found 41% of all rape claims over a nine year period in a Midwestern U.S. town to have been false -- all of the fasle claims in the study involved recantations. Professor Kanin expressly dealt with the question of the reliability of the recantations. "Although we certainly do not deny the possibility of false recantations, no evidence supports such an interpretation for these cases." See the study here

Nor is there any evidence for the sexual assault counseling industry's blanket assertion that recantations are often lies.

In any event, according to these paid sexual assault counselors, we must by default believe the woman when she alleges she's been raped, but mirabile dictu, the moment she recants, she loses all credibility.

That's called "having it both ways," and it's not merely intellectually dishonest, it's immoral -- immoral because it could be cited to keep an innocent man or boy in jail following a recantation. We see from the numerous false claims we report on this Web site that when women do recant, the recantations typically have the ring of truth. Women often admit that the initial false claim was made as an alibi to "explain" or to cover up an illicit consensual sexual relationship from a parent, a husband or a boyfriend. Usually they recant only after the police have discovered serious, often fatal problems with their story. Typically the target of their wrongful accusation isn't the man or boy with whom they were having illicit sex, but some other innocent man or boy who just happened to be in the neighborhood. Often the women don't get to the point of naming a specific individual, but they cast aspersions on a hypothetical and, according to white middle class mores, "scary" stranger -- often a black or a foreign man. The point is that the recantations ring far truer than the initial rape claim.

A recent news story vividly illustrates this peculiar and immoral double standard of the paid sexual assault industry where women must be believed if they cry rape but must be disbelieved if they recant. You recall that recently we reported on the death of Cathleen Crowell Webb, the infamous false accuser who recanted her lie that nearly sent a young man away to prison for decades. Here is another article that provides a detailed account of Ms. Webb's lie and its aftermath. One interesting tidbit from that story reports on what a member of the sexual assault industry said after Ms. Webb recanted:

"Meanwhile, many did not believe Webb's story that she had never been raped, including 57 percent of respondents in CBS 2's poll. Some became concerned the case could have a negative impact on women's rights. 'As a therapist, I think that part of what is happening – and this is speculation – but I think that Cathleen has for years denied the terror and the tragedy and the trauma of what happened to her,' said Dickelle Fonda of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. 'I think that she has carried a great deal of guilt and shame and embarrassment, as many rape victims do, and never had the opportunity to resolve that. Had she had that opportunity – had victim services been available at the time – perhaps none of this would have happened.'"

Did you get that? First, note the emphasis on "women's rights" as opposed to, oh, say, "justice" and "honesty" and "innocent until proven guilty." Never does it occur to these shills that innocent men and boys have rights that deserve to be protected. Just another manifestation of how the crime of false reporting has become subsumed in the radical feminist sexual assault metanarrative, which is replete with half-truths and outright lies and which never expresses concern for protecting the rights of innocent men and boys falsely accused of rape. The disingenuous hallmark of that metanarrative is that false rape claims are a "myth."

Second, and most troubling, is that a so-called "expert" went on the record in a public forum to espouse rank speculation that was intended to lead people to believe that the accused young man was guilty of a terrible crime. It wasn't possible that the woman lied when she cried rape; by recanting, she just proved she's in denial about the terrible trauma she experienced. This "expert" borrowed a page from the Salem witch hunt playbook to paint an innocent young man as evil based on her supposed superior knowledge as an "expert." Ms. Webb's initial lie must be believed (because it accused a male of rape), but her recantation should not be believed (because it would exonerate the male of rape). This expert's admitted speculation was an exercise in serious gender stereotyping -- male bashing gussied up to look like an educated assessment. In other contexts we'd call what this "expert" espoused "prejudice," but of course according to radical feminists a woman can never be accused of unfairly treating a member of the oppressor gender.

Ah, right.

Fortunately for those of us outside of the fairyland of Women's Studies classes, that nonsense is actually considered for what it is -- nonsense.

How did the Dobson story turn out? Again, according to the story:

"But early in 1988, the semen that had been discovered on Webb's underwear was subjected to DNA testing. On Aug. 15 of that year, authorities announced that the testing had determined the semen did not belong to Dotson."

So the "expert's" speculation was as wrong as it could be. Of course.

I have never seen any indication that the sexual assault industry has the slightest regard for the rights of innocent men and boys. Never. Their position is that the system is stacked against accusers and is geared to protect men and boys accused of rape, and they dishonestly assert that false claims are a "myth." While it is true that some rapists are never punished, it is also true to some innocent men and boys pay a heavy price -- sometimes forfeiting the best years of their lives -- simply because women have deigned to accuse them of a crime they did not commit. The sexual assault industry has no concern whatsoever for these innocents. Its sole raison d'ĂȘtre is to jack up the conviction rates of men and boys accused of rape, and to panic the nation about the supposed prevalence of rape, a supposed prevalence that the vast majority of Americans don't buy -- because, let's be honest, it's not true. (E.g., one-in-four college women supposedly are raped, which would make college campuses the most dangerous places in the world -- Baghdad would be far safer! If that statistic were true, according to Heather MacDonald: "Admissions policies letting in tens of thousands of vicious criminals would require a complete revision, perhaps banning boys entirely.") And these sexual assault counselors are paid by tax and tuition monies that come mostly from men. Of course.

I suppose it helps them sleep better at night if they convince themselves that false claims are a "myth" and that women who recant "often" were actually raped. Perhaps they need these lies just to live with themselves. But it is a travesty that only the innocents of one gender have lobbyists -- unwittingly paid for largely by men -- looking out for them. The innocents of the other gender must fend for themselves and hope and pray that they are not wrongfully accused, and if so, that their wrongful accuser recants, and that such recantation is believed.