Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Does this sound like a false rape claim to you?

I know nothing about the case -- the news account is printed below -- other than what is printed here, so you draw your own conclusions. A young man had sex with a girl and then called her boyfriend to tell him. The young woman claimed the sex was not consensual, and the young man was arrested. The news story does not provide the young man's defense, if indeed there is any. Nevertheless, would a rapist would call the boyfriend of the victim to tell him he had raped the girlfriend? It rather strains credulity, does it not?

This case fits the classic motivation for false claims. As found by Prof. Eugene Kanin's classic study on false rape claims, the primary motive for a false claim is to "provide a plausible explanation for some suddenly unforeseen, unfortunate consequence of a consensual encounter, usually sexual with a male acquaintance." (Note Prof. Kanin's other work on rape is still lauded by feminists -- obviously this careful study, which found 41% of all false reports not just false but recanted, is not. Prof. Kanin's study suggests the incidence of false claims is even higher than 41%.) What greater motivation could there be to cry rape falsely than to have the boy with whom you just had consensual sex call your boyfriend to tell him? The only way to "explain" it -- other than telling the truth, of course -- would be to cry rape.

If this rape claim is false, it's another example of a male being arrested, having his good name tarnished, possibly beyond repair, while the accuser retains her anonymity, all on the basis of one person's decision to destroy another human being. In what other instance do we hand one class of citizens (primarily young women) such power to use the state and the media to destroy another class of citizens (primarily young men) on the basis of nothing more than an allegation?

It is unfortunate that this is deemed newsworthy. I suspect the young man has claimed the sex was consensual. If this girl had called the police and the newspaper to report seeing a UFO, do you think either would have given her account any credence? The fact that her rape claim is taken seriously is prudent. The fact that the claim of one individual causes a teenage male to be treated like a criminal -- and there is no question that the vast majority of the public will believe it merely because the story was printed -- is unjust and underscores the double-standards in the area of sexual assault, which has been co-opted by a sexual assault counseling industry that never met a false claim it didn't believe.


Teen charged with rape

Rose Quinn, mailto:rquinn@delcotimes.com

COLLINGDALE - A 19-year-old Springfield man is charged with raping a 17-year-old female after they dropped off her boyfriend at a borough bar, police reported.

"All I have to do is kiss you and you will forget about him," police quote Matthew D'Angelo saying to the female last month in a release, issued Monday.

Following an investigation by Sgt. Ken Felker, D'Angelo surrendered July 1 on charges of rape, simple assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, indecent assault and indecent exposure.

Family members posted his bail, set at 10 percent of $20,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled today in Collingdale court.

Chief Robert Adams gave this account of the incident:Police were contacted June 28 by the female, who said she was sexually assaulted by D'Angelo the night before.

She told police she, her boyfriend and two males had been at the Drexel Hill pool hall when they decided to split up, about 10:30 p.m.

She left with her boyfriend and D'Angelo for a pizza spot in Morton and purchased two cases of beer before she and D'Angelo dropped her boyfriend off at the Belvedere Bar in Collingdale.

The female and D'Angelo went to the boyfriend's residence in Collingdale to wait for his return from the Belvedere.

They drove to the 400 block of Clifton Avenue and exited D'Angelo's red Ford Fusion.

As they stood and waited, D'Angelo started to quiz the female about her relationship.

When she told D'Angelo she didn't want to kiss him because it was wrong, he kissed her anyway.

He allegedly also touched her private area, but she told him to stop and removed his hand.

"At that point (D'Angelo) opened the rear door and told her to get into the vehicle and she refused. He pushed her into the rear seat area," police said.

"(She) was told to undress and she refused."

When he told her again, she complied out of fear.

At some point just before the alleged assault, D'Angelo compared himself to her boyfriend.The female told police that after about five minutes, her cell phone rang, disrupting him. She said he was not wearing a condom.

The female told friends of her boyfriend what had happened. She also called her boyfriend and told him to come home.

D'Angelo allegedly called the boyfriend's cell phone and admitted having sex with his girlfriend, and then hung up the phone.The female was treated at the hospital.

Link: http://www.delcotimes.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19836116&BRD=1675&PAG=461&dept_id=18171&rfi=6