A radio personality sued a woman for falsely accusing him of sexual assault. She has publicly apologized, and he has called on the police to charge her for filing a false report.
But then, without explanation, he adds this: "Police are understaffed enough in this state concerning real victims without wasting time and resources on cases like this,'' he said.
"Real victims"? Excuse me, sir, I realize this was a politically correct thing to say, and I also realize you have been through a terrible ordeal, but you have missed a golden opportunity to speak up, while you had a very public forum, for countless other men falsely accused. You and those countless innocent men are the "real victims" of this real crime. False reporting of rape is a crime that almost exclusively victimizes men, and it has nothing to do with real rape -- it is the opposite of real rape. What you have done, as many others do, is invite the public to look at this crime through a gynocentric lens by talking about "real" rape victims -- instead of the "real" victims of the crime of making a false rape report. What a strong statement for the falsely accused you could have made if you had mentioned the fact that you are but one of countless victims of malicious rape lies; that innocent men everywhere are at risk of having their reputations, their very lives, destroyed by false rape claims; that the problem is very widespread and politically incorrect to discuss.
Women speak with solidarity about rape frequently; in contrast, a man falsely accused of rape often acts as if he were the first and only victim of a false rape claim.
The rights and interests of innocent men must never be deemed secondary to "real" rape victims; nor should innocent men be viewed as collateral damage in the war to stomp out rape. The crime of making a false report of rape will never be taken seriously until it is viewed as a crime in and of itself, not as the ugly step-sister of a different crime (namely rape) that must be hidden away in the attic lest it somehow hurt the victims of that different crime. See How Women Became the Victims of A Crime That Only Targets Men: False Rape Claims in the Feminist 'Rape Culture'
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Radio broadcaster Derryn Hinch 'relieved' after sex assault apology
June 27, 2008
Radio broadcaster Derryn Hinch has described his relief outside the Supreme Court after former business partner Mary-Ann Martinek apologised for accusing him of sexual assault.
In a letter read in court today by Hinch's barrister, Ms Martinek, a former Army major, apologised unreservedly for allegations made against Hinch in letters and emails, including that he sexually assaulted her.
Derryn Hinch receives apology
3AW broadcaster expresses relief after receiving an apology from former business partner Mary-Ann Martinek for accusing him of sexual assault.
"I acknowledge there is no basis for any such allegations,'' she said in the apology.
David Gilbertson, for Hinch, told Justice Stephen Kaye that the case had been settled.
In July 2006, police declined to press charges against Hinch after investigating Ms Martinek's sexual assault claims.
Hinch sued Ms Martinek for defamation, stating she had sent emails to his accountant that carried the meaning that he (Hinch) had raped and sexually assaulted her.
The statement of claim before court said one Martinek email suggested Hinch exaggerated claims about being the subject of death threats to lure her to his apartment to have sex with him.
It said she also sent defamatory communications to The Age newspaper, 3AW, New Idea magazine and Channel 10.
Part of the communications related to the sale of Slouch Hat chocolates, a venture in which both Hinch and Martinek had been involved.
Today, Hinch said outside court he hoped police would look at Ms Martinek on a possible charge of filing a false report.
"Police are understaffed enough in this state concerning real victims without wasting time and resources on cases like this,'' he said.
He thanked his wife Chanel, employer 3AW and listeners for believing in him, and not forcing him to prove his innocence.
"It's the end of one of the worst chapters of my life. At the end of the day, it has been worthwhile,'' Hinch added.
"I said at the time that the allegations were made that I felt they were malicious, and there was nothing in the matter.''