Saturday, July 12, 2008

Police concluded rape claim was false but now are accused of blatant sex discrimination for allegedly not taking claim seriously

I don't know any more about this case aside from the news article below. But . . .

A college woman claimed she was raped; the police did not press charges; she committed suicide. Now her estate is suing the college and the local police, and the focus of the news story below is on the alleged deliberate indifference to take her claim seriously.

Buried toward the end of the story is the statement of the police department that police determined the young woman's claim was false. This is seemingly tacked on as an afterthought.

These allegations are blackening the reputations of a college and a police department, and the news media parrots the allegations -- as if parroting allegations were reporting. The news media is being a shill for the estate here.

The estate's attorney alleges sex discrimination in connection with the alleged indifferent handling of the "rape" claim by the college and the police department. Hmm. Isn't rape a gender neutral crime nowadays? If there was gender discrimination in this instance, it has to work the other way, too, does it not? Using this same logic, any time a college or police department fail to take a false rape claim seriously that, too, should be gender discrimination -- against males, right?

It has to work both ways.

So, any time a false rape claimant is not prosecuted (as here, where the police declared the young woman a false claimant but did not prosecute her), that is sex discrimination against males.

And allow me to assure the estate's attorney of this, because she probably doesn't know: false rape claims are hardly ever taken seriously or punished as they should be. Why is THAT not discrimination, against males? And kindly spare me the blather about historical oppression -- that inanity won't sell here.

Police need to vigorously prosecute false claimants to protect innocent men; to instill credibility in real rape victims; and as shown in this case, to vindicate the work of police when they determine that the claimant lied.


Lawyer urges attorney general's office to investigate 2006 rape at Dominican College

By Hema EasleyThe Journal News • July 11, 2008

Megan Wright, a 19-year-old freshman at Dominican College, allegedly was raped in her college dorm two years ago by two student athletes and their guest. She later committed suicide.

An attorney representing her estate is now urging the state attorney general's office investigate the young woman's allegations, which, she says, were never taken seriously by Dominican College and the Orangetown Police Department.

In a statement released after a press conference outside Cuomo's office in New York City, Gloria Allred, a Los Angeles-based discrimination attorney, said that though Wright promptly reported the assault, the school offered her no instructions for filing a formal complaint with the school.

The college also failed to conduct its own investigation and refused to provide a reasonable accommodation for a final exam she was scheduled to take a few days later or for her to return safely to the school in the fall semester, Allred said.

Instead, she said, the school steered Wright to a detective in the Orangetown Police Department without telling her the detective was an instructor on the college's payroll.

The detective, Allred said, conducted only a cursory investigation, did not visit the crime scene or interview key witnesses, and closed the file.

College officials couldn't be reached today for comment today.

"We believe that Megan Wright's tragic story involves several issues that are extremely important to the citizens of New York, including the failure to control underage drinking in student residence halls, the failure to properly investigate reported crimes alleging sexual violence on campus and blatant discrimination by colleges on the basis of sex by deliberate indifference to reports of sexual attacks," Allred said in the statement, explaining why she was asking the attorney general's office to intervene.

Orangetown Police Chief Kevin Nulty said Allred's allegations were false. He said detectives conducted a professional investigation into the incident and collaborated with the district attorney's office in the matter. No charges were filed in the case.

"The department stands behind the officer and the integrity of the investigation," Nulty said.