The first part of the the following article contains some helpful information. Then it veers off into Wonderland with information that, to my knowledge, cannot be verified by objective sources. Including the following the following inane quote from assistant DA named Marjorie Smith: "For every false situation people hear about there are zillions of cases not reported."
Come again? Give me your stats for that, madam. Please. I can't wait to see them.
Your information is grossly erroneous, and you need to correct the record. You should spend several hours reviewing the information in this Web site, then apologize to the men you've cavalierly insulted by suggested they are in a tiny minority. In fact, false rape claims are rampant.
The article notes: "It's a shame false cases receive so much attention, since rape and sexual assaults are overwhelmingly the most underreported crimes, Smith said. According to the state Department of Health, only one out of every six rapes is reported."
Please, Ms. Smith, send me an email with the citations to support these fantastic numbers. No one has any idea how many "underreported" claims there are. Their "proof" that far more rapes are occurring than are reported is that 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? I don't either.
Someday, the sexual assault cottage industry is going to stop making up stats just to support its political agenda.
HERE IS THE ARTICLE -- WARNING TO THE MANY FALSELY ACCUSED MEN WHO READ THIS SITE -- THIS IS A TRIGGERING ARTICLE:
False rape reports can bring lasting harm
While falsely reporting a rape only ranks as a misdemeanor, the effects of such reports can cause irreparable damage
"Any allegations of a sexual crime or any violent crime, we pool all our resources. That's forensic as well as investigative," Town of Poughkeepsie police Chief Thomas Mauro said.
In February, a Marist College student said she was raped by a masked man on campus. The reports caused fear and concern among residents and elevated police responses.
Not long after the report was made, the student was arrested by town police on a charge of third-degree falsely reporting an incident.
"We put all resources into that case on a full-time basis," Mauro said. "And I think it was those resources through the investigation and conflicts in the story that led to her admission and changing of her story."
The initial rape report led to a significant increase in campus security, including patrols at all walkways, specifically on the bridge where the 18-year-old freshman claimed she had been attacked.
The Marlton, N.J., native is now majoring in communications with a minor in education at Jackson State University, where she's on the women's soccer team. Her case is still pending in Town of Poughkeepsie Court.
Perhaps the most notable falsely reported rape in the county was made by Wappingers Falls teenager Tawana Brawley in a nationally publicized case in 1987.
She accused former Assistant District Attorney Steven Pagones of kidnapping and raping her.
The Rev. Al Sharpton had a big hand in the prosecution. Pagones, in his defamation lawsuit against Sharpton and two other New York City activists, Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason, was awarded $300,000 in damages.
Most cases genuine
Of the number of rape cases reported, very few are false reports, Dutchess County Senior Assistant District Attorney Marjorie Smith said. But the Brawley case single-handedly set prosecutors back years when it came to trying genuine rape cases.
There was the general perception that everyone reporting rapes was making it up, Smith said.
For years, attorneys would have to address the Brawley case in jury selection.
"We all lived through that horrible experience, which really affected us as a county," she said. "It basically magnified what was not an accurate supposition ... that was determined not to be a mistake or an error, but a false situation. For every false situation people hear about there are zillions of cases not reported."
It's a shame false cases receive so much attention, since rape and sexual assaults are overwhelmingly the most underreported crimes, Smith said. According to the state Department of Health, only one out of every six rapes is reported.
Numbers of reported rapes in the county grew dramatically in 2005, and declined again the following year, according to state Department of Justice violent crime statistics. In 2004, there were 42 rapes reported, and then 70 in 2005. Numbers decreased to 39 in 2006 and were at 42 in 2007. Ulster County saw a similar spike in 2005.
Compared to the rest of the country, Dutchess County has a successful report and conviction rate, Smith said. She attributed that success to the SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) program and other sex crime initiatives taken in the county.
According to the county executive's office, the Dutchess County rape conviction rate is four times greater than the national conviction rate. The SAFE program, established in 1997, combines the knowledge of forensic medical professionals, traditional medical professionals and hospitals, police agencies, victims' services and the district attorney.