Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More misinformation from the sexual assault industry -- this time, only 3 percent of rape claims are false


Hanahan Police Detective Cleared of Rape Charge

Rape charges against a Hanahan police officer have been dropped. Detective Cassie Watson had been charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and possession of a firearm, but not anymore.

9th circuit solicitor Scarlett Wilson says the charges against the detective have been dropped because the victim keeps changing her story.

It was inside her home a woman says she was held at gunpoint and raped. The claim threatened the career of Hanahan detective Cassie Watson, but not anymore. Prosecutors say her story has changed several times. Melonea Locklair with People Against Rape's says it's a complicated crime.

"Its not like CSI, that’s not how it works," said Locklair.

Locklair says typically, although she can't say in this case, dropping charges doesn’t always mean something didn’t happen.

Less than three percent of rape victims make false reports. There’s a big difference between the victim making a false report and the judicial system not being able to prove that an incident happen. Especially when you have acquaintance assaults, where it’s a he said she said, it’s not always provable.

What happens in one rape case can affect others.

“If someone does make a false report, it is difficult for the next person that comes along whenever they want to prosecute,” said Locklair.

A crime that's tough enough to report, perhaps made tougher by a small percentage of false claims.

The woman who said she was raped had no comment. Hanahan Police officials say Watson is relieved the ordeal is over and will be back to work next week.

Nationally 60 percent of rapes are not even reported to police and if a rape is reported, an arrest is only made 50 percent of the time.

Link: http://www.wciv.com/news/stories/0908/556925.html


The article contains misinformation that needs to be corrected. It says that only three percent of rape claims are false. The PAR Web site says it's less than 2 percent. http://www.peopleagainstrape.org/adultsexualassault.html

But either figure is grossly incorrect. Objectively verifiable data indicates that at least 9 percent and probably closer to half of all rape claims are false. (See, e.g., S. Taylor, K.C. Johnson, "Until Proven Innocent" -- the definitive Duke Lacrosse rape case book praised by even liberal news outlets like the New York Times, which the book skewers.)

That two percent figure repeatedly chanted by sexual assault counselors is a made-up number -- don't rely on me, here's an authoritative law review article that traces the history of that lie: http://llr.lls.edu/volumes/v33-issue3/greer.pdf

False rape claims are an epidemic. Yet the crime of making a false rape report has become so embroiled in the radical feminist sexual assault milieu that it has been improperly removed from the public discourse about rape. Sexual assault counselors often disingenuously refer to the fact of false rape accusations as a "myth." Denigrating the experience of the falsely accused by dismissing their victimization as a myth is not merely dishonest but morally grotesque.

You need to do a better job of presenting even-handed information. Sexual assault counselors certainly can help women who have been raped, but too many are in the business of trying to engender rape hysteria. I've never seen one express concern for an innocent man falsely accused. Never.

My Web site is devoted to this false rape epidemic -- we post news accounts of false rape claims every day. Spend several hours reviewing these cases on my Web site because many a rape lie has destroyed an innocent man or boy and their families. It's happening every day, here in America, and somebody needs to speak up about it: http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/