Thursday, October 16, 2008

More objective evidence of the false rape epidemic: 47% of rape claims in Plano, Texas were false this year - sounds about right

An interesting fact recently appeared in the news that escaped most everyone's notice -- likely because it was hidden in the middle of a typical news report about the trials and tribulations of rape victims, and those stories are all-too common. According to this recent news article, 47% of rape claims in Plano, Texas this year were false: "This year Plano’s sex crimes investigators have reviewed 34 cases, 16 of which were dismissed due to evidence proving false accusation." Story archived here

That sounds about right.

In Professor Eugene Kanin's landmark study of false rape claims, he found 41% of the rape claims in the Midwest town he studied over a period of several years not just false but actually recanted. The percentage of claims that were actually false likely was even higher. Professor Kanin's studied was unbiased, and his credentials were beyond reproach -- no one could accuse him of being a conservative, MRA misogynist. The 41% percent may seem startling, but for those of us who study false rape claims and who try to be objective about it, that percentage is not in any sense alarming.

False rape stats are hard to come by in the news media. False rape claims generally are not deemed to be serious problems, while rape is, and false rape claims are rarely emphasised because such emphasis is perceived to detract from the seriousness of rape. The refusal to talk about false claims is politically motivated, in part due to a fear that it would invite some to label or prejudge all rape claimants as liars. So the media silence about the false rape epidemic is designed to support the disingenuous feminist agenda that all rape claims are to be presumed truthful. (Note there is a difference between believing that all rape claims are presumptively truthful and believing that all rape claims should be taken very seriously and examined objectively. I take the latter approach, as would the vast majority of reasonable people with no preconceived biases.)

But every once in a while some data creeps through the news media to shed a light on the prevalence of false claims. This news article is one such example.

That percentage not only is consistent with Professor Kanin's study but is also consistent with the conclusion of the landmark study of the Duke Lacrosse non-rape case by Stuart Taylor, Prof. K.C. Johnson, "Until Proven Innocent" which examined all the major studies and objectively verifiable data and concluded that at least 9 percent and probably closer to half of all rape claims are false. That book has been widely praised by even liberal publications. Its discussion of false rape claims is admirable because it acknowledges the elusive nature of these numbers, and the impossibility of ever knowing for certain.

The fact is, we will never know for certain how many rape claims are false, but it's fair to say it's a significant number.

Yet there is virtually no outcry that one class and one class only, males -- innocent men and boys -- is at risk of being victimized by this crime. There certainly would be an outcry if any other crime singled out one class of people as this crime does. Is this because of the perceived historical "male privilege"? The fact is, the typical victim of a false rape claim -- a late teens or early twenties guy -- who is put through the terror of a false rape claim likely never experienced anything in his life approaching "privilege." In fact, his female peers are more likely to be in college than he is, and once graduated, they are more likely to be making more money than he does until she decides to have children. Of the fifteen leading causes of death, men lead women in 14 of them -- and young men are at risk of death by violence and suicide at multiple times the levels of their female peers. Every thinking person not infected by the laughing gas of Women's Studies classes knows that alleged "male privilege" does not apply to young men. In any event and more important, that concept is wholly impertinent in the context of an injustice such as false rape claims.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a false rape epidemic in our society, and it needs to be addressed with tougher sentences and with an emphasis on greater education to teach young women the dangers -- to the innocent and to them -- of lying about rape.

Ignoring it might appease some far left angry feminists and sexual assault counselors whose financial interest in engendering rape hysteria is obvious. But ignoring it isn't fair, and it isn't moral, and it does actual rape victims no favors -- because they are tainted by these lies.