One tires of mainstream media outlets printing untruths about rape -- read the article, and then read my comments about it that I've attached under the article online.
HERE IS THE ARTICLE:
Always take rape allegations seriously, experts say
BY LAUREN FITZPATRICK Staff writer
She made it up.
She cried rape. She told police. She asked for help.
We in her community jumped to action, posted suspect sketches and canvassed the neighborhood with her to find the attacker. We spent at least $200,000 on the investigation only to learn the rape was a fake.
But we were exactly right to believe the 17-year-old girl in Palos Heights who claimed she was abducted from the sandwich shop where she was working alone on Sept. 16, rape crisis counselors said upon learning the alleged victim made up a story of abduction and assault.
We should always throw so many resources on sexual sexual assault cases, we should take steps to guard against predators and we should assume a rape victim is telling the truth because he or she almost always is, they said.
False reports of rape are so rare, said Barb McCormick Somerville, who manages sexual violence and support at the YWCA South Suburban Center in Chicago Heights and who has encountered maybe four in her 20 years of working with violence survivors. Much more typical is the victim who comes forward about an attack and is not believed.
"As much of a tragedy it turned out to be, this doesn't change any of the work that's done in this field," she said.
While Palos Heights can breathe a sigh of relief that the alleged rapist and kidnapper - as described to a police sketch artist by the girl - isn't real, sexual violence still happens, she said.
"That rapist does not exist," Somerville said. "Let's not forget there are still predators out there harming people at an alarming rate."
Sharmili Majmudar, who heads Rape Victim Advocates in Chicago's Loop, agreed that this false report should not make the public complacent about sexual violence. Victims should always be heeded.
"Every time that a story comes out that a girl or woman has said it didn't happen, or recants her story, that does impact the landscape," she said. "But you'll find so many more people who have experienced sexual violence and haven't been believed."
According to a 1994 study done about false reports by then-Purdue University sociology professor Eugene J. Kanin, those who do file false rape reports seek to provide an alibi, gain revenge or seek attention or sympathy.
The Palos Heights girl's attorney would not comment on why she claimed to be attacked.
Other victims -- not necessarily this one, Majmudar said -- recant under the constant pressure of being questioned so closely.
"There's so much scrutiny and pressure that victims face when they come forward. When they take the very courageous step forward and say what's happened to them, they're under a spotlight," she said.
"What is at risk if your family or your friends or your network of support. Those are huge things for someone to have to consider giving up to come forward when they may not be believed."
That's why rape victims need such a supportive environment.
"It's very reassuring to know that there are resources that do go into play quickly in certain cases," Majmudar said. "I would not take this story as a reason not to respond quickly. This is an aberration."
And whatever the girl was thinking when she made her report, walking up her parents driveway with messy clothing and no shoes, is something she and her family will need to work through, Somerville said.
"How big are the problems that this would be the route you're going to take?" she wondered.
"What place of desperation would someone have to be in to report it in this way? '
"That's really the tragedy."
Lauren FitzPatrick can be reached at email@example.com or (708) 802-8832.
HERE IS MY COMMENT:
This article is very troubling, and it is no wonder given that the source of the information is someone from the sexual assault counseling industry. My Web site is devoted to false allegations of sexual assault, and, respectfully, to suggest women "almost always" tell the truth about sexual assault is a myth perpetuated by the sexual assault counseling industry. Here are the facts: In "Until Proven Innocent," the widely praised (praised even by the New York Times, which the book skewers) and painstaking study of the Duke Lacrosse non-rape case, Stuart Taylor and Professor K.C. Johnson explain that the exact number of false claims is elusive but "[t]he standard assertion by feminists that only 2 percent" or sexual assault claims "are false, which traces to Susan Brownmiller's 1975 book "Against Our Will," is without empirical foundation and belied by a wealth of empirical data. These data suggest that at least 9 percent and probably closer to half" of all sexual assault claims "are false . . . ." (Page 374.) In addition, FBI statistics show that false reporting of sexual assault is fourfold greater than the average for all crimes. The Politics of Sexuality, Barry M. Dank, Editor in Chief, Vol. 3 at 36, n. 8.
You cite Prof. Kanin's landmark study on false sexual assault claims as authoritative but you somehow forgot to mention that Kanin's study found that 41% of the claims he examined were not just false but actually recanted. The number of false claims may been higher. Here is the study: http://www.sexcriminals.com/library/doc-1002-1.pdf
To suggest that police should "always" believe the accuser, even when her accused denies it and claims she is making a false report, is driven by gender divisive ideology, not facts or sound policy. Should police investigating a claim of sexual assault treat accused men who deny it as if they were guilty, or should they objectively try to discover the truth? The question scarcely survives its statement.
I counsel and hear from men who are falsely accused, and my Web site chronicles news accounts of countless such victims every day. Despite the stats set forth above, which are irrefutable, the crime of making a false report of sexual assault has become so embroiled in the radical feminist sexual assault milieu that it has been improperly removed from the public discourse. Sexual assault counselors often disingenuously refer to the fact of false sexual assault 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. My Web site is updated daily: http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/