Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Rape accusers should be publicly named

We now take it as a given that the names of rape accusers are not reported by the news media. There is no fuss made about it, little if any protest.

Why do we accept this?

In fact, such special treatment for rape accusers is not fair and serves no legitimate purpose except to assuage feminists who insist that women be afforded special victim status because, they posit, women in general are victimized, oppressed, and subjugated by the sexual tyranny of men in general.

Years ago, Professor Alan M. Dershowitz succinctly summed up the infirmities afflicting such special treatment: "People who have gone to the police and publicly invoked the criminal process and accused somebody of a serious crime such as rape must be identified," said Alan M. Dershowitz, a professor at Harvard Law School. "In this country there is no such thing and should not be such a thing as anonymous accusation. If your name is in court it is a logical extension that it should be printed in the media. How can you publish the name of the presumptively innocent accused but not the name of the accuser?"

Mr. Dershowitz continued: "Feminists cannot have it both ways. They have persuaded us that rape victims should not be singled out for special treatment. Yet that is what many of them want from news organizations."

The presumptively innocent accused -- many of whom are factually innocent -- will be forever tainted as "possible rapists" even if the charges are dropped. Unlike virtually any other crime, rape is a crime that often cannot be entirely disproven. The mere allegation of rape by any female, without any other evidence and no matter how far-fetched, invites a man's name to be splashed all over the newspaper, TV, radio and Internet for the world to titillate at the details of his humiliation. A rape accusation carries with it a stigma unlike any other alleged crime. Men and boys falsely accused of rape have been killed, have killed themselves, have been beaten, have been fired from their jobs, have seen their businesses destroyed, and have lost their wives and girlfriends.

Yet it's OK to report their names, but not their accusers' names.

Those feminists who contend that reporting names of accusers will only discourage women from coming forward to report rape are the same ones who claim women aren't coming forward now anyway. And please note that women are not coming forward despite a multitude of efforts and special treatment afforded to rape accusers that are afforded to no other alleged crime victim. Such efforts are designed to make it much, much easier for rape accusers to come forward, including: guaranteeing the accuser anonymity; the enactment of Rape Shield Laws; insisting that police undergo special sensitivity training to deal with rape accusers; insisting that rape accusers not be subjected to polygraphs; and the ready availability of sexual assault advocates largely paid for by the tax and tuition dollars of the gender from which the accused rapists come from.

Despite all of that, the feminists still insist that underreporting is rampant. They make this claim with a straight face by relying on unreliable statistics culled from polls of women that purportedly show that rape is rampant. The trouble is that these polls count certain incidents as "rape" that are not legally rape. Moreover, the feminists assume, without question, that the women queried for these polls must be telling the truth in furnishing their answers when, in fact, the percentage of women who lie in these polls is likely much higher even than the percentage of women who lie when they actually report rape -- after all, reporting rape is said to be a difficult thing; in contrast, bragging to a pollster that guys find you so irresistible that they force themselves on you is very, very easy to do. And finally the polls from which these statistics are culled do not even bother questioning males or taking their defenses into account. Why is this? Because only males and not females lie when it comes to rape? The validity of male defenses -- e.g., that the woman consented, etc. -- is not even acknowledged as a possibility in these inane polls.

Every effort to make it easier for women to accuse men and boys of rape has been met with continued cries that too few women "come forward" and too few "rapists" are convicted. Anonymity is one of those efforts that just isn't enough.

We have now reached the point where the only effort that would satisfy many feminists is to allow rape accusers the unfettered right to find the male accused legally guilty of the crime.

But the feminists probably still would not be satisfied unless they had the right to personally castrate the alleged offender.