Saturday, March 7, 2009

Never prejudge a rape accuser -- unless you accept what she claims without question

"The myth of rampant male predatory sexual misconduct is the engine that drives the culture of rape hysteria, and false claims are its noxious emissions."

Here's another college feminist decrying the campus reaction over a rape allegation. This particular rape allegation occurred at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and the writer of this particular piece is upset because some comments in the school newspaper expressed disbelief about the claim.

OK, fair enough. A rape claim should neither be rejected out of hand nor accepted based merely on the accusation.

But then -- predictably -- the writer goes over the edge: "Not a single one of us has any right to speculate on the way the survivor 'should' have behaved before, during or after the alleged attack—and yet we have." (Emphasis supplied.)

It's as if they just can't help themselves, isn't it? And please note the title of the article: "Rape victims never guilty."

Sigh. Where to begin? These get so tiresome after awhile.

College newspapers are a hotbed for the radically immature when it comes to the strident, often irrational insistence that any and all allegations of rape must be believed. Before a single scrap of evidence is introduced at trial, it is common for some feminist college student writing in the school newspaper to elevate the accuser to the status of "survivor."

A "survivor" -- as in someone who has survived a rape ordeal.

Which means that some male -- probably a guy on campus who pays tuition, maybe a classmate of the writer -- "must" be a rapist.

The writer also opines: "I’m not going to spend this column telling you that people don’t make up rape accusations because they’re bored on a Saturday night." Good, because some people do. Read the report of feminist icon Prof. Eugene Kanin who conducted the most objective, elaborate study of false rape claims ever and found that in the city he used as a microcosm, 41% of all forcible rape claims over a nine year period were not just false but recanted. The number of false claims might have actually been much higher. And the motive for a sizable percentage of these was to get attention. Now, whether these people dreamed up their lies because they were bored on a Saturday night, I don't know . . . .

Let's cut to the chase:

We should never assume that a woman consented because she was drinking; nor should we ever say a woman "asks" to be raped. Such attitudes are all too common and foment a culture that can lead to underreporting.

By the same token, we should never assume that every accusation "must" be true, or that an accuser is necessarily a "survivor" based on nothing more than an accusation. Such attitudes only foment a culture of rape hysteria. The myth of rampant male predatory sexual misconduct is the engine that drives the culture of rape hysteria, and false claims are its noxious emissions.

We need to quit trying every allegation of campus rape in the court of last resort -- the school newspaper. Students need to stop accusing the accuser, and feminist writers need to stop elevating the accuser to the status of "survivor." We need to cut the bullshit and investigate each and every allegation of sexual assault objectively. We need to ditch the feminist histrionics and platitudes that assume the woman is a victim in any "he said-she said" dispute. If a rape occurred, the rapist needs to be punished. If a false rape claim occurred, the false accuser needs to be punished.

It is that simple.