Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Most vile idea ever: a Web site where purported rape victims expose their alleged attackers

As shown by the news story after this comment, in central Ohio, police, prosecutors and the public are debating the "pros and cons" of a new Web site that allows purported rape victims a forum to publicly expose their alleged attackers.

"Alleged" is the key word.

The fact that there is even debate about this monstrosity is a manifestation that, yes, Virginia, there is a false rape culture, and we are living in it. It is a culture where it is acceptable to destroy the lives of men and boys on the basis of nothing more than an accusation of rape even if it turns out to be false. The innocent victims of these lies are regarded as little more than flotsam -- unfortunate but necessary collateral damage in the supposedly far more important war to convict rapists.

By any reasonable measure, there should not be any debate about this evil Web site because there are no "pros" to it, only "cons." It needs to come down at once. It is an abomination against all things decent in our society.

The fact that this Web site supposedly will help catch rapists does not excuse the incalculable harm it will do to the presumed innocent men and boys falsely accused of this awful crime. If our goal is to nab every rapist, there is an easy way to do that: round up every citizen sporting a pair of testicles and imprison them indefinitely. And if that strikes you as unacceptable overkill, ask yourself why it isn't overkill to allow any woman or girl to falsely accuse, libel and destroy any man or boy by branding him a "rapist" without even the pretense of due process.

If a woman or girl claims that a male has raped her, doesn't it make more sense for her to go to the police rather than shout his name from the highest mountaintop? But perhaps nabbing rapists isn't really the goal; perhaps the real goal is to help women achieve some sort of empowering catharsis, like the gender divisive "clothesline" projects so popular on some college campuses.

No matter. With this new Web site, the trial for the hapless male is over before it has begun. With one click of the computer's "enter" key, he is convicted in the court of last resort -- the hearts of middle America, because people will always wonder if he's a rapist just because he was named. He likely will never get a decent job, or marry, or even live in peace in a decent neighborhood. He will be damaged goods, always and forever, until the day he dies. All because a lone woman or girl decided to destroy him and society allowed her to do it.

As every reader of this blog knows, every unbiased study ever conducted about false rape claims tells us they are a significant problem. As every reader of this blog also knows, men and boys falsely accused of rape have been beaten and killed and have killed themselves; they’ve been fired from their jobs and lost their businesses; they’ve suffered from depression; they’ve lost their wives, their girlfriends and have been permanently alienated from their friends. Rarely do they ever come out of it whole, and for many, the ghost of a false rape claim trails them for the rest of their lives.

We need to be talking about granting anonymity to men and boys accused of rape until conviction, not naming and shaming -- and destroying -- them in this barbaric manner.

It is hoped that every man or boy falsely named on this site will sue the site and the accuser and put them both out of business with an enormous civil judgment.


Web Site Allows Rape Victims To Identify Alleged Attackers

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police, residents and prosecutors are considering the pros and cons of a new Web site that gives rape victims a forum to post information about their alleged attackers, 10TV's Lindsey Seavert reported on Monday.

Signs that encourage victims to expose their attackers can be found in the Short North. In bold print the flyers read, "Expose your rapist."

The flyers direct people to a Web site where they can list details about their attacker, including their name, Seavert reported.

The Web site has gotten the attention of Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, whose office currently runs a victim's advocate program.

O'Brien believes the forum could be of help as it gives police a possible tool in serial rape cases.

"That kind of thing posted there may allow law enforcement a follow up," O'Brien said.

Even though phony posts can be traced, O'Brien worries about false accusations and proof of guilt.

Residents in the Short North shared similar concerns with 10TV News.

"It's harmful in a way because people could post something about somebody that is untrue," a passerby said after seeing a sign.

Another person who saw the sign said victims should be encouraged to seek out authorities.

O'Brien agreed.

"I think the use of this Web site would only be a last resort, in my suggestion," O'Brien said.

Police said that victims should file a police report first, and then go to the hospital to receive a rape kit, Seavert reported.

Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for additional information.

Link: http://www.10tv.com/live/content/local/stories/2009/05/18/story_web_site.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=102