Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cop: real harm from rape liar's tale was not to the man she had arrested but to hypothetical future rape victims

Comment: In the news story below about yet another false rape claim, a police officer said this: "What it does to other victims, that's the most troubling thing with all this. It makes it tough with other legitimate victims," he said. "They already battle enough other issues with when to come forward."

Although false reporting of rape is a crime whose victims are almost exclusively male, it has become so embroiled in the feminist sexual assault milieu that discussing it as a potentially significant problem for men and boys is verboten because such view does not conform to the feminist rape metanarrative.

In fact, this crime may be unique among all crimes because virtually the entire public discourse about it is dominated by persons who insist it is not a serious public threat. At least not to men. If it is a threat at all, it’s to women, they insist.

Hence the necessity for this website because that insistence is a lie. There is no polite way to say it. It is an insistence born in ideology, and it thrives by disregarding facts.

When the crime of false reporting is discussed at all, it is typically discussed through a gynocentric lens that blinks at the harm it causes innocent men. News reports about false rape claims take on an almost surreal cookie-cutter redundancy. Police typically adopt a cool indifference to the male victims, instead choosing to chide the false accuser for wasting police time. More disturbing is that news accounts often report a police officer, sexual assault counselor or judge chiding the false accuser for the "real" harm she's caused -- not to the man or boy wrongly accused or to other potential males she might accuse -- but to future, unknown, hypothetical, phantom, possible, could-be, even unborn rape victims who might be, possibly will be, may be dissuaded by such lies from coming forward.

The one thing these people rarely say is that we need to make an example out of false accusers so that women will stop falsely accusing men and boys of rape. Until we hear that said, until it becomes part of our collective consciousness, we will continue to have a false rape epidemic.

Woman charged with false report

Man out of jail; police investigate

By MADDIE HANNAMonitor staff
May 30, 2009 - 12:00 am

A Concord woman who claimed her boyfriend tried to rape her has been arrested and charged with false reporting.

The police are still trying to figure out what exactly happened between Tabitha Carbone, 18, and Andrew Trudell, 25, early May 22, when Carbone told the police that Trudell grabbed, choked, and tried to rape her after she said she wanted to break up with him.

But prosecutors have dropped the charge of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault against Trudell, who was arrested after a foot chase the night of May 22. His bail, originally set at $100,000 cash, was reduced and converted to personal recognizance. He left the Merrimack County Jail on Wednesday.

Carbone was arrested Thursday night. Detective Todd Flanagan said yesterday that the police had noticed inconsistencies in her account, and "upon being re-interviewed, she recanted much of her initial statement to police."

Flanagan described the investigation as difficult - and its implications serious for victims of rape and domestic violence.

"What it does to other victims, that's the most troubling thing with all this. It makes it tough with other legitimate victims," he said. "They already battle enough other issues with when to come forward."

Trudell still faces misdemeanor charges, including sexual assault, three counts of simple assault, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, and resisting arrest. Flanagan said the investigation is ongoing.

"The amount of work it takes to show it didn't happen is about the same amount of investigation to show it did," he said.

Carbone and Trudell shared an apartment on Bog Road, and the police went there about 1 a.m. on May 22 after Carbone called to report an argument that she said turned violent.

Carbone told the police that she and Trudell "have been going through some hard times, and she decided that she wanted to break up with him," according to a police affidavit. She began packing her bags, but Trudell pleaded with her to reconsider, she told the police.

As Carbone went into the bedroom, Trudell followed her, closed the door "and would not let her leave the room," she told the police. When she tried to open the door, "he grabbed her by the shoulders and threw her to the ground," according to the affidavit.

He tried to force himself upon her, she told the police, then he started choking her.

The officer who interviewed Carbone noted rug burn marks on her right elbow and described her neck as "slightly abrased and red in color," according to the affidavit.

When Carbone called the police that morning, she was at her mother's home, where she had taken her 13-month-old child. She told the police she had left Trudell and his 15-month-old child in the apartment.

When the police got to the apartment, they found Trudell's child, but not Trudell, according to the affidavit.

They got a warrant for his arrest, searched for him that day, and arrested him that night, after he ran into a wooded area off Bog Road.

Trudell has been previously convicted of simple assault and criminal threatening. He went into the state prison in May 2003 for criminal threatening, which carried a two- to five-year sentence. He was paroled two years later but went back to prison twice on parole violations, according to prison spokesman Jeff Lyons. He was released in April 2008.

He was on probation between 2001 and 2003 for the assault charge. For that crime, he had been sentenced to 12 months in jail, 10 of which were suspended.

False reporting is a Class A misdemeanor, and Carbone was released on $500 personal recognizance bail. If convicted, she could face a fine and up to a year in jail, and possibly reimbursement for emergency response fees, Flanagan said.

"We're in a budget crisis citywide, and it's very frustrating to put the amount of resources out there toward this case - we're already talking about positions not being filled," Flanagan said. "It is frustrating on a couple of different fronts."