Friday, October 30, 2009

Do reports of recent gang rape accusations prove ours is a 'rape culture' or a 'false rape culture'? You decide.

Have you heard about the allegation of the vicious gang rape that's in the news? You are, no doubt, thinking about the alleged gang rape in Richmond, California, which has become one of the biggest stories in America. But if you're thinking you know how allegations of gang rape always play out, think again. Actually there have been several alleged gang rapes in the news lately, but unless you are a regular reader of this blog, I'll bet you never heard of any of them aside from the one in Richmond. You see, the others turned out to be false or unfounded, so it's no wonder you would not have heard about them.

We posted numerous reports about the Hofstra false rape claim, which was blown into a big story in New York. Outside of New York, few people paid attention to it. Our regular readers will remember that back on September 10, Danmell Ndonye's vicious rape lie led to a rush to judgment and the no-questions-asked-incarceration of four innocent young men. Days later it was revealed that a video of the act showed it was consensual.

Hofstra, as it turns out, was just the tip of the iceberg. Since then -- just a month and a half ago -- false gang rape claims have become all the rage. They are all over the news, but, caution: you have to look for them, because these stories aren't the kind that the mainstream media likes to put on the front page. You see, they don't have the preferred ending where the bad males are incarcerated for sexually oppressing female victims.

Remember, these are news reports after the Hofstra false claim -- these aren't ancient history. For example, there was 32 year old Angela Blackburn who made a false claim that three younger men and a juvenile male raped her at a party.

And then there was the fifteen-year-old girl who falsely accused four 17-year-olds of forcibly raping her. Oh, and you should know that another boy sits in jail over a rape allegation made by the same girl just last month.

Have you heard about the black woman who recanted her previous claim that she'd been gang raped by seven white men now serving prison sentences? Even Al Sharpton wants that recantation taken seriously -- and that will tell you something.

Or the group of four men cleared of gang raping a 21-year-old woman after they claimed she invited them back to her apartment and engaged in consensual sex?

Or the 25-year-old woman who falsely claimed, in graphic detail no less, that six men (including her boyfriend) gang raped her?

Or the 16-year-old schoolgirl who had the temerity to falsely accuse six of her male classmates of seriously sexually assaulting her multiple times over several hours on a playing field?

Or the 25-year-old hairdresser who falsely claimed five men raped her, but her lie was uncovered when it was discovered a phone camera had caught her in the act of having enthusiastic, consensual sex with two boys (yes, boys)?

Haven't heard about those gang rape claims? I figured as much. Well, those gang rape claims turned upside down the lives of 32 males (not even counting the four young men arrested in connection with the Hofstra rape lie). Some of those men are still in jail. Others are trying to move on with their lives. And who knows how many other false gang rape claims have been made since mid-September that the news media didn't bother covering.

So if someone mentions the gang rape claim in the news, you might want to educate them -- about the ones they likely never heard about. And ask yourself what that tells you. Maybe, just maybe, it is an indication that our so-called "rape culture" is, in actuality, a "false rape culture."