Monday, October 19, 2009

Time to put to rest the myth that false rape claims deter actual rape victims from 'coming forward'

Another in the cavalcade of rape myths, along with the two percent canard and the one-in-whatever (pick a number, I promise you there's support for it in the sexual grievance industry literature) lie, is that publicity about false rape claims, and charging false rape accusers with a crime, somehow deter actual rape victims.

All myths are concocted to serve a purpose. The purpose of this myth, for the uninitiated, is to lend plausibility to the sexual grievance industry's insistence that rape is rampant and that the actual number of rapes far exceeds the numbers of actual reports of rape. A secondary purpose is to coerce and shame people like us from discussing the false rape epidemic. The subject of false rape claims has been made so politically incorrect by the persons who dominate the public discrouse about rape that Professor Alan Dershowitz was once charged with sexual harassment for even raising the possibility of false rape claims in a class at Harvard.

Let's take a step back and explore the illogic of this myth:

On the one hand, the sexual grievance industry insists women don't lie about rape; on the other hand, they whine when we report irrefutable news accounts that women do lie about rape.

On the one hand, the sexual grievance industry insists false rape claims hurt actual rape victims; on the other hand, they refuse to do anything whatsoever to help eradicate the false rape epidemic.

On the one hand, the sexual grievance industry insists women will be deterred from reporting rape because of false accusers; on the other hand, not even other false accusers are deterred by false accusers.

The fact is, there's no credible support for the myth. None. Yet their entire cult of rape victimhood depends on it because without this myth, there is no underreporting, and without underreporting, rape is a relatively rare crime, and they can't come close to reaching the fabled one-in-whatever number of women are raped. Without this myth, it's obvious to everyone that (1) false rape claims are far more prevalent than actual rape claims, and (2) prison rape of innocent males is far more prevalent than rapes of females. (If you ever want to really expose the sexual grievance industry's lies in this area, just do a calculation trying to reconcile their one-in-whatever numbers with their standard numbers for underreporting, as we've done here. What you get are two wildly, fantastically inconsistent numbers, a divergence that only serves to underscrore their complete absence of credibility.)

Anyway, do you ever hear about burglary victims being hesitant about "coming forward" for fear of not being believed? Robbery victims? Victims of fraud? But rape, we are told is different.

I submit to you that, yes, rape is different. But the problem isn't that women are afraid of coming forward; the problem is that too many women come forward -- hordes of false accusers come forward, along with the actual rape victims. The dirty little secret is that women lie about rape a lot more than people lie about other crimes. FBI stats for two recent years show that women lie about rape anywhere from four to eight times more often than people lie about other serious crimes. And that's for claims where we know with certainty what happened. Unlike other crimes, most rape claims usually don't lend themselves to such certainty (they are of the "he said/she said" variety), and the number of false claims might be a lot higher. I mean, a lot higher. Why do so many women lie about rape? Because, as we've demonstrated time and time again, rape is extremely easy to lie about, and there are essentially no consequences for destroying the life of an innocent man or boy with a rape lie. The real question is, why aren't there a lot more false rape claims, given the ease with which rape lies are made?

Newsday talked about the issue of whether women are deterred from reporting rape due to false rape claims yesterday: "Experts interviewed for this story were not aware of any research on whether high-profile recantations in sexual assault cases - such as the Hofstra case or the 2006 case in which three Duke University lacrosse players were accused of rape and then vindicated - have a chilling effect on victims' willingness to report sexual assault. But victims' advocates said they had no doubt that public anger toward Ndonye would discourage actual victims of sexual assault from coming forward." Link:

So there you have it. Experts aren't aware of any evidence for the myth. But the sexual grievance industry, that purveyor of misandry, insists it must be so. Along with all their other lies.