Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How can I light a fire under you?

How can I light a fire under you? Has our readership become numb to the cavalcade of story after story after story reporting about men and boys being falsely accused of rape with little or no repercussion to the wrongdoer? Have we developed battle fatigue to the never-ending barrage?

How can I light a fire under you?

The following is one of the most serious issue in the entire men's rights movement, and we need every reader not only to be aware of it, but to be outraged by it. Sometime soon, I am going to write an article chronicling the news stories of the recent past where men and boys were arrested and jailed solely on the basis of a woman's rape allegation that turned out to be false. The scope of that article will be mind-boggling -- and, I would hope -- frightening to fair-minded people, because it happens over and over and over. But very few persons outside of this Web site express either outrage or alarm over it, and that is a tragedy. There is something terribly wrong with a system that permits -- no, encourages -- men and boys to be jailed, usually with bail set so high to insure they won't get out until there is a recantation or an adjudication, based on nothing more than a woman's allegation. Time after time we read of police practices where the male is arrested and only later do police bother to fully investigate and discover the falsehood. This, of course, needs to be reversed.

This may be the number one issue in the entire men's movement. It has my vote for being the most outrageous. What is astounding to me is that we don't have a hell of a lot more men's rights advocates speaking out about this atrocious practice. I mean it. Why is FRS among the few voices crying out in the desert about a matter so obviously and so terribly serious?

In less than 24 hours, we have posted no fewer than three stories where this point is well illustrated.

There was the alleged "victim" (that's how the accuser is described in the police blotter) who supposedly stopped resisting her husband's demands for sex because she was fearful. She had him arrested even though he denied forcing her to have sex. "Authorities booked the suspect on suspicion of spousal battery and spousal rape. Bail was set at $100,000." In "he said/she said" disputes, she wins.

Then there was the innocent young father who was wrongly arrested at his place of employment after his accuser told police she was raped when she was at his house picking up the couple's children as part of their shared custody. Three days after the arrest, the investigators began looking into the woman and learned she fabricated the incident to gain the upper hand in the custody case. (Oh, and her bond was set at one-tenth the amount of the bond for the husband in the story referenced in the previous paragraph.)

And there was the innocent male motorist falsely accused of rape by a lonely woman in need of attention. He was arrested first before medics bothered to check to see if her scratches were self-inflicted. They were. You see, even crazy women can have innocent males arrested under the policy of "destroy the accused's life first, ask questions later."

And those, ladies and gentlemen, are just the stories we've posted here in less than the past twenty-four hours. Wait until you see an article chronicling such cases reported in the mainstream media over the past year -- it will make fair-minded people weep.

The lesson is obvious, but one not enough people are talking about: we need to demand that our police be something more than "muscle" for vengeful or troubled false rape accusers, and that our journalists be something more than parrots for the police.

How can I light a fire under you?