Thursday, February 25, 2010

More incorrect information from college women about rape

More inanity from college women about rape:

". . . among college women, less than 5 percent of sexual assaults are reported. Moreover, only 2–3 percent of these reports are false, a percentage on par with the statistics on false reports of burglary or grand theft auto. With these numbers in mind, it is imperative to believe someone who reports a sexual assault."

From What constitutes consent? by Katie Rodriguez , Avital Ludomirsky, Amanda Yamasaki, and Jillian Hewitt (I am including their names here so that when they Google themselves, they will find this.  Warning: excessive self-Googling can lead to blindness.)

Sigh.  Where to begin?  How much can we possibly write to debunk these grossly erroneous assertions? 

I.  ONLY TWO-TO-THREE PERCENT OF ALL RAPE CLAIMS ARE FALSE

I won't try to debunk this one -- we've been over this so many times.. I will direct them to these basic sources that furnish objectively verifiable information and that demonstrate the inaccuracy of their assertion:

First, it is grossly incorrect.  This canard was one that led me to blog about false rape claims. I once believed the feminist two percent claim -- and I must be honest, I found it very comforting. But when I continued to research it, I found that it doesn't withstand the light of day. I realiced that much of their agenda was built on lies. I have long believed that rape advocates hurt their cause by insisting that this particular stat is true -- if they would admit the truth about this one stat, they'd have much more support.. But don't believe me, see the following:

*Bruce Gross, False Rape Allegations: An Assault on Justice, Annals of the American Psychotherapy Associaton, Dec. 22, 2008 (a great summary of every major study).  By the way, among other things it shows is that the FBI puts the number at KNOWN false claims at four to seven-and-one-half times greater than for all aother crimes. (This doesn't mean that we KNOW how many false claims there are -- rape claims do not lend themselves to that kind of certainty. We know there are AT LEAST that number of  false claims exist.)

*False Rape Allegations by Eugene Kanin (Gross talks about this, but you need to read it for yourself to see how its detractors mischaracterize it). Professor Eugene Kanin’s landmark study of a mid-size Midwestern city over the course of nine years found that 41 percent of all rape claims were false. Kanin also studied the police records of two unnamed large state universities and found that in three years, 50 percent of the 64 rapes reported to campus police were determined to be false.”  Kanin, for the uninitiated, was a feminist icon until he blew the lid off of false rape claims. Then, when people like me started citing his rape study, he became a nitwit who didn't know the first thing about research.  Sigh.

*E. Greer, The Truth Behind Legal Dominance Feminism's 'Two Percent False Rape Claim' Figure, 33 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 947. Great scholarly article traces the two percent canard to its unreliable source.

*The Air Force study: In a 1985 study of 556 rape allegations, 27% of the accusers recanted, and an independent evaluation revealed a false accusation rate of 60%. McDowell, Charles P., Ph.D. “False Allegations.” Forensic Science Digest, (publication of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations), Vol. 11, No. 4 (December 1985), p. 64.

*"Until Proven Innocent," the widely praised (praised even by the New York Times, which the book skewers -- as well as almost every other major U.S. news source) and painstaking study of the Duke Lacrosse non-rape case. Authors Stuart Taylor and Professor K.C. Johnson explain that the exact number of false claims is elusive but "[t]he standard assertion by feminists that only 2 percent" or sexual assault claims "are false, which traces to Susan Brownmiller's 1975 book 'Against Our Will,' is without empirical foundation and belied by a wealth of empirical data. These data suggest that at least 9 percent and probably closer to half" of all sexual assault claims "are false . . . ." (Page 374.)

II.  ONLY FIVE PERCENT OF COLLEGE WOMEN REPORT THEIR ASSAULTS

Nonsense.  A recent law review article that appeared in the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement explains that the politicization of rape renders it impossible to discern whether underreporting even exists. J. Fennel, Punishment by Another Name: The Inherent Overreaching in Sexually Dangerous Person Commitments, 35 N.E. J. on Crim. & Civ. Con. 37, 49-51 (2009). Excerpt here.

As we recently demonstrated, the five percent figure shows that underreporting is WORSE than it was before all the rape reforms. This only proves that all of the rape reforms enacted to encourage women to come forward -- and that made it more likely to charge and convict innocent men -- were for nought (if you believe the feminist stats, what other possible conclusion could you reach?). Why not do away with the reforms since they don't help?  The fact is, alleged underreporting is a lie -- nobody knows how much underreporting, if any, there is.  It has always been wielded like a sword to continually push for more and more and more rape reforms, and some of the reformers won't be satisfied until rape accusers are permitted to act as both judge and jury in the trials of their own accusations.

III.  IT IS IMPERATIVE TO BELIEVE SOMEONE WHO REPORTS A SEXUAL ASSAULT

This inanity deserves short shrift because, by any measure, it is morally grotesque.  It does a grave disservice to the presumed innocent who are accused of such crimes since, by necessity, if we must believe any accusation of rape, then the men and boys accused mus t be presumed to be rapists. That sort of injustice might have been the norm in the Salem witch hunts, but it has no place in civilized society.  This admonition also trivializes rape by including among its victims women who very possibly could be false accusers.