Sunday, January 31, 2010

Off topic: This is what you call 'male privilege'

Another photo from this website, this one from 1930. "This photograph was taken after the lynching of two young black men accused of raping a white girl. They were hanged by a mob of 10,000. The faces of the crowd are very telling. A third man was saved by the girls uncle who said he was innocent."  We recently discussed America's shameful history mistreating men falsely accused of rape here.

Off topic: This is what you call 'male privilege'

Another photo from this website, this one from 1930. "This photograph was taken after the lynching of two young black men accused of raping a white girl. They were hanged by a mob of 10,000. The faces of the crowd are very telling. A third man was saved by the girls uncle who said he was innocent."  We recently discussed America's shameful history mistreating men falsely accused of rape here.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hofstra false rape victims speak out

Below is an excerpt from a news story about a television show (The Steve Wilkos Show) where three of the false rape victims appeared. Please note the rampant victim blaming, especially by the ex-Marine, ex-police officer host -- it was the boys who showed poor judgment. And note the talk about protecting our daughters. "Our daughters?" Yep. Our daughters. Seems our daughters weren't the ones in need of protection in the Hofstra case, but the discussion seems to sort of assume that the young men commit a kind of legal rape. Finally, please note that one of the falsely accused young men isn't allowed to play baseball at his college because he would be a bad influence.

This story shows how far we still have to go.

Link to full story: http://thestamfordtimes.com/story/481219 -- but here's the pertinent part.

In the final segment of the night, three of the five men falsely accused of rape took center stage.

Rachelle Wilkos applauded the courage it took for the men to tell their stories.

"I wouldn't want my daughter involved in something like this, but it was pretty brave of them to come on the show," she said.

"In these cases, you don't often hear the whole story. You always hear about the rape victim. Here, these boys' lives are ripped apart."

During the taping, Steve Wilkos pointed out that two of the accused watched and filmed the consensual sex between the woman and two of the men.That video footage caused the case against the men to crumble, and prompted the woman to say she lied about being raped.

"I think you all showed bad judgment," Wilkos said. "In a way, that video was a good thing to save your (butts). I'm not being a prude, and I enjoy sex as much as the next guy. Maybe if you hold yourselves to a higher level of conduct, stuff like this wouldn't happen."

While most of the audience's response was empathetic toward the three men, one female student -- a junior at Hofstra -- felt the issue was being trivialized.

"I thought (the false rape charge) was horrible," she said. "What you do in your private life is your business. But you're making a circus out of this."

Wilkos disagreed, saying this is just an opportunity for the men to tell their side of the story.

"We're not making a circus out of it; this is the point of the show," the host said.

"I want to do everything to protect my daughter and everyone else's daughter."

One of the accused, 20-year-old Jesus Ortiz, said he's trying to turn the horror of having his name dragged through the headlines into a positive.

"People said I was a monster," Ortiz said. "I can't play baseball (at Bronx Community College) because the coach says I'm a negative influence on the team. I want to be a social worker or guidance counselor to help people like they helped me."

Hofstra false rape victims speak out

Below is an excerpt from a news story about a television show (The Steve Wilkos Show) where three of the false rape victims appeared. Please note the rampant victim blaming, especially by the ex-Marine, ex-police officer host -- it was the boys who showed poor judgment. And note the talk about protecting our daughters. "Our daughters?" Yep. Our daughters. Seems our daughters weren't the ones in need of protection in the Hofstra case, but the discussion seems to sort of assume that the young men commit a kind of legal rape. Finally, please note that one of the falsely accused young men isn't allowed to play baseball at his college because he would be a bad influence.

This story shows how far we still have to go.

Link to full story: http://thestamfordtimes.com/story/481219 -- but here's the pertinent part.

In the final segment of the night, three of the five men falsely accused of rape took center stage.

Rachelle Wilkos applauded the courage it took for the men to tell their stories.

"I wouldn't want my daughter involved in something like this, but it was pretty brave of them to come on the show," she said.

"In these cases, you don't often hear the whole story. You always hear about the rape victim. Here, these boys' lives are ripped apart."

During the taping, Steve Wilkos pointed out that two of the accused watched and filmed the consensual sex between the woman and two of the men.That video footage caused the case against the men to crumble, and prompted the woman to say she lied about being raped.

"I think you all showed bad judgment," Wilkos said. "In a way, that video was a good thing to save your (butts). I'm not being a prude, and I enjoy sex as much as the next guy. Maybe if you hold yourselves to a higher level of conduct, stuff like this wouldn't happen."

While most of the audience's response was empathetic toward the three men, one female student -- a junior at Hofstra -- felt the issue was being trivialized.

"I thought (the false rape charge) was horrible," she said. "What you do in your private life is your business. But you're making a circus out of this."

Wilkos disagreed, saying this is just an opportunity for the men to tell their side of the story.

"We're not making a circus out of it; this is the point of the show," the host said.

"I want to do everything to protect my daughter and everyone else's daughter."

One of the accused, 20-year-old Jesus Ortiz, said he's trying to turn the horror of having his name dragged through the headlines into a positive.

"People said I was a monster," Ortiz said. "I can't play baseball (at Bronx Community College) because the coach says I'm a negative influence on the team. I want to be a social worker or guidance counselor to help people like they helped me."

Serial rape liar who falsely accused a number of men gets 45 month sentence

COMMENT: The news story below is especially appropriate in light of our discussion this week about how this site is allied with rape victims. A serial false accuser who disrupted the lives of several innocent people -- men and a woman -- with wild and patently false rape tales, is finally, and at long last, being held accountable for them. Her sentence is three years and nine months.

Why must it take repeated lies, and multiple innocent persons harmed, before false accusers are punished? And what if this woman ever was actually raped? Need we remind you of this fable?

By countenancing the rape lies, we not only hurt the immediate victims of her venom, we also hurt actual rape victims. Each rape lie that was excused without punishment only underscored to police and to the persons who learned of them that, yes, unstable persons walk among us who have no hesitation about falsely crying rape, and who threaten to destroy not just innocent men and boys but entire families with their falsehoods. By countenancing one rape lie after the next, we chip away at the credibility of rape victims who have legitimate need to cry rape. When we allow unstable, vengeful, and scared women to spin tales of sexual invasion with impunity and without deterrence -- tales that too often destroy the lives of the innocent -- we discourage actual victims from coming forward, and it makes it impossible to plausibly or justly insist that the public must believe women when they say they were raped.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

Ardgay woman jailed after false rape claims

AN Ardgay woman who falsely claimed that she was raped on two separate occasions and assaulted on another, was this week jailed for two years and nine months.

Heather Bremner, 1 Struie Place, accused a number of men of raping her, including her husband.

Police launched two major enquiries and spent hours investigating the false allegations, Dornoch Sheriff Court heard.

The 38-year-old, who has an alcohol problem, was also examined by a police surgeon, and a forensic scientist was brought in to help with the enquiries.

Bremner appeared for sentencing at Monday's court having previously admitted three charges of wasting police time by making the false representations. Sentence had been deferred for background reports, including a psychiatric assessment.

Sheriff David Sutherland told Bremner he had no option but to impose a term of imprisonment.

He said: "Any allegation of rape, given the enormity of the crime, is taken very seriously and considerable police resources are involved and often officers are diverted from other enquiries.

"You have made such allegations not once, but on two separate occasions, placing - in one charge - your husband under suspicion, and indeed under detention, and on the other charge making allegations against a local woman and various local men.

"I do not consider, having read all the reports, that I can deal with this case other than by a custodial sentence."

Police were first called to Bremner's home in February 2003, prosecutor Roderick Urquhart told the court.

Officers found her in a distressed state and causing damage to her own home. She claimed then that she had been raped in November the previous year.

Bremner alleged her drink had been spiked during an evening out in Lairg. She came to in an unknown house where she claimed she was struck on the back of her head by a woman and raped by a number of men.

She claimed to have made a 999 emergency call from the house at the time.

Fiscal Mr Urquhart said a subsequent enquiry revealed that there had indeed been an emergency call made on 16 November, 2002, from the accused saying she did not know where she was.

"The operator spoke to at least three different men in the house and Mrs Bremner could be heard in the background. She did not appear to be distressed or upset and there was no suggestion of an attack. She appeared to be drunk," said the fiscal.

"As a result of the 999 call, the house was identified and some of the people identified. A woman was asked to come to the police station and was interviewed under caution."

Police eventually decided there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a prosecution and the case was closed on 30 April 2003 when it was decided to take no further action.

The enquiry involved five police officers who spent numerous hours attempting to track down and interview witnesses.

Said Mr Urquhart: "It was a significant enquiry and had a significant effect on the woman who was referred to. She was not simply placed under suspicion but was also interviewed under caution."

Bremner's second rape allegation occurred on 8 March 2008 when she phoned Dornoch Police Station and alleged she had been raped and indecently assaulted at Bonar Bridge by her husband in the early hours of that morning.

Another major enquiry was launched involving nine police officers, two police surgeons and one forensic scientist. Bremner was taken to the victim suite at Inverness and examined by a doctor.

Her husband was detained but was "notably distressed and embarrassed" and denied everything that his wife claimed had happened.

Fiscal Mr Urquhart said the enquiry was called off when samples sent for examination by a forensic scientist were found not to be consistent with Bremner's claims. Other people in her house also contradicted her account.

Said the fiscal: "The number of hours expended on this enquiry have not been calculated, but will certainly be in the three figures."

Bremner made another false accusation just four months later, on 17 July 2008, when she called in at Invergordon Police Station, accompanied by a support worker, to claim that she had woken in the early hours of that morning to find a former partner standing over her as she lay on the couch in the living room.

She alleged that he had picked up a number of her pet rabbits and stabbed them in the stomach.
She said the animals were screaming in pain and she had wrapped them up in a towel and placed them outside. When she went back in, her former partner kicked her.

Continued the fiscal: "As a result of that, several police officers went to her house but no trace could be found of the rabbits referred to. The officers then went to her former partner's house. He said he had been asleep at the time of the incident. He gave permission for his clothing to be seized and checked for signs of blood.

"There were discrepancies in Bremner's accounts. She was detained and interviewed and during the course of that she admitted that on each occasion she had lied."

Defence agent Diane Macfarlane said her client had been abusing alcohol for nearly 20 years, beginning at the age of 16.

Psychologists brought in to assess Bremner were of the opinion that she had a borderline personality disorder as a result of an extremely difficult childhood.

Defence agent Ms Macfarlane told the court: "It would appear that because of her childhood experiences, Miss Bremner places herself in high risk situations and has difficulty assessing other people's motivations and intentions.

"This combined with her dependence on alcohol has resulted in a set of circumstances where Miss Bremner does not necessarily understand the situation she is in, thereafter has blacked out and then come to and pieces information together in an inappropriate way, resulting in her belief that she has been abused in some way."

Ms Macfarlane said her client had been in a relationship with her current partner for a year and now did not drink at all.

"She would now appear to be at the point that she can now meaningfully address her alcohol problem," said the lawyer.

But Ms Macfarlane acknowledged that a social enquiry report had identified Bremner as at a high risk of re-offending and in need of professional guidance.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Sutherland indicated that had Bremner not admitted the offences at the earliest opportunity, she would have been jailed for four years rather than 45 months.He also ordered that on her release she be placed on a supervised order for a year.

Link: http://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/7066/Ardgay_woman_jailed_after_false_rape_claims.html

Serial rape liar who falsely accused a number of men gets 45 month sentence

COMMENT: The news story below is especially appropriate in light of our discussion this week about how this site is allied with rape victims. A serial false accuser who disrupted the lives of several innocent people -- men and a woman -- with wild and patently false rape tales, is finally, and at long last, being held accountable for them. Her sentence is three years and nine months.

Why must it take repeated lies, and multiple innocent persons harmed, before false accusers are punished? And what if this woman ever was actually raped? Need we remind you of this fable?

By countenancing the rape lies, we not only hurt the immediate victims of her venom, we also hurt actual rape victims. Each rape lie that was excused without punishment only underscored to police and to the persons who learned of them that, yes, unstable persons walk among us who have no hesitation about falsely crying rape, and who threaten to destroy not just innocent men and boys but entire families with their falsehoods. By countenancing one rape lie after the next, we chip away at the credibility of rape victims who have legitimate need to cry rape. When we allow unstable, vengeful, and scared women to spin tales of sexual invasion with impunity and without deterrence -- tales that too often destroy the lives of the innocent -- we discourage actual victims from coming forward, and it makes it impossible to plausibly or justly insist that the public must believe women when they say they were raped.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

Ardgay woman jailed after false rape claims

AN Ardgay woman who falsely claimed that she was raped on two separate occasions and assaulted on another, was this week jailed for two years and nine months.

Heather Bremner, 1 Struie Place, accused a number of men of raping her, including her husband.

Police launched two major enquiries and spent hours investigating the false allegations, Dornoch Sheriff Court heard.

The 38-year-old, who has an alcohol problem, was also examined by a police surgeon, and a forensic scientist was brought in to help with the enquiries.

Bremner appeared for sentencing at Monday's court having previously admitted three charges of wasting police time by making the false representations. Sentence had been deferred for background reports, including a psychiatric assessment.

Sheriff David Sutherland told Bremner he had no option but to impose a term of imprisonment.

He said: "Any allegation of rape, given the enormity of the crime, is taken very seriously and considerable police resources are involved and often officers are diverted from other enquiries.

"You have made such allegations not once, but on two separate occasions, placing - in one charge - your husband under suspicion, and indeed under detention, and on the other charge making allegations against a local woman and various local men.

"I do not consider, having read all the reports, that I can deal with this case other than by a custodial sentence."

Police were first called to Bremner's home in February 2003, prosecutor Roderick Urquhart told the court.

Officers found her in a distressed state and causing damage to her own home. She claimed then that she had been raped in November the previous year.

Bremner alleged her drink had been spiked during an evening out in Lairg. She came to in an unknown house where she claimed she was struck on the back of her head by a woman and raped by a number of men.

She claimed to have made a 999 emergency call from the house at the time.

Fiscal Mr Urquhart said a subsequent enquiry revealed that there had indeed been an emergency call made on 16 November, 2002, from the accused saying she did not know where she was.

"The operator spoke to at least three different men in the house and Mrs Bremner could be heard in the background. She did not appear to be distressed or upset and there was no suggestion of an attack. She appeared to be drunk," said the fiscal.

"As a result of the 999 call, the house was identified and some of the people identified. A woman was asked to come to the police station and was interviewed under caution."

Police eventually decided there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a prosecution and the case was closed on 30 April 2003 when it was decided to take no further action.

The enquiry involved five police officers who spent numerous hours attempting to track down and interview witnesses.

Said Mr Urquhart: "It was a significant enquiry and had a significant effect on the woman who was referred to. She was not simply placed under suspicion but was also interviewed under caution."

Bremner's second rape allegation occurred on 8 March 2008 when she phoned Dornoch Police Station and alleged she had been raped and indecently assaulted at Bonar Bridge by her husband in the early hours of that morning.

Another major enquiry was launched involving nine police officers, two police surgeons and one forensic scientist. Bremner was taken to the victim suite at Inverness and examined by a doctor.

Her husband was detained but was "notably distressed and embarrassed" and denied everything that his wife claimed had happened.

Fiscal Mr Urquhart said the enquiry was called off when samples sent for examination by a forensic scientist were found not to be consistent with Bremner's claims. Other people in her house also contradicted her account.

Said the fiscal: "The number of hours expended on this enquiry have not been calculated, but will certainly be in the three figures."

Bremner made another false accusation just four months later, on 17 July 2008, when she called in at Invergordon Police Station, accompanied by a support worker, to claim that she had woken in the early hours of that morning to find a former partner standing over her as she lay on the couch in the living room.

She alleged that he had picked up a number of her pet rabbits and stabbed them in the stomach.
She said the animals were screaming in pain and she had wrapped them up in a towel and placed them outside. When she went back in, her former partner kicked her.

Continued the fiscal: "As a result of that, several police officers went to her house but no trace could be found of the rabbits referred to. The officers then went to her former partner's house. He said he had been asleep at the time of the incident. He gave permission for his clothing to be seized and checked for signs of blood.

"There were discrepancies in Bremner's accounts. She was detained and interviewed and during the course of that she admitted that on each occasion she had lied."

Defence agent Diane Macfarlane said her client had been abusing alcohol for nearly 20 years, beginning at the age of 16.

Psychologists brought in to assess Bremner were of the opinion that she had a borderline personality disorder as a result of an extremely difficult childhood.

Defence agent Ms Macfarlane told the court: "It would appear that because of her childhood experiences, Miss Bremner places herself in high risk situations and has difficulty assessing other people's motivations and intentions.

"This combined with her dependence on alcohol has resulted in a set of circumstances where Miss Bremner does not necessarily understand the situation she is in, thereafter has blacked out and then come to and pieces information together in an inappropriate way, resulting in her belief that she has been abused in some way."

Ms Macfarlane said her client had been in a relationship with her current partner for a year and now did not drink at all.

"She would now appear to be at the point that she can now meaningfully address her alcohol problem," said the lawyer.

But Ms Macfarlane acknowledged that a social enquiry report had identified Bremner as at a high risk of re-offending and in need of professional guidance.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Sutherland indicated that had Bremner not admitted the offences at the earliest opportunity, she would have been jailed for four years rather than 45 months.He also ordered that on her release she be placed on a supervised order for a year.

Link: http://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/7066/Ardgay_woman_jailed_after_false_rape_claims.html

Mom arrested for bogus rape allegations against police officers

The story starts with a line attempted to garner sympathy -- stating she is a mother.

In addition, isn't it funny how police always make a point of stating there will be consequences when a cop is falsely accused? Shouldn't that be the case for EVERY FRA? I guess you and I don't merit the same consideration as law enforcement.

Nicole Soto charged for FRA

SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio mom was arrested after claiming two San Antonio police officers sexually assaulted her.

The police department took 26-year-old Nicole Soto's allegations against the officers seriously and launched an investigation. However, after five months of questioning witnesses and conducting DNA tests, investigators determined Soto made up the story.

Police were called out to the parking lot of the West Durango Plaza Apartments back in April after witnesses reported finding Soto's 16-month-old baby inside a car alone. Soto claimed she was raped by the two officers when they put her in custody for allegedly abandoning her child.

According to an affidavit, Soto claimed "a white officer and a Mexican officer arrested her..." and that "the Mexican officer forced her to the ground..." where she said she was sexually assaulted.

"When a report is made, we expect the person who is making the report to tell us what happened and not fabricating it for whatever reason," said San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus.

Now that the investigation has determined Soto's claims were false, she will face charges.

"When someone does make false allegations against police officers, there's a consequence to it," added Chief McManus.

Soto was charged with falsifying a police report and released on bond. While out on bond for those charges, she was arrested again this week for possession of marijuana.

News 4 WOAI checked with Child Protective Services and was told Soto's baby is staying with relatives.

Link:
http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/Mom-arrested-for-bogus-rape-allegations-against/96VkkzBMVUSoT58tHCBlgg.cspx

Mom arrested for bogus rape allegations against police officers

The story starts with a line attempted to garner sympathy -- stating she is a mother.

In addition, isn't it funny how police always make a point of stating there will be consequences when a cop is falsely accused? Shouldn't that be the case for EVERY FRA? I guess you and I don't merit the same consideration as law enforcement.

Nicole Soto charged for FRA

SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio mom was arrested after claiming two San Antonio police officers sexually assaulted her.

The police department took 26-year-old Nicole Soto's allegations against the officers seriously and launched an investigation. However, after five months of questioning witnesses and conducting DNA tests, investigators determined Soto made up the story.

Police were called out to the parking lot of the West Durango Plaza Apartments back in April after witnesses reported finding Soto's 16-month-old baby inside a car alone. Soto claimed she was raped by the two officers when they put her in custody for allegedly abandoning her child.

According to an affidavit, Soto claimed "a white officer and a Mexican officer arrested her..." and that "the Mexican officer forced her to the ground..." where she said she was sexually assaulted.

"When a report is made, we expect the person who is making the report to tell us what happened and not fabricating it for whatever reason," said San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus.

Now that the investigation has determined Soto's claims were false, she will face charges.

"When someone does make false allegations against police officers, there's a consequence to it," added Chief McManus.

Soto was charged with falsifying a police report and released on bond. While out on bond for those charges, she was arrested again this week for possession of marijuana.

News 4 WOAI checked with Child Protective Services and was told Soto's baby is staying with relatives.

Link:
http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/Mom-arrested-for-bogus-rape-allegations-against/96VkkzBMVUSoT58tHCBlgg.cspx

Thursday, January 28, 2010

If you didn't enjoy the sex, just accuse the guy of rape!

"Why would women lie about rape?" cry the false rape deniers, as if it is so incredible. Professor Kanin described three principal reasons women lie about rape: (1) It "serve[s] the complainants’ need to provide a plausible explanation for some suddenly foreseen, unfortunate consequence of a consensual encounter, usually sexual,with a male acquaintance." (2) It is "a means of retaliating against a rejecting male." And (3) It is an attention/sympathy-getting device.

The following news story fits into none of those categories. It ranks among the more cold-hearted motives I've seen for a rape lie, which is saying a lot. We once reported on a woman who cried rape because she wanted a day off from work. And we've seen women cry rape to get out of paying for a taxi ride. I could write a book about women seeking to hurt men for a variety of reasons with false rape charges (come to think of it, I am writing a book). But this case is especially loathsome for its cavalier cruelty. When you read cases like this, you need to feel the outrage by imagining you are the innocent man who was falsely accused, and also an actual rape victim who sees women like these two lower the credibility of all rape victims.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

False Rape Claim Over Bad Sex

Cops: Tennessee women solicited cigarettes in exchange for liaison

JANUARY 28--Two Tennessee women who accused a man of rape have admitted to cops that they had consensually agreed to sex with him in exchange for a pack of cigarettes. One woman told investigators that the duo filed a phony police report because they "didn't enjoy the sex," according to cops. Jessica Kathleen Alexander, 18, and Tammy Nicole Ortega, 29, were arrested today for filing a false police report. Alexander, top, and Ortega are pictured below in mug shots taken by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The women had originally claimed that they had been assaulted last night by two men outside a Telford home. But Alexander and Ortega subsequently confessed to having a consensual encounter with a man they had met on a telephone chat line (and who agreed to their sex-for-cigarettes proposition). After recanting the rape claim, Alexander told cops that they accused the man "because they didn't enjoy the sex," according to a sheriff's news release. Both women are being held in the county lockup in advance of their scheduled arraignment tomorrow morning in Jonesborough Session Court. Police have not identified the accused man, who still could be charged with solicitation in connection with the sex-for-cigarettes arrangement.

Check out their photos: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0128101cigs1.html

If you didn't enjoy the sex, just accuse the guy of rape!

"Why would women lie about rape?" cry the false rape deniers, as if it is so incredible. Professor Kanin described three principal reasons women lie about rape: (1) It "serve[s] the complainants’ need to provide a plausible explanation for some suddenly foreseen, unfortunate consequence of a consensual encounter, usually sexual,with a male acquaintance." (2) It is "a means of retaliating against a rejecting male." And (3) It is an attention/sympathy-getting device.

The following news story fits into none of those categories. It ranks among the more cold-hearted motives I've seen for a rape lie, which is saying a lot. We once reported on a woman who cried rape because she wanted a day off from work. And we've seen women cry rape to get out of paying for a taxi ride. I could write a book about women seeking to hurt men for a variety of reasons with false rape charges (come to think of it, I am writing a book). But this case is especially loathsome for its cavalier cruelty. When you read cases like this, you need to feel the outrage by imagining you are the innocent man who was falsely accused, and also an actual rape victim who sees women like these two lower the credibility of all rape victims.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

False Rape Claim Over Bad Sex

Cops: Tennessee women solicited cigarettes in exchange for liaison

JANUARY 28--Two Tennessee women who accused a man of rape have admitted to cops that they had consensually agreed to sex with him in exchange for a pack of cigarettes. One woman told investigators that the duo filed a phony police report because they "didn't enjoy the sex," according to cops. Jessica Kathleen Alexander, 18, and Tammy Nicole Ortega, 29, were arrested today for filing a false police report. Alexander, top, and Ortega are pictured below in mug shots taken by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The women had originally claimed that they had been assaulted last night by two men outside a Telford home. But Alexander and Ortega subsequently confessed to having a consensual encounter with a man they had met on a telephone chat line (and who agreed to their sex-for-cigarettes proposition). After recanting the rape claim, Alexander told cops that they accused the man "because they didn't enjoy the sex," according to a sheriff's news release. Both women are being held in the county lockup in advance of their scheduled arraignment tomorrow morning in Jonesborough Session Court. Police have not identified the accused man, who still could be charged with solicitation in connection with the sex-for-cigarettes arrangement.

Check out their photos: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0128101cigs1.html

Police Determine Sex Was Consensual

I was unable to find a news report for this story, so I will have to take it with a grain of salt. If anyone can find more on it, please share the link. The link in the middle of the story is to the Docket report on the case, with the charges being filed.

Police determine sex was consensual.


After an intensive investigation, which included interviews, polygraphs, forensic work and lab analysis, Pennsylvania State Police have determined that the rape allegations against two known males, alleged to have occurred in Wharton Township, Potter County, on April 26, 2009, were false.

Troopers said it was determined that while sexual intercourse took place, it was consensual.

Jennifer Micale, 19, of Brusselles Street, St. Mary's, PA, is being charged by troopers with several counts of filing False Reports, in District Court 55-3-01.

On April 26, 2009, the then 18-year-old woman, told police two men drove her to a camp along Route 872 in Wharton Township at 2:30 in the afternoon, raped her and drove her home. Police have never released the identity of the two known male suspects who were accused.

The news release said the investigation, which has spanned several months, is continuing.

Link: http://solomonswords.blogspot.com/2010/01/state-police-say-rape-report-by-st.html

Police Determine Sex Was Consensual

I was unable to find a news report for this story, so I will have to take it with a grain of salt. If anyone can find more on it, please share the link. The link in the middle of the story is to the Docket report on the case, with the charges being filed.

Police determine sex was consensual.


After an intensive investigation, which included interviews, polygraphs, forensic work and lab analysis, Pennsylvania State Police have determined that the rape allegations against two known males, alleged to have occurred in Wharton Township, Potter County, on April 26, 2009, were false.

Troopers said it was determined that while sexual intercourse took place, it was consensual.

Jennifer Micale, 19, of Brusselles Street, St. Mary's, PA, is being charged by troopers with several counts of filing False Reports, in District Court 55-3-01.

On April 26, 2009, the then 18-year-old woman, told police two men drove her to a camp along Route 872 in Wharton Township at 2:30 in the afternoon, raped her and drove her home. Police have never released the identity of the two known male suspects who were accused.

The news release said the investigation, which has spanned several months, is continuing.

Link: http://solomonswords.blogspot.com/2010/01/state-police-say-rape-report-by-st.html

The ripple effect damage from false and unfounded rape claim claims: another example

New Ferry teenager gets detention after stabbing

A YOUTH stabbed his friend in the back after a row over an unfounded rape allegation, a court has heard.

Simon Kelly had been arrested about two months earlier following an alleged rape but police decided not to charge him after analysis of DNA evidence.

On August 5 last year he spent the day with his friend, Daniel Turnbull, and they ended up at Kelly's home drinking.

Kelly's brother Stephen and his sister, Ali, were also there and the catalyst for trouble was when Stephen and Mr Turnbull began talking about the rape allegation, said Simon Duncan, prosecuting.

There was some pushing and shoving which culminated in Kelly storming off about 10.30pm.

About an hour later Mr Turnbull went home to his flat in New Ferry accompanied by Stephen.

Later Kelly arrived with his sister and the dispute erupted again, said Mr Duncan.

Mr Turnbull was in the kitchen making a cup of tea when Kelly repeatedly shouted at him to get out of the kitchen.

He glared at Mr Turnbull and grabbed the knife block and held a large knife in his right hand and four knives in his left hand.

As Mr Turnbull left the kitchen he looked back and saw Kelly lunging at him with the biggest knife and he arched his back to avoid injury.

He continued walking and did not feel any pain but then discovered he had been stabbed in the right shoulder blade.

He heard knives being thrown at Mr Kelly's brother and sister and Kelly was ejected from the flat. Mr Turnbull did not initially make a complaint to police as they were friends but later did so.
He had suffered a four cm full thickness cut to his shoulder blade which needed three stitches.
Kelly, 18, of Winstanley Road, New Ferry, pleaded guilty to wounding and was sentenced to 16 months detention.

Chris Williams, defending, said that after the rape allegation Kelly had been arrested and had samples taken after which the police decided to take no further action.

Meanwhile jobless Kelly had been targeted and was the subject of graffiti in the area and he was upset when the matter was brought up again that night.

His partner gave birth to his first child, a boy, just three days ago, said Mr Williams.

Judge Gerald Clifton told Kelly: "The Court of Appeal has made it clear that injuries caused by knives in criminal circumstances are very serious indeed.

"I would be failing in my duty if I passed a non-custodial sentence.

"You have previous convictions for assault and the time has come when there must be a custodial sentence," he said.

Link: http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/4865564.New_Ferry_teenager_gets_detention_after_stabbing/

The ripple effect damage from false and unfounded rape claim claims: another example

New Ferry teenager gets detention after stabbing

A YOUTH stabbed his friend in the back after a row over an unfounded rape allegation, a court has heard.

Simon Kelly had been arrested about two months earlier following an alleged rape but police decided not to charge him after analysis of DNA evidence.

On August 5 last year he spent the day with his friend, Daniel Turnbull, and they ended up at Kelly's home drinking.

Kelly's brother Stephen and his sister, Ali, were also there and the catalyst for trouble was when Stephen and Mr Turnbull began talking about the rape allegation, said Simon Duncan, prosecuting.

There was some pushing and shoving which culminated in Kelly storming off about 10.30pm.

About an hour later Mr Turnbull went home to his flat in New Ferry accompanied by Stephen.

Later Kelly arrived with his sister and the dispute erupted again, said Mr Duncan.

Mr Turnbull was in the kitchen making a cup of tea when Kelly repeatedly shouted at him to get out of the kitchen.

He glared at Mr Turnbull and grabbed the knife block and held a large knife in his right hand and four knives in his left hand.

As Mr Turnbull left the kitchen he looked back and saw Kelly lunging at him with the biggest knife and he arched his back to avoid injury.

He continued walking and did not feel any pain but then discovered he had been stabbed in the right shoulder blade.

He heard knives being thrown at Mr Kelly's brother and sister and Kelly was ejected from the flat. Mr Turnbull did not initially make a complaint to police as they were friends but later did so.
He had suffered a four cm full thickness cut to his shoulder blade which needed three stitches.
Kelly, 18, of Winstanley Road, New Ferry, pleaded guilty to wounding and was sentenced to 16 months detention.

Chris Williams, defending, said that after the rape allegation Kelly had been arrested and had samples taken after which the police decided to take no further action.

Meanwhile jobless Kelly had been targeted and was the subject of graffiti in the area and he was upset when the matter was brought up again that night.

His partner gave birth to his first child, a boy, just three days ago, said Mr Williams.

Judge Gerald Clifton told Kelly: "The Court of Appeal has made it clear that injuries caused by knives in criminal circumstances are very serious indeed.

"I would be failing in my duty if I passed a non-custodial sentence.

"You have previous convictions for assault and the time has come when there must be a custodial sentence," he said.

Link: http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/4865564.New_Ferry_teenager_gets_detention_after_stabbing/

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A funny thing happened on the the way to raise awareness about false rape claims -- we discovered we were also helping rape victims


"Those who enable false accusers by sticking their heads in the sand to further their own political or ideological ends are aiding and abetting the destruction of society's most important asset for stopping rape: the credibility of rape victims."

This is an important post. It is time to underscore something we've been building up to for two years -- this blog's alliance with rape victims.

This blog has taken some peculiar turns. At the outset, we recognized that victims of false rape claims have important interests that are being ignored, so we decided to write a serious article about it. We began collecting news accounts about false rape claims simply to track the problem, and to develop a library, primarily for our own personal use. We decided to do this in the form of a blog so that we could share our resources with others interested in the same problem.

Several things happened along the way, some expected, some very unexpected. We encountered the expected hate screeds from extreme feminists. That was, as I learned, unavoidable. Anyone who suggests that the falsely accused have special concerns is attacked in this goofy political climate. But more important, we quickly discovered that in story after story after story, a common concern expressed by judges and law enforcement officials and sexual assault counselors was the effect of the lie on rape victims. Some of those sentiments were expressed out of a political correctness that improperly placed the concerns of hypothetical rape victims over flesh-and-blood victims of false rape claims. But, the more that we read, the more convinced we are that a lot of those concerns are sincere. We all agree rape needs to be treated seriously, but with every false rape claim, that becomes much more difficult.

But then something astounding happened, something we weren't prepared for when we started. We began to hear from women who've been personally touched by rape -- and amazingly, they supported our work. Perhaps it shouldn't have amazed us, knowing what we now know. These women joined us in expressing their outrage for the false accusations, because they don't approve of hurting innocent people and because false accusations trivialize their own ordeals. For our part, we joined them in expressing our communion with their victimization.

It might surprise some readers to learn that, in general, we receive some of our most supportive communications from women. Perhaps this is because women have been instilled with fear about rape since childhood -- yes, much of that fear is irrational, but that's not their fault -- but they seem to appreciate better than most men the crucial importance of a woman's credibility, and they know it is her greatest asset should the need ever arise to legitimately cry rape.

I have preached from the outset that we are allied with rape victims. When I receive emails from men looking for help, and the events they describe sound to me like rape, I can't help them -- they need to go elsewhere for help because that's not what we do. It is not my goal to help rapists beat the wrap.

Our focus on this site is false rape claims, and false rape claims hurt their direct victims, the falsely accused men and boys. They also indirectly hurt every woman and girl who might someday need to legitimately cry rape. Rape is an awful crime, and it's "he said/she said" nature makes discerning the truth extremely difficult. It requires painstaking police work. In a perfect world, only rape victims would cry rape. We will never achieve perfection, but through a misguided politicization of sex crimes, our society has enabled false accusers to spin their lies -- and they not only hurt countless men and boys and even some women with their falsehoods, they slowly erode the credibility of rape victims, one lie at a time.

So what's the solution? Stick our heads in the sand? That's what some want us to do, and it's exactly the wrong approach. We can't pretend it doesn't happen. People see that it happens -- it's in the news, and people in the community hear about it. Jurors know about it, too, and it's impossible for them to leave their preconceptions at the courthouse door. Moreover, those of us who want to help false rape victims simply can't pretend it doesn't happen -- it isn't fair to ignore their victimization, as we've done for too long. In any event, ignoring the problem won't solve it.

So we need to do something about it. We need to hold the false accusers accountable for their lies and deter them much better than we do -- because only then will false rape claims be substantially reduced. And we need to better protect the reputations of the presumed innocent and to insure that they are not unfairly deprived of their liberty prior to an adjudication simply to appease politicized interests.

This site, in an unexpected way, is an important resource for helping rape victims. Those who oppose us -- those who enable false accusers by sticking their heads in the sand to further their own political or ideological ends -- are aiding and abetting the destruction of society's most important asset for stopping rape: the credibility of rape victims. Read that last sentence again and again. It is irrefutable. And let us be perfectly frank: some of those who oppose us do so for no reason other than the fact that we primarily help men. The good news is that a lot of women who were actually raped "get it" -- we are among your staunchest allies, and you need to ignore those who play gender politics and join with us.

A funny thing happened on the the way to raise awareness about false rape claims -- we discovered we were also helping rape victims


"Those who enable false accusers by sticking their heads in the sand to further their own political or ideological ends are aiding and abetting the destruction of society's most important asset for stopping rape: the credibility of rape victims."

This is an important post. It is time to underscore something we've been building up to for two years -- this blog's alliance with rape victims.

This blog has taken some peculiar turns. At the outset, we recognized that victims of false rape claims have important interests that are being ignored, so we decided to write a serious article about it. We began collecting news accounts about false rape claims simply to track the problem, and to develop a library, primarily for our own personal use. We decided to do this in the form of a blog so that we could share our resources with others interested in the same problem.

Several things happened along the way, some expected, some very unexpected. We encountered the expected hate screeds from extreme feminists. That was, as I learned, unavoidable. Anyone who suggests that the falsely accused have special concerns is attacked in this goofy political climate. But more important, we quickly discovered that in story after story after story, a common concern expressed by judges and law enforcement officials and sexual assault counselors was the effect of the lie on rape victims. Some of those sentiments were expressed out of a political correctness that improperly placed the concerns of hypothetical rape victims over flesh-and-blood victims of false rape claims. But, the more that we read, the more convinced we are that a lot of those concerns are sincere. We all agree rape needs to be treated seriously, but with every false rape claim, that becomes much more difficult.

But then something astounding happened, something we weren't prepared for when we started. We began to hear from women who've been personally touched by rape -- and amazingly, they supported our work. Perhaps it shouldn't have amazed us, knowing what we now know. These women joined us in expressing their outrage for the false accusations, because they don't approve of hurting innocent people and because false accusations trivialize their own ordeals. For our part, we joined them in expressing our communion with their victimization.

It might surprise some readers to learn that, in general, we receive some of our most supportive communications from women. Perhaps this is because women have been instilled with fear about rape since childhood -- yes, much of that fear is irrational, but that's not their fault -- but they seem to appreciate better than most men the crucial importance of a woman's credibility, and they know it is her greatest asset should the need ever arise to legitimately cry rape.

I have preached from the outset that we are allied with rape victims. When I receive emails from men looking for help, and the events they describe sound to me like rape, I can't help them -- they need to go elsewhere for help because that's not what we do. It is not my goal to help rapists beat the wrap.

Our focus on this site is false rape claims, and false rape claims hurt their direct victims, the falsely accused men and boys. They also indirectly hurt every woman and girl who might someday need to legitimately cry rape. Rape is an awful crime, and it's "he said/she said" nature makes discerning the truth extremely difficult. It requires painstaking police work. In a perfect world, only rape victims would cry rape. We will never achieve perfection, but through a misguided politicization of sex crimes, our society has enabled false accusers to spin their lies -- and they not only hurt countless men and boys and even some women with their falsehoods, they slowly erode the credibility of rape victims, one lie at a time.

So what's the solution? Stick our heads in the sand? That's what some want us to do, and it's exactly the wrong approach. We can't pretend it doesn't happen. People see that it happens -- it's in the news, and people in the community hear about it. Jurors know about it, too, and it's impossible for them to leave their preconceptions at the courthouse door. Moreover, those of us who want to help false rape victims simply can't pretend it doesn't happen -- it isn't fair to ignore their victimization, as we've done for too long. In any event, ignoring the problem won't solve it.

So we need to do something about it. We need to hold the false accusers accountable for their lies and deter them much better than we do -- because only then will false rape claims be substantially reduced. And we need to better protect the reputations of the presumed innocent and to insure that they are not unfairly deprived of their liberty prior to an adjudication simply to appease politicized interests.

This site, in an unexpected way, is an important resource for helping rape victims. Those who oppose us -- those who enable false accusers by sticking their heads in the sand to further their own political or ideological ends -- are aiding and abetting the destruction of society's most important asset for stopping rape: the credibility of rape victims. Read that last sentence again and again. It is irrefutable. And let us be perfectly frank: some of those who oppose us do so for no reason other than the fact that we primarily help men. The good news is that a lot of women who were actually raped "get it" -- we are among your staunchest allies, and you need to ignore those who play gender politics and join with us.

Mother sues DHS for placing child in foster care

A couple of things that make me wonder in this case. Most times, a convicted sex offender isn't allowed to have contact with children. I realize his may be a case of a 17 year old with his 15 year old girlfriend (we don't know because it doesn't state). Was she arrested? Was she investigated? It is amazing that such isn't even stated in the article. But a false allegation, is a false allegation. Doesn't matter who files it.

Lawsuit over false sexual assault allegation that placed child in foster care.

GUERNSEY, Iowa – A Johnson County woman is suing the Iowa Department of Human Services for placing her 5-year-old daughter in foster care based on a false allegation.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, 20-year-old Jessica Wilbur of Guernsey contends DHS staff placed her child in foster care based on document signed by the child’s noncustodial father, Robert Nino, a convicted sex offender.

Nino reportedly took the girl for a weekend visit, did not return her, and filed a false sexual abuse complaint against Wilbur. Nino then signed a voluntary foster care placement agreement, and the child spent two weeks in foster care.

The abuse allegation was deemed to be false, but Wilbur’s attorney says the department refused to return the child until after an article about the case ran in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.

Link:
http://angelfury.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/passociated-pressa-href

Mother sues DHS for placing child in foster care

A couple of things that make me wonder in this case. Most times, a convicted sex offender isn't allowed to have contact with children. I realize his may be a case of a 17 year old with his 15 year old girlfriend (we don't know because it doesn't state). Was she arrested? Was she investigated? It is amazing that such isn't even stated in the article. But a false allegation, is a false allegation. Doesn't matter who files it.

Lawsuit over false sexual assault allegation that placed child in foster care.

GUERNSEY, Iowa – A Johnson County woman is suing the Iowa Department of Human Services for placing her 5-year-old daughter in foster care based on a false allegation.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, 20-year-old Jessica Wilbur of Guernsey contends DHS staff placed her child in foster care based on document signed by the child’s noncustodial father, Robert Nino, a convicted sex offender.

Nino reportedly took the girl for a weekend visit, did not return her, and filed a false sexual abuse complaint against Wilbur. Nino then signed a voluntary foster care placement agreement, and the child spent two weeks in foster care.

The abuse allegation was deemed to be false, but Wilbur’s attorney says the department refused to return the child until after an article about the case ran in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.

Link:
http://angelfury.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/passociated-pressa-href

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Great, great video by Gogonostop

 

To watch it in high def, go to: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1120925003283&saved#/video/video.php?v=1120925003283&ref=mf

Thanks to Gogonostop, who posts videos on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/Gogonostop
Gogonostop is reachable at mra.unite@gmail.com

Great, great video by Gogonostop

 

To watch it in high def, go to: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1120925003283&saved#/video/video.php?v=1120925003283&ref=mf

Thanks to Gogonostop, who posts videos on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/Gogonostop
Gogonostop is reachable at mra.unite@gmail.com

Double standards: False accusers shouldn't apologize, but teen males convicted of statutory rape for having sex with teen girls must

In a story we'll be reporting on soon, a Florida woman who didn't want her boyfriend to leave her for cheating made up a story she was raped. Police are prepared to ask her to pay for the six hours of investigation instead of jail time.  Beneath the story, readers left typically outraged comments, and one said this: "Jail time PLEASE , someone could have gone to jail for a very long time because of her lie. Fraud is against the law, make her pick up trash along side the road with a sign on her back 'I cried Rape Falsely.'"

This got me thinking that I love the idea of forcing false accusers to wear signs in public places. It would brand them for what they are in a very public way. The element of shame might actually deter young women who assume they retain lifelong anonymity regardless of their fraud merely because the word "rape" passed their lips. 

But somehow I doubt that we'll ever see it.  It's because we have powerful forces who don't think false accusers are real criminals who deserve to be shamed.  There was a case twenty years ago where a judge's sentence required the false accuser to apologize to the man she falsely accused in half-page advertisements in four newspapers and 10 spot announcements on two radio stations.  The judge explained: ". . . the rape charges were all over the papers, but when [the innocent man] was exonerated nobody hears about it. I told [the false accuser] the only way to get it out was to have her do it.''  Yet the ACLU fought it, alleging among other things that an apology constituted cruel and unusual punishment. 

Did you get that?  Cruel and unusual punishment. This, after the woman's rape lie led to the following: an innocent man lost his job; his family was harassed; his children were taunted at school; his one daughter was forced to quit school altogether; his wife got to the point that she hated even going shopping; people in town were buying guns because of this innocent man; and women feared him.

But, you see, it's "cruel and unusual punishment" to require the liar to apologize for the grievous harm she caused.  Heaven forbid she should apologize for destroying a man and his family.

Now compare that to the case from several years ago at Milton Academy, Massachusetts.  A 15-year-old girl engaged in group sex with five teenage boys in the boys' locker room.  They were 16.  We all know what happened: only the boys were expelled and charged with statutory rape, and the court ordered the boys to publicly apologize to the girl and her family, and to do community service.  Alan M. Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and criminal defense lawyer whose daughter attended Milton Academy, said:  ''This represents the most senseless use of prosecutorial discretion I've seen in a long time."  He added: ''The idea that these youngsters should be branded rapists and the girl should be labeled a victim is preposterous." 

Read on only if you want to get your blood boiling.  The 16-year-old boys composed and read their apologies to their statutory rapist -- the girl -- and her family, in open court, as part of their plea bargain. One boy read this: ''Not a day has passed since the incident that I don't wish I had shown more respect for you, myself, and everyone involved.  'I understand that by taking part I put myself in a very dangerous situation with consequences none of us had dreamed of."  Another boy read this: ''Every day I am sorry, so sorry, for what happened. Ad every day I think of how hurt you must be and how upset your family must be. More than anything in the world I wish that I could turn back the clock. . . . All I can do at this point is truly and sincerely apologize for my actions and wish you happiness."

The girl and her family sat there stony-faced as the boys were publicly emasculated. 

And, dear readers, if the double standards here don't sicken you, if they don't stir a loathing within you for the injustice described, I am not sure what will.

Double standards: False accusers shouldn't apologize, but teen males convicted of statutory rape for having sex with teen girls must

In a story we'll be reporting on soon, a Florida woman who didn't want her boyfriend to leave her for cheating made up a story she was raped. Police are prepared to ask her to pay for the six hours of investigation instead of jail time.  Beneath the story, readers left typically outraged comments, and one said this: "Jail time PLEASE , someone could have gone to jail for a very long time because of her lie. Fraud is against the law, make her pick up trash along side the road with a sign on her back 'I cried Rape Falsely.'"

This got me thinking that I love the idea of forcing false accusers to wear signs in public places. It would brand them for what they are in a very public way. The element of shame might actually deter young women who assume they retain lifelong anonymity regardless of their fraud merely because the word "rape" passed their lips. 

But somehow I doubt that we'll ever see it.  It's because we have powerful forces who don't think false accusers are real criminals who deserve to be shamed.  There was a case twenty years ago where a judge's sentence required the false accuser to apologize to the man she falsely accused in half-page advertisements in four newspapers and 10 spot announcements on two radio stations.  The judge explained: ". . . the rape charges were all over the papers, but when [the innocent man] was exonerated nobody hears about it. I told [the false accuser] the only way to get it out was to have her do it.''  Yet the ACLU fought it, alleging among other things that an apology constituted cruel and unusual punishment. 

Did you get that?  Cruel and unusual punishment. This, after the woman's rape lie led to the following: an innocent man lost his job; his family was harassed; his children were taunted at school; his one daughter was forced to quit school altogether; his wife got to the point that she hated even going shopping; people in town were buying guns because of this innocent man; and women feared him.

But, you see, it's "cruel and unusual punishment" to require the liar to apologize for the grievous harm she caused.  Heaven forbid she should apologize for destroying a man and his family.

Now compare that to the case from several years ago at Milton Academy, Massachusetts.  A 15-year-old girl engaged in group sex with five teenage boys in the boys' locker room.  They were 16.  We all know what happened: only the boys were expelled and charged with statutory rape, and the court ordered the boys to publicly apologize to the girl and her family, and to do community service.  Alan M. Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and criminal defense lawyer whose daughter attended Milton Academy, said:  ''This represents the most senseless use of prosecutorial discretion I've seen in a long time."  He added: ''The idea that these youngsters should be branded rapists and the girl should be labeled a victim is preposterous." 

Read on only if you want to get your blood boiling.  The 16-year-old boys composed and read their apologies to their statutory rapist -- the girl -- and her family, in open court, as part of their plea bargain. One boy read this: ''Not a day has passed since the incident that I don't wish I had shown more respect for you, myself, and everyone involved.  'I understand that by taking part I put myself in a very dangerous situation with consequences none of us had dreamed of."  Another boy read this: ''Every day I am sorry, so sorry, for what happened. Ad every day I think of how hurt you must be and how upset your family must be. More than anything in the world I wish that I could turn back the clock. . . . All I can do at this point is truly and sincerely apologize for my actions and wish you happiness."

The girl and her family sat there stony-faced as the boys were publicly emasculated. 

And, dear readers, if the double standards here don't sicken you, if they don't stir a loathing within you for the injustice described, I am not sure what will.

Police: Woman files false rape report

No reason why. But I would guess she had sex with someone other than her significant other.

Krystle Scott arrested over false rape report.

A 24-year-old Shreveport woman was arrested over the weekend on charges she lied to authorities about being beaten and raped.

Krystle Scott, of the 4400 block of Danny Wimberly, was booked into City Jail on Saturday on one count of filing or maintaining false public records, said Bill Goodin, Shreveport police spokesman.

Scott filed the report New Year’s Eve saying she was assaulted by someone she knew. Detectives later determined the woman suffered no injuries and the accusations were false.

Link:
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20100104/NEWS03/100104015/-1/SAINTS/Police-Woman-files-false-rape-report

Police: Woman files false rape report

No reason why. But I would guess she had sex with someone other than her significant other.

Krystle Scott arrested over false rape report.

A 24-year-old Shreveport woman was arrested over the weekend on charges she lied to authorities about being beaten and raped.

Krystle Scott, of the 4400 block of Danny Wimberly, was booked into City Jail on Saturday on one count of filing or maintaining false public records, said Bill Goodin, Shreveport police spokesman.

Scott filed the report New Year’s Eve saying she was assaulted by someone she knew. Detectives later determined the woman suffered no injuries and the accusations were false.

Link:
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20100104/NEWS03/100104015/-1/SAINTS/Police-Woman-files-false-rape-report

Monday, January 25, 2010

Rape activists: only report the rape claim, not the news that the claim was false

We need to expose and debunk yet another rape myth that is among the more astounding canards in a milieu that is rife with them: that false rape claims get too much publicity. 

Rape activists are thrilled when rape claims are given high-profile publicity by the news media, but more than a few of them seem apoplectic when equal publicity is given to news reports that those same claims were, in fact, false.

One of the standard complaints I hear from persons interested in raising awareness about the plight of the falsely accused is that the initial rape report is typically given intense news coverage but when it turns out the claim was false, the news coverage is minimal and not equal to the initial coverage.

The fact is that by most if not all important measures, news coverage of rape and false rape claims are not balanced but are skewed in favor of the former. This unbalanced coverage foments rape hysteria and creates the unmistakeable impression that rape is rampant.

This, of course, masks the false rape problem.  The vast majority of false rape claims are not charged, much less reported. They are handled at the police level with the goal of disposing of them quietly and expeditiously, often with a stern warning to the false accuser that if the matter were pursued, she would be exposed to criminal charges. Those stories never make the news. This is not my opinion, this is what police officers -- the persons in the trenches handling these claims -- tell us.

The false rape stories that do make the news are typically stories where the news media has already reported on the initial rape claim. Initial rape reports are ground-zero for the type of story the news media craves: scary.  Hysterical news readers and reporters, anxious to boost ratings, pass off accusations by lone women or girls as fact, regardless of how troubled the accuser is or how far-fetched her claim turns out to be. You remember Hofstra?  The four young men were arrested and their mugshots splashed all over the newspaper before the police checked the video that disproved the claim.  While the identity of the accuser is never revealed, the names and faces of the accused are splashed all over the news, thus insuring that no matter how far-fetched the claims might be, they will forever carry the accusation around their necks like a millstone. We have chronicled the horrors that befall men and boys falsely accused.  For many, their lives are destroyed. 

The initial rape report is big news.  The fact that the accusation turns out to be false or that there is insufficeint evidence to bring charges is grudgingly reported.  When three University of Arkansas players were accused of an alleged rape incident at a fraternity, a local television station actually broke into the station's regular programming to provide a four-plus minute breaking news report about the accusation. Needless to say, when the prosecutor decided not to bring rape charges against them, there was no similar coverage.

When the rape claim is discovered to have been false, the news media typically provides a story no more prominent, and often less prominent, than the initial account, this time contradicting what it previously reported -- the accusation isn't fact after all, it was actually wrong. Even here the news media often reports the story from the perspective of the rape activist. It is common for the reporter to obtain a statement from a rape activist to explain how false claims hurt actual rape victims.  The rape activist rarely, if ever, is quoted as offering sympathy to any male falsely accused or describing the principal harm of false claims as the harm befalling the actual victim of the false report.  It is one of the peculiar aspects of false rape stories that the actual victims of the crime of false reporting are often treated with indifference, as if treating them as human beings who've been injured somehow would detract from the interests of hypothetical, possible rape victims who are the "real" victims of every false claim.

But, you see, this is giving false rape claims too much publicity, don't you know.

Would the rape acitivists have the news media fail to correct their earlier erroneous news reports? Would they have the news media not report -- you know -- the news?  That is the clear impression some of them convey.

But false rape claims are news, and they need to be reported as such, more than they currently are.

First, the initial report often has the entire community in a panic, so setting that straight is vitally important (it is telling that in story after story, after it turns out there is no big, bad rapist on the loose, communities often react with a hesitation as if to say, "OK, that's good news that there is no rapist on the loose, but we're still going to exercise caution." This attitude just illustrates the power of the initial rape report).

Second, false rape claims are a serious crime. In the Hofstra case, four young men faced decades in prison for a crime they didn't commit. At least one of the young men falsely accused at Hofstra was roughed up in jail because, you know, he was a "rapist" and all. (But remember, the false accuser never served a day in jail because it would have a chilling effect that might deter actual rape victims from coming forward.)  But false rape claims need to reported and they need to be charged because our citizens need to know that crimes are punished.  The news media should not elevate the victimization of our daughters over that of our sons by refusing to report false rape claims. Calling out the false accusers and punishing them can only help true rape victims because it will signal that rape lies aren't tolerated, thus enhancing the credibility of rape victims.

Third, to correct the reputational harm to falsely accused males, the news media owes it to them to report on the false claim with coverage at least equal to the coverage given the initial lie.  The fact of the matter is that no amount of publicity can ever undo a malicious false rape claim where a man has had his name dragged through the mud of a false rape claim.

Finally, isn't it ironic that the persons who parrot this canard that false rape claims get too much publicity do so in one blog after the next devoted to raising awareness about rape?  The blogosphere is a treasure trove of aids for rape victims.  In contrast, this is among the only blogs devoted exclusively to giving voice to the interests of the falsely accused. 

The rape activists think that ours is one voice too many.

Rape activists: only report the rape claim, not the news that the claim was false

We need to expose and debunk yet another rape myth that is among the more astounding canards in a milieu that is rife with them: that false rape claims get too much publicity. 

Rape activists are thrilled when rape claims are given high-profile publicity by the news media, but more than a few of them seem apoplectic when equal publicity is given to news reports that those same claims were, in fact, false.

One of the standard complaints I hear from persons interested in raising awareness about the plight of the falsely accused is that the initial rape report is typically given intense news coverage but when it turns out the claim was false, the news coverage is minimal and not equal to the initial coverage.

The fact is that by most if not all important measures, news coverage of rape and false rape claims are not balanced but are skewed in favor of the former. This unbalanced coverage foments rape hysteria and creates the unmistakeable impression that rape is rampant.

This, of course, masks the false rape problem.  The vast majority of false rape claims are not charged, much less reported. They are handled at the police level with the goal of disposing of them quietly and expeditiously, often with a stern warning to the false accuser that if the matter were pursued, she would be exposed to criminal charges. Those stories never make the news. This is not my opinion, this is what police officers -- the persons in the trenches handling these claims -- tell us.

The false rape stories that do make the news are typically stories where the news media has already reported on the initial rape claim. Initial rape reports are ground-zero for the type of story the news media craves: scary.  Hysterical news readers and reporters, anxious to boost ratings, pass off accusations by lone women or girls as fact, regardless of how troubled the accuser is or how far-fetched her claim turns out to be. You remember Hofstra?  The four young men were arrested and their mugshots splashed all over the newspaper before the police checked the video that disproved the claim.  While the identity of the accuser is never revealed, the names and faces of the accused are splashed all over the news, thus insuring that no matter how far-fetched the claims might be, they will forever carry the accusation around their necks like a millstone. We have chronicled the horrors that befall men and boys falsely accused.  For many, their lives are destroyed. 

The initial rape report is big news.  The fact that the accusation turns out to be false or that there is insufficeint evidence to bring charges is grudgingly reported.  When three University of Arkansas players were accused of an alleged rape incident at a fraternity, a local television station actually broke into the station's regular programming to provide a four-plus minute breaking news report about the accusation. Needless to say, when the prosecutor decided not to bring rape charges against them, there was no similar coverage.

When the rape claim is discovered to have been false, the news media typically provides a story no more prominent, and often less prominent, than the initial account, this time contradicting what it previously reported -- the accusation isn't fact after all, it was actually wrong. Even here the news media often reports the story from the perspective of the rape activist. It is common for the reporter to obtain a statement from a rape activist to explain how false claims hurt actual rape victims.  The rape activist rarely, if ever, is quoted as offering sympathy to any male falsely accused or describing the principal harm of false claims as the harm befalling the actual victim of the false report.  It is one of the peculiar aspects of false rape stories that the actual victims of the crime of false reporting are often treated with indifference, as if treating them as human beings who've been injured somehow would detract from the interests of hypothetical, possible rape victims who are the "real" victims of every false claim.

But, you see, this is giving false rape claims too much publicity, don't you know.

Would the rape acitivists have the news media fail to correct their earlier erroneous news reports? Would they have the news media not report -- you know -- the news?  That is the clear impression some of them convey.

But false rape claims are news, and they need to be reported as such, more than they currently are.

First, the initial report often has the entire community in a panic, so setting that straight is vitally important (it is telling that in story after story, after it turns out there is no big, bad rapist on the loose, communities often react with a hesitation as if to say, "OK, that's good news that there is no rapist on the loose, but we're still going to exercise caution." This attitude just illustrates the power of the initial rape report).

Second, false rape claims are a serious crime. In the Hofstra case, four young men faced decades in prison for a crime they didn't commit. At least one of the young men falsely accused at Hofstra was roughed up in jail because, you know, he was a "rapist" and all. (But remember, the false accuser never served a day in jail because it would have a chilling effect that might deter actual rape victims from coming forward.)  But false rape claims need to reported and they need to be charged because our citizens need to know that crimes are punished.  The news media should not elevate the victimization of our daughters over that of our sons by refusing to report false rape claims. Calling out the false accusers and punishing them can only help true rape victims because it will signal that rape lies aren't tolerated, thus enhancing the credibility of rape victims.

Third, to correct the reputational harm to falsely accused males, the news media owes it to them to report on the false claim with coverage at least equal to the coverage given the initial lie.  The fact of the matter is that no amount of publicity can ever undo a malicious false rape claim where a man has had his name dragged through the mud of a false rape claim.

Finally, isn't it ironic that the persons who parrot this canard that false rape claims get too much publicity do so in one blog after the next devoted to raising awareness about rape?  The blogosphere is a treasure trove of aids for rape victims.  In contrast, this is among the only blogs devoted exclusively to giving voice to the interests of the falsely accused. 

The rape activists think that ours is one voice too many.

How could I, a 5ft woman, have possibly raped a strapping, 6ft businessman?

This is another one that doesn't fall under either the FRA or Rape category. I did notice, she was put through exactly what most men, in every story we have run on this site, has been put through.

And maybe that will be the thing that creates the turning point, that will get more and more people, vocal about punishing false claims. And before anyone starts screaming about his behavior, keep in mind we are only hearing her side of the story.

How easy would it be to state that simply because he chose not to move forward with the claim of rape, doesn't mean it didn't happen. However, with no blood tests for drugs, and no other proof to corroborate his story, the police did the right thing here in dropping charges and letting her go.

Tanya Hutchinson cleared of sexual assault.

A woman falsely accused of date-raping a wealthy businessman has told for the first time how the ordeal ruined her life.

Tanya Hutchison, a 42-year-old mother of five, was cleared of sexual assault but said the nightmarish police investigation had left her permanently scarred.

"My life is in ruins, all because of a claim that was totally ridiculous and should never have been taken seriously," she said.

When six police officers arrived at her home to arrest her in front of her seven-year-old son, she told them that the man's allegation that she had spiked his drinks with a date-rape drug before forcing him into sex was ludicrous.

But despite her insistence that they had shared an afternoon of consensual sex, she was held in a police cell for four hours.

Then she had to describe every explicit detail of the encounter in a two-hour interview with five officers - four of them men - who she claims treated her as if she were guilty.

"I was stunned and terrified," she said. "I felt as if it was me who had been raped.

"I had to tell the officers every aspect of what I'd done with the man, which was deeply humiliating.

"They ransacked my home and took away my bedsheets, phone and, worst of all, my underwear to carry out forensic tests.

"I was questioned in a manner I felt was unnecessarily aggressive.

"I couldn't understand why I was being made to feel like a criminal over a claim that was so unbelievable.

"How could a small woman date-rape a powerfully built, 6ft tall man?

"I've been taking anti-depressants since it happened and I've lost more than two and a half stone because of the stress.

"I feel petrified when I hear police sirens and my confidence in the legal process is badly shaken."

Ms Hutchison, a part-time carer for the elderly, was cleared when the man, a married building company owner who cannot be named for legal reasons, dropped the allegations.

Yet she has received no apology or explanation from him about why, when their brief affair turned sour, he chose to take such a devastating course of action.

The pair first met three years ago when Ms Hutchison's then husband was working for the man's company.

Her marriage ended almost two years ago but she kept in touch with her husband's former employer.

When he called to invite her to meet for a coffee, she agreed.

"I was lonely, living in a tiny one bedroom house with my son, so I was delighted that he seemed interested in me," she said. "The coffee we had led to a few dates in pubs.

"I knew he was married but I thought he was separated from his wife.

"He told me that he thought ours would be a special, long-lasting relationship and he spoke of taking me on a trip to Portugal.

I began to believe we had a future together."

The man suggested meeting at Ms Hutchison's home in Worthing, West Sussex, and turned up at 11am on a Thursday in June with two bottles of wine.

"I was taken aback because the wine made it very clear he was there for sex," she said.

"But I liked him and thought he was serious about me so I didn't object. We each drank about a bottle of wine, talking and laughing together in a sweet and romantic way, and then he suggested we head to my bedroom.

"We had sex and it was entirely consensual."

"Afterwards, as we lay on the bed, he started talking about how much he loved his wife and how he would never leave her.

"His whole manner changed and he seemed very cold.

"He got dressed, walked into the kitchen and threw £60 on the table, saying, 'Buy something for the kids.' I was horrified that he seemed to be treating me like a prostitute.

"I was angry and felt used and cheap.

"In the heat of the moment, I threatened to tell his wife about us.

"He left in his grey 4x4 and, although I was badly shaken by what had happened, I never expected to hear any more about it."

But the man went to the police and told them she had spiked his drinks and had sexual intercourse with him without his consent.

The next morning, two police cars arrived at her home at 8am as she was getting her son ready for school.

Six officers piled into her tiny living room and, as her son clutched her legs in fear, she was told she was being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after administering a date-rape drug.

The boy was taken to the home of Ms Hutchison's 22-year-old daughter, Leah, and Ms Hutchison was taken to Worthing police station while forensic-experts scoured her flat.

"I was in total disbelief when they told me why they were there," she said.

"I was terrified. I didn't get a chance to reassure my son, who was in tears, and they didn't explain the situation to him or his sister. I'm still very angry about that.

"I dread to think what effect it has had on him."

At the police station, Ms Hutchison says she was searched and kept in a cell without a toilet for four hours.

"I was shaking with nerves and felt sick but there was nowhere to be sick. Then the questioning began and it seemed to last for ever, although I think it was two hours.

"Five officers made me tell them intimate details such as what positions we'd used while having intercourse.

"I was mortified and felt dirty and ashamed. I couldn't understand why they were treating the man's claim seriously.

"I felt as if I was trapped in a bad dream.

"I can only think that he believed I was going to tell his wife and wanted to get in first with an excuse to cover up our affair.

"It's pathetic. Because of his weakness I've had to suffer in a way no innocent person should."

Ms Hutchison was released on bail.

A few days later, police called at her home to tell her that the man had admitted she was telling the truth.

She has struggled to recover from her ordeal and says she has lost faith in a system that has allowed her accuser to go unpunished for his lies.

She said: "It makes me very angry that he has got off scot-free for making up something so evil about me.

"He was not even cautioned for wasting police time and nobody has apologised to me.

"All I wanted was to trust a man again but I can't imagine myself trusting anyone for a long time."

A Sussex police spokesman said: 'We investigated an allegation of sexual assault against Tanya Hutchison but we can confirm there will be no further action taken."

How could I, a 5ft woman, have possibly raped a strapping, 6ft businessman?

This is another one that doesn't fall under either the FRA or Rape category. I did notice, she was put through exactly what most men, in every story we have run on this site, has been put through.

And maybe that will be the thing that creates the turning point, that will get more and more people, vocal about punishing false claims. And before anyone starts screaming about his behavior, keep in mind we are only hearing her side of the story.

How easy would it be to state that simply because he chose not to move forward with the claim of rape, doesn't mean it didn't happen. However, with no blood tests for drugs, and no other proof to corroborate his story, the police did the right thing here in dropping charges and letting her go.

Tanya Hutchinson cleared of sexual assault.

A woman falsely accused of date-raping a wealthy businessman has told for the first time how the ordeal ruined her life.

Tanya Hutchison, a 42-year-old mother of five, was cleared of sexual assault but said the nightmarish police investigation had left her permanently scarred.

"My life is in ruins, all because of a claim that was totally ridiculous and should never have been taken seriously," she said.

When six police officers arrived at her home to arrest her in front of her seven-year-old son, she told them that the man's allegation that she had spiked his drinks with a date-rape drug before forcing him into sex was ludicrous.

But despite her insistence that they had shared an afternoon of consensual sex, she was held in a police cell for four hours.

Then she had to describe every explicit detail of the encounter in a two-hour interview with five officers - four of them men - who she claims treated her as if she were guilty.

"I was stunned and terrified," she said. "I felt as if it was me who had been raped.

"I had to tell the officers every aspect of what I'd done with the man, which was deeply humiliating.

"They ransacked my home and took away my bedsheets, phone and, worst of all, my underwear to carry out forensic tests.

"I was questioned in a manner I felt was unnecessarily aggressive.

"I couldn't understand why I was being made to feel like a criminal over a claim that was so unbelievable.

"How could a small woman date-rape a powerfully built, 6ft tall man?

"I've been taking anti-depressants since it happened and I've lost more than two and a half stone because of the stress.

"I feel petrified when I hear police sirens and my confidence in the legal process is badly shaken."

Ms Hutchison, a part-time carer for the elderly, was cleared when the man, a married building company owner who cannot be named for legal reasons, dropped the allegations.

Yet she has received no apology or explanation from him about why, when their brief affair turned sour, he chose to take such a devastating course of action.

The pair first met three years ago when Ms Hutchison's then husband was working for the man's company.

Her marriage ended almost two years ago but she kept in touch with her husband's former employer.

When he called to invite her to meet for a coffee, she agreed.

"I was lonely, living in a tiny one bedroom house with my son, so I was delighted that he seemed interested in me," she said. "The coffee we had led to a few dates in pubs.

"I knew he was married but I thought he was separated from his wife.

"He told me that he thought ours would be a special, long-lasting relationship and he spoke of taking me on a trip to Portugal.

I began to believe we had a future together."

The man suggested meeting at Ms Hutchison's home in Worthing, West Sussex, and turned up at 11am on a Thursday in June with two bottles of wine.

"I was taken aback because the wine made it very clear he was there for sex," she said.

"But I liked him and thought he was serious about me so I didn't object. We each drank about a bottle of wine, talking and laughing together in a sweet and romantic way, and then he suggested we head to my bedroom.

"We had sex and it was entirely consensual."

"Afterwards, as we lay on the bed, he started talking about how much he loved his wife and how he would never leave her.

"His whole manner changed and he seemed very cold.

"He got dressed, walked into the kitchen and threw £60 on the table, saying, 'Buy something for the kids.' I was horrified that he seemed to be treating me like a prostitute.

"I was angry and felt used and cheap.

"In the heat of the moment, I threatened to tell his wife about us.

"He left in his grey 4x4 and, although I was badly shaken by what had happened, I never expected to hear any more about it."

But the man went to the police and told them she had spiked his drinks and had sexual intercourse with him without his consent.

The next morning, two police cars arrived at her home at 8am as she was getting her son ready for school.

Six officers piled into her tiny living room and, as her son clutched her legs in fear, she was told she was being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after administering a date-rape drug.

The boy was taken to the home of Ms Hutchison's 22-year-old daughter, Leah, and Ms Hutchison was taken to Worthing police station while forensic-experts scoured her flat.

"I was in total disbelief when they told me why they were there," she said.

"I was terrified. I didn't get a chance to reassure my son, who was in tears, and they didn't explain the situation to him or his sister. I'm still very angry about that.

"I dread to think what effect it has had on him."

At the police station, Ms Hutchison says she was searched and kept in a cell without a toilet for four hours.

"I was shaking with nerves and felt sick but there was nowhere to be sick. Then the questioning began and it seemed to last for ever, although I think it was two hours.

"Five officers made me tell them intimate details such as what positions we'd used while having intercourse.

"I was mortified and felt dirty and ashamed. I couldn't understand why they were treating the man's claim seriously.

"I felt as if I was trapped in a bad dream.

"I can only think that he believed I was going to tell his wife and wanted to get in first with an excuse to cover up our affair.

"It's pathetic. Because of his weakness I've had to suffer in a way no innocent person should."

Ms Hutchison was released on bail.

A few days later, police called at her home to tell her that the man had admitted she was telling the truth.

She has struggled to recover from her ordeal and says she has lost faith in a system that has allowed her accuser to go unpunished for his lies.

She said: "It makes me very angry that he has got off scot-free for making up something so evil about me.

"He was not even cautioned for wasting police time and nobody has apologised to me.

"All I wanted was to trust a man again but I can't imagine myself trusting anyone for a long time."

A Sussex police spokesman said: 'We investigated an allegation of sexual assault against Tanya Hutchison but we can confirm there will be no further action taken."