Friday, December 31, 2010

The iconic WW II poster that became a fitting symbol for feminism -- read why

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, believed to be the unwitting model for the iconic “We Can Do It!” poster of a woman flexing her biceps in a factory during World War II, died earlier this week at 86.  Ms. Doyle became the unwitting model when, at the age of 17, she took a job as a metal presser at a factory near Detroit and was photographed by a United Press photographer who was working on a piece about working women.

The New York Times pointed that the poster was obscure until long after World War II.  "It was not widely seen until the early 1980s, when it was embraced by feminists."

It is altogether fitting that the poster became, as the Times said, "a symbol for the American feminist movement," because, if truth be told, the poster doesn't depict reality. It is the artistic musing of a gifted illustrator.

While the image has become the symbol of the empowered woman, ready to take on a man's world and do anything a man can do while flexing a defiant, sturdy right arm, in real-life, Ms. Doyle's daughter Stephanie Gregg revealed that those weren't her arms: "She didn’t have big, muscular arms. She was 5-foot-10 and very slender." 

The most distinctive aspect of the image was doctored. 

And while the poster conjures up the image of women happily breaking free of their domestic enslavement and capably performing manufacturing jobs vacated by conscripted men without missing a beat, according to the New York Times, the real life model "quit the factory job after about two weeks because she learned that another woman had damaged her hands while using the metal presser, and she feared that such an injury would prevent her from playing the cello." 

The real-life "We can do it!" model actually is more representative of American women -- and more "empowered" -- than the tough-as-nails woman presented in the illustration.  Unlike men, who rarely had the luxury of voluntarily quitting a factory job due to fears of injuring themselves, and unlike Ms. Doyle's same-age male peers who were entering the deadliest war in world history (some of her male high school classmates had already been killed in action), Ms. Doyle had the luxury of quitting a job lots of men would have killed for, going to work in a soda fountain, and falling in love with a young man who would become a dentist.

Moreover, it is fitting that this poster has been heralded as a symbol for American feminism because devotees of the latter also paint a picture of their movement that doesn't exactly match reality.

While they claim they are all about gender equality, they happily fight for inequality when, for example, they oppose shared parenting by invoking the nastiest stereotypes about men as abusers.

They talk of equal opportunity but are really after equal outcomes, so they dishonestly insist that the gender pay gap is a product of discrimination. 

They correctly insist women have a right to be as secure in their safety as men (but ignoring that men are victims of violent crime far more than women), then they dishonestly paint a picture of our college campuses as cisterns of male predatory sexual violence. 

And never mind all those other little things where the genders are decidedly unequal but which their movement has precisely zero interest in even discussing: the life expectancy gap; the suicide gap; the workplace injury and death gap; the gap where men lead women in 14 of the 15 leading causes of death; the funding gap for gender-specific diseases; the criminal sentencing gap; the college enrollment gap; and the literacy gap.  And if you mention any of them, you're "whining."

"We can do it"?  You already have. 

On a related, but more serious note, it tells us something about our society that a major news daily like The Philadelphia Inquirer would write something like this: "Three female icons of World War II also passed into peace: Miep Gies, 100, a Dutch woman who helped hide Anne Frank and her family; Geraldine Doyle, 86, the model for Norman Rockwell's famous "Rosie the Riveter" poster; and Edith Shain, 91, who said she was the nurse getting kissed by a sailor in the famous photo of VJ Day celebration." 

This is not intended to detract from Ms. Gies' efforts, but to talk about Ms. Doyle and and Ms. Shain, whose claim to fame was that they had their photos snapped by news photographers, as "icons" of World War II, doesn't just trivialize the unfathomable sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of others in that monumental clash, it smacks of mockery.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all. And please remember, that alcohol is one of the leading causes of False Rape Accusations. Be safe.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Court corrects grievous wrong that sent a man to prison on testimony of serial false accuser

Here's a story about a shocking case out of Florida that sent a man named Willie Baker to prison for a sex offense against a teenage serial false accuser.

A Florida state trial court refused to allow the jury to hear evidence that the young female accuser had previously accused multiple male relatives of sexual assault on different occasions, and that she admitted that at least two of those allegations were false. The jury, deprived of this evidence, found Mr. Baker guilty.

Mr. Baker subsequently filed a writ of habeas corpus in federal court.  A federal district court correctly granted the writ, and this week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision granting the writ of habeas corpus. The Eleventh Circuit held that the state court's decision excluding the impeachment evidence violated Mr. Baker's rights under the Confrontation and Due Process Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Baker v. Florida, No. 10-11889 (11th Cir. filed Dec. 27, 2010).

As you read the facts, ask yourself why this young serial false accuser was not in custody at the time she made the accusation against Mr. Baker.  Here's what happened: in 1999, a 15-year-old girl identified only as "D.A." filed an abuse report against the defendant, Willie Baker, her brother-in-law, which entailed "oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by or union with the sexual organ of another."  D.A. testified that she was living with her sister and Baker in 1999. She said, "I was laying on the couch and my sister went out . . . . So, [Baker] came—out of the blue, just came out touching me, feeling on me. He grabbed my finger, my hand, and took me in their room. She added:  "He undressed me and he laid me down on the bed and he had sex with me with a condom. And I told him that I don't go out like that, period." She testified that on another occasion he "was going to try to do it again, but [she] would[ not] let him."

Mr. Baker's counsel cross-examined the girl outside the presence of the jury. Pay attention to the following:

(1) The girl stated that she used to live in Alabama with her grandmother, but that she came to Florida because her "auntie's boyfriend" raped her when she was nine years old. Why wasn't "auntie's boyfriend" prosecuted?  Because "[t]hey couldn't catch up with him."

(2) She further testified that she spent her first couple of days in Florida living with her uncle, Risey Darden, until his grandsons tried to have sex with her. (Note the plural -- "grandsons." That means at least two.) 

(3) The girl was asked whether she had also accused her uncle, Risey Darden, of trying to have sex with her, she testified that Darden had not tried to have sex with her, but that she might have accused him of doing so.

(4) She later moved in with her other sister, Angela Price, and brother-in-law, Eddie Price. While she was living with them, she accused Eddie Price of trying to have sex with her, but she later told an investigator that he had not done so.

(5) At one time, she accused her brother, Lloyd Andrews, of having sex with her, as well. She testified that Andrews had not had sex with her.

By my count, that's at least five or six males this girl has accused of improperly having sex with her.  That we know of.  She admitted that three of those males were innocent. 
Outside the presence of the jury, Mr. Baker also proffered testimony from Andrews (brother), Darden (uncle), and Angela Price (sister) regarding D.A.'s past allegations of sexual abuse, all of which they denied.
Mr. Baker asked the court to allow the jury to hear this evidence about the girl's prior allegations of sexual assault by multiple males because, he correctly argued, it was relevant to her credibility and veracity. The court, however, excluded the evidence on grounds that only general reputation evidence, not specific instances of untruthfulness, could be used for impeachment.
After hearing the remaining evidence, the jury found Baker guilty.

Mr. Baker filed a writ of habeas corpus in Federal Court. The district court granted the motion, and this week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed it.

The Eleventh Circuit wrote:

"Here, D.A. was questioned under oath about her past accusations of sexual assault by male relatives. She testified that her auntie's boyfriend' raped her when she was nine years old, but he was never caught. She said that Risey Darden's grandsons tried to have sex with her during the day and a half that she spent at Darden's home, but Darden denied that it had happened. She said that she might have accused Darden of having sex with her, as well, but he had not done so. While she was living with Eddie Price, she accused him of trying to have sex with her, but later told an investigator that he had not done so. While she was living with Lloyd Andrews, she accused him of having sex with her, as well, but she testified that he had not done so. Thus, D.A. herself explicitly stated that the allegations against Price and Andrews were false, she acknowledged that she might have made a third false accusation against Darden, and Darden would have testified that the allegation against his grandsons also was false.

"D.A.'s truthfulness was key to the prosecution, and the evidence of her prior false accusations not only spoke to her general character for truthfulness, but particularly attacked her truthfulness and motivation for testifying as they related directly to her allegation against Baker. . . . The evidence that D.A. had habitually lied about sexual assaults by family members had 'strong potential to demonstrate the falsity of [her] testimony' in this case, and 'a reasonable jury might have received a significantly different impression of [her] credibility had defense counsel been permitted to pursue his proposed line of cross-examination.' . . . . Supreme Court precedent clearly indicates that the exclusion of the false-accusation evidence violated Baker's rights under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. Thus, failure to find a Confrontation Clause violation would constitute an unreasonable application of federal law."
Justice was done. But not before a man was sentenced for a horrible crime due to the allegations of a serial false accuser, and not before the state of Florida continued to fight against his release in state and federal courts.

Everyone agrees that serial rapists need to be locked away.  It is astounding that there is not a similar consensus -- at least among the people who run our law enforcement and judicial systems -- for serial false accusers.

Woman given suspended sentence for false rape claim

A woman from Milton Keynes has been given a suspended prison sentence after making a false rape allegation, police said.

Nina Crouch, 29, from Mellish Court, Bletchley, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at Huntingdon Crown Court on Tuesday.

Crouch was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, as well as 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £535.

She told police that she had been raped in July this year.

The suspect - a 28-year-old man - was arrested and detained in police custody for more than eight hours before Crouch admitted the allegation was false.

Detective Constable Darren Street said: "We take every single report of rape very seriously. Each report is dealt with by detectives and other specialist officers who conduct a full investigation at great public expense.

"The investigation of any false or malicious allegation diverts valuable resources away from genuine crimes with genuine victims. We will take action against anyone who reports a false crime and wastes police time."


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Woman admits false rape report

A woman who reported she had been sexually assaulted outside a house party in Richland Center, Wis., was not telling the truth, and the case has been referred to the Richland County district attorney for possible charges relating to filing a false police report.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

There is no 'rape culture.' Period.

Did the title get your attention?

Don't get the wrong idea. Rape is a serious problem. One rape is one rape too many. The headline was to get your attention.

I don't like the phrase "rape culture" because I think it overly simplifies a complicated issue. That doesn't mean I think rape is not a serious issue, or that "false rape claims" are more serious.

This blog does not tolerate any effort to trivialize sexual assault. Our focus is on the men, women, and boys who have been wrongly accused of sexual assault -- whether falsely or otherwise -- because too often their victimization is trivialized, and some of our laws and policies have made it too easy to punish innocent people for offenses they didn't commit. One can, and should, be concerned about both the wrongly accused and victims of sexual assault without trivializing the victimization of either. It is not "either/or."

Society must strive to punish the perpetrators of heinous sex offenses while insuring that the innocent aren't punished with them. Why is this such a controversial subject?

The fact is, the entire discussion is terribly divisive. A disturbing meme is to insist that rape is "normalized" among "men" in general. Snarky anti-rape campaigns directed at "men" in general (e.g., posters that "remind men" not to rape etc.) have sprouted up. Writer Jessica Valenti is one of the purveyors of the maleness-is-broken crowd, once wrote: "Rape is part of our culture. It's normalized to the point where men who are otherwise decent guys will rape and not even think that it's wrong. And that's what terrifies me."

Valenti's assertion, and the meme that tells boys they belong to a seriously flawed gender, ultimately fail because: (1) they don't get at the real problem, and (2) they don't ring true to most people. The vast majority of guys are decent, and contrary to Valenti's assertion, "otherwise decent guys" don't so easily forget their decency and do such a vile thing. Strong visceral reactions of anger and rage to rape claims, and sometimes tragic overreactions, including vigilante beatings and killings, to mere accusations of rape, are far more characteristic of masculinity than is the urge to rape or to excuse rape.

According to the National Institute of Justice, only 2.5 percent of men reported to being perpetrators of a completed or attempted sexual assault since entering college.

It turns out this is correct: "The vast majority of the offenses are being committed by a relatively small group of men . . . .." They are sociopaths who use alcohol and who like to rape.  See here.

Rape is not "normalized." Sarcastically reminding college men not to rape accomplishes nothing.Posters and mandatory orientation classes are misdirected and don't get at the real problem: sexual predators who use both alcohol and unsuspecting women to accomplish their vile plans. Any program wishing to significantly reduce sexual assault must focus on them.

The approach taken by the Jessica Valentis of the world hinders the effort to stop rape because it keeps us from focusing on the real problem. The men who don't rape -- that is, the vast majority of men -- should be thought of as allies in the effort to stop rape, not potential suspects in need of education. Insisting that we live in a "rape culture" has it backwards. We live in a culture that loathes rape but doesn't address it correctly. The vast majority of men and boys who don't rape need to be engaged as allies and telling them that they perpetuate a culture of rape is flat-out silly.

Over attorney's protests, Baltimore defends secrecy in wrongful arrest settlement

Lawyer says city officials misrepresented confidentiality agreement in wrongful arrestBaltimore officials paid a $200,000 settlement to a distinguished violinist who had been wrongly arrested on child abuse charges and withheld his name, citing his desire for confidentiality, but the man's attorney says it was the city — not his client — who requested secrecy.

Lyndon woman accused of falsifying sex-assault report

LYNDON — A Lyndon woman who reported she was sexually assaulted in her apartment last week now is accused of making up the story, the Caledonian County Special Investigations Unit said Monday.

Kayla Cowdrey, 20, was issued a citation to appear Dec. 13 in Vermont Superior Court in St. Johnsbury to answer the charge of false information to a law-enforcement officer, Vermont State Police Detective Ben Katz said in a statement.

Investigators responded Wednesday evening to the Back Center Road apartment for a reported burglary and a complaint of an aggravated sexual assault. The woman provided a complete description of the purported attacker, and police turned to the media with a composite sketch in an effort to catch the suspect.

"During the course of the investigation, numerous inconsistencies were discovered," Katz said in a news release.

Monday, police said, Cowdrey admitted the complaint wasn’t true.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Hartlepool sexual assault claim 'was false'

An investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Hartlepool has been dropped after it was found to have been made up, police said.

Police were called to Dalton Street in Hartlepool on Monday morning.

Later on Monday, Cleveland Police said a girl had withdrawn her complaint and confirmed that no such incident occurred.

A 29-year-old man who was arrested has been released without charge, police said.

They said they had spoken to the girl involved about the impact of making false allegations.


Friday, December 24, 2010

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Victor Heiser
16-year-old Johnstown Flood survivor
Boys: The Second-Class Citizens

Merry Christmas

To all of our readers, a heartfelt thank you from Pierce and me for your support. May you have a Merry Christmas, and a joyful holiday season.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Respectful comment ... isn't

Spoken by someone who has never had the horrible experience of being sexually assaulted. Do you know what it is like to say no and to be ignored? To me, nothing is as horrible as what I am going through right now and you are respectfully a total a-hole.

This comment was submitted to our post HERE. That post, which is central to our mission, seems to bring out the lunatic fringe more than any other we've ever written.

I do love when people try to sneak a comment in months after the post, when few people will see it or can respond to it, trying to get in a few cheap shots. In this case, I felt it deserved a response.

The presumption, that people posting comments here, or that Pierce or I, have never been sexually assaulted, is not only highly insulting, it’s bigoted. How exactly do you know that the person to whom your comment was directed (it isn’t clear), hasn’t been sexually assaulted? You do know what happens when you assume, don’t you?  Only in this case, it hasn’t done a thing to me; you, alone, bear the full brunt of your ignorance.

And yes, we do understand what it is like to say "no" and to be ignored.  We run stories here daily outlining cases where men/boys are falsely accused and said “No -- I didn’t do it,” and they were ignored, at best, with many going to jail for days/weeks/months and sometimes years at a time, for something they did not do, where they are likely to be raped (ah, the irony!), and at worst, are beaten and/or killed.  Many of our readers have been in that situation.  But I suppose in your world that, somehow, is less of a violation than a sexual assault. 

The principal point that you don’t seem to grasp is that, yes, to you, it is horrible. But no one here is as emotionally involved with your situation as you are, and we can look upon it with a dispassionate view. I would recommend you find some help, because coming to this site with a hateful rant is wholly inappropriate. Contrary to your “respectful” A-hole comment, kindly understand that this is a site devoted to the issue of false rape/sexual assault accusations. We are not a support group for you, nor do we care to be. There are enough services already for that.

We are here for the falsely accused, and those that care about them.

Thank you for stopping by. Respectfully.

Imagine if the modern press reported on the false rape claim lodged by Potiphar's wife against Joseph (Genesis 39)

Nile Valley Times, Jan. 15, 2030 B.C
Page one, above the fold:

He was a predator and she was his prey.

Joseph, 22, the eleventh son of Jacob, handsome in form and appearance, is in the Pharaoh's jail today after attempting to rape his master's wife, police say.

The Nile Valley Times does not reveal the identities of victims of sexual assault.

The victim, a 40-year-old socialite, was spared the brutal rape when she screamed, and Joseph fled the house naked, leaving his garment in her bed, police say.

The victim was extremely distraught, and immediately reported the attempted rape, police say.  Joseph was arrested, forced to undergo an invasive medical procedure, and is being held without bail.

Neighbors in the area were on edge. "Everyone is shaken that a thing like that can happen around here," said  Ankh-es-en-amon, a neighbor.  "All of the women are being told to not trust the men."

One out of four Egyptian women will experience a rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes, experts say.

Nile Valley Times, July 11, 2023 B.C.
Page 32


Joseph, 30, the eleventh son of Jacob, handsome in form and appearance, was released from Pharaoh's jail today after a hearing determined he had been falsely accused of rape.

The victim, who had been in an unhappy marriage due to her husband's unfaithfulness, accused Joseph as a way of getting her husband's attention.

"Her actions were an understandable cry for help," said Dr. Ardath Bey, Executive Director of Divine Wives Against Rape. Dr. Bey said the victim's actions were a direct result of her husband's unfaithfulness. "Pharaoh needs to examine the policy that allows male socialites to freely engage in sexual relations with slave girls and boys because it is causing much unhappiness for wives, such as the victim in this case.  That policy is an unfortunate manifestation of undeserved male privilege and rape culture, and it is what led to this understandable cry for help."

Dr. Bey counseled against a custodial sentence for the victim, noting that it would not advance Pharaoh's interests, and "the poor woman has suffered enough."

Imhotep, high priest of the Pharaoh's tribunal, said that false rape claims do incalculable harm to their primary victims, women, because it causes them to not report their rapes.

"We encourage women to come forward and report anything that even seems like a rape or attempted rape to them," said Imhotep. "False claims are overblown by the press. And besides, they are but a small price to pay to have women report."

Statistics show that one out of four Egyptian women are raped, and only two percent of all rape claims are false.

Joseph spent seven years in a cell exposed to the elements where, because he is handsome in form and appearance, he was raped repeatedly by other criminals and roughed up by the prison guards.  He has incurred attorney's fees in excess of 4,000 sacks of grain in connection with his efforts to prove he was falsely accused. If he is unable to repay his debt, he will be returned to prison. Joseph has no cause of action against the victim for the false claim because the statute of limitations long ago expired.

The victim apologized to all the women of Egypt for the harm her false claim has caused them.

Girl who cried rape booked for extortion

Ludhiana, October 31
He was branded as a rapist and languished in jail for over 189 days, undergoing severe mental trauma. For nearly four years he suffered legal onslaughts hoping one day he would come out with his record clean. His family members faced social ostracism for a crime their child claimed he had never committed.

Rishi Sood, 31, is a happy man today as the "swindler" girl who ruined his life has been booked by the police for fraud, extortion and filing false rape charges against him.

However, booking the suspect, Suman Paul aka Neha aka Parul Gupta, a resident of Nehru Colony in Modi Nagar district near Gaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, was not a cakewalk for the city police. Despite knowing she has brought false rape charges against Sood many top cops, including SSPs, to dissuade them to file a case against her. That too when three superintendents of police, including two IPS officers, gave a “clean chit” to Sood during the probe conducted by a special investigation team set up by the Ludhiana DIG.

The team, led by Khanna SSP Gautam Cheema, maintained the girl had lodged a complaint against Sood with the intention to blackmail him in order to extort money and recommended cancellation of the FIR. The police also began proceedings under section 182 of the IPC against her for giving false statements to the police. Finally police commissioner Ishwar Singh stepped in and constituted another team, led by ADCP III JS Sidhu, which found Sood to be innocent. Suman was then booked for fraud and extortion.

The incident has again exposed how many women use loopholes in the law to harass innocent youths by falsely accusing them of rape.

Sood, who still shivers while narrating his ordeal, said he met the girl at an exhibition of medical equipment organised in New Delhi in September 2006, where she introduced herself as “Dr Neha”. He said they met at various places following which she “lured” him into marrying her, adding he even planned to visit Delhi to meet the girl’s parents.

“All was going smoothly, until one day Suman demanded Rs 1.5 lakh. I later got to know she had to pay a bill of Rs 1.5 lakh that she owed a local hotel as she was staying there for a long period. When I refused to pay the bill she got a case filed against me," Sood stated.

In the meantime Sood came to know Suman and an accomplice of hers had tried to implicate six other youths coming from “high status” families and working in the medical healthcare industry by sending them SMSes and calling up from different phone numbers. "Somehow we all exchanged notes and managed to escape from the clutches of the gang," he said. Little did Sood know he had landed in the net of an organised racket of "swindler girls" who extorted money from innocent young men by falsely accusing them of rape.

The gang was enjoying support from noted gangster Raman Rana, who is on the run after he killed his bitter rival Lalla. It is learnt that his operating the gang from outside the country. Rishi's father alleged a gang of swindlers had implicated his son in a false rape case and had demanded Rs 22 lakh from him for withdrawing the complaint.

"I refused to pay the extortion amount and spent 189 days in jail for a rape case," said Rishi and further added, "But my misery did not end here soon after freeing from jail another girl, member of the same gang, stated making frantic call at my number."

"Only I know how I faced this humiliation for the past four years. I wanted to prove I was falsely implicated. I thank my family members and friends who stood by me in thick and thin," said Sood. Meanwhile, Suman was not available for comments.

Suman’s crime graph

Besides being booked by the police for falsely implicating an innocent youth in a rape case, Suman Paul was also booked for conning a Delhi based woman, Seema Sehgal, and for committing a theft at a house in Haibowal. She is believed to have “strong links” with gangsters, hoteliers, travel agents and self-styled social activists who allegedly lured affluent youths by frequently changing their identities and phone numbers and later implicating them with false rape charges. Her father has reportedly disowned her.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This is getting weird even by feminist standards: Wendy Murphy says go after Assange for spying, not rape

\Wendy Murphy once referred to the Duke lacrosse defendants on CNN's Nancy Grace show in this manner: "These guys, like so many rapists -- and I'm going to say it because, at this point, she's entitled to the respect that she is a crime victim." 

Another time, she said this: "I never, ever met a false rape claim, by the way. My own statistics speak to the truth."

So how would we expect her to come down on the Assange case?  Guess again.

Here's an excerpt:

Because as much as I care about fixing rape laws to better respect women’s freedom and equality—and as hard as I’ve fought for more than 20 years to hold offenders accountable as part of that reform work—it hurts rather than helps the cause when prosecutors exploit such a serious topic for unrelated political purposes.

If officials want a piece of Assange, they should charge him with espionage. It might be a tough case in light of First Amendment concerns, but so what? Nobody buys the sex charges anyway and espionage, on these facts, is a more serious offense. Better to try, and to lose, than pursue distracting charges in an unrelated case.

All countries need to do a better job prosecuting rape. But flexing that muscle in this case will do nothing to legitimize the idea that bodily integrity matters. To the contrary, it will establish even more firmly the historically entrenched and offensive idea that the value of a woman’s autonomy is measured by the political benefits of prosecuting the man who took it.

Read the full piece here:


A Revelation in the Louvre,
José Jiménez Aranda
The boys of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity at the University of the Philippines staged their annual guys-get-naked-for-the-delight-of-the-ladies-fest last week, the iconic Oblation Run, as hordes of shrieking, hollering, blushing college women, their cameras and cell phones carefully aimed at their subjects' groins, cheered on a parade of bouncing penes and scrota attached to owners whose only clothing covered their faces. The raison d'etre for the yearly cavalcade of guy flesh is male-for-female exhibitionism. 

It is a spectacle one female blogger called "interesting for most women."  Another young lady was more blunt: "the whole male anatomy de-mystified. :)) I never thought that their organs actually bounced, you know?"

Another young woman said this: "We were practically spazzing out as we talked about it."  Another exclaimed: "I was totally BLOWN THE [crude term for intercourse] AWAY.  Honestly, I don't remember anything anymore. I kinda looked at their chests and their backs. . . . .I meet a tall guy I look at his chest and his face. (hair actually) I can only remember 'it' vaguely. Whatever. I was just riding on adrenaline. I love the fact that everyone was screaming and tossing about." 

Still another woman praised her (female) prof for letting her class go watch: "Just when I have finally accepted the depressing fact that I would miss the Oblation run this year, enter my professor (BLESS HER!) who generously gave us the time to witness the thrill of the streaking =p"

Couple denies false rape claim

TOOWOOMBA woman Amanda Maree Quinn and friend Oliver Lance Pearl faced court yesterday over allegations they conspired to have her ex-boyfriend falsely charged with rape.

Quinn, 26, and Pearl appeared in the Toowoomba District Court and pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to bring a false accusation with a circumstance of aggravation and the alternate charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Crown prosecutor Noel Needham said Quinn and Pearl attended the Toowoomba Police Station on June 14, 2006 and provided a statement alleging Quinn’s ex-boyfriend Mark Anthony Frost had raped her at home on June 11.

Quinn gave police two handwritten letters, claiming to be from Mr Frost, which contained admissions.

Mr Needham told the court Quinn and Pearl were romantically involved and living together in Swallow Court (Newtown) at the time.

Quinn and Mr Frost had been in an on-and-off relationship between 2004 and 2006 and were engaged at one stage.

They broke up in April 2006 and Mr Frost moved out of the Swallow Court home where he had been living since January.

Mr Frost moved to Jondaryan.

A female housemate of the defendants, under the suggestion of Quinn, sent Mr Frost text messages using the name “Jessica Crawford” and organised to meet at the Coffee Club on June 11, 2006.

Mr Frost, his sister, and a friend drove from Jondaryan to Toowoomba that evening but after receiving a text message that the meeting was cancelled, they visited a family member’s house. They never went to Swallow Court.

The female housemate who sent the messages thought she was playing a joke on Mr Frost.

However, the court heard the next day she was in a car with Quinn and Pearl and heard them talking about how to make the false allegations of rape against Mr Frost.

Quinn even offered for the housemate to take part in the plan by saying she saw Mr Frost running from their house. The housemate declined.

Police charged Mr Frost with rape but the charge was dropped after the female housemate provided a statement to police. The trial continues today.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Quote of the day: Men would lie about rape, too, if the lies had the same effect as they do for women

"No evidence exists to suggest that something unique or defective is in the female condition that prompts such
behavior. Rather, something biological, legal, and cultural would seem to make false rape allegations nevitable. If rape were a commonplace victimization experience of men, if men could experience the anxiety of possible pregnancy from illicit affairs, if men had a cultural base that would support their confidence in using rape accusations punitively, and if men could feel secure that victimization could elicit attention and sympathy, then men also would be making false rape accusations."

Prof. Eugene Kanin, "False Rape Allegations"

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Even “I’m sorry” Is Too Much to Give a Man Falsely Accused of Rape

Police: Ilion woman lied about abduction, sexual assault

A 24-year-old Ilion woman has been charged with lying to police about being abducted and sexually assaulted earlier this week, village police said.

Eve Marie Stevens, of East North Street, was charged Thursday with knowingly making a punishable false written statement, a misdemeanor, police said.

Stevens allegedly reported to police on Tuesday that she had been forcibly abducted and sexually assaulted earlier that day, police said.

But following an investigation, police said, Stevens admitted to police two days later that she had in fact intentionally lied and gave a false written statement to police because she was angry over comments that another person had said to her.

Police did not release the name of the male individual whom Stevens had wrongfully accused.

Stevens was released on a ticket to appear in Ilion Village Court on Tuesday.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Nice ad . . .

. . . but do you suppose someone called the cops on this father?

The burden of proving consent under rape law is on the accused in Washington state

We recently started a maelstrom in the men's rights blogosphere by noting that Jessica Valenti advocates shifting the burden of proof to men accused of rape to prove consent. We did a search to find if any states had bought into this loopy concept, the Holy Grail of radical feminism. We learned it is already happening in a state far away that we plan never to visit.  Read how Prof. Richard Klein describes it:

"The Washington State rape statute defining consent as requiring 'actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse,' was . . . silent as to where the burden lay as to the showing of consent. The defendant in State v. Camara claimed that judge's charge to the jury improperly inferred that the burden was upon him. The Washington Supreme Court determined that there was 'support in the history and purposes of rape law reform' to conclude that the intent of the legislature was to shift the burden of proof to the defense. As a result of the Camara decision, Washington courts typically included the following instruction to juries in rape cases:
"A person is not guilty if the sexual intercourse is consensual. "Consent" means that at the time of the act of sexual intercourse, there are actual words or conduct indicating a freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse. The burden is on the defendant to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the sexual intercourse was consensual.
"This instruction was challenged in 2006 in Washington v. Gregory.  The defendant was not claiming that the judge's instruction was wrong as to the current state of the law in Washington; the defendant conceded that the instruction did reflect the court's holding in Camara. Gregory was seeking a reversal of the holding in Camara, but none was forthcoming: 'We decline to overrule Camara, and conclude that the jury instructions here complied with due process.'"

R. Klein, An Analysis of Thirty-Five Years of Rape Reform: A Frustrating Search for Fundamental Fairness, 41 Akron L.Rev. 981 (2008).

Foreign student sex allegations false

Waikato Police investigating allegations in the media of the sexual assault of a foreign exchange student in the Coromandel have found the allegations to have no substance.

Suspicious rapes should be treated the way suspicious fires are

Have you ever wondered how the crime of rape would be treated, how it would be investigated and reported, if it weren't so terribly politicized?

Maybe it would be investigated and reported the way fires are.

Woman jailed over false rape accusation

A woman who falsely accused a man of rape and turned his life into the "stuff of nightmares" was today jailed for 18 months.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Disgraceful petition tells Notre Dame to apologize for a rape that never occurred

As we chronicled here, a St. Mary's college student committed suicide nine days after reporting to Notre Dame police that a Notre Dame football player had touched her breasts. St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak announced this week that he will not file criminal charges in the matter due to conflicting witness statements and cell phone records that were inconsistent with Seeberg's allegations.  In addition, Seeberg's statements to police would likely be inadmissible in court because she is no longer alive.  Read the post for a better understanding of the case.

A vile petition found on a major women's rights Web site urges readers to "Tell Notre Dame to Apologize for Rape Victim's Suicide and Revise Protocol."  It states, among other things: "On August 31, freshman Elizabeth Seeberg was assaulted by a football player at the University of Notre Dame. Nine days later, she took her life."

UPDATED: The Heidi Jones False Rape Saga

On November 24, 2010, WABC weather forecaster Heidi Jones, 37, made a false police report when she claimed that a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s had attacked her in Central Park while she was jogging exactly two months earlier on September 24.  

Jones now claims that she never used the word "rape," but disturbing new information reveals that Jones led New York police on a wild goose chase while they gave her special treatment not afforded to typical rape accuses.

Sex assault false alarm puts school on lockdown, status lifted

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Grand Junction police say just before noon Wednesday they received a report of a sexual assault happening near a school, a report that prompted them to briefly put it on lockdown.

The initial report indicated the suspect was possibly armed with a knife, and since the students were outside police called for a lockdown and the school went into shelter in place mode for about 10 minutes.

The status was lifted once officers investigating the sex assault claim discovered it was a false report.


The Assange case brings out the lunatic 'rape culture' fringe

I am grateful for the Assange case because it has exposed some of the loopiest comments about "rape culture" I've seen in quite some time. "Rape culture" is a short-hand term to describe the supposed fact that attitudes of sexual aggression and dominance are normalized in constructions of masculinity, resulting in prevalent sexual violence against women.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Duke false accuser Crystal Mangum found guilty of child abuse

Notre Dame player won't be charged for touching breasts of now-deceased accuser, but he's already been declared the perpetrator in the feminist blogosphere

On September 1, Elizabeth Seeberg, 19, a student of St. Mary's College, reported to Notre Dame police that she had been sexually assaulted on August 31 in a Notre Dame residence hall by a Notre Dame football player. She did not allege that the player raped her but that he touched her breasts.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Über-progressive besieged for daring to support a presumptively innocent man accused of rape

Michael Moore, brilliant gadfly, political provocateur, and far leftist filmmaker, has come under intense fire after donating $20,000 to bail out Julian Assange.  Mr. Moore believes that Assange's work discrediting the United States is important, that the criminal charges against him are politically motivated, and that "the man has at least a right to be out of prison while awaiting his hearing."  Mr. Moore's comments suggest he erroneously believes that Assange is only accused of having a condom break during consensual sex, but regardless, Mr. Moore clearly believes that whatever the charges against Mr. Assange, they were fabricated because of Assange's political activities.

Inmate Charged with Filing False Rape Report

On November 15, 2010, Detectives with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was advised that an inmate housed in the Hamilton County Jail had made an allegation of rape.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Five ways the politicization of rape hurts rape victims

NOTE: To all our feminist friends coming to this site on April 7, 2011: here is a post I've added to our site about a comment left under this story earlier today. It tells the world all it needs to know about you:

On college campuses across America, angry young feminists, in connection with the financially interested sexual grievance industry, insist that sexual assault is a massive unresolved problem despite the absence of evidence to support this conclusion. They write blatantly dishonest pieces in their college newspapers about it. They hold seminars, spearhead indoctrination sessions for men, print brochures, and hold useless "Take Back the Night" and "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" rallies. After more than thirty years of rape reforms, both underreporting of rape and rape itself, we are told, are still rampant.

Put aside that the dishonesty of these attitudes is breathtaking. To the extent rape is a problem, in significant ways, anti-rape feminists are the authors of their own discontent.

(1) If rape victims are not "coming forward," it's because of feminist scare tactics

Feminists insist that rape victims are not coming forward because they believe that women do not receive justice, and that they are subjected to a "second rape" when they report their victimization.

Put aside that no one can say if underreporting is a serious problem because the rape milieau is so terribly politicized, it's impossible to trust the "studies" that supposedly support serious underreporting. See, J. Fennel, Punishment by Another Name: The Inherent Overreaching in Sexually Dangerous Person Commitments, 35 N.E.J. on Crim. & Civ. Con. 37, 49-51 (2009). Put aside that the head of RAINN recently explained that women are not principally failing to report rape due to a fear of being disbelieved. See here.  Put aside the fact that it's foolish to combat one form of criminality, namely rape, by ignoring another form of serious criminality, namely false rape reporting.

If rape victims are not coming forward because they believe that women do not receive justice, who is spreading this dire warning, and is it accurate?

This dire warning is being spread by politicized purveyors of misandry: anti-rape feminists and the paid sexual grievance industry. No one else is chanting it.

A blatant example, and a microcosm of this dishonesty, is found in the UK. Last year, the Stern Review, decidedly sympathetic to feminst concerns, said that it is a misrepresentation to insist that rape is not taken seriously, and that such insistence might actually put women off from reporting. The Stern Review explained the basis for its assertion: in the UK, for a long time, when discussing the success rate in prosecuting rape, the Home Office and politicians allied with anti-rape activists have cited the attrition rate for alleged rape, which is the number of convictions as a percentage of number of reported crimes. That rate is 6% or slightly less. But, the Home Office, and everyone, uses the conviction rate, the number of convictions secured against the number of persons brought to trial for that given offence, for all other crimes – murder, assault, robbery, and so on. In fact, the conviction rate for rape is 58%. Stern Review, see page 45.

The chasm between 58% and 6% represents dishonesty of Biblical proportions. The result of such dishonest advocacy has made it appear that law enforcement is terribly, and uniquely, ineffective when it comes to rape.

Importantly, the Stern Review noted that use of the attrition rate instead of the conviction rate "may well have discouraged some victims from reporting." Id.

Despite the Stern Review's well-publicized report, the prominent UK rape activist group, Women Against Rape, continues to wrongly state that "the conviction rate for rape is 5.7%."

It is only fair to question that organization's motives in light of the concerns raised by the Stern Review.

(2) Their fight to keep false accusers from being charged hurts would-be rape victims and innocent women

For every other crime, our criminal justice system is premised on the notion that criminal sentencing deters criminality. Generally, the more serious the harm caused by the criminal act, the more severe the sentence --except when it comes to false rape reporting.

The less we deter women who lie about rape, the more likely are women make false claims, thus reducing the integrity of every legitimate rape claim.

In false rape case after false rape case after false rape case, judges and law enforcement personnel bemoan the fact that every rape lies diminish the integrity of every legitimate rape claim. Yet, some prominent feminists have made it clear that they don't want any false rape accuser even to be charged for their crimes, much less subjected to a custodial sentence.

Lisa Longstaff of Women Against Rape has been quoted as saying the following: “Every prosecution [of false rape claims] puts women who have been raped off reporting it.” Another time, she called efforts to prosecute women for making false rape claims “a concerted witch-hunt.”

In New Zealand, when a 17-year-old New Zealand girl was arrested after falsely claiming that she was dragged off by three youths and sexually assaulted at knifepoint, Dr. Kim McGregor, director of New Zealand’s Rape Prevention Education, was quoted regarding false rape complainants: “I would recommend some form of therapeutic intervention rather than charging them.” Dr. McGregor claims that “someone needed to be ‘pretty distressed’ to make a false allegation of sexual assault,” and that “very few women made false complaints as a form of revenge.”

If women are permitted to lie about rape with impunity, what is to stop other rape liars? And what will that do to the integrity of every legitimate rape victim?

Aside from other rape victims, feminists have no concern about the effects of rape lies on those innocent women who love and depend on the men and boys destroyed by rape lies. Rape lies do not occur in a vacuum. Almost every man or boy snagged in a false rape claim has a wife, girlfriend, daughter, mother, female employees who depend on him, or female friends and relatives. When a male loved one is falsely accused, few women dismiss it as "just desserts" for an undeserved beneficiary of privilege and patriarchy. Almost uniformly they are appalled. It is for good reason that we include "women" in the subtitle of this blog -- most of the notes we receive telling us that a man or boy was falsely accused of rape are from desperate mothers suffering immensely because of the the rape lie.

Never once have I heard an anti-rape feminist express the slightest concern about those women. Never once.

(3) Their insistence on naming men accused of rape often hurts rape victims

Anonymity for men accused of rape is a controversial subject. Naming men on the basis of even far-fetched accusations is sufficient to destroy them forever. The problem of false claims when it comes to rape far outweighs the problem of false claims for any other crime, both in volume and in terms of the stigma. In contrast, anonymity for women who cry rape is taken as a given.

But naming men probably actually hurts many legitimate rape victims, and it is likely that more women would "come forward" if the men they accused were anonymous. Why is that? When a woman accuses a male acquaintance of rape and he is publicly identified, it often isn't difficult to infer who the accuser is. It is reasonable to assume that most rape victims would prefer not to have their identities revealed even by inference when they accuse an intimate acquaintance of rape. It is also reasonable to assume that the benefits accruing to women by keeping the accused anonymous would outweigh the benefits of naming men accused, despite feminists' repeated citation to a serial rapists named John Worboys.

But this problem has never been seriously explored and there is no public discourse about it because the primary intention on the part of those who insist that even factually innocent men accused of rape be named seems to be punitive, a twisted sort of "get-evenism" for the past sins of actual rapists.

(4) They make clear to rape victims that they have no civic duty to report their rapes, thus endangering other women

When bystanders watch as a woman is being gang raped, any person of good will is appalled, and we question what mentality prompts people to do nothing when someone is being hurt. In some countries, there exists a legal requirement for citizens to assist people in distress.

Yet, when it comes to rape victims, we hold them to no duty to report. Everyone appreciates that a rapist is typically a serial perpetrator, and that it is likely that most rapists will repeat their assaults on other innocent women. Yet consistent with the current philosophy to treat rape as a "different" kind crime, feminists have created a culture where it is the height of insensitivity and political incorrectness even to suggest that rape victims have a civic duty to report their rapes. Instead, they take steps to assure rape victims that there is no imperative to immediately report their rapes when they should be preaching the opposite. (Among many other things, they extend or eliminate altogether statutes of limitations, signaling that a rape victim may sit on her claim for a long time, before bothering to report it.)

But every failure to report a rape means that a rapist is at large, likely taking new victims. Is it not at all troubling that there is so little concern for these other would-be victims?

(5) They create a culture that encourages women to take reckless chances with their own safety.

We need to teach both young men and young women that the alcohol-fueled hook-up culture is a disaster for too many young people. Unfortunately, the prevailing feminist mantra is for young women to "party like the guys," without bothering to tell them about the "regret asymmetry" that separates the genders: women experience much greater after-the-fact regret than men do. Sometimes feelings of regret are translated into feelings of "being used," and sometimes feelings of "being used" are misinterpreted or purposefully misconstrued as "rape."

Asking the police, a judge, or a jury to sort out what happened in an alcohol-fueled tryst based on a "he said/she said" account can put an impossible burden on our law enforcement and judicial apparatuses. Nobody ever wins in that scenario. Even true believer feminists, like prominent feminist legal scholar Aya Gruber, admit that the criminal justice system is not equipped to deal with date rape.

Yet when these irrefutable points are posited, puerile far left ideologues -- whose idea of effective argumentation is to shout "BULLSHIT!" and to cite financially interested "studies" by the sexual grievance industry -- trot out the "victim blaming" label, as if their inapt and childish incantation could somehow shame the truth.

Woman Arrested For Falsely Reporting Sexual Assault

EDGEWOOD—A woman, who claimed to have been abducted and sexually assaulted, has been arrested for filing a false report following a joint investigation by the Edgewood Police Department and Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

FRS on The Spearhead

Please check out our latest piece over at The Spearhead.

SDSU student admits making up report of sexual assaul

A report of a sexual assault last week on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings has been dismissed as false.

'The lies she told were terrible, and she needs to be punished!' -- Cop assails woman's lie about . . . her dog being attacked

This following is a note from reader Mr. C:

"The lies she told were just terrible," said [Officer Christine] Luffey... "She needs to be punished for this."

Woman to face trial for false rape case: HC

Here is a Justice who gets it.

The Delhi High Court, on Monday, refused to quash a false criminal case of rape lodged by a Delhi Police woman employee against a man to ensure that she faces prosecution later for falsely implicating him. Justice Dhingra dismissed the petition despite plea from a Delhi-based property dealer that the woman has admitted to making false accusations against him early this year and they settled the matter out of court.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

There is no excuse when men rape; but women who make false rape claims are merely defending their femininity

This is a post about personal responsibility, and about how it applies to only one gender and not the other.

False sexual assault reports strain police resources

When a 13-year-old Corona girl reported Nov. 16 that she had been sexually assaulted by an unknown person, police found evidence that a crime had occurred -- as well as evidence that cast doubt on her story.

Jessica Valenti: America should model rape laws after Sweden's -- where some legal experts want to make sex a presumptive crime whenever a woman cries rape

Jessica Valenti's take on the Assange sex case in last Sunday's Washington Post was more of the same old same old, a mish-mash of the usual feminist victim blather about America's supposed tolerance of rape.

DCSO: She did it to get attention

At least they put why she did it right in the headline.

DAWSONVILLE - Investigators now say the 14-year-old Dawson County girl who falsely reported that she was raped at her home nearly two weeks ago did it to get attention, and she will be charged with false report of a crime and making false statements.

Maj. John Cagle with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) said Thursday morning the girl made the story up in order to get attention. He says she admitted Wednesday that she lied. Cagle added investigators were already suspicious because of some "inconsistencies" in her story.

Cagle also says her report needlessly kept the community on edge for two weeks, thinking a rapist was on the loose. "We had people calling us afraid to let their kids ride the school bus."

The girl had told investigators she was attacked at home by a man who followed her home from her school bus stop.


Monday, December 13, 2010

The elephant in the room that feminists and men's rights advocates ignore

The elephant is gray, and its massive, and both sides have trained themselves to insist it's not their problem, even though it is.

When it comes to rape, feminists and men's rights advocates spend a lot of time -- let us be candid, way too much -- arguing over the prevalence of false rape claims. But neither side is ready to embrace the truth: some rape claims are actual rapes, and some are false rape claims. But most lie in a vast, murky, gray area where we just don't know what happened. That's the elephant in the room no one wants to discuss, but that's also the nature of a rape claim.  Most are unknowable.

So what do we do?  Instead of teaching our college-age sons and daughters that excessive alcohol and sex play are a recipe for terrible misunderstandings and differing perceptions, and, yes, lies, and instead of teaching them that the big gray area is almost always impossible for an outsider to unravel after-the-fact but can ruin their lives nonetheless, both sides are too busy pointing fingers at the other, with one side calling the other "undeservedly entitled beneficiaries of rape culture," and the other responding with cries of "lying cunts!" and both sides insisting the other side must change, and almost in defiance, inviting their side to keep on playing in the room with the big gray elephant.

Is it any wonder that approach hasn't worked?

Every objective observer agrees that sex and alcohol on campus are a deadly combination, and when it leads to rape claims, it's usually not clear to an outsider who's the victim and who's the villain.  The fact is, it's not only murky to the cop, the student disciplinary board, and the judge trying in vain to unravel it after-the-fact, it's sometimes even murky even to the participants. Alcohol-fueled sex enhances one of two possibilities: (1) the absence of real consent, usually on the part of the young woman, or (2) after-the-fact regret on the part of the young woman that results in a false rape claim.

There's only one solution, but it's not one that plays well to anyone. Both parties need to alter their behavior and take lots more responsibility to avoid putting themselves in that situation instead of playing the victim card.  It's time for a little blunt "victim blaming" for both genders.  We need to tell our sons that they might not think it was rape, but it might look that way to an outsider, and even if they beat the rap, their lives could be destroyed. We need to tell our daughters that they might think it was a life-altering rape, but chances are an outsider won't see it that way.

It's too bad this message won't play well to people so busy being the victim that they don't realize they actually have the power to help solve the problem.

Teenage girl locked up for six months

A teenage girl was locked up for six months today for crying rape - after she lied to stop her boyfriend finding out she'd cheated on him.

Prosecutor puts man on trial for raping a five-year-old because the kid was believable

After three years of hell during which he considered suicide, David Goodman, 24, was found not guilty in connection with charges that he raped a five-year-old boy in a case his lawyers and family insist should never have been prosecuted.  The alleged incident occurred when Mr. Goodman was a summer camp counselor.  Why was the case brought?  Well, the prosecutor believed the boy, and the state had a diagnosis of the boy's alleged post-traumatic stress disorder after camp.  Mr. Goodman's lawyer said law enforcement and prosecutors had to ignore a "small mountain of evidence" to believe the boy, including discrepancies between his version of what happened and his mother's description.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The upcoming Lisak rape report: false rape claims are in the single digits

Coming this month, supposedly, is a report of a study conducted by Prof. David Lisak on the prevalence of false rape claims. According to a blogger named Thomas MacAulay Millar, Lisak studied all rape claims made to a U.S. university police department over a ten year period, and concluded that only 5.9 percent were false allegations.

Former UC Davis violence-prevention director arrested

A Follow up to our story HERE. Note that her embezzling $2K-$13K appears to be more important in this report than the fact that she inflated the reports of rape/sexual assault for 3 years.

The former director of the Campus Violence Prevention Program at the University of California Davis was arrested Thursday on a charge of embezzlement of public funds.

Jennifer Beeman was also charged with eight other felonies, all alleging misuse of funds and false accounting. She surrendered to authorities in Woodland.

According to the Yolo County District Attorney, Beeman embezzled between $2,000 and $13,000.
Beeman worked as director of the Campus Violence Prevention Program for 16 years.

In December 2008 she was placed on administrative leave. She stopped working for the university six months later.

An investigation at the university found Beeman inflated the numbers of forcible sex offenses on campus over the course of three years.

The charges against her stem from her alleged personal use of funds intended for prevention programs.

The program is intended to help victims of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence.


Friday, December 10, 2010

How to avoid a false rape claim

Sometimes there is nothing an innocent guy can do to avoid a false rape claim. Sometimes he is just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But a significant number of false rape claims can be avoided by exercising caution and staying clear of situations where the likelihood of a false rape claim is enhanced.

When it comes to rape, political correctness gone mad tells us we should not even suggest advising our daughters to avoid certain situations where rape is more likely to occur (they call it "victim blaming" -- as if the mere admonition to "be careful" transfers blame for a rape from the rapist to the victim). It would be unfortunate if we similarly hesitated to urge our sons to minimize the risk of false rape claims out of some warped, politicized sense of principle. The long-term damage from a false rape claim is so potentially enormous that every reasonable effort should be taken to avoid one. Make no mistake, the onus for a false rape claim is on the false accuser, just as the onus for rape is on the rapist. But failing to discourage our young people from putting themselves in harm's way just to make a political point is something no sane parent should ever do.

Having closely studied the false rape phenomenon for a considerable period of time, we have compiled a short list of situations where the likelihood of a false rape claim is enhanced. We've run similar lists in the past, and we are constantly updating it. A lot of it is common sense.  Sometimes, more than one of these situations is present in a given instance, thus increasing the likelihood of a false rape claim.

One important point needs to be made at the outset: the vast majority of women would never tell a rape lie under any circumstance, just as the vast majority of men would never rape under any circumstance.

Here are the situations to watch for:

Where the woman will feel a need to deny her consensual tryst to someone important in her life.

This one can't be overstated. It is the foremost reason why women lie about rape. In Prof. Kanin's first landmark false rape study, he found that the motive to cover up a sudden illicit encounter was the primary motivation for false rape claims. It is manifested in a variety of ways, but if you remember the general principle, you should be able to spot the warning signs.

If a woman feels a need to keep the affair from someone important to her, she is more likely to falsely cry rape because she fears the tryst will become known. How will it become known?  She might fear that she has become impregnated, or that she has contracted a sexually transmitted disease, or that you will reveal the affair to someone and that it will get back to the person(s) she wants to keep it from. In light of these fears, some women figure that the only way to avoid blame is to make a preemptive false rape claim.  It is cruel and heartless to the falsely accused male lover, but, sadly, it is more common than we'd like to think.

Specific situations where this occurs:

(1) Having sex with a woman who has a husband or a boyfriend.  Aside from the moral considerations of interfering with someone's marriage or committed relationship, you should avoid this at all costs because it is ground zero for a false rape claim. Even if you think the woman is estranged from her husband or boyfriend, you may not know for sure, and there is always the possibility they will get back together soon. Too often, the innocent male won't know that she's married or has a boyfriend -- a cautionary tale about the dangers of bedding a woman you don't know well.

(2) If the woman is young, or if she is still under her parents' emotional thumb and they either disapprove of you or of her having sex. If a girl needs to hide the fact that she's having sex with you from a parent, as most teen girls below college age do, you are playing with fire.  Moreover, sex with college-age women or older is sometimes problematic if she is still under her parents' financial or emotional thumb, and if they disapprove either of her having sex, or of you.

(3) If the woman would be embarrassed to let her friends know she is serious about you. If you are the quarterback of your school's NCAA division one football team, chances are, this won't be a problem. If you are a geek who's not very popular but who "gets lucky" one night while you're both drinking, you stand a greater chance of a false rape claim the next morning.

(4) Group sex where there was one woman and multiple guys. Think Hofstra.  This is a recipe for a false rape claim. Ground zero, in fact.  We've seen this multiple times. The reasons are obvious: how on earth can she possibly explain this to a boyfriend, a parent, or a friend? How will she hold her head up on campus? Most sane young women will deeply regret that encounter after-the-fact and will worry that if word got out, it would destroy what's left of her reputation. The fear of "slut shaming," as the feminists call it, seems to spawn off-the-charts regret, and that is a false rape claim waiting to happen.  Men should never, ever put themselves in this awful situation.

Nasty break-ups. 

Divorce and custody disputes spawn false rape claims in order for the woman to gain the upper hand in the dispute.

Spurned ex-lovers sometimes use false rape claims as a tool of revenge.  If you are cheating on a wife or a girlfriend, a false rape claim is more likely, and many people will view it as a sort of justified payback.

These situations are sometimes difficult to avoid and give men even more reason (1) not to cheat, and (2) to do a much better job of getting their know the woman before getting serious with her.

Where it will be confusing as to whether rape occurred.

The alcohol-fueled hook-up culture is a disaster for both men and women. To suggest that couples should never drink and fool around denies eons of accumulated knowledge about gender relations.  Couples often drink to lower inhibitions, knowing full well where it will lead. It's drinking to excess that's the problem, especially for college-aged couples and slightly older. Asking the police or a jury to sort out what happened afterwards based on a "he said/she said" account puts an impossible burden on our law enforcement and judicial apparatuses. Young men looking to "score" in that situation need to understand that (1) when women drink to excess, at some point, they lose the ability to factually and legally consent, and the breaking point is very difficult to discern; and (2) women experience much greater after-the-fact regret than men do. Sometimes feelings of regret are translated into feelings of "being used," and sometimes feelings of "being used" are misinterpreted or purposefully misconstrued as "rape." Unfortunately, it is the politically correct thing to urge young women to party like the guys -- without bothering to tell them about the regret asymmetry that separates the genders. 

Big age differentials.

Older male, much younger female. A false rape claim is less plausible when it involves peers around the same age because the likelihood of a consensual relationship is greater among same-age partners. When a teen girl below the age of consent accuses a middle-aged man of rape, there is no possibility of legal consent, and actual consent seems less likely than if she was having sex with a same-age boy. Moreover, the older man/young girl allegation is generally viewed as so terribly loathsome that the mantra "guilty until proven innocent" is truly a reality for this one.  Even when a young woman beyond the age of consent accuses a middle-aged man of rape, the initial inclination is to assume he's a lecherous old man, and that she would have no desire to have consensual sex with someone like that.

Teen boy, older woman. Sometimes women (they are often teachers) who statutorily rape teen boys will twice victimize them by falsely accusing them of rape. Such tactic has facial plausibility, given the male-as-predator stereotype and the exploding hormones of teen boys. It is especially disturbing that a woman would, as the cliche goes, throw her callow young lover under the bus in order to save herself.  This is almost always a situation where the woman will feel a tremendous need to deny the tryst to someone important in her life -- often her husband, her children, her friends, the principal at the school where she works, and the school board, all at once.

Certain professions more readily lend themselves to false rape claims.

If you are male and are a school teacher, a police officer, an ambulance paramedic, or a cab driver, you need to be especially vigilant.

Police officers are at risk because some women charged with crimes lie about rape out of revenge or to claim that the charges were trumped up.

Ambulance paramedics and cab drivers are sometimes targeted by delusional women or women looking for an excuse for some indiscretion (refusing to pay a cab fare is a big one).

Teachers are forced to interact with many girls who are experiencing significant emotional and hormonal changes and whose immature judgment allows them to do things a more mature person wouldn't do. The ease with which a false claim can be made is a concern for male teachers, and that profession, more than the others, is attuned to these dangers.

The woman is unstable or ovulating.

This is often impossible to spot, at least initially. We've reported here on a woman who sent a man to prison for five years because she was bored.  Another woman tried to destroy the life of a man she didn't even know with a rape lie because he wouldn't give her a beer. A girl accused another man of rape for throwing a flower at her. Innumerable women tell rape lies for attention or sympathy.  Some women are just plain nuts, and men who are close to them stand a greater chance of being smeared by a rape lie.

Sometimes, the reason has a biological basis: ovulating women shift their perceptions, according to one study, "to decrease false negative errors at the expense of making more false positive errors." Thus, women perceive men as more sexually coercive at fertile points of their cycle than at non-fertile points. If a conflicted, ovulating woman has sex with a man, even though her outward manifestations of assent reasonably suggested that consent was present, she is more likely to convince herserlf that the encounter was "coercive."

The woman has no compunction about lying.

This one surely overlaps with the others. If a woman is sufficiently selfish that she has no difficulty lying -- to extricate herself from trouble or for other reasons, she may not even need one of the reasons noted above to tell a rape lie.  Some women will tell rape lies to avoid getting into trouble for being late for work.   Liars are dangerous, and are to be avoided at all costs. Again, this personality type will almost always be impossible to spot immediately.

The best way to avoid a false rape claim is not to engage in sexual relations outside a committed relationship. In my belief-system, that means a stable marriage to someone you trust. I fully realize that this will strike some as old-fashioned and moralizing; I also appreciate that in this no-fault divorce era where 70% of all divorces are initiated by women who are afforded significant advantages in family law courts biased against fathers, that a happy marriage is all too often elusive. I merely point out that false rape claims are virtually non-existent in a happy marriage.  Here endeth the sermon.

Teenager who cried rape after cheating with ex-boyfriend is jailed for 12 months

Thanks to AfOR for the tip.

A teenager who cheated with her ex-boyfriend has been jailed for 12 months - for falsely claiming he raped her.

Amanda Bradley, 19, texted her new partner to say she'd been raped, Bolton Crown Court heard yesterday, and her victim was arrested while still in her bedroom.

Three months later Bradley finally admitted to police that she'd lied.

Sentencing, Judge Steven Everett said: 'There was indeed an element of spite about what you did and an element of meanness.

'You wanted to get him into trouble and you knew full well you were going to get him into trouble in a very big way.'

Bradley pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing.

Having been arrested, the 28-year-old man she accused - who was not identified in court - was subjected to an 'intimate' forensic examination, interviewed at length and kept in police cell for 17 hours.

He had the offence hanging over him for three months before Bradley's change of heart.

Judge Everett said: 'That must have been a terribly traumatic thing for him. It's impossible to imagine just how traumatic it must have been.'

Geoffrey Southcote-Want, prosecuting, told the court that Bradley's boyfriend called the police on April 5 to say she had been raped.

Officers went to her home address in Bolton, Greater Manchester, and they found her in a bedroom with the victim. She told police she had been raped.

She then spent a long time with an officer specially trained to deal with victims of rape who listened to her story.

Clothing was seized and samples taken. She then visited the St Marys Sexual Assault Referral Centre and underwent a full forensic examination, having been transported to and from the centre by a police officer.
When interviewed the victim strenuously denied he had raped her and said the sex was consensual.

In May, Bradley was video-interviewed by police and again reiterated her claim she had been raped.

But in June she contacted the investigating officer to withdraw her complaint.

She was interviewed again and admitted the sex had been consensual.

When asked why she did it, she told police: 'Because I'd just had enough of him, because every time I got a boyfriend he still wanted sex with me and everything like that.'

Andrew Costello, defending, said that Bradley was only 18 when she committed the offence and described her as being 'very immature and naive'.

Detective Inspector Andy Meeks, of Bolton CID, said: 'Greater Manchester Police would encourage anyone who has been a victim of rape or any sort of sexual abuse to come forward.

'We treat every allegation seriously and will investigate thoroughly and without prejudice.

'The support we gave to Bradley shows just how seriously we take any allegation and I want to stress that in publicising this case, we want anyone who has been a genuine victim to speak to us because we can help not only you, but also put your attacker behind bars.

'However, we must also treat lying to the police about such an awful crime equally seriously.

'Unfortunately, false allegations make a mockery of the experiences suffered by genuine victims.'

He added: 'In investigating this false claim, officers wasted countless hours interviewing witnesses and on paperwork when they could have been dealing with a genuine emergency.

'Not only that, but the man she alleged was responsible had to spend time in a custody cell, wrongly accused of an offence he did not commit. Unfairly, he has been put through a tremendous amount of stress when he is completely innocent.'


Thursday, December 9, 2010

The absurdity of thinking men and women are interchangeable

(CNN)  Tom Shayles, executive editor of Brides Magazine, said he resents the fact that the 40 billion dollar per year wedding industry "continues to worship at the altar of the 21 to 29-year-old female."

What is your reaction to the above quote?  Did you find it goofy?  I would think so, because, of course the wedding industry worships at the altar of young women. That's who drives it.

OK, that quote was made up to make a point. Let us be perfectly honest: no rational person would ever make a statement like that, because that concern isn't on anyone's radar.

But what's your reaction to this one:

Helen Mirren resents that "Hollywood filmmaking . . . continues to worship at the altar of the 18 to 25-year-old male and his penis. Quite small, I always think.”

That's a real quote. It's every bit as goofy as the one about the wedding industry. Hollywood producers have a slobbering crush on young men because young men drive the movie industry. Everybody knows that. (Nice of Ms. Mirren to mention the penises -- because, I mean, young men are defined by their penises -- not their brains, or their good deeds, or their hard work. They are just virile masses of testosterone plotting where they can next stick their penises, no better than rutting animals.)

So why is it somehow "OK" for the wedding industry to be female driven -- nobody would ever question that -- but it's "wrong," and worthy of protest, for the movie industry to be male-driven? 

Why is it OK for colleges to be pink ghettos but it's wrong when more men than women want to play competitive sports in college?

Why is it OK for college liberal arts departments to be dominated by women but it's wrong for science and engineering departments to be dominated by men?

Do you see what's going on here?  Men and women merely have different interests when women dominate a field; but for any field dominated by men, it must be due to discrimination. And misogyny.  And patriarchy.

Because men and women are different. Except when they are the same.

Feminist: How dare writers who don't know the facts insist Assange is innocent! (Never mind when the same people assume a presumptively innocent man is guilty)

Ever notice that every feminist has had life experiences that have somehow completely eluded you and me?  For example, every feminist knows multiple women who've been raped -- raped, I tell you -- none of the victims reported it due to fears of . . . just make up something and I promise you it was one of the things they supposedly feared. And, no, I'm not ridiculing actual rape victims, I'm ridiculing feminists who expect us to buy that horse manure.

And, of course, every feminist is an authority on false rape claims.  For example, they often feel perfectly justified popping onto this blog to "educate" us, in a most self-righteous and sarcastic manner, about a subject we follow intensely and they don't.  We, of course, are biased and unworthy of belief, simply by virtue of the fact that we have the audacity to speak for a group of citizens normally treated as flotsam.

Well, they are coming out of the woodwork with hand-wringing and solemn pronouncements about the Assange rape claims.  One writer said this: "The next phase of the Wikileaks coverage has already begun. The fact that there is no public evidence one way or another about the rape case has led into a tiresome, pedestrian argument over the usual sexual battlegrounds. Soon, commentators will start on the prevalence of false rape accusations, and the feminist slant that is inherent in sexual assault charges. Stay tuned for a discussion on men’s rights, the inevitable backlash that ensues, and the inevitable backlash to the backlash, until Julian Assange sneaks away while we’re all yelling at each other." See here.

The Assange case is an aberration, a blip, an anomaly. A lot of the people who normally would gladly assume a man's guilt based on nothing more than a naked allegation by a woman happen to support this particular man's anti-U.S. politics, so in this rare instance, some of those people are supporting the accused.  Support for Assange has prompted a feminist backlash.

Comments by feminist Kate Harding, writing in Salon deserve special mention:

As of today, even Naomi Wolf -- Naomi Effin' Wolf! -- has taken a public swipe at Assange's accusers, using her status as a "longtime feminist" to underscore the absurdity of "the alleged victims ... using feminist-inspired rhetoric and law to assuage what appears to be personal injured feelings."

Wow. Admittedly, I don't have as much experience being a feminist as Wolf has, but when I see a swarm of people with exactly zero direct access to the facts of a rape case loudly insisting that the accusation has no merit, I usually start to wonder about their credibility. And their sources.

Tell us, Ms. Harding, how do you react when you see a swarm of people with exactly zero direct access to the facts about an alleged rape case -- a he said/she said case where the only evidence is her say so -- loudly insisting that the accusation has merit? 

How do you react then?  Does that bother you? Even a little?

Because that's what we almost always hear. That's how the news media and the feminist blogosphere treats virtually every allegation of rape, even the ones supported by no evidence beyond her say-so in a "he said/she said" dispute; even the many that turn out to be false. 

Tell me, girlfriend, do you "usually start to wonder about their credibility" in that case?

Somehow, I doubt it. Somehow I suspect you have precisely zero inclination to pound out an angry, sarcastic Internet piece about the innumerable rushes to judgment that crucify innocent men and boys with false rape allegations.

Can you say "Hofstra"? 

Funny, girlfriend, you've written a ton on that horrid Roman Polanski. How did you feel about Hofstra?

Doesn't interest you, does it?

Harding is a writer who uses the word "dude" a lot.  It's her shorthand put-down of all things male. And by the way, she believes that rape is rampant on college campuses.  See here.

Does that kind of make you doubt Kate Harding's credibility?  And her sources?

See, I get some very, very, angry and sarcastic emails and comments from people chastising me for attacking feminism.

The fact is, I do not attack feminism. I quote it.  That's all I need to do.