Monday, October 31, 2011

CAIN: 'I WAS FALSELY ACCUSED'

"I have never sexually harassed anyone, and yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association. I say falsely because it turned out, after the investigation, to be baseless."

Story here: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45099767/ns/today-today_news/t/cain-says-he-was-falsely-accused-harassment/#

Blowing old allegations into headline news: The sex rumors about Herman Cain, and the ugly spectre of black men as sexual predators


POLITICO reports that back in the 1990s, "at least" two unnamed female employees of the National Restaurant Association, which black GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain headed from 1996-1999, complained to colleagues and senior association officials about alleged inappropriate sexual behavior by Cain involving alleged conversations supposedly "filled" with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, which supposed unspecified conduct allegedly offended the women and forced them to leave their jobs at the trade group. The unnamed women supposedly signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts. The agreements, we are told, included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

POLITICO says it knows the identities of the two women but, for privacy concerns, is not publishing their names.

La Salle woman charged with false report

A La Salle woman remained in the La Salle County Jail Tuesday on a charge she made a false claim of sexual assault.

Friday, October 28, 2011

College Administrator to OCR: 'How do I respond to an angry parent who sees the injustice to her son that the college is supposed to believe the alleged victim?'


MUST READING:

http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2011/10/28/essay-ocr-guidelines-sexual-assault-hurt-colleges-and-students

This is also a men's rights issue . . .

See here.

Slut Walk participant pissed that newspaper had the audacity to run her photo

The Dal Gazette, the student newspaper for Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, sent reporters and photographers to the local Slut Walk event. In its coverage, the paper included the photo to the left, accompanied by this story, which explained the mission of Slut Walk. Among other things the newspaper noted: “A person’s attire or activity is not provocation for sexual violence.”

The story did not identify the woman pictured.

Caleb Warner won't return to UND even after getting expulsion reversed

The story is found here.

Can you blame him for not wanting to go back to that place? Would you return to UND?  I wouldn't.

Heidi Jones: the latest high profile false accuser to be spared jail time

A follow-up on this story, and this one.

Ex-weather gal Heidi Jones sentenced to 350 hours community service at not-for-profit for false report

A little sprain in the forecast didn't stop "cry-rape" weather gal Heidi Jones from limping into Manhattan Supreme Court today to be sentenced for snowing authorities last fall.

Teen recants Mtn. View sexual assault story

Mountain View police said that a 16-year-old girl who told officers she had been sexually assaulted in Whisman Park in late September has recanted her story.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Web post applauding penile mutilation must be removed

Our friend Paul Elam wants Nicole Fabian-Weber's vile pro-mutilation post removed from the Web. Paul asks that we communicate with the blog owner to express our displeasure.  Here is the contact information: http://thestir.cafemom.com/contact

And here is my note:

In an era when we tell our sons they must never engage in gendered violence, Nicole Fabian-Weber (“Wife Cuts Off Husband’s Penis & Chucks It in the River,” 10/18/11) celebrates sexual mutilation when the genders are reversed. Your Web site has done a grave disservice to our children by running that piece, and you should pull it now.

Without even a hint of due process, without a scrap of evidence being considered by a trier of fact, Ms. Fabian-Weber arrogates to all women the right to exact the most gruesome vigilante “justice” on any “member” of any member of the opposite sex.

By what rationale is such a despicable display of gender get-evenism acceptable to your Web site?

We can tell our sons that gendered violence is unacceptable until we’re blue in the face, but when they see that it’s OK when mommy does it, they won’t bother drawing those fine-line, politically correct distinctions you seem to take for granted, and they’ll assume it must be OK when daddy does it, too.

Is that the kind of shameful example you want to set?

Sincerely,

Pierce Harlan

The college student who concocted a terrible rape lie to highlight the problems of safety for women

We dip into the archives today to highlight one of the most peculiar false rape allegations on record.

In 1990, Mariam Kashani, a 19-year-old sophomore and feminist activist at George Washington University, decided she needed to "highlight the problems of safety for women" in a very prominent way, so what do you suppose she did?

She concocted an elaborate false rape hoax, that's what.

Occupy Baltimore's 'Sexual Offense Policy' Underscores Loopy Excesses of Far Left Gender Politics

The persons who speak out the most on sexual assault issues are, ironically, among the most extreme and irrational voices on the subject. Not surprisingly, many are allied with the "Occupy" movements. I've highlighted pertinent portions of Occupy Baltimore's "Sexual Offense Policy," which illustrates the extremism, and which would be laughable if these people weren't serious about it:

Occupy Baltimore Sexual Offense Policy

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwanted commentary or physical contact. It is the victim's prerogative to classify any action as sexual harassment, and to decide whether or not the harasser be ejected from Occupy Baltimore. If the victim chooses to enforce the ejection policy, the harasser will be ordered not to return until the Safer Spaces Committee in conjunction with the Mediator’s Committee has reviewed the incident on the following day.

Instances of sexual abuse and assault will be handled according to the expressed desires of the victim. The Security and Medical teams are equipped with a list of resources, including contact information for the police, hospitals, sexual assault hotlines, and women's shelters. In these instances, #Occupy Baltimore welcomes the involvement of the Baltimore City Police and encourages victims to report crimes. We also recognize that the U.S. Justice System is flawed, especially when it comes to cases of sexual assault. If for any reason the victim feels uncomfortable with police involvement, their wishes will be respected.

Anyone reporting sexual assault, with or without police involvement, will have the support of the Occupy Baltimore community. This includes but is not limited to medical assistance, transportation, protection, investigation, mediation and conflict resolution, and emotional support and counseling.

Source: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2011/10/occupy_baltimore_revises_sexua.html

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Congress is about to screw over your son

The draft VAWA reauthorization bill is a blatant, politicized, institutionalized embrace of partiality that favors the female accuser and maligns the male accused.

Did the headline get your attention?

This is the most important issue I know about for persons interested in men's rights. Radical feminists understand how important it is; too many persons concerned about men's rights do not.

The VAWA draft reauthorization bill being spearheaded by Senator Patrick Leahy incorporates the most important maladies contained in the heavily criticized, anti-male, April 4 "Dear Colleague" letter issued by Russlyn Ali of the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

The "Dear Colleague" letter represents an assault on innocent college men because it makes it much easier to find them guilty of sex offenses. If Congress enacts the principal tenets of the "Dear Colleague" letter into law, and Obama certainly will sign it, it will become that much more difficult to repeal.

The proposed act, like the "Dear Colleague" letter, mandates that colleges find persons accused of sex offenses guilty if the "preponderance of evidence"--just a little over 50%--shows they did it. The vast majority of sex offenses on campus are lodged against men.  Most schools currently use the higher "clear and convincing" standard, which protects innocent men by mandating that colleges are certain of their guilt before they are expelled and their lives are forever altered.

The draft VAWA reauthorization bill abdicates the responsibility to set the standard of proof in cases involving sexual assault and other alleged sex offenses to the the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

As OCR is currently constituted, this could scarcely be worse news for men on campus, or for persons concerned about a man on campus.

Warren Settles False Rape Lawsuit for $2.8M

A follow up to our story HERE. $2.8 million for 12 years is slightly over $233K (thanks to hieronymous for the catch) per year.

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit suburb has agreed to pay $2.8 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who spent nearly 12 years in prison for rape before winning an acquittal at a second trial.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nicole Fabian-Weber supports women who cut off their husbands dicks -- because the women claim they were abused


Wife Cuts Off Husband's Penis & Chucks It in the River

By Nicole Fabian-Weber

A 29-year-old Vietnamese woman, only identified by her surname, Pan, was sick and tired of her husband's philandering ways and his physical abuse. So she did what any scorned, ballsy woman would do: She waited until he was passed out from drugs and sleeping pills and cut off his penis -- with a pair of scissors. Then she threw the severed member in a Taiwanese river like it ain't no thang.

Afterward, she turned herself into police and allegedly told them that she felt no regret for what she did to her unemployed, drugged-out dirtbag of a husband. Bad. Ass.

Although I consider myself to be somewhat of a pacifist, I must admit, I've always admired a woman who has the cojones to cut off a man's weenus. Lord knows I wouldn't be able to go through with it. No matter how much the bastard deserved it. Cutting off a dude's private parts -- with scissors (scissors!) no less -- would probably be more punishment for me than the man itself. Shudder! Blech! Ick!

Then again, I've never been pushed to such a point in my life. I imagine women who are actually ready to go through with ... the deed have reached a place where they literally have nowhere else to go. They've been abused -- physically, sexually, and emotionally -- for far too long, and cutting off the thing that essentially gives men their power seems like the best option. And it probably is.

Pan, who worked at a local karaoke shop to support her family, has been taken into custody on charges of assault. And you know what? I bet she couldn't care less. She probably feels pretty damn good right now.

Do you think cutting off a man's penis is a suitable punishment after enduring years of emotional and physical abuse?

Link: http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/127533/wife_cuts_off_husbands_penis

Yarloop rape claim was false: police

Only a day after a 15-year-old girl was found to have "cried wolf" over a false rape claim, Bunbury detectives have charged a 65-year-old woman with falsifying a sexual assult complaint.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Innocence Project says 'registered sex offender' arrested this month was falsely accused


THE SHERIFF'S PRESS RELEASE:

On October 14, 2011 at approximately 8 p.m., while working security at the Orange High School game against River Bend High School, Deputy Garcia Madison observed and identified Edger Lee Coker, a violent sex offender from the VA State Police registry, on school property observing the football game.

Deputy Madison took Coker into custody and transported him to Central Virginia Regional Jail. Coker was charged with VA Code Section 18.2-370.5 ( Sex Offenders—prohibiting entry to school property).

Coker was held at the jail on a $3000.00 secured bond.

Sheriff Mark A. Amos
Orange County Sheriff's Office

THE INNOCENCE PROJECT'S STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO SHERIFF'S PRESS RELEASE:
 
Edgar Coker was adjudicated delinquent in 2007 upon false allegations that when he was 15-years old, he forcibly raped a 14-year old girl. After Edgar's adjudication, the alleged victim fully recanted her allegations against him and admitted that she had invited him into her home and had engaged in consensual sexual activity with him, but made up the rape story because she was afraid of getting in trouble after her mother came home. There is currently an appeal pending in the Supreme Court of Virginia addressing the recantation. The alleged victim and her mother have been tirelessly working to reverse his wrongful adjudication for over three years.

After he had completely served his time in the Department of Juvenile Justice, Edgar sought and received permission to enroll in Orange High School, despite the fact that he was already on the sex offender registry due to the false rape adjudication. Orange High School allowed Edgar to enroll. Edgar in fact enrolled at Orange High School and recently graduated. While he was a student at Orange, Edgar participated in the Orange High School track team and was featured in the Orange County Review for his athletic achievements.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office's press release omits all of this critical information and instead creates the misimpression that a sexual predator was caught attending a high school football game. In fact, Edgar Coker is innocent of wrongdoing and had permission to attend Orange High School.

We are requesting that, if you will not remove Sheriff Amos's misleading press release from your website and Facebook page, that you at least print the contents of this e-mail alongside the press release.

Counsel for Edgar Coker,
Matthew Engle
Deirdre Enright
The Innocence Project
University of Virginia School of Law

Joe, why don't you tell the truth about rape?

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden engaged in monstrously irresponsible politicking by asserting, with evidence that would be laughed out of any court in America, that rape would rise in Flint, Michigan if the GOP blocked the Obama jobs bill, which would result in more cops being hired.  He belligerently defended his fear-mongering when a journalist questioned him about it by chiding, "Don't screw around with me."

Of course, it's Joe who's been screwing around with the American people on this issue.  The Washington Post branded his crass fear-mongering what it is: bullshit.

Even if Joe had sufficient evidence to link a supposed surge of rape with a loss of cops in Flint--and the Post suggests he doesn't--"it is likely one of many factors that affects the crime rate, not the single one, as Biden suggests. The FBI itself lists more than a dozen variables in what causes crime to increase in a community."  See here.

So why didn't Joe mention the other variables?
Another of our rare posts of a male filing a false report.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In case you missed it . . .

Read it now:

Crude sign evidence of 'rape culture'? Really?

'Chickens have come home to roost': Some taxi drivers think twice about picking up young women because of false sex claims

The Campus Sex Kabuki Dance: Colleges teach women to fear men, then invite the men to move in with the women

Rape report at Purdue was false, second rape report at Purdue is assumed to be true

I am reprinting a news story verbatim. The deficiencies in the reporting are so glaring, they speak for themselves.  It's a report about a second alleged sexual assault at Purdue in several days. The first was found to be false. Yet the second is treated as a for-certain sexual assault. Here is the story:

Purdue police investigating sexual assault

Purdue University police are investigating a Saturday morning sexual assault that occurred near the south side of Heavilon Hall on campus.
 
The assault occurred about 12:45 a.m. The suspect is described as a white, college-age male standing 5 feet, 11 inches and weighing about 200 pounds. He was reportedly wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.
 
Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg said officials are viewing security tape from security cameras in the area.

"We hope the video will be of some use," Norberg said.

Police are asking anyone with information or who may have been in the area to call the anonymous WeTip hotline at (800) 782-7463.

Norberg said officials are encouraging students to take advantage of the Safe Walk program, where members of the student security patrol escort those walking on campus alone at night. An escort can be requested by dialing (765) 494-7233.

"We're urging everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to utilize Safe Walk and make sure they're not walking alone," Norberg said.

This is the second reported sexual assault in the past week.

The first, which was later determined to be a false report, was reported by 18-year-old Clarks Hill resident Tiphani Webb, who told police she was raped by a male acquaintance around midnight Tuesday near the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge.

Webb was arrested Friday on suspicion of false informing and booked into Tippecanoe County Jail.

Norberg said it is believed there is no connection between the reports.

Link: http://www.jconline.com/article/20111023/NEWS03/110230338/Purdue-police-investigating-sexual-assault?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Saturday, October 22, 2011

'24 hour truce on man-bashing'

A comment under this story Women’s studies students propose 24-hour truce, which we discussed here, says this:

"I find this 'truce' insulting to men, to my husband, to my sons, to my father. All of whom are good, caring, strong men who care for their families and their communities. It infers all men are mean, evil, violent and rapists.

"Women worry about violence and sexual assault? A healthy fear, but not when it has been raised to an irrational level by hysteria mongers. Men are far more likely to experience violence in their lifetime than women.

"I propose we they have a 24hr truce on Man Bashing; a 24hr truce on cherry picked, manipulated statistics that paint a jaundiced picture of our World; a 24hr truce on hysteria mongering for self serving purposes;a 24hr truce on denying the problems also faced by Men.

"I want a fair and good World for myself and all members of my family, regardless their gender. This type of stunt is self-promoting, divisive and unproductive."

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wrongly accused man freed after 30 years

Based on information posted at the Innocence Project Web site, a woman made a false rape claim that sent an innocent man to prison for 30 years.

Women's Studies Class uses Dworkin's '24-Hour Truce During Which There is No Rape' to raise awareness about domestic violence

At the 1983 Midwest Regional Conference of the National Organization for Changing Men (now, the National Organization for Men Against Sexism), the spiritual leader of modern feminism, hatemonger extraordinaire Andrea Dworkin, gave a speech titled I Want a Twenty-Four-Hour Truce During Which There Is No Rape.

The "Truce" speech evinces a view of reality so severely misshapen that it borders on psychosis. That this woman could be considered influential in any movement, much less a broad-based movement that has helped shape public policy, tells us everything we need to know about both the movement and the society that kowtows to it.

The incoherence and the over-the-top denigration of men, both as a class and as individuals, makes the speech richly absurd and terribly pathetic at the same time. It made me laugh out loud several times. But then I remembered the influence this woman wielded, and still wields long after her death, in shaping public policy, and I stopped laughing.

Now, students in Laura Diener's Women Studies 101 class at Marshall University are using Dworkin's "Truce" as both a learning experience and to help raise awareness about sexual assault and violence against women -- these are issues which, according to one sophomore, "are never addressed."  (Yeah, you read that right: "never addressed.")

Say it ain't so, Joe! Biden’s absurd claims about rising rape and murder rates

Read it here: The Washington Post

Next week: The bizarre thing your Senators are up to, and how it will hurt our sons in college

A preview: they say the Department of Education can lower the standard of proof used in sexual assault cases on campus even below the preponderance of the evidence standard.

You read that right. This is the most important topic in this entire milieu, but our newspapers don't think it's newsworthy.

Check us out next week.

Burnley woman jailed over false rape claims

A Burnley woman who falsely accused her lover of rape has been jailed for two years today.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Vice President Biden defends using rape scare tactic to pass jobs bill

Jason Mattera, the editor of the Human Events, confronted Vice President Joe Biden about these comments.  Mr. Mattera asked the vice president if he regretted using a "rape reference to describe Republican opposition" to the jobs bill. (As we previously explained, Biden pulled some numbers out of his ass, and from the toilet tissue thin evidence he cited, he said that if the GOP doesn't pass the jobs bill, rape and murder will rise in Flint Michigan.)

That, of course, is nothing short of monstrously irresponsible politicking -- fear-mongering of the worst kind. But Joe seems proud of it, and he defended himself in a beligerrent way:

"Let's get it straight, guy, don't screw around with me," Biden told Mattera. "Listen to me. I said rape was up three times in Flint, they're the numbers. Go look at the numbers. Murder's up, rape is up, burglaries are up. That's exactly what I said."

When Mattera asked if it was appropriate for a person in Biden's position to make warnings like that to advance a bill, Biden ended the interview.

I can't wait until Marco Rubio or Chris Christie debates this Grade "A" jackass prior to the election next year.

See here: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/biden-confronted-over-jobs-bill-rhetoric-183133502.html

Crude sign evidence of 'rape culture'? Really?

Last August, male students living off campus at Western Illinois University put up a sign in front of their house during move-in weekend for students that read: "Freshman girl drop off here. U honk we drink. Freshman girl drop off, Oral-tation Aug. 20."

Members of the school's Feminist Action Alliance are still upset about it. They want the university to do something.

The guys said the sign was a joke, and that some women even liked it.

Oh, Really? It was funny? Guess it's over my head. I'm more a fan of Oscar Wilde and Julius H. Marx and brothers. To me, not only was this not clever in the least, it was symptomatic of a puerile vulgarity and incivility that marks the era we find ourselves stranded in.

But the campus feminists read lots more into it. They think it's evidence of "rape culture."

"I think the behavior that these guys have displayed contributes to the fact that our society has an overall rape culture, which condones rape," said Alicia Guzman Riley, a junior double majoring in law enforcement and women's studies.

Sigh.

By conflating this crude and innocuous fratboy "humor" with a vile act where one human being turns another into his personal masturbation sleeve, these people trivialize the horror of rape and do rape victims no favors.

It is akin to insisting that when Moe konks Curly on the head with an oversized mallet, it's evidence that we live in a "murder culture." Sort of waters down the seriousness of murder, wouldn't you say?

It scarcely seems necessary to note the following: there is no evidence that cracking an occasional crude sexual joke or even looking at Playboy Magazine from time to time leads to rape.  (Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson of Texas A&M said this: ". . . pornography is no more linked to rape than violent games are to violent crimes. Researchers have long known that rape rates have gone down in the U.S. as pornography consumption has increased. Rapists typically consume less pornography and are exposed to it later than non-rapist men.")  There is no "rape continuum," any more than there is a "murder continuum," or a "burglary continuum." 

There is, instead, a chasm, as difficult to cross as the Nefud Desert, that separates the vast majority of men from the tiny percentage of criminal deviants who rape. An intense revulsion for rape is far more characteristic of masculinity than is any inclination to condone the vile act. Sometimes, that revulsion plays out as an overt overreaction that leaves presumptively innocent men and boys accused of rape beaten or even dead at the hands of a vigilante.

But, hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good victim narrative?

Since the childish sign in question furnishes no evidence whatsoever that the men who made it are rapists-in-waiting, a fortiori, it provides even less support for the cockamamie notion that rape is either condoned or "normalized" among men in general.  The very suggestion would be appallingly sexist if it weren't so zany.

What the campus feminists don't understand is that they can't "empower" women either by pretending women are powerless, or by spending their every waking moment looking for ways to brand men as dicks.

Source: http://www.westerncourier.com/news/joke-goes-too-far/article_1be9cc14-fa74-11e0-ae01-001a4bcf6878.html

International Roundup

A series of false rape/sexual assault reports:

http://print.dailymirror.lk/news/news/57783.html

http://topics.pe.com/article/08Vccsh6lV7ZP?q=Sunday+Times

http://zimbabwenewsonline.com/top_news/2348.html

http://www.asianage.com/delhi/couple-uses-rape-charge-threat-extortion-held-358

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I wish I could write this well . . .

Go read a great article by Alexander Baron: Op-Ed: Frightened little women - false rape news, and a retrospective

Until college men and women of good will inject themselves into the public discourse on rape, extremists will steer the policy

When colleges go looking for students to serve on committees to discuss changing sexual assault policies, who do you think volunteers?

Here's a hint: it ain't a starting running back on the football team. In fact, it's rarely anyone who wears a jockstrap out of necessity on a regular basis.

It's generally a true believer feminist who thinks that there is an overarching "rape culture" on campus. She believes that school needs to be made safer for women. And she sees no need to balance policies designed to nab rapists with policies to protect innocent men from being punished with the guilty--"rape culture" already provides too many protections for both the innocent and the guilty, she believes.

Harvard is looking to revise its sexual assault policies, and has appointed student representatives to a special committee charged with reviewing current policies. Samantha A. Meier ’12, was one of the appointees to the review committee.

Is Samantha Meier representative of the student body?

'Chickens have come home to roost': Some taxi drivers think twice about picking up young women because of false sex claims


"Good," read a comment under the news report that some St. John's, Canada, taxi drivers are thinking twice about picking up young women due to fears of false sex claims. "The chickens are finally coming home to roost." Story here. (Participate in the poll to the right of the story.)

But no, it's not good. It was, however, just a matter of time before men in professions vulnerable to false rape claims (and that includes law enforcement and the clergy) started to openly voice the terribly politically incorrect sentiment that they are concerned about false rape claims, and for good reason.

According to the story: "A taxi company official in St. John's says some of his colleagues are thinking twice about who they pick up downtown because they fear they'll be falsely accused of doing something wrong. 'It's unfortunate but today, young single females or even two females in the car... bad news. Especially if they're intoxicated,' said Doug McCarthy, general manager and a driver with Co-Op Taxi in St. John's."

It is well to remember that it is not in the taxi company's interest to pass up a fare without good reason. There is a strong business incentive for taxi drivers to pick up young women, and anyone else willing to pay for a ride. There is also a strong business incentive to not publicly express sentiments that will anger a large segment of your potential customer base.

Unfortunately, the fear of false rape claims trumps the monetary benefits of a fare, and the fact that this fear is now being openly expressed is an indication of how prominent it has become.

Woman arrested over 'false rape claims'

TWO women who claimed to be victims in a series of sex attacks have both been arrested, police said.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A triumph of justice: Caleb Warner's expulsion lifted

The University of North Dakota has lifted sanctions against a former student it dismissed last year for sexual assault but whose alleged victim was later criminally charged with filing a false report.

Caleb's story is well known. He and a classmate had consensual sex. She lodged a complaint, and a student relations committee ruled in February 2010 that he violated four sections of UND's code of student life, including “violation of criminal or civil laws.”

At the hearing with the student relations committee, Mr. Warner's lawyer was allowed to attend but could only confer with Mr. Warner during breaks in the proceedings. Mr. Warner was forced to actually defend himself and personally ask questions of the witnesses, including the alleged victim. Witnesses were allowed to “pass” if they didn't want to answer a question.

You know, it was like the Star Chamber -- without as much fairness.

Caleb was banned from campus for three years.

Caleb asked for a rehearing based on new information; specifically, the fact that she was charged with a crime, not him. The fact that he was the real victim here, not her. One of the reasons Mr. Warner was expelled was because he supposedly violated criminal or civil laws. But it turns out that the law enforcement agency charged with actually determining if a crime should be charged determined that it was the accuser, not the accused, who violated criminal laws. 

In a letter to Mr. Warner, Robert Boyd, UND's vice president of student and outreach services at the time, rejected the request and based it on a section that requires appeals to be filed within five days of any sanction.

What do you suppose the reaction would have been if Mr. Warner had been cleared of the charges but then, later, was charged with rape?  Do you think there would be protests about the fact he wasn't punished? And don't you think the school would react to that? The questions scarcely survive their statement.

It turns out that UND revealed it had used the very same evidence to find Caleb Warner guilty of sexual assault that the police and prosecutor had used to charge his accuser with lying to law enforcement.

Finally, North Dakota’s provost, Paul A. LeBel, wrote last week in a formal ruling that although the presumption of innocence applies to the accuser, who will not be extradited for the case to proceed, the arrest warrant reflects the “professional judgment of a trained law-enforcement officer that there was probable cause to doubt” the accusation. The sanctions against Caleb were lifted.

It was a very belated, but correct, decision.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/u-of-north-dakota-reverses-expulsion-after-alleged-false-report-of-sexual-assault/37327

http://thefire.org/article/13758.html

Adults' ability to tell when kids are lying "no better than the odds of chance"

"How well adults can detect if children are lying or reporting misinformation is no better than the odds of chance, reports a new Cornell study. The findings have implications for physical and sexual abuse investigations, which often rely heavily on children's eyewitness reports."

Read the rest here: http://www.ecnmag.com/News/Feeds/2011/10/pipes-output-adults-cant-tell-when-kids-are-lying-or-misinforme/

The Campus Sex Kabuki Dance: Colleges teach women to fear men, then invite the men to move in with the women

College campuses, we are told, are cisterns of male predation marked by an overarching "rape culture." In innumerable ways, women are taught to fear men, the purported beneficiaries of this culture. Doubt it? Just scan the recent news from campus. But be forewarned: some of it has an almost over-the-top misandry to it; some is just flat-out bizarre; all of it is laughable:

Mya McCann, writing for the UC Santa Barbara student newspaper, explained that Vice President Biden's '1 is 2 Many' campaign goes beyond those campaigns that place the onus on women to prevent sexual assault. Biden, she writes, "takes it a step further and addresses the actual potential perpetrators" -- men.

Lucy Marriott, Women’s Welfare Officer at Regent’s Park College wants the university to "look into the policy of handing out free rape alarms to female students.”

Abby Finkelman, writing for the student newspaper at the College of Saint Rose, wrote: "If you want to harass, assault, or rape a woman, I suggest being an athlete."  You see, "sports culture and rape culture are deeply linked. I suspect it is a combination of the team effect, rabid fans, and a generally 'macho' atmosphere . . .."  Finkelman also recently explained that "American culture 'condones, normalizes, excuses, or tolerates sexual violence against women' . . . ."

Charles Grab, a UConn student who was instrumental in promoting a recent “Slutwalk,” explained: “We, as Americans, are totally immersed in [rape culture], yet most do not realize it. A rape culture is any culture that says it’s OK to assault/rape individuals. People will say we don’t do that here, yet we do."
 
Jean Ketterling wrote in Canadian University Press that "women are often framed as guardians over their own sexuality and men strive for access to this 'commodity.' In other words, men 'get some' while women 'give it away.' This nurtures a culture of rape."

The fact is, on every college campus in America, significant resources, and in many cases, enormous resources, are expended to make women feel safe, even though the vast majority do.  Freshmen male students are shamed to believe that "she fears you" simply because they have penises. At "Take back the night" rallies women speak of an unjust world where they, but not their male peers, are forced to constantly look over their shoulders, because of men. Women's advocates use false rape claims as an occasion to demand that security policies be beefed up--not to lessen false rape claims--to protect women from potential rapists.  Colleges urge women to walk in pairs at night and make special buses available to escort them safely across campus. And every sexual assault counselor on every campus in America warns women that most rapes are committed not by a scary stranger jumping out of the bushes, but rather by the boy sitting next to them in class, often on alcohol-fueled hook-ups.

A rape culture this serious should require a complete revision of college admissions policies, as Heather MacDonald put it, "perhaps banning boys entirely." 

Right?  I mean, right?

Police: Sexual assault in Terra Linda park was fabricated


A woman who said she was sexually assaulted at knifepoint in a Terra Linda park last year has recanted, police said Monday.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Is it really necessary to destroy the name of a boy by painting him as a rapist before he's found guilty?

The following issue deserves a serious public debate, but I can't imagine one happening. Not in an era marked by law-and-order blood-lust: not in an era where, as Roy Black said, "there now is a far greater stigma for men accused of rape" than for women who make the accusation.

Last March, a news report started off as follows: "During a basketball game at Campbell High School in Smyrna last month, a 15-year-old boy forced a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom, threw her onto the floor and raped her, according to a criminal warrant released Thursday." 

That news story, and every subsequent news story about this incident, published the boy's name, and some even published his photograph.

The boy was arrested and charged as an adult with committing rape, aggravated sexual battery and false imprisonment. The girl, who was and still is unidentified, told police that the boy held her in a bear hug position on the floor of a bathroom at a high school basketball game, and used one hand to commit the assault, while the other hand pinned down her left shoulder. "The victim [sic] repeatedly told said accused no and to stop," the warrant stated.

We're not printing the boy's name here. You can easily find it if for yourself if it's so important to you. We want to make sure a Google search of the boy's name doesn't lead people here in the first instance.

Peoria woman recants in sexual assault case

A 19-year-old Peoria woman has recanted her statements that a Mossville man sexually assaulted her, forcing prosecutors to toss out the case against him just days before he was to be sentenced.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Harvard's Undergraduate Council 'will only be equipped to address sexual assault adequately' when half its members are women

From the Harvard Crimson: ". . . sexual assault is a perennial issue on college campuses, and the [Undergraduate Council] will only be equipped to begin to address this issue adequately when women, victim to an overwhelming majority of these incidents, are given an equal voice."

The Crimson writer acknowledges that "[s]ome female UC representatives have expressed that they do not 'think that an imbalanced gender ratio would affect their experience or the effectiveness of the UC.' Although we do not dispute the ability of these women to make significant contributions as members of a minority group on the UC, we respectfully disagree . . . ."

Of all the reasons we've heard for the sexual assault problem on campus, this is among the most outlandish. It is a regrettable barometer of our times that a blatantly sexist suggestion such as this --that only women can adequately address sexual assault -- also happens to be politically correct.

Teenage girl in court for false charge

A 16-year-old girl appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Monday for defeating the ends of justice after she falsely claimed to have been sexually assaulted.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

College men beware: If a woman who lives in your dorm accuses you of rape, you are supposed to be evicted

The University of Hawaii Manoa is defending itself against charges leveled by a well-known women's advocate who says the school isn't doing enough to protect victims of sexual assault. Kathryn Xian claims that when an accusation is made involving students residing in the same dorm, the school is supposed to immediately remove the "perpetrator" (she doesn't call him the "alleged" perpetrator), but that doesn't happen. (As discussed below, the Department of Education now appears to mandate that when the accuser and accused live in the same dorm, the accused must be removed, not just at the University of Hawaii, but everywhere.)

The University's security chief said that Xian's accusation is unfounded, and that an accused student may even be evicted on the basis of an accusation. "But," a news report says, "Xian wants more." It's not exactly clear what "more" she wants, but apparently she wants a policy of eviction as a matter of course -- in her words -- "for the best interests of the students."

OCSO: 9-Year-Old's Rape Report False

A girl told deputies that a man tried to rape her outside of her home, but Orange County Sheriff's deputies said the report was false early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Playing the rape card for votes

This morning, Vice President Joe Biden warned there will be more rapes if President Obama's American Jobs Act isn't passed:

"In 2008 when Flint had 265 sworn officers on the police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city. In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes, just to pick two categories, climbed to 229. In 2011 you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don't rectify it. And God only knows what that number would have been had we not been able to get a little bit of help to you."

The conclusion that Biden draws from the tissue thin evidence he cites is nothing short of monstrously irresponsible politicking; fear-mongering of the worst kind. 

But, then again, that's about what we've come to expect from Joe. 

If it didn't look like a desperation move, you could bet the mortgage that Obama would be seriously thinking of dumping this buffoon and putting Hillary on the ticket in his place in 2012.

Men of Brown University: your school uses an illegal standard of proof in sex cases -- it's too low, even by Dept. of Education standards

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) mandated the lowest standard of proof, "preponderance of the evidence" (or a 50.01% standard), in sex cases.  This mandate has been widely condemned because it required many schools to lower the standard of proof they had employed in sex cases from "clear and convincing" evidence to the "preponderance of the evidence" standard, thus making it much easier to find innocent men guilty of alleged misconduct they didn't commit.

Brown University uses a standard of proof that's even lower than "preponderance of the evidence" for sex cases.  Brown's sexual harassment policy states: "If after reviewing the investigative report, the appropriate University official (as described below) concludes that there is a reasonable basis for believing that an alleged violation of the policy has occurred, and if a negotiated settlement of the grievance has not been achieved, formal sanctions will be imposed."

A "reasonable basis" is something lower than even a "preponderance of the evidence."  As FIRE explained, this standard allows a finding of guilt "even if the majority of the evidence is on the other side."

While the "preponderance of the evidence" standard unjustly risks punishing innocent men for offenses they did not commit, Brown's standard poses an even greater greater threat to innocent men and represents a truly intolerable intrusion on the due process rights of the presumptively innocent.

That aside, if the Department of Education's mandate is the law (and it appears that the vast majority of institutions of higher learning are treating it as a binding legal directive and are adopting policies consistent with it), then it is difficult to understand how Brown's policy is lawful.  The Department of Education's April 4 "Dear Colleague" directive leaves no room for a school to deviate from the "preponderance of the evidence" standard. It states in clear and unequivocal terms: "Thus, in order for a school’s grievance procedures to be consistent with Title IX standards, the school must use a preponderance of the evidence standard (i.e., it is more likely than not that sexual harassment or violence occurred)."

Will the Department of Education take action against Brown?  Will the fair-minded students at Brown demand that the standard of proof be raised -- not to shield rapists from the punishments they deserve, but to protect the innocent from punishments they don't deserve?

False rape victim was threatened: 'Unless you pay $7,000 by 9 p.m., you will be in jail and your family will cry blood'

A follow-up to our story here. There are now three suspects accused of making a false rape claim against a Bartlett man that resulted in him being held in jail for six days.  Khaled Eleiwa surrendered to Bartlett Police on Monday and is charged with extortion, harassment, intimidation and conspiring to file a false police report.  Two sisters, Angela Poindexter and Antoinette Maria Poindexter, are also charged in the case in which Angela Poindexter claimed Maher Garada tried to assault her in his home on September 28.

According to one news account: "Police documents allege that Eleiwa called Garada on Sept. 28. Eleiwa said that unless Garada paid him $7,000 by 9 p.m., Garada would be in jail and Eleiwa would make him and his family 'cry blood,' the documents claim.  Angela Poindexter showed up at police headquarters several hours later, distraught and with her shirt torn down the front and the zipper on her pants ripped, according to police. She claimed she was at Garada's house watching a movie when he tried to assault her, police said."

Sources: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/f1405d784a64427da3e1ffe0be083893/TN--False-Rape-Claim/ and http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20111011/NEWS01/111011013/3-now-charged-false-rape-claim-Bartlett?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Man sues university, its dean for diversity, for discrimination in handling of sexual assault charge against him

Court rejects school's argument that white males are not a protected class, allows him to file a Title IX claim

One night in 2009, Joshua Vaughan and an unnamed female classmate at Vermont Law School engaged in alcohol-fueled sex. Six months later, the woman reported her version of the story to two "student ambassadors" who then informed Shirley Jefferson, the school's Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity. Jefferson then met with Vaughan regarding the complaint and asked him about the underlying events. Jefferson made a determination that it was more probable than not that Vaughan had violated the school's Code of Conduct. Jefferson appointed independent investigators to investigate the complaint. In the meantime, the alleged victim sent Jefferson an email stating that she did not want further involvement in the investigation or in any subsequent hearing.

'Rape culture is everywhere'

But I'll bet you already knew that, didn't you?  That's what college student Anna Eskamani declared here

Anna's evidence?

Why, rape culture -- and the following are her examples -- oozes from our favorite films "like Observe and Report," and our favorite video games "like Grand Theft Auto," not to mention our "everyday conversations with the all-too-common phrase of 'I totally raped that quiz.'"

"With examples like these," Anna explains, "I find it incredibly frustrating that there are those who still refuse to acknowledge the existence of rape culture."

From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam . . . foam, no doubt, manufactured by some vile sailor's ejaculation . . . rape culture is everywhere!

Where to start? Let's see: "Observe and Report" came out 2 1/2 years ago and grossed $23,930,794, a little more than it's relatively meager budget. I did see it but literally can't remember a thing about it, much less it's contribution to "rape culture."

"Grand Theft Auto" I'll leave to the vile rapists who masquerade as gamers. We all know that young men who play video games are simply playing out their rape fantasies. Me, I'm a baseball fan myself, but I readily acknowledge that the bat-and-ball imagery is decidedly patriarchal and misogynistic.

And I can't tell you how many times a day I utter that all-too-common phrase "I totally raped that quiz."  It just comes cascading off my tongue at all hours. Recently when I fixed a broken lamp, I instinctively uttered, "I totally raped that lamp!"  Or when I have a successful outing in court, it's "I totally raped that judge!"  Very common expression.

What exactly is "rape culture"? Anna, being a college woman, obviously is an expert. She writes that it "is defined as 'a complex of beliefs that encourages male sexual aggression and supports violence against women.' Rape culture is rooted in our patriarchal society and lies within the concept that women are the possession of men."

Truer words were never spoken. We think we own women. I recently found myself filling out a loan application and when I listed my assets, I wrote "car, house, wife."  And just last night at the super market, a woman was cluttering up an aisle blocking my way, so I said to her boyfriend, "sir, would you please move your property out of my way?" 

And that thinking, of course, can only lead to one thing: rape. 

Let's be honest, guys, we all think rape is OK. If I had a dime for every guy who offered to hold a woman while I raped her, I'd be a rich man.

I mean, what do women think we really talk about at urinals?  Our desire to rape women, of course.  Just last night, I went to the men's room at the restaurant where my property and I were dining, and I announced to my fellow urinal users, "Guys, I would really love to rape my waitress -- and I might just do it if I feel up to it. Can anyone hold her for me?"  Four guys raised their hands.

See, ladies, men just pretend to overreact at the slightest hint of rape by, you know, wanting to beat the crap out of any guy accused of rape, and, in some cases, acting on that impulse by hanging him, beating him to death with a baseball bat, shooting him through a peephole, thrashing him about the head until his brains are turned to mush and he has to relearn everything all over again.

All that's all just a facade because we really approve of rape.

The fact that men are far more likely to overreact to rape with anger than to approve of it is beside the point.

The fact that ours is far less a "rape culture" than it is a "burglary culture" or a "robbery culture" or a "murder culture" doesn't matter.

The fact that "rape culture" is akin to looking at reality through a funhouse mirror is not at all pertinent to the discussion.

The facts should never, ever, get in the way of a feminist narrative, even if that narrative is horseshit, now should they?

Man is jailed for making false sex assault statement

A father-of-three who made a false statement to the police which resulted in an innocent man being charged with sexually assaulting a woman has been jailed for nine months.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jon Burge police torture legacy still haunts Chicago

For those who aren't aware, there were a lot of problems during the time that Jon Burge was police commander in Chicago. The following is just one of the many examples of that.

'What do I do now?' asks man whose business was ruined by false rape claim

Maher Garada loves America.  It was always his dream to come here from his native Egypt. When he finally made it, he did what many other hard-working immigrants do: he started a business.

Then, last week, Maher Garada's dream was shattered by a false claim of attempted rape.

His business, Gelato Cafe, is down 80%. Customers are afraid of him. His health has suffered.

Maher Garada's life has been destroyed by the malicious false accusation of a lone accuser.

State: In letter from jail, suspect asks friend to file false report of a rape

A witness testifying in the rape trial of Elmo Rivadeneira said yesterday she was shown a letter in his handwriting that was sent from jail in which he asked a friend to help stage a rape, apparently to make it appear he was being framed.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

'The fear of every priest' -- a false allegation -- is visited on an American Bishop

Pittsburgh Catholic Bishop David Zubik denied a charge that he tried to forcibly kiss a student at a high school where Zubik was vice principal in the mid 1980s. 

If you think this is just another sex scandal involving a priest, you'd better read on.

The accuser has also accused two other priests of inappropriate contact in two unrelated incidents.

In addition, according to a local district attorney, the accuser has a lengthy criminal record with charges including burglary, indecent exposure and open lewdness.

It gets worse. At the man's request, Zubik met with him and his wife on June 1 to discuss previous abuse accusations that the man made against former priests. Except the man wasn't especially interested in discussing those alleged incidents. He wanted discuss a problem he was having: he wanted to become a lay minister in his local parish, but his criminal record prevented him from clearing a routine background check required of people who participate in church services. He asked Zubik to intercede in the background check so he could serve in the ministry.  Zubik refused to interfere, and a diocese review board turned down the accuser's application in early August.

That's when the allegations against Zubik started. "I believe my accuser saw me as part of the process of denying his authorization to serve," Zubik said.

The man sent emails to his pastor about "taking down someone big in the church" and, later, in public posts on the high school's Facebook page and on his blog, titled "Molested by Bishop Zubik," he made the claim about Zubik.

Zubik did not have to go public. There are no criminal or civil charges stemming from the accusation. But Zubik passed the matter on to the local district attorney, who held a news conference today to discuss the investigation.

"In my opinion there is no base of law or fact to substantiate this claim," said Beaver County district attorney Tony Berosh. Berosh said the man never came to police and never reported the alleged assault by Zubik. The district attorney began investigating when the Diocese contacted him.  "He's making these allegations and not coming to us and telling us what happened. That speaks volumes for what he has to say," said Berosh. 

Berosh said that the Bishop did nothing wrong and said the man has a lengthy criminal record with charges including burglary, indecent exposure and open lewdness.

The district attorney said they conducted an investigation even though the statue of limitations was up. Berosh said the accuser was hard to reach and was not cooperative. When the accuser finally responded, Berosh said he told him that he was represented by council civilly and was going to handle matters in his own fashion.

Zubik held a press conference today. "The fear of every priest is that someone, sometime, somewhere, somehow will level a false accusation against him. That nightmare has been realized for me," Zubik said. He called the accusation "false, offensive and outrageous."

"I emphatically state that no such behavior ever occurred, nor any semblance of such behavior."

"I was aware that my reputation would be tarnished here, but I mostly wanted to stand up for the church and my fellow priests," he said. "We take allegations from anyone very seriously, but at the same time we cannot let ourselves become targets to those who would make false claims."

Zubik described his accuser as "a complex individual" and said he had no intention of taking legal action against him.  "I assure you that I am concerned about the welfare of my accuser. At the same time, I expect that my integrity and the integrity of the Church I lead will be respected as well. I pledge my prayers for my accuser, and I ask your prayers for both of us," he said.

A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter attempted to e-mail the accuser with questions. The accuser declined, saying he was going to be interviewed by Nancy Grace of CNN in three weeks.

Following the infamous Duke Lacrosse false rape claim, before Duke suspended the lacrosse team's season, Grace famously said: "I'm so glad they didn't miss a lacrosse game over a little thing like gang rape!"   Alan Dershowitz recently wrote about Ms. Grace: "She behaves on her TV talk show as if there’s no such thing as innocence; everybody arrested is guilty." 

SOURCES:
http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=8888796307888349295
 
http://www.wpxi.com/news/29394349/detail.html
 
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local_news/zubik-accusations-are-retaliation-for-denial-to-serve-as-lay/article_ba7e1123-5785-5c72-bd4a-96fc6e5d96a8.html
 
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11278/1179883-100-0.stm

Indiana woman gets probation for false rape report

A former Goshen College student who falsely reported that she was abducted and raped has been sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

WSBT-TV in South Bend reports (http://bit.ly/qHo0DX ) that a judge also suspended an 18-month prison sentence that Jessica De La Vega could have faced under her conviction of obstructing justice.

Prosecutors said De La Vega told her mother in January she'd been kidnapped and raped as an excuse for being late. She then told police she had been abducted and raped in a Goshen park, leading police to circulate a sketch of a suspect.

Link: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Ind-woman-gets-probation-for-false-rape-report-2196448.php

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How a beloved son and war hero became a 'criminal' falsely accused of rape

Yesterday, we reported a story about how a young soldier was cleared of rape charges after investigators determined his accuser lied (see here). Now, the young man has spoken out about his ordeal, and we think it's appropriate to tell his story.

Heath Alan Kirk joined the army at 18, but he did it secretly because he knew his family would be upset. He enlisted to honor his late uncle, his mother's brother and best friend, who had served in the Navy for many years and had just recently died. When Heath broke the news to his mother, she was devastated, but proud.

There was someone else very upset. Heath and his little brother Ryan were closer than best friends despite the nine year difference in their ages. How close? Heath put his Camaro in storage for Ryan and gave Ryan the keys. Heath even had Ryan's full name tattooed on the inside of his left forearm so that they would never be apart.  And after he joined, Heath somehow managed to send Ryan a $1,000 savings bond every month for college.

Heath entered the army in November 2007 and was sent to Afghanistan in June 2009. He served as a driver in the 704th Brigade Support Battalion.

In September 2009, Heath made the kind of call that thousands of mothers have received from sons overseas. He told her he was going out on a mission the next day, and he gave her cause to be concerned.

"Mom, it's getting really, really bad over here," he told her.

Cpl. Heath Kirk was completing that mission in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on September 24, 2009, when his convoy was attacked. Heath was driving a humvee. There were about 20 soldiers passing through the city in four vehicles when they noticed something strange. Instead of the usual bustling atmosphere and the sounds of commerce and children playing, the streets were virtually silent. Almost instantly, everything changed.
 
"All my buddies are shooting like crazy and I just realized I couldn’t get out of the truck,” he said. "I looked down and both my legs were gone." It turned out only one leg was gone, the other was badly injured.  Heath had been hit by a  rocket-propelled grenade, and he was seriously injured.

His lieutenant reached into the burning vehicle and pulled him out and threw him into a ditch. Lying in excruciating pain, all Heath could remember thinking was, "I’m not ready to die." His fellow soldiers tied tourniquets around his legs to stop the massive bleeding. There was no morphine to give him to ease the pain.

Doctors performed surgery to amputate his right leg above the knee. The attack also caused shrapnel injuries to his left leg, and eventually, doctors performed experimental surgery with only a modest chance of success to save it. But save it they did.  The attack left serious burns to Heath's face. He underwent a lengthy rehab. Months later, he still had no feeling in his right hand and only 60 percent feeling in his left.

Heath didn't let any of it get him down. He came home to Lorain, Ohio, for a motorcade parade and a party in his honor. The highlight of the evening came when Heath's mom grabbed her son’s hand as Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” began playing, and the two danced. Mom rested her head on Heath's chest; Heath, with a prosthetic leg, took each step to lead his mom through the dance. Then Heath returned to the army, to honor his late uncle.

Fast forward to last week. Heath was stationed in San Antonio, just weeks away from the end of his military career. He claims that he and Danielle Marie Gates, 19, were on a date that included dinner, a movie, and consensual sex. 

Afterwards, Gates accused Heath of kidnapping her and forcing her to have sex with him near the Alamo Quarry Market, a thriving San Antonio shopping and dining center.

Heath denied the claim and accused Gates of lying. Heath, not Gates, of course, was arrested. He was charged with kidnapping and sexual assault. Bail was set at $100,000, which meant that Heath had to stay in jail because only the sons of the wealthy make bail on a false rape claim.

The news media reported it in typical fashion: it showed Heath donning an orange prison jumpsuit, with the look of a young man who simply couldn't believe what was happening to him. One news report stated: "Police say Heath Kirk, 23, kidnapped a 19-year-old woman from a career college campus on Southwest Military on Tuesday." The news report didn't bother to say that police were, in fact, investigating a claim of "he said/she said rape," and that the only evidence supporting the allegation was the accuser's word.

The police came to believe the accuser was lying after Heath produced explicit pictures on a cell phone that contradicted her story. It is a twisted irony that rape accusers no longer need corroboration, but the men falsely accused of rape had better get some if they want to get out of jail. Investigators conducted a second interview with Gates and determined she made false statements to detectives, prompting investigators to arrest her. Heath was cleared of wrongdoing.

Heath reveals that he was falsely accused of rape because his girlfriend was upset that he was breaking up with her.  "I'm leaving in three weeks to go back to Ohio when I retire, and I don't think she was really ready for that," Kirk said. So she made him pay for it.
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The victim of a false rape claim has a name, and a face, and his story needs to be told.

He is a young man who honors a favorite uncle by following in his footsteps to serve his country.

He is the older brother who loves his kid brother so much he selflessly gives him everything he has, and even has his name tattooed on his arm.

He is the beloved son of a mother who rests her head on his chest, overjoyed that he is alive and safe, even though he came back to her without a leg.

He is a brother-in-arms for whom his fellow soldiers put their own lives at risk to save his.

He is a war hero, whose story inspires us to be better than we are.

He is a good man treated like a criminal for something police now say he didn't do.

Although the false rape ordeal has been tough on him, Heath said he's not bitter about what happened. "I don't want her in jail because I've already experienced what it's like," Kirk said. "If she goes, she goes. But if not, it's cool too."

Heath Kirk, you are a good man. A good man, indeed.

SOURCES:
http://www.ksat.com/news/29376485/detail.html

http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-localsoldierinjuredincombat,0,7121985.story

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2010/06/04/saturdays-motorcade-route-for-army-corp-heath-kirk-announced/

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2009/09/27/lorain-soldier-seriously-injured-in-afghanistan/

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2009/09/27/lorain-soldier-seriously-injured-in-afghanistan/

http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2009/09/29/news/mj1678964.txt?viewmode=fullstory

http://www.unknownsoldiersblog.com/2010/06/rising-strength.html

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2010/06/06/soldier-gets-hero%e2%80%99s-welcome-chance-to-tell-his-story/

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2010/06/06/soldier-gets-hero%e2%80%99s-welcome-chance-to-tell-his-story/

Woman arrested for filing false rape report

CONWAY, AR – A Conway woman is charged with filing a false police report after telling police she was raped by an acquaintance.

Monday, October 3, 2011

War hero accused of awful sex crime is cleared because cell phone pictures contradicted accuser's tale

Another young man was locked up on yet another awful sex charge, only to be released after he produced cell phone photos that contradicted his accuser's story. 

The information in this post is from news accounts. No one has been convicted. But a man arrested for a sex crime has been cleared.

False Allegation of Serious Sexual Assault

Short, sweet, and to the point.

False Allegation of Serious Sexual Assault

An allegation of serious sexual assault which was said to have occurred yesterday afternoon in the Coulby Newham area of Middlesbrough, has been retracted by the complainant.

Police are therefore taking no further action.

Link: http://www.cleveland.police.uk/news/appeals/appeal11048.aspx

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights Chronicles Curious Rash of Ancient Sex Claims Against Priests

Found here:

RASH OF OLD ACCUSATIONS SURFACE
September 30, 2011

The following accusations were made against priests in the month of September alone:
• A 34-year-old man says he was abused in the 1980s by a priest from Portland, Oregon.

• In the same diocese, a 41-year-old woman says she was also abused in the 1980s, adding that this explains her series of failed romantic relationships.

• An 83-year-old priest from Charlotte, North Carolina was accused of molesting a teenage male in the 1970s.

• A priest from San Bernardino was accused of molesting teenage males in the 1970s.

• A priest from Ohio was accused of "misconduct" that allegedly took place in the 1970s.

• A priest from Kansas City was accused of molesting a boy in the 1970s.

• A St. Louis priest was accused of molesting a boy in the 1970s.

• A woman says a priest from Maine abused her in the 1970s.

• A priest from Chicago was accused of abusing a girl in the 1970s.

• An 85-year-old priest from Baton Rouge was accused of abusing a boy in the 1950s.

• Montana nuns were accused of abusing students in the 1940s.

• A convicted sex offender from California says he was abused in 2001 by a priest.

• A Missouri couple, which up until now never admitted that their son committed suicide in 1983, sued the local diocese for their son's death, claiming he was abused by a priest.

• The parents of a young man who committed suicide say they blame a priest who wrestled with their son. Some of the man's friends say he spoke about a wrestling incident, but never said there was anything sexual about it; others say the man told them he felt the priest's genitals rubbing up against him.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue says, "In this climate, which is profoundly hostile to priests, one would have to be awfully naïve not to wonder why all of these allegations surfaced in just one month about such dated incidents. I would love to see the financial statements of the accusers."

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