Saturday, January 28, 2012

“Everybody [the woman and Kelly] was a happy camper until the boyfriend found out.”


WHEN WILL THE MEDIA STOP BLOWING RAPE ALLEGATIONS INTO LURID MELODRAMAS?

The "happy camper" quote above is from a report on the Greg Kelly rape case.  We aren't sure what happened there, but virtually every high profile rape case in recent years has turned out to be false or likely false.  By blowing these cases into media circuses at the first whiff of an accusation, the mainstream news media does a grave injustice to the men accused (since they are always named), and it does a lesser disservice to women who are actually raped.  When women hear that case after case after case turn out to be false, don't they think twice about reporting that they've been raped?

Here's an idea: let the police investigate and stop blowing accusations into media circuses. Stop painting men accused as if they were rapists. And start punishing women when we learn they've lied about rape. The only way to restore integrity to the cry of rape is to deter the false accusers.