Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Man made false claim of rape, police say

A thought occurred to me as I read the following story. In almost every news report we run here, an advocate from what we call the "Sexual Grievance Industry" is quoted in the article about how a false accusation keeps real victims of rape from coming forward.

I don't recall a single one of those people being interviewed/quoted, when a man makes a false accusation.

Those studies that deal with men being raped show that most men who are raped don't come forward. Given that, you would think that in these cases, sexual assault "experts" would be speaking up about the same thing.  There seems to be far less concern about underreporting when it's a male lying about being raped.

Or is it that the reporters don't bother to make the effort to contact anyone in the rape support arena for these kinds of cases?

Something to think about.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

She threatened him, yet HE'S on trial? Sorry, if these were the only facts available, the prosecutor should have put HER on trial

Rape trial told of text threats

A woman who claims she was raped by her ex-boyfriend has admitted she sent him threatening text messages the day before the alleged attack.

The woman accepted she sent messages to the accused that were "threatening, abusive and sinister" and included a reference to bullets.

The accused, a 29-year-old Mayo man, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and sexual assault of the woman in Mayo on January 9 and January 10, 2009.

He has also denied two charges of assault causing harm to the woman and false imprisonment on the same dates. The trial continues.

Harvard student Michael F. Cotter's Repugant Trivialization of the False Rape Problem

Michael F. Cotter, anticipated Harvard class of 2014, has written an earnest, school boy screed on rape that is singularly unnuanced and callow, and that reduces a serious and complicated issue to caricature. Worse, it trivializes the victimization of the community of the wrongly accused. See here:  Mr. Cotter would do well to educate himself on the subject before he writes another word on it. He can start by studying this case:

The puerility of Michael F. Cotter's piece renders it unworthy of point-by-point refutation -- the tired cliches he posits have been debunked here and elsewhere innumerable times -- but we can't resist noting a few highlights:

Delco mom had sex with son's teen friend

Delaware County mother, accused of having sex with her son's 15-year-old friend, is out of jail and awaiting an arraignment.

Monday, February 27, 2012

FRS cited in American Thinker: "So Now It's the Lacrosse Murder"

R. B. Parrish's piece in The American Thinker is a stinging indictment of a media that doesn't worry about destroying the innocent when it wants to hype a story. (And Mr. Parrish links to our piece on Hofstra.)

Excerpt:  "When the Duke players were first accused (falsely), the media had a field day telling us how the wealthy white prep-school graduates had wantonly abused and then raped a poor working woman of color. There was no in-between to this fable, no degree of uncertainty, not even the slightest space between pure good and pure evil in the accounting of spoiled males sunk in depravity and their innocent (and very politically correct) victim.

"It was only grudgingly that the media finally admitted that they might have a few facts wrong; but by then the impressions had sunk in. That the father of one of the accused had been raised by a black family; that the father of another grew up poor but after he made his fortune used a chunk of it for black education and for building medical clinics in Africa, somehow never made it into print. That would have disrupted the pure morality tale. And it didn't matter anyway; as Evan Thomas of Newsweek explained his magazine's hyping of the story: 'The facts were wrong, but the narrative was right.'"  Read it all here.

Another rape reported as a certainty turns out to false

The opening line of a Philadelphia news report last Wednesday left no doubt that a sexual assault occurred: "Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson confirmed another sexual assault in the city Wednesday afternoon."  See here.

Did you really "confirm" that a sexual assault had, indeed, occurred, Mr. Faulk and Chief Thomsan? If so, you acted with gross irresponsibility.

The news report continued: "The woman was walking when she was attacked by a man carrying a knife and directed into a secluded area off the road. She was sexually assaulted and the assailant fled."

Reading that story, there was no question that a sexual assault occurred.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

How dare Ron Paul suggest that some women lie about rape!

A few weeks ago, Congressman Ron Paul sat down with Piers Morgan (who took over Larry King's spot on CNN because, near as I can tell, he has a British accent) and departed from his usual “no abortion under any circumstances” position. The following exchange occurred:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Female animal oppression taken up by feminists

Add this story to the category of "Excuse me while I go bang my head against the wall."

Ruby Hamad urges mainstream feminism "to acknowledge how animal and women’s oppression are linked." She claims that "the reasons cited for denying rights to animals are the same that were used to do the same to women and black slaves."  See here.

By any measure, cruelty to animals is an abomination, but, you're kidding, Ms. Hamad, aren't you?

She's not, and it gets worse. In Hamad's world, it is female animals that are especially oppressed: "Feminism and animal advocacy make natural allies given that it is the abuse of the reproductive capacity of female animals that perpetuates animal exploitation."

Date rape lie led to revenge

A relationship ended abruptly after an Auckland man dished out some vigilante revenge then found out his partner's claims of being date raped were a lie, a court heard this week.

Regan Scott Derrick, 27, was sentenced to five months' community detention and ordered to pay reparation of $1000 for two convictions of injuring with intent when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court this week over a violent incident in September last year.

His then girlfriend returned to Auckland after a Saturday night out in Hamilton with some of her friends.

As a result of the night's festivities, she was vomiting and crying and complained to Derrick about being date raped and having some of her belongings stolen by some men.

But the story was completely fabricated by his ex-partner, who had actually willingly taken drugs with the men and not been date raped as she had claimed.

Upset by the story, Derrick gathered a group of three mates to travel to Hamilton to repossess the items and deal out some vigilante justice.

When the group of Auckland men got to the property where they believed the offending had taken place, they knocked on the door and asked the man who answered whether the girls had been there the previous night.

After getting confirmation, they barged into the house and a violent altercation took place.

When he later found out his girlfriend's story was untrue he was "shocked and horrified" and broke up with the woman, who he said he had previously seen as a potential long-term partner.

Judge Arthur Tompkins gave him credit for seeking counselling after the event and the sentence of community detention would allow the 27-year-old to take over the family business.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

The seriously demented Nancy Grace asks who pushed Whitney Houston underneath that water?

Lewis Black answers: "Of course she was pushed under water!  And I know who did it: the Duke lacrosse team! It's the only possible explanation for someone dying after years of drug addiction."

Watch it here:

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Double Standards: the Sine Qua Non of Misandry

Erin Gloria Ryan's 'humorous' piece mocking the killing of politicans' offspring -- so long as the politician is Republican and the offspring are male

A particularly dark and twisted corner of the Internet's progressive wasteland is occupied by a dismal feminist circle jerk known as Jezebel.

Jezebel is not a Web site. To paraphrase the lamentably late Michael Musmanno, it is a slimy gathering of all that is rotten in the debris of human depravityAnd in the center of this waste and stench, splashes, leaps, cavorts, and wallows a literally man-hating specimen that responds to the name Erin Gloria Ryan.

Ryan is the same woman who made the astounding assertion, with no authority beyond her angry, uninformed ipse dixit, that sexual abuse is not taken as seriously when it's victims are female.

Ryan is the same woman who put her name to a singularly childish and hysterical rebuke of Peter Berkowitz's carefully crafted explanation about the dangers to presumptively innocent men presented by the Department of Education's April 4 "Dear Colleague" directive. Read about it here.

In short, Ryan is the most dim-witted of radical feminism's screeching lights, and that's saying a lot.

A 'sexual assault' that was described in an earlier news report as a certainty turns out to be false

Police investigate sexual assault

On January 23rd 2012 shortly after 6 PM a female was walking home on Darling Street, when she was approached by two unidentified males, walking through Charles Ward Park. The males attacked the victim and sexually assaulted her in a secluded area of the park. The female was released after the assault, and the two suspects left the area.

The first male is described as being a white male in his mid twenties 6’2”-6’3”, bald head, clean shaven with a lip piercing and a stocky build. He was wearing jeans, boots, and a white and black hoodie that was zipped up the front with the hood pulled up.

The second male was described as being a white male in his mid twenties 5’10”-6’0” short buzzed blonde hair with a pointy face and dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dave Minutillo at 519-756-0113 extension 2266, or to call Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477.

Many of the comments called for the death penalty.


FRS COMMENT: Note that in the story above, the alleged sexual assault is reported as a certainty. This sort of sloppiness is typical of the reporting of alleged sexual assaults -- overall it is egregious -- where there is no evidence beyond the accusation of the putative victim.

Police close case on Jan. 23 sex assault

A report of a sexual assault in Charles Ward Park on Jan. 23 was false and the case is now closed, a Brantford police spokesman said Monday.
An investigation into the report revealed the sexual assault did not take place, the spokesman said.
It had been alleged that woman was sexually assaulted by two men in a secluded area of the park after they had approached her on Darling Street.
FRS COMMENT: Please spare us the pablum that the suspect didn't name anyone.  Do you need proof that innocent men and boys are too often suspects and are even charged for rape claims where the accuser did not initially name someone?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Katherine Redmond assumes a culture of violence at BU based only on two charges

A follow-up to our story yesterday about Max Nicastro.  Mr. Nicastro was charged with rape, and he has pled not guilty. Mr. Nicastro has left Boston University amid the charges. 

According to the Boston Herald: "Nicastro’s arrest follows the December bust of then leading Terrier scorer Corey Trivino, who was charged with bursting into a resident assistant’s room and groping her. [Katherine Redmond, founder of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes] said the NCAA needs to provide schools like BU resources to help prevent future sex crimes by athletes: 'My concern is how they address that culture so that it doesn’t happen again.'”  See here.

What is the "it," Ms. Redmond? 

What is the "it"? 

Of course we know what the "it" is, Ms. Redmond.

It's another sex "crime" -- like the two you assume were committed at BU -- based on allegations of female students.

What is your evidence either were actual crimes, Ms. Redmond?

Off-Topic: Male Youths Singled Out For Massacre in Syrian Raid--Did You Hear the Outrage?

Did you even hear that it happened?

"They concentrated on male youths and whoever did not manage to escape was to be killed." See here.  They were rounded up and shot in cold blood.

A cursory glance at the news stories reporting this atrocity reveals that the the victims are called "young men." Some call them "male youths." I suspect the latter description is more accurate, meaning teen males -- more commonly known as "boys."

So, again, did you hear the outrage over this atrocity, this gendered massacre? 

Cue the crickets chirping.

Solon Woman Charged With Filing a False Rape Report

Both members of a Solon couple are facing charges after a woman filed a report saying her boyfriend beat and raped her, only to recant the allegations later, according to Solon Police.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Parent of a young man accused of rape comments on guilt by reason of accusation: 'This is the most horrendous nightmare a parent could ever experience'

The writer's identity must remain anonymous.

"As the parent of a child accused of rape last year, it is hard to begin to explain the grief, torment, and agony of seeing him being plastered all over the news, Google, and numerous other sites. People have no idea how families are affected by this. Anoymous emails sent to family members and on and on. Humiliation unimaginable knowing that friends and aquaintances can find out in less than a second by just trolling the internet. At times the pain has been so unbearable I felt I could not go on. Only by the grace of God and my children am I still on this earth.

"I do not know if he is innocent or guilty but he has already been deemed guilty by the public. Reading the comments by readers is unbearable. I would like to scream the injustice, but I know this would only fuel the frenzy of this mob-like mentality. He was just let go from a job, even though he was the best there, because it didn't look "good" for the company. No really, "tuff crap dude you are on your own." He now has no money, so where does that leave him in his ability to eat, pay his rent, attorney, etc?

"This is the most horrendous nightmare a parent could ever experience. Perhaps knowing that there is not a damn thing I can do is the worst feeling of all. His claims of innocence haunt me day and night. It is just too much to comprehend and I hope that one day our justice system will realize the extreme suffering endured by the family of the accused. Someone has to stop this madness. Guilty until proven innocent is never what our forefathers intended."

Another young Boulder woman fabricates sex assault story, police say

For the second time in three weeks, Boulder police report, a young woman has falsely reported a sexual assault.

Monday, February 20, 2012

If we lived in a "rape culture," how would the Max Nicastro story be reported?

Max Nicastro, a defenseman on the BU men’s hockey team, was arrested after being accused of sexual assault by a female student. The investigation is continuing. 

We frequently make the point rape claims are typically assumed to be true based on nothing more than an allegation, regardless of whether the people doing the assuming know anything about the incident, the accuser, or the accused.

If ours were a "rape culture," how would we expect the Nicastro story to be covered? We'd assume Mr. Nicastro is innocent, that his accuser is lying, and, in fact, we'd blame the accuser.
So how is the story being covered?  The way these stories are typically covered, which is exactly the opposite of the way we'd expect in a "rape culture." These stories are not covered with objectivity. They assume the male's guilt. And it happens in story after story after story. It is grossly unfair to the presumptively innocent men and boys who've been accused, and whose names are often splashed all over the news for the titillation of a public that wallows in tales of sexual misconduct.

A television reporter named Jennifer Eagan reported this: "Police say the assault happened on campus."  That pretty much ends it, doesn't it?  Why would police say an assault happened if it didn't?  And why would a news reporter run with that unless it was true?

Girl's rape claim was false

At first, I was going to remove the last 3 paragraphs, of this 9 paragraph news article. Why? Because they have absolutely nothing to do with what the article is actually about, a false rape claim. Instead, one third of the article is dedicated to a completely different crime. For anyone in the area, perhaps a call to the Greater Manchester Police, or the St. Mary's Sexual Assault Center, would be in order.  Ask them what level of support they provide to those falsely accused.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Corbin Woman arrested for falsely reporting incident

Two things. First, she has been charged. Second, and more importantly, the man, although he was arrested, isn't named.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The UK's leading man-indifferent columnist may actually be discouraging rape victims from coming forward

Julie Bindel is perhaps the foremost, screeching voice among the UK's progressive, man-indifferent, daily newspaper columnists. Among her smug, ideologically-driven missions is to insist that rape is rampant and that there is no reason to worry about the police getting it wrong and convicting an innocent man.

She's at it again this week with a column that may well discourage some rape victims from reporting. We'll get to that in a minute.

False Allegations Led to Amber Alert

Jessica Smith, the 11-year-old Fort Worth girl who was the focus of an Amber Alert, admitted that her mother concocted a story about her father molesting her, which enraged her mother and led to the nationwide search, the father’s attorney said Monday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Woman sentenced for false rape claim

SANDPOINT — A Priest River woman has been sentenced for falsely claiming to police that she was raped by her former employer last year.

Jennifer Lee Robinson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of making false statements to law enforcement during a pretrial hearing on Feb. 3, court records show.

Bonner County Magistrate Court Judge Debra Heise sentenced Robinson to 60 days in jail with 59 days suspended and credit for one day she served behind bars. A condition of her probation requires her to follow her doctor’s recommendations regarding counseling and medication, according to court records.

Robinson, 29, told Priest River Police she was raped at a home last August. She claimed that the 50-year-old alleged perpetrator struck her, choked her into unconsciousness and raped her.

She later recanted the allegations, the police report said.

In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a misdemeanor domestic battery charge that was pending against her.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Woman Escapes Jail After Making False Rape Claims

When I first read the headline, my first thought was, "she broke out of jail to avoid facing charges for a false rape claim"? But no, that's not what this is about. It's just another in a long line of false claims about being raped in a taxi. It appears that the taxi driver was never arrested (we don't know if he was hauled in for questioning, forced to submit to DNA testing, etc.). We've already seen evidence of taxi drivers taking measures to protect themselves against falser rape claims -- see here.  While refusing to pick up single young women is drastic, it will not be surprising if drivers stop picking up women if there is even an appearance they've been drinking.

Here is the news story:

Monday, February 13, 2012

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'The White Male Shortage on Campus'

Pro athlete to sue rape accuser he claims was paid by the government for lying

Scottish footballer David Goodwillie, 22, has had enough.

Mr. Goodwillie was accused of rape early last year by a 24-year-old single mother who told cops that the Blackburn Rovers striker attacked her on a night out.

"I know what happened that night and I know that I did absolutely nothing wrong. I know all the evidence and it backs me up in everything."

Prosecutors dropped the charges last July, but Mr. Goodwillie is incensed that the woman was awarded 11,000 pounds in criminal compensation, and now he wants to take legal action against her.

If Mr. Goodwillie's allegations are correct, he should have the support of all persons of good will, including the feminist community.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Campus warrior against political correctness

College campuses are among the least tolerant places in America. Smug, elitist faculty gravitate to the easily mouthed clichés of feminism and other forms of political correctness to give them a false veneer of enlightenment and sophistication, and to separate them from the “guns and religions” crowd they find so abhorrent. This veneer arms them with McCarthyistic bats to attack anyone who doesn’t share their world view.

When someone in that world isn’t afraid to stand up against the purveyors of forced orthodoxy, the fetishists of group identity victimhood, well, as Arthur Miller wrote, “Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.”

Meet Prof. John McAdams of Marquette University.

Read the rest here:

Why the New York Post's coverage of the Greg Kelly rape case enraged some

Last week, the New York Post's Andrea Peyser wrote an impassioned plea to New York's district attorney to prosecute Maria Di Toro, the woman who wrongly claimed she was raped by New York television personality Greg Kelly.  Ms. Peyser wrote: "The DA must take a stand against false claims leveled against men, the same way he would uphold the right of any other minority to not be harassed and scorned because of physical appearance."

It was merely the culmination of the Post's efforts to expose the injustice to Mr. Kelly. The Post also took the unusual step of revealing the accuser's name, and it splashed her face on its front page. 

Truth be told, the Post's coverage of the Kelly investigation turned out to be fairly accurate. It's reporters were getting good information from someone on the inside. The fact that this information was leaked was unusual. The Post's coverage of the case differed from the way high profile rape cases usually are covered because the usual coverage treats the accuser, shrouded in anonymity, as a helpless victim brutalized by a predator whose identity and every flaw is revealed to the public. The public typically is invited to prejudge the case based not on information, but on stereotypes that always favor the accuser.

Here, the public was being given more information by the Post than it usually gets from anyone. And because that information didn't favor the accuser -- often called the "victim" even while the investigation is ongoing -- that enraged the usual suspects. They are so terribly accustomed to seeing the presumptively innocent man who is accused of rape skewered in the news media, that when the usual narrative didn't play out in the Post, they felt betrayed and enraged.

Over at Gawker, someone named Hamilton Nolan is incensed that the Post has been an "extremely gleeful Greg Kelly defender."  Nolan lets us know right away how s/he feels about the Post: "[T]he Post is a shitty right wing partisan paper . . .."

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rape claim against seven teen males was a lie

A teen girl admitted that her rape allegation that sent -- seven -- male classmates, ages 14-18, to jail was a lie.

The unidentified girl, who is 16 years old, had claimed that she was repeatedly raped in a school restroom at Northeast High in Macon, Georgia, on January 19.

After several inconsistencies in the girl's story throughout the investigation, she admitted to Macon PD to lying to her mother, campus police, and Macon police about the alleged incident.

"Let’s put the girl who cried ‘wolf!’ on trial instead"

By Andrea Peyser

Her name is Maria Di Toro, the woman who claimed she was raped by Greg Kelly.

In the interest of justice, as well as protecting the safety and sanctity of all women, I’m begging Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to prosecute Di Toro, 29, a paralegal who wants to be an actress and model, to the fullest extent of the law.

The girl who cried “rape’’ was almost believed. She twice told prosecutors a consistent and credible story that, were it not for the exertions of the DA’s office, might have cost a good man his liberty and sent his career into ruins.

Di Toro last month falsely accused Kelly, 43, the handsome son of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and a “Good Day New York’’ anchor, of raping her.

Whether she was motivated by anger, lust or fear of losing her boyfriend — or, as she claims, sexual amnesia — no rape occurred.

It was a misrepresentation — I won’t use the word “lie” — that many responsible adult women I know fear could make us all look thieving and dishonest.

Di Toro claimed that she got drunk and was taken advantage of by Kelly on the night of Oct. 8, 2011, as she eagerly stepped out on her boyfriend. But fortunately, her story stank to high heaven.

For here was a gal with a live-in lover who admitted she picked up Kelly on a downtown Manhattan street with the cry, “You’re so cute,’’ like some kind of overage groupie.

Di Toro proceeded to send him two days’ worth of racy text messages, in which the duo discussed things they wanted to do naked.

The climax, if you will, came as Di Toro went out for drinks with Kelly at a South Street Seaport dive. Afterward, she took the anchor to the law office in which she works because, unlike the single Kelly, Di Toro had someone waiting at home.

At the office, the pair engaged in sexual intercourse. They did it right in the office of Di Toro’s boss, leading to all sorts of unappetizing sanitary questions.

She wasn’t done. Di Toro continued to send sexts to Kelly — 17 in all. She asked him if they might hook up again.

Three months went by.

Di Toro now claims she got pregnant and had an abortion. Suddenly, her mood toward Kelly flipped 180 degrees, changing from possible anger — why doesn’t anyone use a condom? — to devastation.

After her boyfriend found out, and Kelly vanished, she decided that the sex she pursued so wickedly wasn’t lovemaking at all, but forcible rape.

In the meantime, Di Toro’s man confronted Ray Kelly at a public event with news of his son’s sordid sexual experiences with his own girlfriend.

“You ruined my girlfriend’s life,’’ he charged. It makes one wonder what kind of fiction Di Toro had spun.

Even after the time spent sexting Kelly, followed by a booming silence, Di Toro has hidden behind a veil of anonymity that Kelly, a totally innocent man, was never afforded.


This week, the DA’s office put out a statement saying Kelly did nothing wrong.

“The established facts do not constitute a crime under New York criminal law,’’ wrote DA rep Joan Volero.

A source put it this way to The Post: “The lustfulness” between Kelly and Di Toro “was mutual.”

Well, the DA’s office doesn’t want to deal with it anymore because, however improbably, prosecutors believe Di Toro is telling the truth when she says she can’t remember having sex with Kelly. She just knows they did it.

There are two ways one can prove a rape: forcible compulsion (of which Kelly was never accused) and physical helplessness. Well, the pair drank little. Being a lightweight is no proof of sexual assault.

“Not being able to remember is not tantamount to rape,” said a source.

Prosecutors, who must possess mind-reading powers to glean what’s going on in Di Toro’s head, have declined to charge her with filing a false criminal report because they think she believes she’s telling the truth.

It’s not good enough.

It’s time to protect true victims of sexual assault by ripping off the veil that only encourages gals to make untrue claims. Who will believe a real victim now?

Di Toro is, at best, a confused soul who irrevocably harmed a man’s reputation by thinking only of herself. At worst, she lied when she didn’t get her way.

If she really believes she was attacked, then Di Toro has nothing to be ashamed of. If she made up the story, then protecting her only serves to tell women that this kind of demented behavior is OK.

The DA must take a stand against false claims leveled against men, the same way he would uphold the right of any other minority to not be harassed and scorned because of physical appearance.

Di Toro must face the music.

Group: DNA of man convicted of rape does not match attacker

The DNA of a man convicted of raping a College of William & Mary student in 1978 does not match that of her attacker, a University of Virginia School of Law program announced Monday.

The Innocence Project is working to have the conviction of Bennett Barbour, 56, of Williamsburg, overturned, according to a news release.

Barbour was found guilty of the rape based on the victim’s eyewitness identification, even though her previous description of her attacker was different, the release said.

He was sentenced to 18 years, but paroled after serving five years because other evidence came to light casting doubt on his conviction, according to the Innocence Project. His blood type was different than the alleged perpetrator’s, according to the release.

Barbour’s DNA sample is among roughly 1,000 from crimes dating back to the 1970s that then-Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner ordered tested.

The Innocence Project said the DNA sample in Barbour’s case matched that of a convicted sex offender, who is currently out on parole. The state has not revealed the man’s identity.

The Virginia Attorney General's Office has ordered a second DNA test to verify that Barbour’s DNA does not match the attacker’s. If the second test verifies the original result, the Innocence Project Clinic said it will file a petition for a writ of actual innocence with the Supreme Court of Virginia requesting that Barbour's conviction be overturned.  By Justin Jouvenal


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jury acquits former Greeley officer accused of sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact

A jury has acquitted a former Greeley police officer of sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop in March.

A woman had accused Daniel Shepherd of following her from a party where she had been told to leave, pulling her over and then groping her.

Jurors acquitted him Wednesday

Juror David Sanchez told the Greeley Tribune the jury had trouble believing not only the woman, who had made false claims about assault in the past, but also Shepherd, who initially denied to his superiors that he ever stopped the woman.

Juror David Jones said that doubts forced the jury to acquit.


The despicable Audrey Ference: "Why I Will Always Side With Rape Accusers Before Knowing the 'Facts'"

She was "pretty sure" Greg Kelly was guilty.

She's not sorry about calling Dominique Strauss-Kahn a "rapist."

"And," she exclaims in one of the worst examples of misandry we've ever seen, "the next time someone comes forward saying he or she was raped by another someone, whether that person is a powerful government official or a friend, I will always, ALWAYS believe the accuser. I will always support him or her even before I know all of the 'facts' of the situation, or, more likely, have heard the two sides, and probably after."

Audrey Ference is a despicable nitwit.

She tells the story of a male "friend" who was badly harmed by a false rape claim.  "I really do understand the harm a false rape accusation can do to a person," she writes. "It can ruin someone's life." But then she exclaims, with no support beyond her wildly uninformed, politicized imagination: "But it still does not compare to the damage that rape can do."

Really? I mean really?!  See, e.g., here: And if you want to see less extreme examples of the carnage false rape claims can cause to a man's health, job, business, marriage, education, social relationships -- just spend a few weeks paging through this blog. That's how long it will take you to go back three or four years. No crime, short of murder, is capable of doing more harm to an innocent person than a false rape claim.

Audrey Ference goes on: "And unfortunately, rape is more common by a factor of hundreds"

Excuse me while I bang my head up against the wall. 

Audrey Ference obviously knows more than a leading feminist legal scholar, who has acknowledged the following irrefutable fact: ". . . the statistics on false rape accusation widely vary and 'as a scientific matter, the frequency of false rape complaints to police or other legal authorities remains unknown.'" A. Gruber, Rape, Feminism, and the War on Crime, 84 Wash. L. Rev. 581, 595-600 (November 2009). 

Audrey Ference proceeds to claim that the New York Post's treatment of the accuser in the Greg Kelly case is the norm.

In fact, the Post's coverage is so terribly aberrational, it's actually news, in and of itself, today. And because it's news, I fully expected this sort of backlash from someone like Audrey Ference.

No, Audrey Ference, THIS is the norm.

How about this, you incarnate disgrace to womanhood: instead of siding with accusers, side with the truth.

Oh, I forgot. To people like Audrey Ference, the truth isn't good enough. It's trumped by the "women-are-always-victims" metanarrative.

Comment from a reader: an all-too-typical tale

The following is from one of our readers. The tale is all-too typical, but no less disgusting because of it. The writer's son was 21-years-old at the time of the alleged incident last year, and the newspaper article about the accusation named the young man and called his accuser "the victim" before a scrap of evidence was admitted at trial.  FRS is not printing the reader's name, or his son's, out of respect for their privacy.

Shortly after my son broke it off with his ex-girlfriend, she made extreme false accusations about him. Twelve hours later with zero evidence and a shady story, he was arrested, jailed, and faced a $50,000 cash-only bail.

The very next day his apartment complex served him with a no trespassing order, without following state law procedures for doing so, and the court was quick to grant it.

For three months, she got to live in the apartment furnished with all of his belongings (she had nothing), while he had to continue to both pay his half of the rent and prove his innocence from the false charges she lodged.

Our lawyer got the trespassing order rescinded fairly quickly, but for nought -- she was granted an order of protection which locked him away.

After petitioning to the court and hiring a peace officer for a few hundred bucks, we were given three hours to move out all of his belongings. (The locks had been changed and he never received a key after they served the no trespassing order . . . all the while still paying his portion of rent.)

Later, she skipped out on the rent, and he is now being sued for HER half of it.

His army career is practically ruined as the order of protection prevents him from possessing weapons even as a member of the armed forces, and even while on active duty. Moreover, the bail conditions prevented him from leaving our state, so he had to miss critical training requirements.  He is one more court date away from losing his civilian job, which will probably happen because of the apartment issue.
The good news . . . the case was nol processed [dropped], but not before losing his reputation, most of his friends, $20,000 in legal fee's and so on.

Rape victim's comment regarding anonymity

FRS will not tolerate any disrespectful comments in response to the following. Victims of rape have expressed support for the mission of our blog, because they recognize that our mission is not inconsistent with theirs. The following was a comment written by someone who tells us she was a rape survivor. She left this under our story about how the New York Post named Greg Kelly's rape accuser. This is a point of view that FRS respects, although we are conflicted about it.  Among others who disagree with the reader are Naomi Wolf and Alan Dershowitz, who are not speaking out of vindictiveness. FRS is less sure. We can see utility in the view expressed by the reader -- mutual anonymity for the accused and the accuser.

I would add this: the reader expresses an opinion that many paid victims' advocates do not share in two respects: First, many paid victims' advocates have no concern for falsely accused men -- none; second, paid victims' advocates insist that news about false rape claims keeps women from coming forward.  We have often made the point that paid victims' advocates have interests that are not entirely consonant with those of actual rape victims--the former seek to justify their work in ways that do not necessarily advance the interests of the latter.

Here is the comment:

"I absolutely agree that the accused should remain anonymous, as well as the accuser. Just as I hope that any DNA evidence that can be tested now in cases of convicted rapists, which was not available to clear them at conviction, should be tested. The thought of an innocent person in jail is horrifying. The idea of naming rape victims is devastating. I am a survivor of a horrendous rape, a crime that was so devastating, 12 years after I still have never slept a full night, I sleep with every light on. I declined to name my accuser, because I was horrified by the idea of being outed as a victim myself. I was in medical school, how would people trust me to take care of them? In the age of the Internet, a victims status is a google search away. Being raped defines me emotionally spiritually and physically. I could not let it define me professionally, I had to protect people who loved me from knowing everything I went through. I respect your agenda to help the wrongly accused, but advocating for victims to be named makes you seem vindictive, not advocates for justice. It's not the way to protect the survivors of sexual assault, nor the accused. Women falsely reporting rape didn't make it harder to come forward, being forward known as a victim did."

The New York Post takes a big, bold step of naming the rape accuser in the Kelly case

The New York Post has taken the bold step of naming the rape accuser in the Greg Kelly case. Her name is Maria Di Toro. See here.  Mr. Kelly was fully exonerated last night because the district attorney said Ms. Di Toro's allegation did not constitute a crime.

The hand-wringing begins

But the hand-wringing about the Post's decision to name the accuser has begun. "It's a bullying tactic," one site said, "that could prevent women from reporting sexual abuse crimes; who would volunteer for this treatment?"

Women's groups: no concern about protecting the reputations of innocent men

If some people aren't especially sympathetic to those concerns, that just might be a backlash impulse: back in 2010, the new government in Great Britain was seriously considering anonymity for men accused of rape, but women's groups had a conniption.  Their anger was extreme, but largely irrational. When all was said and done, Britain kowtowed to women's groups and scrapped anonymity for men accused of rape.

The reaction of women's groups could only be explained by something no one would admit to: publicly naming and shaming men following an accusation is one way to punish rapists, and anonymity would end that form of punishment. The women's groups were deaf to our pleas that justice for rape victims does not depend on the public shaming and humiliation of the presumptively innocent who, too often, turn out to be victims of false rape claims. Women's groups responded with the moral equivalent of "drop dead."  (It is unfortunate we couldn't show these angry women the mail we get at this site from falsely accused men desperately seeking our help to remove news stories from the Web about long-ago rape claims.)

If  women's groups truly wanted to insure that women come forward . . .

With the Post's decision to name Di Toro (and the Post named her only after the case was closed and it was determined that Mr. Kelly was innocent), the same crowd now insists that naming accusers will prevent women from "coming forward."

If they were truly interested in protecting women's anonymity and in having women "come forward," they would support anonymity for both the accuser and accused anonymous. Why?  The vast majority of rapes, we are told, are of the acquaintance variety. When a woman accuses a male acquaintance of rape and he is publicly identified, it usually isn't difficult for the woman's family, her social circle, and her work colleagues to infer who the accuser is.

It is reasonable to assume that most rape victims would prefer not to have their identities revealed by inference when they accuse an intimate acquaintance of rape.  One way to assure that doesn't happen is to grant anonymity for men, too.

Asymmetrical anonymity: not fair

Many think there should be no anonymity for anyone in rape cases.  Last year, Prof. Alan Dershowitz wrote this about the DSK case: "The prosecution presented its case in public as if there were no doubt about the alleged victim’s credibility or the complete guilt of the alleged offender. In fact, one very important implication of the Strauss-Kahn case was this: the press is dead wrong not to publish the names of alleged rape victims. It is absolutely critical that rape be treated like any other crime of violence, that the names of the alleged victims be published along with the names of the alleged perpetrators, so that people who know the victim or know her reputation can come forward to provide relevant information. The whole manner in which this case was handled undercuts the presumption of innocence, and the same goes for many other cases like it. By withholding the name of the alleged victim while publishing perp photos of the alleged assailant, the press conveys a presumption of guilt. The next time I have to defend a case where there’s any chance of a perp walk, I’m going to federal court to demand an injunction against it."

Dershowitz previously said this on the subject: "People who have gone to the police and publicly invoked the criminal process and accused somebody of a serious crime such as rape must be identified." Moreover: "In this country there is no such thing and should not be such a thing as anonymous accusation. If your name is in court it is a logical extension that it should be printed in the media. How can you publish the name of the presumptively innocent accused but not the name of the accuser?"

He continued: "Feminists cannot have it both ways. They have persuaded us that rape victims should not be singled out for special treatment. Yet that is what many of them want from news organizations."

Feminist Naomi Wolf  has lots of interesting arguments why rape accusers shouldn't be anonymous.  Among other things: "It is wrong – and sexist – to treat female sex-crime accusers as if they were children, and it is wrong to try anyone, male or female, in the court of public opinion on the basis of anonymous accusations. Anonymity for rape accusers is long overdue for retirement."

It's time for a real national debate on the subject of whether to end anonymity for rape accusers. A debate, not a monologue where the usual suspects scornfully lecture with feminist mantras that assume they are right and anyone who disagrees with them is evil.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Getting jilted & crying rape doesn’t fly

Andrea Peyser

Times have changed, and so have the players. But one thing remains constant in affairs of the heart and other body parts — give it up too easily, and he won’t love you in the morning.

It happened in the 1990s with three players from the New York Mets, including legendary pitcher Doc Gooden. It happened again a dozen years later, with basketball star Kobe Bryant.

And the same type of psycho-sexual drama may be playing out today, law-enforcement sources say, with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s son Greg (pictured).

These famous men were all accused of sexually assaulting near-strangers. At some point, perhaps months after the fact, the gals woke up believing they’d been intimately brutalized.

But is it rape?

Public Editor of New York Times gets it right: coverage of the Patrick Witt case was unfair to Mr. Witt

". . . reporting a claim of sexual assault based on anonymous sourcing, without Mr. Witt’s and the woman’s side of it, was unfair to Mr. Witt. . . . .  [T]he impact of the 'sexual assault' label on Mr. Witt is substantial and out of proportion for a case that went uninvestigated and unadjudicated."
. . . .
"This was a compelling story, and The Times was motivated to publish it. But when something as serious as a person’s reputation is at stake, it’s not enough to rely on anonymous sourcing, effectively saying 'trust us.'”

The people complaining about the coverage of the Greg Kelly case are just fine when presumptively innocent men are skewered by the news media in the typical rape case

"We have concluded that the established facts do not constitute a crime under New York criminal law." So said Joan Vollero, spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., in announcing that no rape charges would be brought against Greg Kelly, television personality and the son of New York's Police Commissioner. The accusation didn't cut it primarily because the accuser had sent Kelly flirtatious friendly messages both before and after the encounter.
The usual suspects will insist, of course, that merely because charges weren't brought, that doesn't mean that no rape occurred--ignoring the carefully chosen words of the district attorney's office: the established facts show that no crime, no crime whatsoever, occurred. In short, Kelly is as innocent of rape as anyone reading this post.
Nevertheless, Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon claimed the news coverage of the case devolved into "victim blaming," a phrase that has become almost as hackneyed, and misused, as "misogyny."
And a CBS news story questioned the fairness of all the leaks to the press because they cast doubt on the accuser's veracity. "The coverage, driven by leak after leak from law enforcement, is questioning the credibility of Greg Kelly’s accuser. Some readers are saying, enough. 'It is kind of stacking the deck against people, for sure it’s definitely a lot of propaganda,' Kelsey Novick of Greenpoint told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello. 'I think stories like this are dangerous. They perpetuate the victim, blaming culture of violence against women,' added Craig Held of Midtown."

I agree that the news coverage in the Kelly case didn't epitomize the way rape claims ought to be covered. But, all due respect, the news coverage of rape cases is typically far less fair to the presumptively innocent who are accused of such crimes than to accusers, and the folks complaining about the coverage in the Kelly case don't give a damn about that.

To start with, in virtually every rape case, accusers' good names are hermetically sealed in anonymity, while the good names of even innocent men and, yes, boys, are splashed all over the news in the same sentence as "rape" for all the world to titillate to their humiliation.  The news media doesn't wait for a conviction, or even a charge, to destroy.  All it takes is a far-fetched, completely false, claim. And trying to undo a rape claim is akin to putting the toothpaste back in the tube.

It gets worse. Where, for example, were Mary Elizabeth Williams, CBS, and the others who were so offended by the Kelly coverage to complain about the news coverage when four innocent minority young men were being skewered in the news media in the Hofstra false rape case? The Hofstra case is one of many, many examples I could use, but it is a good case to talk about here because it was so widely covered. 

Remember this news report  in the Hofstra case? At the time that report was made, the police were already suspecting that the accuser's claim was problematic. Wouldn't it have been fair to the young men if the police had told the reporter what they actually knew, or -- heaven forbid -- if the reporter had refused to serve as nothing more than the police department's parrot? 

You want to talk about "victim blaming"? No one complained when sensationalist reporters painted the innocent young men in the Hofstra case as the worst kinds of sexual predators. No one complained when the police went on the record describing the boys in the most monstrous of terms, even though they should have known better.

No one complained because that was business as usual. Police typically don't reveal the weaknesses in the rape accuser's case until it falls apart, and reporters both love a scary rape story and are too lazy to be anything more than stenographers for the police in their coverage of them. It's acceptable to publicly shame innocent men and boys based on nothing more than an accusation, and also to turn them into pariahs with official police misinformation.

Usually, men and boys accused of rape are treated more like the men in the Hofstra case than Greg Kelly.

Moreover, usually women who cry rape are not "victim blamed" either by the media or the persons who dominate the public discourse on rape -- even when it turns out they lied. Example: do you remember how Danmell Ndonye, the false accuser in the Hofstra case, was treated? Among other things, her rape lie was blamed on -- get ready for it -- misogyny. Yep. No kidding. Amanda Marcotte, for one, said that "hatred aimed [at] women who engage in sexual adventures is exactly why there are these kinds of incidents." Ms. Ndonye, according to Marcotte, "probably got drunk, made the choice to have sex with multiple men, and then—because of misogynist attitudes towards sexual women perpetuated by the very people who claim to be so worried about false accusations—decided to call it a rape to clear her name."

Marcotte's characterization of the Hofstra case is akin to holding the facts up to a fun-house mirror: the grotesque image it creates bears no relation to what actually occurred. The fact is, Ndonye's boyfriend was trying to call her at the very moment Ndonye was urging four young strangers to insert their penises into her. By any measure, Ndonye was cheating on her boyfriend in a very nasty way -- there is no legitimate way to spin it -- and because she was ashamed for doing that (as almost anyone would be), she lied to cover it up. Suggesting that Ndonye cried rape because society hates women who engage in "sexual adventures" is such a distortion it borders on pathology.

Incredibly, NY Daily News writer Michael Daly managed to top even Marcotte's lunacy: "The [accused young men] were freed after getting the good scare that they well deserved," he said. "They should stop their whimpering and apologize for acting like mutts."

So, yes, I agree that the leaks in the Kelly case were not proper. I agree that it's inappropriate to blacken the reputation of a rape accuser in the news media.

But the news coverage in the Kelly case was far less unjust than the news coverage in most high profile rape cases (we won't even talk about DSK, Jamie Leigh Jones, or a host of others), even the ones constructed on lies.  Almost always, the injustice works the other way. Don't believe me? Spend a few weeks paging through this blog.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fascinating false rape trial exposes some of the problems encountered by the falsely accused

Read the news report, below, of a false rape trial in progress. According to the prosecutor, former police officer Natalie Passalick and Heath Merry, whom she accused of rape, had been in an intimate relationship from December 2008 to April 2009. In April 2009, Passalick complained to her boss that she had been sexually assaulted. According to the prosecutor, she made the complaint because her husband had confronted her about her relationship with Mr. Merry.

Ms. Passalick, nevertheless, claimed she was raped and gave a statement to police. The statement taker, Detective Leading Senior Constable Jacinta Ford, testified that Ms. Passalick told her shortly after the statement was signed that her husband was demanding she sign the statement, and she did not really want to.

Two interesting points:

First, the rape accuser's defense counsel says the accuser was raped, but that the police investigation ''amounted to a collection of pre-judgmental dinosaurs thinking that a victim of sexual misconduct must act or not act in a particular way."

The attorney's accusation may, or may not, be correct, but if the prosecutor's version of what happened is supported by the evidence, it's not. In that case, the false accuser's attorney would be using the lofty language of rape victimhood to justify a false claim. That lofty language includes accusing persons who doubt the veracity of a rape claim of "victim blaming," and of insisting that male police officers who disbelieve the claim are acting out of undeserved male privilege, etc. If, indeed, this woman is convicted for making a false rape claim, it would not be the first time we've seen a false accuser hide behind the language of rape victimhood. Remember the false accuser who, after she was arrested, had the audacity to proclaim, "That's why women don't report rape." See here.

Second, the defense attorney made it clear to the jurors that he was going to put the accused lover on trial: he said a ''very big issue'' in the trial would be Mr Merry himself. Specifically, the 12 jurors would have to determine whether he was ''a truthful, credible or reliable witness or a self-serving evasive, manipulative, adulterous liar."

Remember when rape victims used to say that in rape trials, they, themselves, were put on trial?  That was before the rape shield laws and other evidentiary protections for rape accusers that largely shielded them from being branded sluts. Well, here's a newsflash: a man who was falsely accused of rape has no similar evidentiary protections when his false accuser is on trial. There is nothing similar to the rape shield laws to protect his reputation. The entirety of his slutty past is fair game as defense counsel tries to paint him as a rapist. 

Here is the news story:

Man arrested for making a false report of an emergency

At about 2:52 p.m. the 911 communications center received a transferred cellular call from the New Jersey State Police stating that a female was being sexually assaulted in a red van in the area of Home Depot located at 30055 Industrial Parkway.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl cartoon domestic violence is OK, so long as it's female-on-male

I am anything but an expert on domestic violence, but I've seen plenty of credible studies telling us that men are victims of domestic violence in significant numbers. 

This Super Bowl ad features some cartoon-ish domestic violence against a man. How should we react? 

I'm one of these people that thinks cartoon violence is cartoon violence. The Three Stooges hurt each other constantly. Sometimes they even slapped women. None of it turned us kids who watched it into domestic abusers.

Now, that view wasn't shared by women's groups when, two years ago, a Super Bowl ad featured cartoon-ish violence against a woman (Tim Tebow, no less, "tackled" his mom!). How did "women's" groups react to that?  Can't you guess? See here. In addition, NOW's chief condemned it: “I am blown away at the celebration of the violence against women in [the ad]. . . . .I myself am a survivor of domestic violence, and I don’t find it charming. I think CBS should be ashamed of itself.” See here.

My guess is that most women didn't find that ad in the lease offensive. Just as most men didn't find this ad in the lease offensive.  It's probably prudent not to have conniption over either one. We have enough instances of realistic gratuituous violence in the mass media against both men and women that we shouldn't waste our time on cartoon violence.

'When my friend tells me she was raped and wants to press charges, should I just pretend she didn't previously tell me something different?'

Slate's advice columnist Emily Yoffe fields a question about rape. Note that in the question, a rape counselor gave the questioner's friend screwball advice about rape (remember: impairment is not incapacitation). And the person asking the question seems to know that no rape occurred -- but asks if she should pretend otherwise.

Sigh.  For what other crime would this even be an issue?

Thanks for the link to C.H.

Q. Friend Has Revised One-Night Stand Story: A friend recently called me and said she had a one-night stand after drinking too much. She was beating herself up over drinking too much and going home with a guy she met at a bar. I reassured her that everyone makes mistakes and didn't think much more of the account. However, since then, she has told many people that she was a victim of date-rape—that the guy must have put something into her drink . She spoke to a rape crisis line, and they said even if she was drunk, she couldn't have given consent so she was a victim of rape. She now wants to press charges—she has the guy's business card. I have seen her very intoxicated on previous occasions, to the point she doesn't remember anything the next day. I'm not sure on what my response should be at this point. Pretend she never told me the original story?

A: Trying to ruin someone else's life is a poor way to address one's alcohol and self-control problems. Since her first version of the story is that she was ashamed of her behavior, and since you have seen her knee-walking drunk on other occasions, it sounds as if she wants to punish the guy at the bar for her own poor choices. Yes, I agree that men should not have sex with drunk women they don't know. But I think cases like the one you are describing here—in the absence of any evidence she was drugged—where someone voluntarily goes home with a stranger in order to have a sexual encounter, makes it that much harder for women who are assaulted to bring charges. Talk to your friend. Tell her that she needs to think very long and hard about filing a criminal complaint against this guy if there's any way her behavior could be construed to be consensual. Say you understand her shame, but you're concerned about her drinking, and if she addresses that, she won't find herself in such painful situations.

Yale's bramble bush of sexual assault policies creates confusion

For a long time, two of the primary missions of the sexual grievance industry have been to raise awareness about sexual assault and to make reporting it easier. Each year, more and more and more precious tuition and tax resources are poured into schools to do those very things, even though, as Heather MacDonald put it, "it’s a lonely job, working the phones at a college rape crisis center. Day after day, you wait for the casualties to show up from the alleged campus rape epidemic—but no one calls."

The result of these policies is Yale. Yale has poured so much money into these efforts that they've created a perplexing morass of sexual assault aids. Instead of raising awareness, they've created confusion. Instead of making reporting easier, their bureaucracies are off-putting to victims.

If a student at Yale claims she is the victim of sexual misconduct, she can avail herself of any of the following:
Title IX coordinators in each of the University’s schools.
Yale Police Department.
Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education Center (SHARE).
The University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC).
●New Haven Police Department.
But, according to the Yale Daily News, many students say the abundance of resources "does not provide a clear path for those wishing to file a sexual harassment complaint." A number of students interviewed "said they are still not completely familiar with the resources available for addressing sexual misconduct."
George Ramirez ’15 said that during the mandatory freshman workshops on communication and consent, the information he was provided "did not significantly simplify the process." He summed it up:  "There were too many resources."

“Peter Lake, director for the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University, said it is possible to “overwarn” and “desensitize” people to critical issues by offering too many resources.

Wouldn't the best policy promote simplicity?  But, then again, if you need to spend someone else's money in order to justify your existence, what better way to do that than to create more and more policies, and more and more bureaucracies that take on lives of their own?

The only people who suffer are actual rape victims.


Sheriff: Inmate fakes rape claim in Washington County Detention Center

A Washington County Detention Center inmate confessed that he faked a claim that another inmate raped him last week, Sheriff Ed Graybeal announced Thursday in a news release.
Joshua Ellis Crabtree, 21, an inmate held at the Detention Center on various misdemeanor charges since April, was charged with filing a false report, a class D felony.

Graybeal said Crabtree claimed that another inmate had raped him on Jan. 26, which prompted authorities to take him to Johnson City Medical Center where a rape kit was completed.

After investigators interviewed Crabtree, he confessed that he had fabricated the story in an attempt to be housed in a different part of the Detention Center.

Crabtree remained jailed in the Detention Center on $5,000 bond. A Sessions Court appearance was set for Friday morning.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

PC trumps due process on campus

"But the Times and many others who have pounced on a murky tale about a star athlete seem oblivious to the larger story. That is the erosion of due process at Yale and throughout American higher education, and the alliance of government policy and academic dogma that fuels it."

Read the op-ed, by Peter Berkowitz, here:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Thug beats man over false allegation of sex assault

I don't understand why the "thug" in the headline isn't charged with attempted murder, as his comment to the police after being arrested indicates that is what he was trying to accomplish. I'm glad to see that the victim in this case hasn't been named.  Yet another -- in a long line -- of overreactions to a rape accusation that end badly for an innocent human being.


. . . .The deputy provost dropped any pretense that Yale seeks to provide due process or find the truth. Instead, she affirmed that the informal complaint procedure's "goal is to achieve a resolution that is desired by the [accuser]," so that accusers can "regain their sense of wellbeing," even though the process provides no mechanism for determining whether the accuser is telling the truth. In fact, the process seems all but designed to ensure that the truth won't be discovered, especially if the accuser is less than truthful. According to Spangler, Yale wants the informal complaint procedure to give the accuser "choice of and control over the process." This goal is incompatible with providing due process to the accused.

You need to read the entire piece. Prof. KC Johnson explores how your son's due process rights and presumption of innocence are tossed to the winds in the academy: Patrick Witt and Yale's Disastrous Failure

Suit: CLTV broadcasts pic of wrong man as sexual assault suspect

CHICAGO (WLS) - A Chicago area television news station broadcasted the wrong picture of a man with the same name in connection with a sexual assault of a boy last year, a defamation lawsuit filed Wednesday claims.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rape is a 1970s mood ring

Read it at A Voice for Men

Harvard woman pooh-poohs false rape claims

It is called The Myth of False Accusal and it was written by a woman named Emma Wood. Go read it.

FALSE RAPE SOCIETY'S COMMENT:  There is so much wrong with this op-ed, it is impossible to know where to begin. Let us start with the most astounding assertion of all. Ms. Wood posits, presumably with a straight face: “I am convinced that no umbrella definition of sexual assault can exist. Just as each person defines his or her sexuality for him or herself, each person defines sexual assault on a similarly personal level.”

You see, in Ms. Wood’s world, sexual assault isn't a crime that needs to be defined with sufficient due process specificity to put the accused on notice of the conduct it proscribes. It is a 1970s mood ring, a free floating clearinghouse to redress any sexual encounter deemed unsatisfactory at the caprice and whim of a self-anointed victim. It is rape-in-the-air, and innocent men had better beware. That tells us all we need to know about Ms. Wood.

It is not surprising that Ms. Wood blithely dismisses the prevalence of false rape claims. When she discusses the wisp of an accusation that has smeared Patrick Witt, she castigates her friends for rushing to assume the accusation is false and concedes “that no one is currently in any position to accuse Witt of rape.” Yet, she unwittingly reverts to language discounting the possibility that Mr. Witt was falsely accused. She brands the accusation – about which we know next to nothing -- as Mr. Witt’s "less heroic side" and calls his accuser "the victim." This, of course, blinks at the fact that if the accuser is a "victim," Mr. Witt must be a rapist, and if Mr. Witt happened to be falsely accused, there is nothing “less heroic” about that.

Wood’s piece implodes when she slinks into the easily-mouthed clichés of radical feminism: “[W]e should ask what kind of society we have constructed if false rape accusations are considered a likely and easy mode of retaliation. To me, this pervasive fear points to a world in which men are aware of an unearned cultural dominance. Since they know their authority has not been obtained but inherited, they fear losing it to a resentful woman, whose only tool in their eyes—one to be used for good or for evil—remains her sexuality.”

Well, at least she’s up front with her misandry. Ms. Wood’s gender divisive op-ed is offensive to the community of the wrongly accused. By any measure, denigrating the experience of the wrongly accused by dismissing them as a myth or as unworthy of our discussion is not merely dishonest but morally grotesque.

Make-up used by scorned lover to 'fake' rape injuries, court told

A SCORNED ex-girlfriend fashioned dark make-up to fake her own rape and beating after being dumped by her sailor boyfriend.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Washington Post writer defends impossibly elastic definition of sexual assault

Lauren R. Taylor of the Washington Post defends the sexual violence study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that, in the words of Christina Hoff Sommers, "suggests that rates of sexual violence in the United States are comparable to those in the war-stricken Congo."  How does the new study arrive at the conclusion that sexual violence is rampant? By "careless advocacy research," Ms. Sommers explains, and "by defining sexual violence in impossibly elastic ways and then letting the surveyors, rather than subjects, determine what counted as an assault."

Well, impossibly elastic is just fine by Lauren R. Taylor, thank you very much! Read her defense of this singularly sloppy study here. She writes: "If you asked 10 friends whether they have ever been raped, you likely wouldn’t get many yeses. If you asked whether they’ve ever had sex against their will or had been coerced into sex, or had unwanted sexual contact, the number would probably be much higher."

I am sure Lauren R.Taylor is correct. But, then again, it's fairly easy to get a higher number when you expand the definition of "rape" to include all manner of things that never have been, are not now, and never should be included.

Sex while inebriated?  Does Lauren R.Taylor understand the distinction between impairment and incapacitation?  Even Brett Sokolow, the reigning czar of the sexual grievance industry, appreciates that distinction.

Wait. That's not even the worst part of that study. As Ms. Sommers explains: "Participants [in the new study] were asked if they had ever had sex because someone pressured them by 'telling you lies, making promises about the future they knew were untrue?' All affirmative answers were counted as 'sexual violence.' Anyone who consented to sex because a suitor wore her or him down by 'repeatedly asking' or 'showing they were unhappy' was similarly classified as a victim of violence."

That's the kind of sexual coercion Paul Elam and I recently wrote about on his Web site. Nagging and telling tall tales for sex are not, and should not be, punishable offenses. A sex act cannot be sexual misconduct if the “victim” has reasonable alternatives to engaging in the act but chooses not to exercise them. We invite Lauren R.Taylor to read the article Paul and I wrote and then try to refute it. She can't, I assure you.

Then, Lauren R.Taylor lobs one of the more astounding assertions concocted by the sexual grievance industry in recent memory: "The questions [in the study] are vague and broad because the reality of sexual violence is vague and broad."

I am speechless. The statement is as inane as it is dangerous. The sine qua non of sexual violence is the absence of consent. Either there is consent or there isn't, and there's nothing vague or broad about that. While some manifested assertions of assent are so tainted by impropriety that our law does not consider them legally operative (an example is a promise obtained by duress), nagging for sex isn't among them.

But, you see, in Lauren R.Taylor's world, sexual assault isn't a crime that needs to be defined with sufficient due process specificity to put the persons who might be accused of it on notice of the conduct it proscribes.  It is a '70s mood ring, a free floating clearinghouse to redress any sexual encounter deemed unsatisfactory at the caprice and whim of a self-anointed victim.

It is rape-in-the-air, and innocent men had better beware.

Don't look now, but the guru of Duke lacrosse has a new crusade--on behalf of another non-PC college student unfairly maligned

I know a lot of men's rights supporters read this blog.

Do you all know who KC Johnson is? 

I mean, seriously, if you don't know who KC Johnson is, there's a problem.

Prof. Johnson is the guru of the Duke lacrosse case. He was so important in helping to raise awareness about that assault on justice that when the accused lacrosse players were declared "innocent" by the state's attorney general, one of them -- Reade Seligmann (he's the kid with the penis so long, he could actually rape Crystal Mangum when he was miles away!) -- publicly thanked him.

Now that's an important blogger.

Now, Prof. Johnson has written extensively about the Patrick Witt travesty, and the progressive news media's smear job on him. It all started with the New York Times. You remember the New York Times, don't you? That paper wouldn't even publish the name of the Duke false rape accuser, even after the guys were declared innocent, but it finds the space to unjustly malign a young man based on a wisp of an accusation.

Go to Prof. Johnson's blog and check out the links to stuff he's written on Mr. Witt:

Woman bonds out after arrest for making false rape report

Katherine Campbell, 24, of Magnolia, was arrested Thursday and charged with felony filing a false report to law enforcement agencies.