Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sorry, Mr. State's Attorney, but the woman who had two innocent men arrested for a rape lie is not a victim 'crying out for help'

Two brothers, ages 24 and 19, were arrested and criminally charged in connection with a rape that supposedly occurred on May 5, 2015. The brothers were named by the local news media; the woman who accused them of rape was not named.

But now, the brothers have been released because the Wicomico County State’s Attorney said the woman who accused them had not been truthful (translation, she lied). The woman might be charged with a crime, but she still isn't being named.

The State’s Attorney made the usual comments about how "he hopes the actions of this one person do not discourage rape victims from coming forward." But he didn't stop there. He added that "detectives are actively trying to find out why the woman made these accusations in the first place."

Come again?  The crime has been solved, and, thankfully, two wrongly accused young men have been released. To divert scarce taxpayer resources to discover the root cause of this crime isn't just irresponsible, it's wholly unnecessary. The reasons women lie about rape are well-known--they lie primarily to explain a consensual sexual liaison they know will not be acceptable in their familial or social circles if it is revealed. The root cause of false rape claims is explained by the "regret asymmetry" that separates young men and young women, and everyone who follows the subject understands this.

But wait, the State's Attorney isn't finished. “This is also a person crying out for help,”  he said.

Actually, sir, do you know who was crying out for help? The wrongly accused brothers. Because of a rape lie, they were charged with very serious crimes that threatened to destroy their lives. There's not one word, not one concern expressed, about their ordeal. The State's Attorney's sole concern is that the criminal is "crying out for help."

But wait, he still isn't finished. Here comes the coup de grĂ¢ce:

“There’s a reason why a person does this, so another interest to the state is trying to get that person some assistance as well.”

When the brothers were arrested for rape, did the State's Attorney suggest that the rape meant they were crying out for help? Such a comment, of course, would have been political suicide. When CNN dared to humanize the Steubenville teen rapists after they were found guilty merely by pointing out that their misdeeds had shattered their promising futures, CNN was widely attacked for showing even a hint of sympathy for the boys. Mind you, CNN did not suggest that the boys were treated unfairly, it merely pointed out the wreckage they had brought on themselves. Can you imagine the outrage if CNN had suggested the boys were crying out for help?

Yet it's somehow acceptable to treat a false rape accuser as a victim who is "crying out for help." This is a meme concocted by the sexual grievance industry to suggest that rape lies are aberrational and that they are prompted by deeply seated psychological disorders, not evil or traditionally criminal motives. See. e.g., here and here. Unfortunately, this blog is replete with reports of false rape claims prompted by the most callous of reasons: e.g., young women sometimes falsely accuse cab drivers of rape to avoid paying a fare--women who tell rape lies not because of psychological disorders but because they can. Unfortunately, some politicians buy into the meme to give them "cover" for daring to call a rape lie a rape lie.

The meme is grossly unjust to false rape victims who are put through hell waiting for the rape lie to be uncovered. But it also does no favors for rape victims because it's part of a mentality that undermines the public's confidence in the way rape claims are handled. Treating criminals as victims not fully accountable for their misconduct based solely on whether they have a penis foments resentment--a sort of backlash--among a general public that sees through politically correct bullshit. And when jurors are rightly concerned about whether men and boys accused of rape are treated fairly, this makes them all the more wary of convicting defendants for rape. If we want rape to be treated as the serious crime that it is, for starters, we need to stop treating rape accusers as if they were the victims.