Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Woman recants assault claim, but she's still a 'victim' to newspaper, police, and women's studies chair

▲A woman recanted her claim that a knife-wielding man, between 25 and 35 years old with a tattoo on his left hand, grabbed her from behind, and reached under her shirt, ripping it in the process before she got away. The news report says: "The victim eventually admitted that the assault was fabricated." First problem: she's not a victim; she lied about the assault. The story proceeds to quote, at length, a police officer, who fears "re-victimizing the victim," and a university's women studies chair, who opines, with no supporting basis: ". . . there's obviously something particular to this person's case that the pubic doesn't know about."  (Down the rabbit hole we tumble . . . .) 

The story continues: "A fabricated sexual assault could lead to a culture of fear, said Staff Sgt. Rick Waugh. 'In this case, first of all, it's a waste of police resources. That's the secondary reason you shouldn't do it. The primary reason is the fear it creates in the community and the impact it creates,' he said . . . ." Notice that the presumptively innocent who are targeted in false rape claims are not even mentioned.

In other news:

▲A boyfriend called police over a domestic disturbance, and before a police officer entered the house, he heard the voice of Angella Caprice Miller saying that when the police arrive she would, “tell them you raped me.”  The police entered the house, and Miller commented that she did not want to say what the boyfriend had done to her, implying a sexual assault, officers said. At that point an officer asked if Miller was saying she had been raped. Miller responded by saying that she “did not want to get him in trouble.”
The officer asked again if she had been raped and received no reply. A short time later Miller called the officer over and said she could not let the boyfriend get away with this and that she wanted to press charges because he raped her, reports said. The woman subsequently told the officer she had spoken with a family member and did not want to get the boyfriend in trouble and did not want to press charges. Miller was asked by officers to come to the police department where she could meet with two female detectives. As a result of that interview Miller was charged with making false statements and writings. The charge resulted from "a significant number of conflicts in her statements in relation to the story she told officers."

▲We've previously written about the "white feather" campaign -- the cadre of young women who thought themselves patriotic for humiliating men as young as 16 for not fighting in World War I. Here is a great piece on it. Among other things, it notes: "[I]t is hard to resist the conclusion that a large contingent were young women enjoying a sense of empowerment the war brought."