Tuesday, November 30, 2010

McMinnville woman arrested for fabricating story of kidnapping, sexual assault

A Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call Sunday in the 11000 block of Wheatland Road, where a woman summoned a resident and reported to have been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a man earlier that evening.

The woman was transported to Providence Newberg Hospital, and the deputy contacted Newberg-Dundee Police, since the reported crime was to have taken place in Newberg.

She told police she had been kidnapped by a white male, described as approximately 6-foot-tall with a thin to medium build. She said he entered her vehicle when she was stopped for a red light, forced her into the passenger seat and pulled her sweater up over her head.

The woman said she could not tell where the man was taking her but that he was driving very fast. She said at some point the man stopped the vehicle and sexually assaulted her.

She then described screaming and trying to push the man away while scratching at his face. The man then stopped, and began driving again. As the man drove around a sharp corner, she said he lost control and crashed the car. The woman claimed to have gotten out of the vehicle, but said she had no idea where she was.

Using her cell phone she said she was able to call her parents and 911 before her battery died. She then got help from a resident along Wheatland Road.

During the investigation, officers discovered several discrepancies in the woman's story. She was re-interviewed today and admitted to fabricating the whole story. No motive was given.
Ashley Anne Deforrest, 22, of McMinnville, was arrested and cited into Yamhill County Circuit Court for initiating a false report.

A Marion County Deputy did confirm that Deforrest’s vehicle had rolled over and caught fire.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Why was this one allowed to get to a jury?

Read the last paragraph and ask yourself if it wouldn't have been fair and just to drop this case when it was clear the evidence didn't match the woman's claim. Doesn't this sound like another case of a district attorney just rolling the dice in the hope of getting a lucky conviction? 

Rolling the dice with the life of a 23-year-old man. Unbelievable.

Jury clears rape accused in 15 minutes

A jury at the High Court in Livingston took less than 15 minutes to return a not guilty verdict on Andrew Hogg yesterday.

The 23-year-old, of Ryehill Gardens, Edinburgh, pleaded not guilty to raping the 27-year-old woman in her flat in Canongate on November 23, 2008. He lodged a special defence admitting that he and the woman had engaged in a consensual "heavy petting" session. However, he denied that sexual intercourse had taken place.

Hogg told the jury that when the woman had changed her mind about making love, he stopped his advances.

His alleged victim claimed Hogg had made her pregnant and infected her with an STD after allegedly forcing her to have sex with him. But medical experts said a scan taken of her unborn baby suggested that it was conceived in December, not November as she claimed.

Caution for High Wycombe woman who made up rape allegation

A WOMAN who admitted making up a rape allegation has been cautioned for wasting police time.

The 20-year-old woman from High Wycombe told officers she was raped in the town in the early hours of Sunday October 17.

But police discovered the incident never happened following an investigation and arrested the woman two days later.

Thames Valley Police then gave the woman a caution.

Det Ch Insp Rebecca Mears said: “Stranger rapes are very rare and all such allegations are taken extremely seriously. They are thoroughly investigated by a large number of specialist police officers and staff so that the rapist can be brought to justice as quickly as possible and the victim is supported throughout.

“All calls to the police are treated as genuine unless proven otherwise but we will not hesitate to prosecute people who make false allegations.

“Not only do false rape allegations cost a great deal of public money, but they result in officers having less time to investigate real crimes.”



Saturday, November 27, 2010

Feminists berate Hollywood for portraying women as helpless victims, but insist that is what women are in the bedroom

Ever notice that when the subject of Hollywood comes up, every feminist becomes a film industry marketing guru?  They are quick to insist that the motion picture industry would better prosper if producers, who are overwhelmingly male, stopped pumping out more of the same fare that, they say, promotes traditional gender roles and reinforces patriarchal stereotypes.

They bemoan films with clever and adventurous male leads and passive female eye candy. Women, they insist, should not be portrayed as helpless pawns, waiting to be rescued by the handsome prince; women should be given roles where they are doers, not victims -- where they can throw punches, kick male butt, crush testicles, and overwhelm evil.  If only there were more female -- you fill in the blank here -- directors/leading roles/Hollywood power brokers, films not only would do bigger box office but also provide worthy role models for our daughters. 

You see, Hollywood producers need the feminists to save them from their testosterone-induced myopia and to more accurately portray reality in their films.

Now, on the other hand, when the subject of alleged date rape comes up, all of those lofty empowering sentiments go sailing out the window.  Anyone who dares to suggest that women who freely choose to drink and have sex are anything other than passive and helpless pawns, anyone who has the temerity to suggest that alcohol laden women are free moral agents capable of making decisions for themselves, is a misogynist and a rape apologist.  In the bedroom, women are not doers but victims --damsels in distress more helpless than the most passive Disney princess.

When it comes to the subject of so-called date rape, feminists don't just wallow in victimhood, they splash, leap and cavort in it.

And, no, I am not excusing rapists of their crimes, even a little.  But there's a hell of a difference between the guy who slips a roofie in his date's drink and the couple that mutually drinks to excess and mutually decides, in their mutually reduced state of consciousness, to have sex.  The roofie scenario is as rare as the latter scenario is common. 

The fact is, far too many young women regard alcohol as a magic elixir that not only lowers their inhibitions but absolves them of personal responsibility for whatever they freely choose to do.  Men are afforded no such absolution even when women are the instigators, and too often, must carry the brand of "rapist" for the rest of their lives for decisions women freely made.

Instead of bellyaching that the entertainment industry unfairly portrays women as helpless pawns, feminists would do well to teach young women that they need to change that perception, and that
they aren't empowered by pretending they are powerless.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers. Have a happy holiday, and please be safe.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sexual grievance industry: Innocent young men have a greater responsibility to end rape than young women

It is politically correct in the extreme to preach that innocent young men bear a greater responsibility for ending rape than young women.  The proof is in the messages given to young men and young women when it comes to rape, and a repulsive new ad campaign merely underscores it.

Young men are taught that there is a dotted-line that connects traditional masculinity and rape.  This, of course, is as ridiculous as it is infuriating.  Yet, listen to what Catherine Pierce, of the Office of Violence Against Women in the U.S. Dept. of Justice, said:  "How do we encourage all men to take steps to stop sexual violence when they see it? Jackson Katz, who is one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking minds on this issue, dedicates an entire chapter in his book 'The Macho Paradox' to the issue of bystanders. He writes: 'If we want to dramatically increase the number of men who make men’s violence against women a priority, it is not useful to engage them as perpetrators or potential perpetrators. Instead, it makes sense to enlist them as empowered bystanders who can do something to confront abusive peers, or who can help to create a climate in male peer culture that discourages [some] men’s attitudes and behaviors.'"

We could do multiple posts on these notions, but it suffices to say that rape is the product of a criminal mind, not a guy acting out traditional notions of masculinity. For example, while I am opposed to porn for other reasons, studies show that rape declines when porn use increases. How many women's advocates would encourage passing out copies of "Playboy" to high school boys in an effort to curb rape? Look: there is no evidence for a "rape continuum" any more than there is for a "murder continuum."  Yet innocent young men are told they must police their peers -- the vast majority of whom are also not criminals -- to be more respectful of women, and in some stardust wishfulness of the feminist sexual grievance industry, this is supposed to reduce rape.

In any event, compare that message with what young women are told about rape:  young women need not alter their behavior in the least to avoid being raped. It is perfectly acceptable for them to drink to unconsciousness in the company of men they don't know, even if this increases the statistical likelihood that they will be raped, because to counsel that they exercise even a modicum of common sense in that circumstance is "victim blaming."  Women shouldn't need to alter their behavior; men need to stop raping.

Example: the new "Don't be that guy" ad campaign in Edmonton is using blunt and crude words and images to tell males 18-24 years-old not to rape women who drink to excess. The picture above is an example. The rationale for the ads is this: "Typically, sexual assault awareness campaigns target potential victims by urging women to restrict their behavior. Research is telling us that targeting the behavior of victims is not only ineffective, but also contributes to how much they blame themselves after the assault. That’s why our campaign is targeting potential offenders – they are the ones responsible for the assault and responsible for stopping it." http://www.sexualassaultvoices.com/our-campaign.html

One such ad will be strategically placed atop urinals in men’s bathrooms in 26 bars around the city. That one reads: “Just because she’s drunk doesn’t mean she wants to fuck." 

The ads are being celebrated as another victory for female empowerment: "[A]t the very least, these ads set a precedent for holding men -- not women -- accountable for the crimes that men commit." http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/112837/graphic_antirape_ad_targets_men  Sounds like the writer believes men, as a class, are responsible for what a tiny percentage of criminals do, doesn't it? 

No sane and rational person would object to an ad campaign that reduces rape.  But tell me, will a young rapist have an epiphany while standing at the urinal: "She really doesn't want to fuck me?  Shit!  So I guess I shouldn't stick my penis in her!"

My bet is the ads will do more harm than goood.  For starters, they fail to address the elephant in the room: why should she be considered a "victim" when a young couple drinks to mutual excess -- which is common -- and then mutually decides, in their mutually reduced state of consciousness, to have sex?  In that scenario, he's every bit as much a "victim" as she is. (And, no, I don't think they both should be charged with rape: the mutuality of their stupidity cancels out whatever shared criminality exists.)  Women and men frequently drink to lower their inhibitions precisely so they will engage in intercourse.  To pretend otherwise is to toss eons of accumulated knowledge about gender relations onto a scrapheap of politicized indifference.  But that's really the whole game of the persons who dominate the public discourse about rape, isn't it?

By not addressing that issue, the ads are encouraging every young woman who wakes up with semen on her leg to assume "I've been raped!" when, in fact, she might have been the instigator, or at least equally responsible.  Once again, we think we are empowering our daughters by telling them they are powerless. My fear is that these ads will engender more false rape claims.

Beyond that, the ads perpetuate the wicked double-standard that innocent young men have a greater responsibility for ending rape than innocent young women.

Here's the bottom line: rapists are responsible for rape. Period.  Not innocent young men. Innocent young men collectively have essentially no ability to end rape.  Holding young men who do not rape responsible to stop rape, while encouraging young women to consciously put themselves in situations where rape, and misunderstandings about whether rape occurred, are far more likely to occur, is asymmetrical gender blaming.

The real goal of these ads is to foment a little rape hysteria and to remind people that date rape is a significant problem, even if the evidence doesn't support it, thus justifying the existence of the paid sexual grievance industry.

You know, business as usual.

Report: Woman accused of false rape claims heads to court today

A woman accused of filing a false rape claim is expected to appear in an Orange County courtroom today.

Emily Marie Riker, 21, of Orlando, told a security guard at a convenience store in June that someone had pulled her into a vehicle and raped her, but deputies said her story was inconsistent and did not match the physical evidence.

She faces charges of filing a false claim to a law-enforcement officer.

Riker later said she lied because she was angry with the man she had been with, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies also determined that Riker had filed two other false rape reports in Orange County and may have reported one in Osceola County.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

'Little Red Riding Hood' is a misogynistic rape parable?

You do know, don't you, that Little Red Riding Hood, the classic fairy tale dating from the 14th century or more likely earlier, has "maleness" as its reference point and that it reinforces "male values"?  I mean, you were aware of that, right?

That view, which is as ludicrously simplistic as it is thoroughly unhelpful, has long been in vogue among certain feminist scholars.

Which purported male values does the beloved fable relate?  Hold onto something before you read this one: "Red Riding Hood," declared Susan Brownmiller in her loopy, screeching attack on maleness, Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape (1975), "is a parable of rape."

I'll pause while you rub your eyes and read that again.  Rape. Of course.

But wait, Ms. Brownmiller isn't finished: "There are frightening male figures abroad in the woods -- we call them wolves, among other names -- and females are helpless before them. Better stick close to the path, better not be adventurous. If you are lucky, a good, friendly male may be able to save you from certain disaster. . . . . In the fairy tale code book, Jack may kill giants but Little Red Riding Hood must look to a kindly huntsman for protection. Those who doubt that the tale of Red Riding Hood contains this subliminal message should consider how well Peter fared when he met his wolf, or even better, the survival tactics of the Three Little (male) Pigs. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Not they." Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape, 309-310.

So firmly entrenched is the view that this little fairy tale is a byproduct of a misogynistic literary tradition that progressives have taken it upon themselves to rewrite it in order to correct its supposed errors: "In the second half of the twentieth century, a proliferation of revisions of 'Little Red Riding Hood' turned the tale around to teach a new lesson. Storytellers from the women's movement and beyond reclaimed the heroine and her grandmother from male-dominated literary tradition, recasting the women as brave and resourceful, turning Red Riding Hood into the physical or sexual aggressor, and questioning the machismo of the wolf." Catherine Orenstein, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale (2003).

Insisting that this fairy tale is misogynistic and reinforces male values is, of course, akin to looking at the world through a fun-house mirror.  If we fairly examine Little Red Riding Hood, we'd more likely discover that it is imbued not with misogyny but with misandry, because it taps into the worst stereotypes about males. 

The tale presents two male characters, the predatory wolf and the hunter/woodcutter who rescues Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. Why, exactly, must the predator in the tale be presented as male? With all due respect to Susan Brownmiller, in the traditional telling of the story, the wolf only wanted to eat the little girl and her grandmother, not mate with them. Female wolves eat, too, you know.  Yet male he is. And sometimes decidedly so. In the original Broadway run and in many subsequent productions of Stephen Sondheim's celebrated twisting of the fairy tale canon "Into the Woods," the Red Riding Hood wolf sports clearly discernible male genitalia (pictured above). Yep.  Because what better way to signal that someone is a predator than to show his dick?

In the Red Riding Hood world, males are of two types: predators, like the wolf, who need to be vanquished (as in "all men are rapists"), and gallant but disposable knights whose primary mission in life is to protect woman and girls from the bad men (think "only men can stop rape"). In this worldview, men who are worthy of surviving are merely supporting players to the female stars, caricatures with whom the audience isn't supposed to empathize.

With "male values" like that, who needs enemies?

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it is time for us to rewrite this venerable fairy tale the right way -- to update it so that it better reflects reality:

Little Red Riding Hood, a sophomore at a large, progressive university who lived off campus, was frequently warned by her grandparents, who raised her, to stay away from fraternity parties where alcohol was served.  The girl obligingly told the old couple what they wanted to hear, and they trusted her. And every weekend she ventured out to one or more frat parties where she got drunk, flirted, and engaged in sex play with one frat boy or another. 

At one of those parties, she met a new boy, the Wolf, and after teasing him and plying him with alcohol, she invited him back to her apartment since her roommate was away. There, they engaged in multiple rounds of consensual sex. 

The next morning, the young couple drowsily slumbered and didn't hear knocking on the front door. It was Little Red Riding Hood's grandparents, who'd been trying to call her for hours to no avail. Worried that something was wrong, they drove out to her apartment.  When no one answered the door, they used their own key to let themselves in.  Immediately, they saw Little Red's clothes strewn about the floor in the hall and they dreaded that she was in danger. They quietly slinked to her bedroom and slowly opened the door.

Little Red awakened, and sprung up in bed, covering her breasts with her arms.  The grandparents were shocked to see a naked boy lying next to her, and Little Red knew immediately that this scene would be completely unacceptable to the old couple.

"He raped me!" Little Red gasped.

The grandfather, filled with an uncontrollable rage, whipped out his .357 Magnum and, with one shot, killed the boy.

The Wolf was identified as a rapist in the next day's newspaper.  Little Red was simply called "the victim."  Her unnamed grandfather was lauded as a hero.  Parents protested the lax security on campus, and progressive students and professors protested the culture of hypermasculinity that breeds such incidents.  In the wake of the rape of Little Red, the university decreed that all incoming freshman males would be required to participate in sexual assault seminars, where they would learn how to better treat women.

False rape claim girl faces jail

A 21-year-old aspiring model is facing jail after falsely accusing a man of rape.

Samantha Merry, from Great Baddow, wasted over 230 hours of police time after making the false claim relating to a 37-year-old man from Chelmsford back in March of this year.

At Chelmsford Crown Court this week, Merry pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice in court last week and now faces sentencing on 15 November.

Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC warned Merry: “Sort out your affairs on the assumption you're likely to be sent to prison.”

“Perverting the course of justice is a serious matter. A man was arrested in his home, spent 15 weeks on bail and there were 235 man hours wasted. It has a bad impact and affects rape cases all over the country.”

After the case, Chief Inspector Joe Wrigley, of Essex Police, said: “Justice has been done and I hope it serves as a warning to anyone who would want to make a false allegation.

“There are enough real crimes for us to investigate. The real victims need our support and those who don't should refrain from doing this.”

Merry was granted unconditional bail and will be sentenced next month.



Monday, November 22, 2010

Girls lied about age, man acquitted on sex charges

Off topic, in a sense, but I found it interesting that Mr. Brown was acquitted. Regardless of the fact that they showed fake ID's. Because it showed HIS state of mind and good faith belief, the court actually did the right thing.

REGINA — A Regina man who picked up two underage teens for sex was acquitted Thursday after Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ellen Gunn accepted the accused's testimony that the girls showed him fake IDs.

"I find as a fact that they told him they were 18 or over," Gunn said in finding Ricardo Brown, 34, not guilty. "I further find . . . the accused asked them to produce photo identification as proof of their age, and that they produced false identification."

Brown, 34, was acquitted of two counts of sexual assault, two counts of obtaining sexual services from a person under age 18, and one count of invitation to sexual touching.

Court had heard the two girls were 14 at the time of the incident in 2009. Brown never denied engaging in sexual activities with the teens; rather the case turned on how old he believed they were, and what he did to back up that belief.


Girl recants sex abuse claim

7-year-old girl not a victim

COLUMBIA, Md. - A Columbia girl has recanted her statement about being sexually assaulted.

The 7-year-old girl stated that she was a victim of abuse last week. Howard County Police have learned the sexual assault report was false.

The girl told investigators Thursday, that there was no assault. Through the course of the investigation, detectives noticed that there were inconsistencies in the girls report.

The girl reported to police that she was walking home from a playground on October 12, through a large grassy area when she claims she was approached by four men, who grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.

The child recanted her story. She and her family have been referred to appropriate services for assistance.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another alleged college rape is a hoax (as I suspected), yet students are still worried about security

I suspected the alleged Seton Hall rape from this past week was false, because a scary stranger rape on campus is incredibly rare (and in this case, "scary" is a code word for "an allegation of rape involving a big, frightening black guy" -- yes, believe it or not, these false rape cases frequently have an element of racial animus).

Here's the message from Seton Hall:

Following an investigation led by the Essex County Prosecutor?s Office, I am able to share with you that the sexual assault as previously reported in Wednesday?s safety alert to the community did not occur. The student who was involved in this incident has changed her report and indicated that she was not sexually assaulted by a stranger on campus. The University worked with the South Orange Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor?s Office in reviewing her allegations.

We strive to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community. In response to this matter, we enhanced our safety measures to include additional services to students and cooperated with local law enforcement to ensure that all measures for campus security and safety are maintained. The safety and security of all on our campus continues to be our paramount concern.

Laura A. Wankel, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Before anyone from the Seton Hall community has a conniption over my prediction that this claim was false, please know that I follow these issues much more closely than you do, I am quite certain.  The story had all the makings of a lie.  Sorry. That's a fact.

But let's put it in perspective.  Before it was revealed as a hoax, how did the news media report the unsubstantiated accusation?  As a fact, of course. It didn't just rush to judgment in concluding a rape had occurred, it did a a 60-meter sprint in record time.  On Wednesday, the Seton Hall student paper, wrote this:

A female student was sexually assaulted around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night in the parking lot near the Rec Center, according to a broadcast e-mail sent to the Seton Hall community on Wednesday.  The suspect in the incident is at-large and sought after by the South Orange Police Department, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office and Seton Hall Public Safety personnel, according to a release from the South Orange Police Department.  Authorities say the suspect is a black male, about 20 or 21-years-old, 6-feet-1-inch tall with a muscular build. He is also described as clean-shaven with short hair, according to the broadcast e-mail. At the time of the incident, the suspect wore a dark blue shirt, black pants and was driving a four-door black car, described as a Toyota or Chevrolet.  Dr. Laura Wankel, vice president for Student Affairs, spoke with a group of student leaders in a Wednesday afternoon meeting in the University Center Faculty Lounge. She said the administration was "extremely concerned" about the sexual assault and would have an immediate "enhanced presence" of security personnel on-campus at night.

See also this news report: A New Jersey college campus was on high alert Wednesday night after a student was attacked and sexually assaulted.  On the campus of Seton Hall University, there’s reason for concern, reports CBS 2′s John Slattery.  “I feel absolutely horrible for this girl, and it could literally happen to anyone at any time,” student Jackie Wood said.  A first- or second-year female student, who lives on campus, was sexually assaulted at around 11 p.m. Tuesday just after she left the main library for her dorm, police said.

But now that the story was revealed as a hoax, are the students breathing a sigh of relief?  Nope.  They've been whipped into hysterics over security. Because of a rape that never occurred. Because of a kind of crime that hardly ever happens.

Funny, no one seems concerned about the security of innocent black males, given that one of them might have been arrested and had his life effectively destroyed over a lie.
Seems to me we've seen that before, haven't we?  Too many times, actually.

Woman makes eight false rape claims, but serves no jail time

The British government recently killed an extremely modest plan to grant anonymity to presumptively innocent men accused of rape until they are charged.  Not convicted, just charged.  Even that insignificant acknowledgement that false rape claims are often devastating to their victims was entirely too much for angry women's groups more interested in retributive gender justice that equity. They pressured politicians to put the kibosh on the plan, arguing, among other things, that it would hinder police investigations of serial rapists.  That argument, like the rest, was grotesquely dishonest.

We have made the point on this blog that, arguably, men accused of rape and similar crimes have greater need of anonymity, unless and until convicted, than their accusers.  Today, the Northern Echo, a paper serving the North-East of England, ran a chilling and surreal story that provides evidence of that incontrovertible fact.  It also provides evidence that the policy of granting anonymity for alleged victims of rape needs to be rethought.

A woman named Jayne Stuart has made eight false rape claims -- that's not a typo: eight -- and apparently has never served a day behind bars.  (Full story below.)  Four of the men have been acquitted in trials the past two years.  Each of her victims have suffered a terrible stigma.  After her latest false claim, "Judge Peter Bowers said it was unfortunate that there was no anonymity for the men."

If Ms. Stuart's case were an anomaly, it would not be so alarming. Sadly, it is not. One need not search out ancient history to find ample evidence that serial false rape accusers are more common than the persons who dominate the public discourse about rape would care to admit. Remember -- most false rape claims are never reported in any newspaper. The ones we report on this blog are the tip of the iceberg.

Earlier this year we reported on serial false accuser Emily Riker. Ms. Riker has made four false rape claims, three in 2010 alone.

Then there was the four-time serial false accuser who targeted British men vacationing on the island of Kos. British newspapers couldn't even bring themselves to print her name. 

Then there was the serial false accuser who tried to destroy a man for not giving her a beer.

Remember Heather Brenner?  She falsely accused a number of men of rape, including her husband.

And there was the celebrated case of  David Jansen, who was arrested after a pizza deliveryman stopped by his remote rented cabin in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains and saw a woman tied up on the couch mouthing, "Call 911."  But Jansen claimed all along that the woman was his lover and that she was into bondage.  His lawyers provided stacks of evidence that the two had been in a relationship for some time. After news of the arrest hit the media, the woman's history of filing false rape claims surfaced and her mother was interviewed saying that her daughter was a notorious liar.  The serial false accuser was not arrested and was not charged (nor has she ever served a day in prison for any of her false claims); her reputation is largely preserved.

Then there was Michaela Britton, who made a wide variety of bizarre allegations, including rape, against a number of individuals.

And we could go on and on and on. The stories reveal that the victims of these false accusers often suffered tremendous reputational and other harm.  Keeping them anonymous until conviction would have alleviated much of that harm.  Moreover, removing anonymity for women who cry rape could have also prevented much of the harm.  Men would know to stay away from women who are publicized false rape accusers.

Why is nothing -- and I mean absolutely nothing -- done to protect the victims of false rape accusers, much less serial false rape accusers?  And why will this story elicit not sympathy for the men and their families but angry eye rolling from the people who dominate the public discourse about rape?

Here is the latest story:

Woman’s eight false rape claims

A WOMAN who reported eight false rapes to the police has walked free from court.

Rod Hunt, prosecuting, said Jayne Stuart, 37, withdrew the latest claim after she realised the effect on the men she accused after having consensual sex with them.

Judge Peter Bowers said it was unfortunate that there was no anonymity for the men, four of whom were acquitted after trials in the past two years.

Mr. Hunt told Teesside Crown Court yesterday that Stuart, who is single, was not wicked, but had mental health difficulties that led to her making the accusations.

One man from Darlington was cleared of rape, but convicted of actual bodily harm assault with a sex toy.

The family of her latest victim was in court when she pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of public justice between April 24 and May 16 with a false allegation of rape to police.

Stuart, of Gormier Close, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, with supervision.

Mr Hunt said: “Each of the men involved have suffered a terrible stigma.

It seems to be a fallback position on her behaviour.

She makes a complaint and it has to be investigated, but she has withdrawn her most recent complaint.

“The Crown concede in her case that she is a person labouring under mental health difficulties, and that this is not the usual case where someone is out-and-out wicked.

“It may be, now that she is able to see the harm she is doing to others, that she may be able to stand on her own two feet.”

Bryan Russell, in mitigation, said Stuart feared jail.

He said she had worked in charity shops in the past, and was willing to do so again as a community punishment.

Judge Bowers told her: “You deserve a prison sentence and usually I would send somebody to prison for this.

“The danger is that if you had a genuine, a real complaint in the future, the police might not be very inclined to take you seriously.

“You will have to be very careful with whom you take up with in the future.”

Link: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8678711.Woman___s_eight_false_rape_claims/

Friday, November 19, 2010

The unholy alliance of a false accuser, a local TV station, and the local police that almost destroyed two NFL players

Rape is a criminal violation of a human being's dignity.  A false rape claim is also a criminal violation of a human being's dignity.  The difference is that the latter is a violation that is tolerated, indeed, tacitly encouraged, as the price of waging war on the former.  The horrific story below underscores that despite the boastful mansions, the haute couture and the lush rides of the rich and the famous, society is especially tolerant of false rape claims lodged against male celebrities, and male athletes seem to have a bulls-eye on their backs when it comes to fabricated rape claims.

We dip into the archives to recall one of the most infamous false rape claims in recent American history.  Many of our readers may not remember it, and many were not attuned to the false rape tragedy when this occurred.  On September 16, 1997, Nina Shahravan, 24, a makeup artist and erstwhile stripper, was sentenced to just 90 days in jail and was ordered to pay just $1,500 as a fine after pleading guilty to misdemeanor perjury for falsely accusing two Dallas Cowboys stars, Erik Williams, an All-Pro offensive lineman, and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, of participating in a vile, depraved sexual assault against her. Both men had prior brushes with the law; neither had the best of reputations, and that made the false charges against them all the easier to make.

No, there wasn't really an "alliance" as suggested in the provocative title of this post -- except insofar as each of the three parties referenced acted in accordance with their self-interests to help produce the result we describe below. The false accuser bears the majority of the blame, of course, but the media and the police can't hide behind her this time because they added  proverbial fuel to the fire.

The case had all the elements of a thousand others we've seen before and since: a news media that unquestioningly accepted the word of a rape accuser, and ran with the story, despite the red flags as to her reliability; law enforcement officials who were quick to publicly announce that they were investigating the claim based solely on the woman's allegation and under apparent pressure from the local television station; a slap on the wrist for the false accuser; law enforcement officials expressing concerns about the effect of the rape liar's recantation on hypothetical rape victims as opposed to victims of the actual crime she committed; and the general feeling that the case was an aberration, with nothing to teach us.

The case had plenty to teach us, but, sadly, we haven't learned a thing from it.

The False Claim

On the night of December 29, 1996, Nina Shahravan called a Dallas TV reporter at the local NBC affiliate who had worked with her in the past. She told him she had been raped.  Shahravan went to the police the next day. In an affidavit, she claimed that Michael Irvin pointed both a video camera and a semi-automatic pistol at her while Erik Williams and another unnamed male raped her on a pool table. Irvin supposedly directed Shahravan's "acting" while she was being brutalized and purportedly told her: "Look like you're having fun." Shahravan also told cops the men had been snorting cocaine.

The next day, the TV reporter Shahravan had first called named Williams in a special on-air report. An hour later, the Dallas police called a press conference that was broadcast live across north Texas on television and radio. 

The Police Treat the Lie As If It Were True

This is how the New York Times chillingly described the police news conference: ". . . as footage of the original news conference showed a top-ranking police lieutenant describing Shahravan's story, a viewer might well have thought that it was the official police description of what happened, not necessarily an unidentified woman's unverified account."

Mr. Williams' attorney said that the Dallas police "had him convicted before it fully investigated the accusations." Even the accuser's attorney later said this:  "It started with the city of Dallas ... calling a press conference to publicize an accusation of rape before they had even started their investigation, and it went downhill from there."

For their part, Dallas police would later say that the television news reporter from the local NBC affiliate had forced them to hold a news conference and reveal the names of the suspects.

The Police Plow Ahead With Their Investigation

Irvin and Williams strongly denied the charges. "My parents raised me right," explained Williams. "They never raised a rapist. To be accused of something so bad...." He couldn't even finish the thought.

Despite the "he said/she said" nature of the case, detectives plowed ahead with their investigation.  They defended their probe by saying their findings were consistent with the rape account Shahravan had given. A police medical examination said her bruises were "consistent with a sexual assault."  They failed to add that it was also true that the bruises were consistent with something other than sexual assault.

Shahravan's estranged husband said publicly during the investigation that he doubted the story because she had also falsely accused him and a previous fiancĂ© of sexual assault.

As the presumptive victim, Shahravan was placed in police protective custody.  The news media withheld her name from publication because, according to one publication, "she was believed to be the victim of a sexual assault."

In fact, as it later turned out, and despite the certainty exuded by Dallas police at the initial press conference, investigators began questioning her credibility early on in their investigation, after some Dallas police remembered Shahravan as a topless dancer who once fancied herself a drug informant for cops but had no solid tips. As the investigation continued, her story seemed less credible, police said. 

Unbalanced Media Coverage

Despite the shakiness of the case, the accuser's identity was safe and secure due to a journalistic policy that the iconic Sidney Zion, writing in the New York Daily News, had the balls to say "stinks."

Nevertheless, members of the news media, Williams said, went "out of their way to protect her because . . . she’s the victim." 

The coverage of the story was criticized from a journalistic perspective.  ''The media was too quick with covering this in a huge way -- the play the news got, the sensational page-1, top-of-the-newscast story,'' said Anantha Babbili, chairman of the journalism department at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. ''There was a given in the tone and the tenor of the media that Irvin and Williams were guilty until proven innocent.''

Read that again.  There was a "given" in the tone and tenor of the media that the men were guilty.

While care was taken to insure the acccuser's good name was not sullied, Williams had the audacity to comment on the elephant in the room: "Who’s protecting the fact that my life has been messed up by people who are supposed to be searching for the truth?" After it was all over, Williams blew the lid off any suggestion that the media coverage of the event was fair.  "How can there be fairness when there is no balance?  The press never asked for my side of the story until the damage was done."  No one of influence defended him during the ordeal because, he correctly noted, "that doesn’t sell papers or get folks to watch the evening news . . . ."

The Accuser Recants

Eventually, Shahravan was confronted with evidence that Irvin couldn't have been at Williams' house the night of the alleged attack. On Friday afternoon, January 9, 1997, Shahravan signed a confession of false allegations. Dallas police immediately dropped the case, noting the evidence was "conclusive" that no rape occurred. The charges were dropped so suddenly that even Williams' lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, did not know they had been dropped until after a public announcement was made. Sidney Zion, writing in the New York Daily News, heralded the moment as a watershed: "Nina Shahravan is the first woman to admit that she lied in a headline case about a date rape."

After law enforcement officials decided to charge her with a crime, Dallas police issued a brief but predictable statement: ''Victims of crime can be assured they face no legal repercussion for reporting factual incidents to the police in good faith.''

The Blame Game

Dallas police pointed fingers at the local NBC affiliate for forcing it to hold that initial news conference and reveal the names of the suspects.

The TV station, in turn, blamed the cops, because, the station said, they leaked word of search warrants to their reporter in order to publicize the rape charges.

The Media Reaction When The Charges Were Dropped

Two days after the case collapsed under the weight of Shahravan's lies, news outlets were still protecting her name.  "I charge no conspiracy here," wrote Sidney Zion in words that ought to be cut out and pasted on the refrigerators of every household where a Y-chromosome resides. "It's worse. It's brainwashing in living color. We have become so used to this stuff that we go on thinking of a date-rape accuser as victim even after she herself says she was a liar."  He continued: "What this does is turn the presumption of innocence on its head. If we do not as much as name the accuser, we are saying nothing less than that the accused is guilty. Run 'alleged' to a fare-thee-well and it makes no difference. This crime is so heinous that to name the victim is to rape her again. Yet date rape is the only charge where the question is not whodunit but whether it was done at all. When the law and the media conspire to keep the accuser's name private while spreading the names of the accused across the headlines we are in the world of Salem."

The media reaction when the charges were dropped was sadly typical.  Mr. Williams said: "Did you notice that no bulletin flashed across all these sport channels declaring that Michael Irvin and I were innocent? Where was the coverage? I bet you no one stopped ‘Baywatch’ or pulled the prime time movie to tell those same people the truth. Michael (Irvin) was right -- nobody was interested in the truth."

Williams made this chilling observation:  "It’s as if they’re all (media) quietly disappointed that we’re innocent."

Read that last quote again.  Ask yourself if that wasn't the precise reaction in some quarters after Duke lacrosse.

''Rerun it, rewrite it, reprint it,'' Irvin said, challenging reporters to cover news of his being cleared with the same fervor with which they covered the news of his being accused. ''Just like you did, with the same intensity that you did. The same intensity. Don't lose the intensity. Don't lose the intensity.''

"I want to hear ‘I’m sorry’ with the same intensity that they accused me with," said Williams. 

Thirteen years later, Williams is still waiting to hear it.

The Civil Action

Messrs. Irvin and Williams went on to file a civil action for libel, fraud, and invasion of privacy against Dallas NBC affiliate KXAS and its reporter who spearheaded publicizing the story.  "Erik and Michael were primarily concerned with sending a message to the press, the police, and the people of Dallas," said Williams' lawyer. "They want to be respected as people. They have the same interest in being treated decently as anyone else."

The one party who was not sued was the false accuser. "I just thought she would make a better witness than a defendant," said Williams' lawyer. The strategy paid off.  Shahravan aided the players' case by suggesting that the TV reporter was pushing her to create a story about the two players. 

The detective in charge of the original rape investigation also pointed fingers at the TV reporter.  He revealed that on the night of the alleged "rape," Shahravan was carrying a tape recorder that the TV reporter had given her. She had used it previously to tape Williams, at the reporter's request. The suggestion was that the TV station was so aggressive to find a story that it was helping to create one.

In the end, the TV station agreed to settle with the two men for $1.1 million apiece.

Shahravan's attorney made an assertion so astounding that it should be enshrined in the hall of fame of inanities: ''She has more guts than anyone involved in the Dallas Cowboys organization. She made a mistake, but she corrected it.'' 


So what are the lessons from this awful affair? For one thing, the New York Times wrote this: "Some experts who monitor news organizations said today that the episode should prod the news business into re-evaluating how it covers high-profile accusations, especially when the credibility of those leveling them cannot be immediately judged."

Now, many years after the fact, we see how that re-evaluation turned out. Nothing has changed.

Law enforcement found the entire affair a cause for alarm -- but not because of the harm to innocent men and boys falsely accused of the vile crime of rape. "For people who are generally skeptical about this issue, this will feed all of their beliefs about rape being women who cry rape when they have not been victimized," said Linda Fairstein, chief of the sex crimes unit for the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Tom Charron, president of the National College of District Attorneys, said Ms. Shahravan's false allegation will harm legitimate rape cases across the country for years to come. "I cannot tell you how much damage this does in our efforts to have rape allegations taken seriously by the courts and the public," he said. "Rape charges are already tough enough to prove. This kind of high-profile incident makes it even harder." Mr. Charron said this case shows that police and prosecutors must be very careful to find corroborating evidence to support rape accusations.

In the end, the Williams/Irvin false rape claim was a garden variety, but very high profile, example of how a zealous news media, greedy for headlines, and a law enforcement apparatus, afraid of being second-guessed by a public in mortal fear of rape, joined hands with a false accuser in an unholy alliance to badly damage the reputations of two innocent men. The word of an unreliable witness was transmogrified into the truth -- by the news media and by the public pronouncements of law enforcement.

Imagine if the Dallas police had made the announcement about the accusation by noting that the "evidence" consisted solely of the word of an unreliable witness who might have made two other false rape claims in the past.  Would the reputations of Irvin and Williams have been badly tarnished by that?  More likely, they would have garnered immediate and widespread sympathy.  But, you see, the truth didn't fit the preferred narrative of always believing an accusation by a woman against privileged alpha-males.

Although law enforcement otherwise did it's job and investigated and dropped the false claim, that doesn't excuse the Dallas police department's initial press conference, where an untested allegation by a not-so-reliable witness was paraded to the world as the truth.

The good names of innocent males -- even privileged athletes with checkered pasts -- should not be regarded as mere flotsam just so a TV station can snag big ratings, and a police department can avoid being second-guessed by women's groups.

The most disheartening thing of all is that the same sorts of scenarios continue to play out with cookie cutter redundancy.  Remember this case?  Sidney Zion at the New York Daily News prophetically asked the following: "Will the law and the media learn the lessons of The Woman vs. Dallas Cowboys?"  His answer was not encouraging.  "The first returns look bleak. The sportswriters who vilified the players have been surly, at best, in their half-apologies. Some have said, 'Don't worry, they'll do it again.'"

Indeed, thirteen years later, we know the answer to Mr. Zion's question.  No, Sidney, the law and the media have learned nothing from the case.  Or the countless cases that followed.  Absolutely nothing.













Report of attempted sexual assault at Augie determined false

Augustana College officials said Thursday that Rock Island police have determined a report of an attempted sexual assault on campus earlier this month was false.

Augustana spokeswoman Kamy Beattie said the student making the report violated the college's code of conduct, but a specific response from the college has yet to be determined.

"We're really looking at trying to weigh the concern for this individual and realizing we do have to hold a person accountable from our community that steps out of our expectations," she said. "It's up to the dean of student's office to determine what comes next."

She stated she did not know how police intend to proceed; an attempt to reach RockIsland police for comment was unsuccessful.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hunt for 'rapist' called off

Police have called off the hunt for an alleged Palmerston North rapist, who they thought had offended against a teenage girl in The Square, believing a false complaint had been laid.

They have referred a 16-year-old girl – who can't be named for legal reasons – to Youth Aid for making a false complaint after she allegedly told police she had been sexually assaulted in the early hours of September 5.

Police say she laid the complaint at Palmerston North police station at 5.35am, leading police on a manhunt which involved scouring the city's CCTV footage and security camera tapes from nearby businesses.

In a bid to identify the man, officers were considering releasing some of the footage or getting an identikit sketch drawn up.

But Palmerston North detective Jonny Oram said investigations were now complete and a 16-year-old had been referred to youth aid for allegedly making a false complaint.

Mr Oram said that false accusations of sexual assaults were unfortunate because they had the potential to deter genuine victims from coming forward for fear of not being believed.

"We hope that the thorough investigation that has been carried out in this case clearly demonstrates that we take all sexual assault cases very seriously, and we continue to encourage genuine victims to seek our help."

Manawatu Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre manager Ann Kent said it was "disappointing" when false claims were made.

Rape and sexual abuse were still among the most undereported crimes – with only an estimated 9 per cent being reported – and women should not be dissuaded from telling the truth.

"I would never want to see any woman deterred from coming forward ... support is always available for victims of sexual abuse," Ms Kent said.



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

£60,000 spent on Telford false rape claims

More than £60,000 was spent on false rape claims in a single month in Telford after a quarter of cases were proved to be false, police said today.

Leading detectives today warned people who lied that they had been raped that they were discrediting the genuine victims who had been through the trauma of such an offence.

It comes after a 16-year-old was charged with perverting the course of justice after alleging she was raped in Stirchley.

And a 12-year-old girl who claimed she was raped by two different men in a five-week period in Oakengates was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice this week and admitted the allegations were false.

Acting detective inspector Billy Scott, of Telford CID, said a quarter of the 16 rape cases which were reported in September were proved to be false. But he said everything would be done to catch offenders in genuine cases.

“Stranger rapes – where the victim does not know the offender – are extremely rare in Telford,” he said.
“However, we treat every single allegation that is made at face value and victims of any sexual offences, including rapes, are rightly given the gold service.”

Mr Scott said a huge team of officers, including specialist search teams, forensic teams and soil specialists were drafted in as part of any sexual offences investigation.

The latest false claims have seen areas sealed off for 24 hours and uniformed officers on guard to preserve any possible evidence.

Mr Scott said: “In the month of September alone we had 16 rapes reported – of those reported four of them were of a stranger nature where the victim said they did not know the alleged offender.”

As a result of extensive inquiries, involving senior detectives and divisional CID, these four offences were shown not to have occurred.

“Each investigation can cost between £10,000 and £20,000 because every time we rightfully do a full and proper investigation.

“We have a lot of money wasted by people who make up the allegations but, more importantly, the human resources we waste following up false allegations can have a massively detrimental impact on the service we are able to offer a genuine victim of crime.”

Link: http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2010/11/13/60000-spent-on-telford-false-rape-claims/

Random mid-week thoughts

The following is a snippet from a 1979 AP news article about the passage of the bill in the California state senate outlawing marital rape.  (Note that while marital "rape" was not a crime until relatively recently, assault and battery were -- a husband could not physically force himself on his wife, contrary to current thinking that back in the old days, men could do whatever they wanted to their wives.) Anyway, during the senate debate, Senator Newton Russell openly wondered if the new law would allow wives to falsely cry "rape" against their husbands for revenge.  Senator Barry Keene had similar fears, but read his quote, below. It's a microcosm of the male reaction to all feminist rape initiatives of the past 30 years -- the equivalent of "I guess I have to bend over and take it like a man":

Much of radical feminism has a seething "payback" quality underlying it, as if women are now going to get back at men for what hypothetical males in the past did to long dead females.  Here's feminist icon Germaine Greer on the payback aspect of feminist art: "Late 20th Century feminism protested against the dehumanization of the female as the passive object of the male gaze with a duty to beautify and decorate herself for a man's delectation. A number of committed women artists began working with the male nude as if consciously seeking some kind of revenge for what they perceived as centuries of the portrayal of women in art as mere sex objects."

Have you ever noticed that every time a feminist discusses false rape claims, she becomes an actuarial?  False rape claims, she posits, are an acceptable risk because there are so few of them and because there are so many actual rapes -- especially of the unreported variety.  "I'll start to become concerned about false rape claims," she gushes, "when false rape claims become half the problem rape is." Or, more likely, when she has a son who is falsely accused. Nothing turns a rabid radical feminist into a reasonable human being more quickly than a false rape claim lodged against her son.

Here's a plug for a major post we're going to run on Friday: a look back at one of the most widely reported false rape claims in recent American history -- when two Dallas Cowboys were nearly destroyed by an unholy alliance of a false accuser, a local TV station, and the local police.

Whenever the people charged with solving a problem are dependent on the problem's continued existence for their livelihoods, you can be certain they will never admit when the problem goes away. We'll never hear that the so-called rape "epidemic" is no longer an "epidemic" because the sexual grievance industry has too much to lose by admitting it.

The reason that was most commonly given for scrapping the very modest anonymity proposal in Britain (it would have allowed men accused of rape to remain anonymous until they are charged) was that anonymity would "send a message" that rape accusers aren't to be believed, which would lead women to decide not to report their rapes.  Has anyone seen even a scrap of evidence to support this epiphany? It rings especially hollow in light of RAINN chief Scott Berkowitz's recent U.S. Senate testimony that women are not failing to report due to fears that they won't be believed.

Finally, a few quotes from Prof. Alan Dershowitz:

“Rape is such a serious crime that deliberately bringing a false accusation of rape should be an equally serious crime and women are not being punished for those crimes. I believe that being falsely accused of rape is as traumatic as being raped.”

". . . the rules of evidence have been changed to make it easier to convict defendants of rape and harder to cross-examine alleged rape victims."

"The idea that these youngsters should be branded rapists and the girl should be labeled a victim is preposterous." (Addressing a case where male teens who engaged in consensual sex with a female teen should be prosecuted for statutory rape while the girl was not charged)

". . . objective data show that the problem of false rape reports is a serious one, and that the percentage of false reports in rape cases is considerably higher than the percentage of false reports for other violent felonies. One reason for this disparity is that the police rarely prosecute women who deliberately file false rape reports."

"How can you publish the name of the presumptively innocent accused but not the name of the accuser?"

False rape claim girls may face jail

A police investigation was launched after two teenagers claimed that a man attempted to rape them in Tentsmuir Forest.

Two teenage girls who sparked a police investigation after falsely claiming they had been raped have been warned that they could face jail.

Rebecca Wood and Johanna Law, both 17, called police from Tentsmuir Forest in Fife, saying that a man had attempted to rape them.

In an appearance at Cupar Sheriff Court, Woods admitted making false allegations to a police call handler.

The resulting investigation caused officers of Fife Constabulary to devote their time to investigating the claim, leaving members of the public potentially under suspicion of attempted rape.

Low pleaded guilty to the same charge by letter.

Sheriff Charles Macnair deferred sentence until next month for social background reports, and an assessment of the pair's ability to carry out community service as a direct alternative to a jail term.

[FRS COMMENT] - We will keep an eye open for an article on the sentencing, and pass it along as soon as there is something to relay.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Woman accused of making false rape report against three men

A 30-year-old Gaffney, S.C., woman told Gastonia Police on Sunday three men raped her, but the story was false, according to an arrest warrant.

The woman was served with an arrest warrant on Tuesday for making a false report to a police station.

She was released from custody without having to post bond.

Police determined her story did not add up and she later confessed that it was untrue, according to a Gastonia Police report.

No one else was questioned in the case.

Link: http://www.gastongazette.com/waptest/news/woman-51179-false-police.html

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sexual grievance industry bigwig: under-reporting of rape is due to choices women make, not legitimate fears they won't be believed

Lame-duck U.S. Senator "Snarlin'" Arlen Specter, the architect of the "single bullet" theory who switched from Democrat to Republican,  then back again (to no avail: last May, Democratic voters saw through his ploy and told him it was time to retire to the City of Brotherly Love), recently held a Senate hearing on under-reporting of rape. 

Now, I'm not suggesting that Arlen is a grandstander, but consider this: he once called for a Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into the NFL's "Spygate" incident involving the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick.  (Because a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania has nothing more important to think about than whether a New England football team cheated.)

Anyway, the roster of witnesses who testified at the rape hearing reads like a sexual grievance industry convention -- about as "mainstream America" as the characters in the bar scene from "Star Wars."  Amanda Hess live-blogged the hearing.

Under-reporting is a controversial subject because, among other things, it is impossible to prove. We've written here many times (see e.g., here) that significant under-reporting of rape can't be accepted as fact because the entire public discourse surrounding it is so terribly gender-politicized that the truth is elusive at best.

But among the more intriguing aspects of the Specter rape hearing was the testimony of Scott Berkowitz, President and Founder of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). Mr. Berkowitz, of course, buys into under-reporting, but, surprisingly, he blew the lid off the myths about why women don't report their rapes. 

Berkowitz rejected the common consensus that women don't report because they legitimately fear they won't be believed by the law enforcement and judicial systems that have failed them, or because false rape reports are given inordinate attention and news coverage.  According to Ms. Hess's summary of Mr. Berkowitz's testimony: 

"On reporting: More victims may not be reporting their rapes, but the reasoning has changed over the past few decades. 'A generation ago,' the reasons were things like, 'fear of not being believed; fear of being interrogated about and blamed for their own behavior, and what they were wearing. In short, they feared that they would be the one on trial.'  Today, 'the perception of many victims has evolved.' Now they don't report for these reasons: 'they don't want their loved ones to know what happened; they're ashamed themselves; they just want to put it all behind them.' Today, 'fear and shame of how the police wil [sic] treat them' has moved down on the list of reasons victims provide for not officially reporting the crime.  As much as we need to educate police to take reports seriously, Berkowitz says, we also must 'educate victims on the importance of reporting.'"

Mr. Berkowitz's take on under-reporting is a noteworthy assessment, and if it gains widespread acceptance, it should help put a stop to the thirty-plus-years trend of chipping away at the rights of men and boys accused of rape.  We've explained on this site that the under-reporting canard is primarily responsible for virtually every major rape reform that has put presumptively innocent men and boys at ever greater risk of wrongful incarceration for rape.  For thirty years, the theory has been that the patriarchal system, concocted and controlled by men, is stacked to turn a blind eye while males rape with virtual impunity.  Women know they aren't believed and that they can't get a fair shake, so they don't even bother to report their rapes.  To correct this horrible state of affairs, one rape reform after another was enacted, from the elimination of corroboration to rape shield laws and all sorts of other things.

And none of it has been enough. Because they still insist, after decades of these innovations, that under-reporting of rape is still rampant.  It is enough to make the testicles to shrivel to think what further "reforms" they might enact to attack the "problem." Indeed, some feminist legal scholars have suggested flipping the burden of proof on its head just for rape (presuming guilt on the basis of an accusation), and replacing the adversarial system with an inquisitorial system when it comes to rape.

But now, at long last, the sexual grievance industry might just be acknowledging what anyone with common sense already knows -- that under-reporting is not due to problems that are systemic to the law enforcement and judicial systems.  And that under-reporting can't be cured by further tinkering with the rules of evidence or by writing more and more draconian, anti-male statutes.  Reducing the due process rights of the men and boys charged with rape isn't going to prompt more women to report.  The head honcho of RAINN essentially admitted that under-reporting is due to choices women make.

And here's the scary part: the purported reasons Berkowitz gives why some women don't report their rapes mirror the reasons some women make false rape claims.  Women allegedly don't report their rapes because they don't want anyone to know and they are ashamed, just as women who make false claims often do so because they are ashamed and don't want anyone to know that they participated in a consensual but illicit sexual encounter. 

It's all about choices.  Except the choice not to report a rape doesn't send an innocent person to prison the way the choice to make a false rape accusation does.

Alas, Berkowitz ends by noting that we must educate rape victims to report the vile crimes committed against them. This is typical of the view of the sexual grievance industry that women are nitwits, too stupid to make a rational decision. Women, as a class, should be insulted that persons who deign to speak for them regards them with such disdain.  Oh,well. Just another progressive who thinks the best way to empower women is by pretending they are powerless.

Police discover high school rape report was false

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Police have determined the reported attack and rape in a local high school bathroom never really happened.

Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning a 16-year-old student at Huntington High School reported 2 men had attacked and raped her in the school bathroom. The school immediately called the police and took the girl to the hospital.

"We absolutely take every report like this seriously," said Tricia Grayson with Caddo Parish Schools.

As news of the reported rape spread, many parents worried about their children's safety.

"Being a parent, who wouldn't be concerned?" said Starkes.

Starkes said she has always felt the school did a good job of securing the campus, so many things about the story didn't make sense to her.

"How could somebody enter onto the campus and nobody see them?" she asked.

Wednesday, police determined no one did enter the campus without permission.

"As they were interviewing the victim this morning, she finally admitted to them that she had fabricated the entire tale. That she had not been attacked," said Bill Goodin with the Shreveport Police Department.

Caddo School Board wants to assure parents the Huntington campus is safe.

"There are only a couple of ways to get onto that campus from the outside, and those access points are monitored," said Grayson.

The school also has several security officers and security cameras on campus.

At this time, police have not filed any criminal charges against the 16-year-old girl, and they don't expect to.

[FRS COMMENT] - The only problem I have with what the police have done here (as they got it right), is that they aren't charging her. It has been asked many times here, and it bears asking again and again, until it sinks in - When do we stop treating false accusation like they don't matter, and charge the individual with a crime?



Sunday, November 14, 2010

The essence of feminism: double-standards

It is the mission of feminism to unshackle women so they can express their femininity in whatever manner they desire, and to shackle men so that they can express their masculinity only in the manner feminists approve. 

The words of feminist icon Germaine Greer speak for themselves:


Question: . . . you said the victims of pornography are men not women. You've gone to explain how men are the victims of pornography but what I find hard to understand . . . is how can you say not women?

Germaine: Well I think....

Question: Aren't both victims?

Germaine: Yes. Ultimately, yes, but the primary victim is the man. Because it improvises his own sexual response. If you encounter pornography as a teenager and most people do or even younger. Most men do and you masturbate habitually with the stereotypical images in your head.

Then when you want to make love to a woman, you'll have to impose that imagery on her and you have to make love to her as if she was virtual and not real. If makes it very hard for her to love you. But it makes it even harder for you to love her because it's easy; masturbation is easy. You can construct it any way you want. You can give yourself all the little ingredients that you like. That the creature never speaks. She certainly never laughs at you. The phone doesn't ring. You're not watching television. This is a very simple transaction and it leads to a very one-dimensional kind of pleasure, which has nothing to do with joy. It has nothing to do with triumph. It has nothing to do with getting really close to somebody. It protects you against all that vulnerability. You have that same problem again. And so ... and it also cost you money. It doesn't cost you a lot of money. It's a huge industry now and it grows all the time.   Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/cna/analysis_prog/incon/incon_germaine3.htm


Greer: "There are many ways in which a boy is an ideal fantasy partner for a woman. Any woman of taste would have a boy for a lover rather than a man. He's easier to manage. His sperm flows like tap water, which happens to be a biological fact. And quicker recovery time and all that kind of thing. More rewarding in all sorts of ways. Conversation might be a bit lacking, but then, who does it for conversation?"

From broadcast of ITV's arts programme The South Bank Show, in which Greer discussed the theme of her book, The Boy.  On the show, an 18-year-old model posed in the nude while Greer waxed poetic about young male sperm.

Thanks to Jason

Friday, November 12, 2010

The British Government Ditches Plan To Give Anonymity to Men Accused of Rape: Why The Decision Is Wrong

The British government announced today it is ditching its pledge to give anonymity to men accused of rape.  See here. The British plan originally was to grant anonymity to the presumptively innocent unless convicted; it was watered down in the face of a politicized backlash to grant anonymity only to men who have not been charged.  Now, even this very modest form of anonymity has been scrapped.

For many years, by law in the UK and by policy of the news agencies and outlets in the US, rape accusers have been afforded anonymity.  Arguably, men accused of rape and similar crimes have even greater need for anonymity, unless and until convicted, than their accusers, but women's groups and progressive politicians typically block such efforts.  The recent maelstrom of criticism in UK after it was announced men would be granted limited anonymity is an unfortunate manifestation of their efforts.

This post is a brief explanation of the rationale for granting anonymity to men accused of rape.

I. Anonymity Would Not Send A Message That Women Are To Be Disbelieved

Among the many disingenuous reasons for not granting anonymity is that anonymity would "send a message" that rape accusers aren't to be believed. This is dishonest in the extreme. Anonymity for the presumptively innocent would send no such message any more than anonymity for rape accusers sends a message that rape accusers are to be believed over the men and boys they accuse. It is a gross stereotype to insist that the general public is so terribly obtuse that it makes credibility determinations on the basis of anonymity policies.

The message conveyed by anonymity for rape defendants is that the harm of publicly identifying innocent men who are falsely accused is severe and unconscionable, not that women are inherently untrustworthy.

II.  Many Males Accused of Rape Are Already Granted Anonymity Without Harmful Effect To Women

Many accused rapists are already afforded anonymity.  In the UK, anonymity orders under Section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 are frequently granted to teen boys accused of sex crimes.  Moreover, men whose identities cannot be revealed without necessarily revealing the accuser's identity are usually treated anonymously by the press in both the UK and the U.S.  The identities of accused males who fall within these two classes are shielded because, as a matter of public policy, the benefits of shielding their identities are deemed to outweigh the detriments.

There is no evidence -- none whatsoever -- that granting anonymity to these classes of defendants has in any manner hindered the war on rape.  Thus, in a real world setting, every hypothetical disaster that would supposedly occur if anonymity were granted has been proven to be disingenuous.

III.  Opposition To Anonymity Typically Fails To Acknowledge The Harm of a False Rape Claim

Opposition to anonymity for the presumptively innocent accused of rape is unconscionable because it typically fails to acknowledge the harm of a false rape claim. False accusations of rape have severely stigmatized more human beings than false accusations of any other crime.  The prevalence of false rape claims is invariably minimized, and the harm to the falsely accused trivialized, by persons who oppose anonymity for the presumptively innocent.  Yet, it is undeniable that false rape claims are a significant problem.  See here.  Among many other things, the FBI has reported that unfounded rape claims are multiple times more common than other crimes.

Worse, one need not look to the hanging trees in the Old South to know that the public scorn from false rape claims has caused more damage to innocent people than the scorn from any other type of false claim. False rape claims have caused innocent men and boys to be killed and to kill themselves; to be beaten, chased, spat upon, and looked upon with suspicion long after they are cleared of wrongdoing. They lose not only their good names but often their jobs, their businesses, and their friends. It is often impossible for the falsely accused to ever obtain gainful employment once the lie hits the news: for the remainder of his life, a falsely accused man will have prospective employers Googling his name and discovering the horrid accusation.

IV. Granting Anonymity Will Not Unduly Inhibit The Prosecution of Serial Rapists

Another argument often trotted out to oppose anonymity for men accused of rape is that anonymity could inhibit the effective prosecution of serial rapists.  This argument is a snare and a delusion.  First, anonymity for rape defendants does not prevent the naming of serial rapists.  It would simply forbid publicly naming men who have only been accused but not convicted of rape. A suspect would be identified if he is convicted. 

Second, the vast majority of rapes are committed by acquaintances where the identity of the perpetrator is not at issue. The number of cases where rape victims might be helped in identifying their rapist by seeing a man's picture on the television news is minuscule. 

Third, it can scarcely be denied that some teen boys and some men whose identities are already shielded must also be serial rapists.  The fact is, there is no evidence that granting anonymity for these classes of defendants has in any manner inhibited the effective prosecution of serial rapists. 

Fourth, anonymity for men accused of rape would not hinder police investigations any more than anonymity for rape accusers hinders police (not to mention innocent men) from learning that a rape accuser has made false rape allegations in the past.  Society has made a policy decision to grant anonymity for women who accuse men and boys of rape because such anonymity is thought to serve other useful purposes.  Anonymity for men would also serve useful purposes, even if police might prefer to have them publicly named.

V. Granting Anonymity Would Encourage More Women To Come Forward

Another argument often posited in opposition to anonymity for men accused of rape is that women will not come forward if the men they accuse are not publicly named. There is no factual basis for this conclusion, and the one has nothing to do with the other. For example, there is no basis to believe that fewer women come forward when their rapists are teen males whose identities are not made public.

In fact, it is likely that more rape victims would "come forward" if the men they accuse were anonymous. 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 often isn't difficult 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.

VI. Justice For Rape Victims Does Not Depend On Withholding Protections For The Presumptively Innocent

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. 

Sadly, anonymity for the presumptively innocent is opposed precisely because rape has become unnecessarily gender-politicized, and it is improperly viewed as a zero sum game where any protection afforded to the presumptively innocent is deemed to be detrimental to rape victims. There is no evidence for that assumption.  Moreover, that assumption is premised on a morally grotesque world view that it is somehow acceptable to treat falsely accused men as unfortunate collateral damage whose pain is to be tolerated in the name of fighting the "more important" war on rape. 

At long last, society needs to recognize that the harm to the falsely accused who are publicly identified as potential rapists is unconscionable and severe.  The victimization of our daughters should not be deemed more worthy of our protection than the victimization of our sons.