Friday, December 31, 2010

The iconic WW II poster that became a fitting symbol for feminism -- read why

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, believed to be the unwitting model for the iconic “We Can Do It!” poster of a woman flexing her biceps in a factory during World War II, died earlier this week at 86.  Ms. Doyle became the unwitting model when, at the age of 17, she took a job as a metal presser at a factory near Detroit and was photographed by a United Press photographer who was working on a piece about working women.

The New York Times pointed that the poster was obscure until long after World War II.  "It was not widely seen until the early 1980s, when it was embraced by feminists."

It is altogether fitting that the poster became, as the Times said, "a symbol for the American feminist movement," because, if truth be told, the poster doesn't depict reality. It is the artistic musing of a gifted illustrator.

While the image has become the symbol of the empowered woman, ready to take on a man's world and do anything a man can do while flexing a defiant, sturdy right arm, in real-life, Ms. Doyle's daughter Stephanie Gregg revealed that those weren't her arms: "She didn’t have big, muscular arms. She was 5-foot-10 and very slender." 

The most distinctive aspect of the image was doctored. 

And while the poster conjures up the image of women happily breaking free of their domestic enslavement and capably performing manufacturing jobs vacated by conscripted men without missing a beat, according to the New York Times, the real life model "quit the factory job after about two weeks because she learned that another woman had damaged her hands while using the metal presser, and she feared that such an injury would prevent her from playing the cello." 

The real-life "We can do it!" model actually is more representative of American women -- and more "empowered" -- than the tough-as-nails woman presented in the illustration.  Unlike men, who rarely had the luxury of voluntarily quitting a factory job due to fears of injuring themselves, and unlike Ms. Doyle's same-age male peers who were entering the deadliest war in world history (some of her male high school classmates had already been killed in action), Ms. Doyle had the luxury of quitting a job lots of men would have killed for, going to work in a soda fountain, and falling in love with a young man who would become a dentist.

Moreover, it is fitting that this poster has been heralded as a symbol for American feminism because devotees of the latter also paint a picture of their movement that doesn't exactly match reality.

While they claim they are all about gender equality, they happily fight for inequality when, for example, they oppose shared parenting by invoking the nastiest stereotypes about men as abusers.

They talk of equal opportunity but are really after equal outcomes, so they dishonestly insist that the gender pay gap is a product of discrimination. 

They correctly insist women have a right to be as secure in their safety as men (but ignoring that men are victims of violent crime far more than women), then they dishonestly paint a picture of our college campuses as cisterns of male predatory sexual violence. 

And never mind all those other little things where the genders are decidedly unequal but which their movement has precisely zero interest in even discussing: the life expectancy gap; the suicide gap; the workplace injury and death gap; the gap where men lead women in 14 of the 15 leading causes of death; the funding gap for gender-specific diseases; the criminal sentencing gap; the college enrollment gap; and the literacy gap.  And if you mention any of them, you're "whining."

"We can do it"?  You already have. 
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On a related, but more serious note, it tells us something about our society that a major news daily like The Philadelphia Inquirer would write something like this: "Three female icons of World War II also passed into peace: Miep Gies, 100, a Dutch woman who helped hide Anne Frank and her family; Geraldine Doyle, 86, the model for Norman Rockwell's famous "Rosie the Riveter" poster; and Edith Shain, 91, who said she was the nurse getting kissed by a sailor in the famous photo of VJ Day celebration." 

This is not intended to detract from Ms. Gies' efforts, but to talk about Ms. Doyle and and Ms. Shain, whose claim to fame was that they had their photos snapped by news photographers, as "icons" of World War II, doesn't just trivialize the unfathomable sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of others in that monumental clash, it smacks of mockery.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all. And please remember, that alcohol is one of the leading causes of False Rape Accusations. Be safe.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Court corrects grievous wrong that sent a man to prison on testimony of serial false accuser

Here's a story about a shocking case out of Florida that sent a man named Willie Baker to prison for a sex offense against a teenage serial false accuser.

A Florida state trial court refused to allow the jury to hear evidence that the young female accuser had previously accused multiple male relatives of sexual assault on different occasions, and that she admitted that at least two of those allegations were false. The jury, deprived of this evidence, found Mr. Baker guilty.

Mr. Baker subsequently filed a writ of habeas corpus in federal court.  A federal district court correctly granted the writ, and this week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision granting the writ of habeas corpus. The Eleventh Circuit held that the state court's decision excluding the impeachment evidence violated Mr. Baker's rights under the Confrontation and Due Process Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Baker v. Florida, No. 10-11889 (11th Cir. filed Dec. 27, 2010).

As you read the facts, ask yourself why this young serial false accuser was not in custody at the time she made the accusation against Mr. Baker.  Here's what happened: in 1999, a 15-year-old girl identified only as "D.A." filed an abuse report against the defendant, Willie Baker, her brother-in-law, which entailed "oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by or union with the sexual organ of another."  D.A. testified that she was living with her sister and Baker in 1999. She said, "I was laying on the couch and my sister went out . . . . So, [Baker] came—out of the blue, just came out touching me, feeling on me. He grabbed my finger, my hand, and took me in their room. She added:  "He undressed me and he laid me down on the bed and he had sex with me with a condom. And I told him that I don't go out like that, period." She testified that on another occasion he "was going to try to do it again, but [she] would[ not] let him."

Mr. Baker's counsel cross-examined the girl outside the presence of the jury. Pay attention to the following:

(1) The girl stated that she used to live in Alabama with her grandmother, but that she came to Florida because her "auntie's boyfriend" raped her when she was nine years old. Why wasn't "auntie's boyfriend" prosecuted?  Because "[t]hey couldn't catch up with him."

(2) She further testified that she spent her first couple of days in Florida living with her uncle, Risey Darden, until his grandsons tried to have sex with her. (Note the plural -- "grandsons." That means at least two.) 

(3) The girl was asked whether she had also accused her uncle, Risey Darden, of trying to have sex with her, she testified that Darden had not tried to have sex with her, but that she might have accused him of doing so.

(4) She later moved in with her other sister, Angela Price, and brother-in-law, Eddie Price. While she was living with them, she accused Eddie Price of trying to have sex with her, but she later told an investigator that he had not done so.

(5) At one time, she accused her brother, Lloyd Andrews, of having sex with her, as well. She testified that Andrews had not had sex with her.

By my count, that's at least five or six males this girl has accused of improperly having sex with her.  That we know of.  She admitted that three of those males were innocent. 
 
Outside the presence of the jury, Mr. Baker also proffered testimony from Andrews (brother), Darden (uncle), and Angela Price (sister) regarding D.A.'s past allegations of sexual abuse, all of which they denied.
 
Mr. Baker asked the court to allow the jury to hear this evidence about the girl's prior allegations of sexual assault by multiple males because, he correctly argued, it was relevant to her credibility and veracity. The court, however, excluded the evidence on grounds that only general reputation evidence, not specific instances of untruthfulness, could be used for impeachment.
 
After hearing the remaining evidence, the jury found Baker guilty.

Mr. Baker filed a writ of habeas corpus in Federal Court. The district court granted the motion, and this week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed it.

The Eleventh Circuit wrote:

"Here, D.A. was questioned under oath about her past accusations of sexual assault by male relatives. She testified that her auntie's boyfriend' raped her when she was nine years old, but he was never caught. She said that Risey Darden's grandsons tried to have sex with her during the day and a half that she spent at Darden's home, but Darden denied that it had happened. She said that she might have accused Darden of having sex with her, as well, but he had not done so. While she was living with Eddie Price, she accused him of trying to have sex with her, but later told an investigator that he had not done so. While she was living with Lloyd Andrews, she accused him of having sex with her, as well, but she testified that he had not done so. Thus, D.A. herself explicitly stated that the allegations against Price and Andrews were false, she acknowledged that she might have made a third false accusation against Darden, and Darden would have testified that the allegation against his grandsons also was false.

"D.A.'s truthfulness was key to the prosecution, and the evidence of her prior false accusations not only spoke to her general character for truthfulness, but particularly attacked her truthfulness and motivation for testifying as they related directly to her allegation against Baker. . . . The evidence that D.A. had habitually lied about sexual assaults by family members had 'strong potential to demonstrate the falsity of [her] testimony' in this case, and 'a reasonable jury might have received a significantly different impression of [her] credibility had defense counsel been permitted to pursue his proposed line of cross-examination.' . . . . Supreme Court precedent clearly indicates that the exclusion of the false-accusation evidence violated Baker's rights under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. Thus, failure to find a Confrontation Clause violation would constitute an unreasonable application of federal law."
 
Justice was done. But not before a man was sentenced for a horrible crime due to the allegations of a serial false accuser, and not before the state of Florida continued to fight against his release in state and federal courts.

Everyone agrees that serial rapists need to be locked away.  It is astounding that there is not a similar consensus -- at least among the people who run our law enforcement and judicial systems -- for serial false accusers.

Woman given suspended sentence for false rape claim

A woman from Milton Keynes has been given a suspended prison sentence after making a false rape allegation, police said.

Nina Crouch, 29, from Mellish Court, Bletchley, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at Huntingdon Crown Court on Tuesday.

Crouch was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, as well as 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £535.

She told police that she had been raped in July this year.

The suspect - a 28-year-old man - was arrested and detained in police custody for more than eight hours before Crouch admitted the allegation was false.

Detective Constable Darren Street said: "We take every single report of rape very seriously. Each report is dealt with by detectives and other specialist officers who conduct a full investigation at great public expense.

"The investigation of any false or malicious allegation diverts valuable resources away from genuine crimes with genuine victims. We will take action against anyone who reports a false crime and wastes police time."

Link:

http://www.selkirkweekendadvertiser.co.uk/news/woman_given_suspended_sentence_for_false_rape_claim_1_378118

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Woman admits false rape report

A woman who reported she had been sexually assaulted outside a house party in Richland Center, Wis., was not telling the truth, and the case has been referred to the Richland County district attorney for possible charges relating to filing a false police report.

Police Chief John Annear said inconsistencies in the initial report along with other facts led to a follow-up interview with the woman, 19. In that follow-up, she admitted "her story as originally presented was fabricated." She had reported being confronted outside a house party Nov. 12 by a man who placed duct tape over her mouth and raped her, Annear said.

"She did admit her story was not true; it was not just our conclusion," he said.

Annear released a statement on the case Wednesday, partly in response to rumors that had spread through the county, mostly via Internet messages, about a series of rapes that was being investigated.

"We have not had a series of rapes, and to try to point the origination of those rumors would just be my speculation," he said.

In the statement, Annear said "criminal acts such as what was reported in this case, if real, can create substantial fear in a community. Fabricating a serious crime such as a forcible rape wastes valuable police resources and unnecessarily raises concerns about safety."

District Attorney William Sharp said he had not yet had a chance to review the police reports.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department has not received any reports of sexual assault, either, said Chief Deputy Tom Hougan, though deputies did meet with "one gentleman who had moved here from Texas whose way of approaching women is a little different than what the local girls are used to."

The man was interviewed on "aspects of social etiquette," Hougan said.

Link: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/article_7f241aea-f850-11df-b676-001cc4c03286.html

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

There is no 'rape culture.' Period.

Did the title get your attention?

Don't get the wrong idea. Rape is a serious problem. One rape is one rape too many. The headline was to get your attention.

I don't like the phrase "rape culture" because I think it overly simplifies a complicated issue. That doesn't mean I think rape is not a serious issue, or that "false rape claims" are more serious.

This blog does not tolerate any effort to trivialize sexual assault. Our focus is on the men, women, and boys who have been wrongly accused of sexual assault -- whether falsely or otherwise -- because too often their victimization is trivialized, and some of our laws and policies have made it too easy to punish innocent people for offenses they didn't commit. One can, and should, be concerned about both the wrongly accused and victims of sexual assault without trivializing the victimization of either. It is not "either/or."

Society must strive to punish the perpetrators of heinous sex offenses while insuring that the innocent aren't punished with them. Why is this such a controversial subject?

The fact is, the entire discussion is terribly divisive. A disturbing meme is to insist that rape is "normalized" among "men" in general. Snarky anti-rape campaigns directed at "men" in general (e.g., posters that "remind men" not to rape etc.) have sprouted up. Writer Jessica Valenti is one of the purveyors of the maleness-is-broken crowd, once wrote: "Rape is part of our culture. It's normalized to the point where men who are otherwise decent guys will rape and not even think that it's wrong. And that's what terrifies me."

Valenti's assertion, and the meme that tells boys they belong to a seriously flawed gender, ultimately fail because: (1) they don't get at the real problem, and (2) they don't ring true to most people. The vast majority of guys are decent, and contrary to Valenti's assertion, "otherwise decent guys" don't so easily forget their decency and do such a vile thing. Strong visceral reactions of anger and rage to rape claims, and sometimes tragic overreactions, including vigilante beatings and killings, to mere accusations of rape, are far more characteristic of masculinity than is the urge to rape or to excuse rape.

According to the National Institute of Justice, only 2.5 percent of men reported to being perpetrators of a completed or attempted sexual assault since entering college.

It turns out this is correct: "The vast majority of the offenses are being committed by a relatively small group of men . . . .." They are sociopaths who use alcohol and who like to rape.  See here.

Rape is not "normalized." Sarcastically reminding college men not to rape accomplishes nothing.Posters and mandatory orientation classes are misdirected and don't get at the real problem: sexual predators who use both alcohol and unsuspecting women to accomplish their vile plans. Any program wishing to significantly reduce sexual assault must focus on them.

The approach taken by the Jessica Valentis of the world hinders the effort to stop rape because it keeps us from focusing on the real problem. The men who don't rape -- that is, the vast majority of men -- should be thought of as allies in the effort to stop rape, not potential suspects in need of education. Insisting that we live in a "rape culture" has it backwards. We live in a culture that loathes rape but doesn't address it correctly. The vast majority of men and boys who don't rape need to be engaged as allies and telling them that they perpetuate a culture of rape is flat-out silly.

Over attorney's protests, Baltimore defends secrecy in wrongful arrest settlement

Lawyer says city officials misrepresented confidentiality agreement in wrongful arrestBaltimore officials paid a $200,000 settlement to a distinguished violinist who had been wrongly arrested on child abuse charges and withheld his name, citing his desire for confidentiality, but the man's attorney says it was the city — not his client — who requested secrecy.

Yakov Y. Shapiro, a musician and teacher, filed suit against the city after he was jailed for 40 hours on child abuse allegations because of a police clerical error. Officers issued a warrant for the Germantown man although they had been seeking a Baltimore man named Yisroel Shapiro, who is three years younger and 9 inches taller.

On Wednesday, city officials disputed the attorney's claims and said they acted in an effort to protect Yakov Shapiro. The details of the settlement were first reported by The Daily Record after a months-long investigation.

"My information, and I have no reason to doubt it, was that [the confidentiality agreement] was in there at the insistence of the plaintiff or the plaintiff's lawyer," said City Solicitor George Nilson. "My understanding was that he was relieved that there was not further publicity around the lawsuit when it was published."

"If the only purpose is to protect the city from embarrassment, that's not in my judgment a sufficient reason" to not disclose the name," said Nilson. "That was not the purpose here."

But Steven D. Kupferberg, an attorney for Yakov Shapiro, said he was surprised to spot the confidentiality clause in the written agreement because city officials had not discussed it in the meeting in which they hammered out the settlement deal.

"I wrote back to [Assistant City Solicitor Neal M. Janey Jr.] and said that wasn't part of our discussion and we would rather not enter into that type of agreement," Kupferberg said. "He said we had to go with his wording or the case wouldn't settle."

In March, when the city's spending board — which includes Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Comptroller Joan M. Pratt and City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young — approved the settlement, a mayoral spokesman told The Baltimore Sun that the plaintiff "demanded confidentiality as part of the settlement agreement."

"We've attempted to provide as much transparency as possible within the confines" of the agreement, Ryan O'Doherty, a spokesman for Rawlings-Blake, said at the time.

O'Doherty did not answer questions Wednesday about whether city officials misrepresented or were misinformed about the details of the settlement, saying in a statement only that it was "undeniable" that the plaintiff's attorney had agreed to and signed the settlement.

"The entire Board of Estimates, including three independently elected officials, approved the agreement in the interest of protecting the claimant from further harm," he said. "The solicitor believes that protecting the claimant was an entirely appropriate objective and has no second thoughts."

Former U.S. Attorney for Maryland and former state Attorney General Stephen H. Sachs said he saw no justification for withholding information about such a large city expenditure.

"I don't care who asks for it. A settlement of that sort … the public has a right to know the facts of how $200,000 is being spent and to whom and why," Sachs said. "To me, that's self-evident. It's irrelevant whether the motive was to protect the victim at his request or whether the motive was to protect a policeman who blundered.

"Those things, to me, are and ought to be irrelevant," he said. "The public has a right to know how its money is being spent. End of story."

Pratt said she agreed to keep Shapiro's name private because Nilson informed her it was a confidential settlement. She said she did not ask Nilson who had requested secrecy.

"I believed him," Pratt said. "I hope this is an isolated incident."

She said she would demand more details if asked to approve confidential settlements in the future.

Attempts to reach Young for comment were unsuccessful Wednesday.

The city and Shapiro agreed that some details of the settlement could become public after a legal challenge by The Daily Record.According to court documents, Shapiro was arrested in November 2007 after Officer Keith Merryman, a member of the sex crimes division, searched in the state motor vehicle database for an accused sex offender named Yisroel Shapiro.

Two brothers had told police and prosecutors that Yisroel Shapiro had molested them more than a decade ago in his Baltimore home while preparing them for their bar mitzvahs, according to the documents.

In a deposition, Merryman said that Yakov Shapiro was the only person he found in the state when he searched for a "Y. Shapiro" in the database. Although Yakov Shapiro lives in Germantown, not Baltimore, a warrant was issued in his name.
The warrant listed Yisroel Shapiro's address, but also included details of Yakov Shapiro's physical description culled from his motor vehicle records. Police never went to Yisroel Shapiro's home; rather, officers knocked on Yakov Shapiro's door as he was heading out to baby-sit his granddaughter.

Through his attorney, Yakov Shapiro declined a request for an interview. But in an interview with a psychiatrist that was included in court papers, the physically slight man, then 60, described the "frightening" experience of being arrested and herded into a small cell with 25 other men, many of whom appeared to be on drugs or ill.

Yakov Shapiro's son defended his father at a bail review hearing and explained that he had still been living in the former Soviet Union, where he grew up, when the first molestation episode was alleged to have occurred. He explained that his father had never taught bar mitzvah lessons, did not speak Hebrew and had only visited Baltimore on a few occasions, according to court records.

After his son offered his home as collateral to post a $40,000 bond, Shapiro was freed. But his ordeal was far from over — administrators and parents at the Montgomery County Jewish community center where he taught had been informed of the charges against him, according to court records.

Although police quickly realized their mistake and arrested Yisroel Shapiro, it took months to clear the incorrect warrant from law enforcement databases, Kupferberg said. His client was afraid to leave the house during that time for fear that he would be rearrested, according to court papers.

In an interview with the psychiatrist, Yakov Shapiro said he was "anxious and edgy" after the arrest and developed symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

'He finds it incredibly ironic that all the time he lived in the Soviet Union he was never arrested, but here in the United States, a place he chose for its promise of safety and freedom from harassment, he was falsely arrested, detained and slandered," psychiatrist and expert witness Susan J. Fiester wrote in a court report.

Kupferberg said his client did not ask city officials to withhold his name because he did not want "people to think he had covered something up."

Kupferberg said that after The Sun reported in March that officials were not divulging the name at the plaintiff's request, he sent an e-mail message to Janey, the assistant city solicitor, asking him to correct the information.

Nilson, Janey's supervisor, said he had not seen such an e-mail and could not confirm that it had been received.

Kupferberg raised concerns that police could repeat the error. Anthony Guglielmi, a Baltimore police spokesman, said he could not reveal whether Merryman had been reprimanded because it was part of his personnel file and therefore protected from public scrutiny.

Shapiro's arrest was a "very unfortunate mistake and a training issue," he said.

"At the end of the day, our officers try really hard and arrest about 70,000 people a year," he said. That's not an excuse, but that's why we have to do our part when it comes to training and things like that."

Yisroel Shapiro, who is also identified in court records as Israel Shapira, pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse. He was sentenced to two days in jail on a five year suspended sentence and remains on probation.

Link:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-shapiro-wrongful-arrest-20101222,0,1947426.story?page=2&utm_medium=feed&track=rss&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20baltimoresun%2Fsports%2Fboxing%2Frss2%20%28Boxing%29&utm_source=feedburner

Special thanks to continent at The Spearhead.

Lyndon woman accused of falsifying sex-assault report

LYNDON — A Lyndon woman who reported she was sexually assaulted in her apartment last week now is accused of making up the story, the Caledonian County Special Investigations Unit said Monday.

Kayla Cowdrey, 20, was issued a citation to appear Dec. 13 in Vermont Superior Court in St. Johnsbury to answer the charge of false information to a law-enforcement officer, Vermont State Police Detective Ben Katz said in a statement.

Investigators responded Wednesday evening to the Back Center Road apartment for a reported burglary and a complaint of an aggravated sexual assault. The woman provided a complete description of the purported attacker, and police turned to the media with a composite sketch in an effort to catch the suspect.

"During the course of the investigation, numerous inconsistencies were discovered," Katz said in a news release.

Monday, police said, Cowdrey admitted the complaint wasn’t true.

Link:
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20101122/NEWS07/101122022/Lyndon-woman-accused-of-falsifying-sex-assault-report

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hartlepool sexual assault claim 'was false'

An investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Hartlepool has been dropped after it was found to have been made up, police said.

Police were called to Dalton Street in Hartlepool on Monday morning.

Later on Monday, Cleveland Police said a girl had withdrawn her complaint and confirmed that no such incident occurred.

A 29-year-old man who was arrested has been released without charge, police said.

They said they had spoken to the girl involved about the impact of making false allegations.


Link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-11812978

Friday, December 24, 2010

Check out our latest piece at The Spearhead

 
Victor Heiser
16-year-old Johnstown Flood survivor
Boys: The Second-Class Citizens

Merry Christmas

To all of our readers, a heartfelt thank you from Pierce and me for your support. May you have a Merry Christmas, and a joyful holiday season.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Respectful comment ... isn't

Spoken by someone who has never had the horrible experience of being sexually assaulted. Do you know what it is like to say no and to be ignored? To me, nothing is as horrible as what I am going through right now and you are respectfully a total a-hole.

This comment was submitted to our post HERE. That post, which is central to our mission, seems to bring out the lunatic fringe more than any other we've ever written.

I do love when people try to sneak a comment in months after the post, when few people will see it or can respond to it, trying to get in a few cheap shots. In this case, I felt it deserved a response.

The presumption, that people posting comments here, or that Pierce or I, have never been sexually assaulted, is not only highly insulting, it’s bigoted. How exactly do you know that the person to whom your comment was directed (it isn’t clear), hasn’t been sexually assaulted? You do know what happens when you assume, don’t you?  Only in this case, it hasn’t done a thing to me; you, alone, bear the full brunt of your ignorance.

And yes, we do understand what it is like to say "no" and to be ignored.  We run stories here daily outlining cases where men/boys are falsely accused and said “No -- I didn’t do it,” and they were ignored, at best, with many going to jail for days/weeks/months and sometimes years at a time, for something they did not do, where they are likely to be raped (ah, the irony!), and at worst, are beaten and/or killed.  Many of our readers have been in that situation.  But I suppose in your world that, somehow, is less of a violation than a sexual assault. 

The principal point that you don’t seem to grasp is that, yes, to you, it is horrible. But no one here is as emotionally involved with your situation as you are, and we can look upon it with a dispassionate view. I would recommend you find some help, because coming to this site with a hateful rant is wholly inappropriate. Contrary to your “respectful” A-hole comment, kindly understand that this is a site devoted to the issue of false rape/sexual assault accusations. We are not a support group for you, nor do we care to be. There are enough services already for that.

We are here for the falsely accused, and those that care about them.

Thank you for stopping by. Respectfully.

Imagine if the modern press reported on the false rape claim lodged by Potiphar's wife against Joseph (Genesis 39)

FIRST NEWS REPORT:
Nile Valley Times, Jan. 15, 2030 B.C
Page one, above the fold:

BRUTAL ATTEMPTED RAPE IN EGYPT
He was a predator and she was his prey.

Joseph, 22, the eleventh son of Jacob, handsome in form and appearance, is in the Pharaoh's jail today after attempting to rape his master's wife, police say.

The Nile Valley Times does not reveal the identities of victims of sexual assault.

The victim, a 40-year-old socialite, was spared the brutal rape when she screamed, and Joseph fled the house naked, leaving his garment in her bed, police say.

The victim was extremely distraught, and immediately reported the attempted rape, police say.  Joseph was arrested, forced to undergo an invasive medical procedure, and is being held without bail.

Neighbors in the area were on edge. "Everyone is shaken that a thing like that can happen around here," said  Ankh-es-en-amon, a neighbor.  "All of the women are being told to not trust the men."

One out of four Egyptian women will experience a rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes, experts say.
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SECOND NEWS REPORT:
Nile Valley Times, July 11, 2023 B.C.
Page 32

JOSEPH RELEASED FROM PRISON AFTER SEVEN YEARS

Joseph, 30, the eleventh son of Jacob, handsome in form and appearance, was released from Pharaoh's jail today after a hearing determined he had been falsely accused of rape.

The victim, who had been in an unhappy marriage due to her husband's unfaithfulness, accused Joseph as a way of getting her husband's attention.

"Her actions were an understandable cry for help," said Dr. Ardath Bey, Executive Director of Divine Wives Against Rape. Dr. Bey said the victim's actions were a direct result of her husband's unfaithfulness. "Pharaoh needs to examine the policy that allows male socialites to freely engage in sexual relations with slave girls and boys because it is causing much unhappiness for wives, such as the victim in this case.  That policy is an unfortunate manifestation of undeserved male privilege and rape culture, and it is what led to this understandable cry for help."

Dr. Bey counseled against a custodial sentence for the victim, noting that it would not advance Pharaoh's interests, and "the poor woman has suffered enough."

Imhotep, high priest of the Pharaoh's tribunal, said that false rape claims do incalculable harm to their primary victims, women, because it causes them to not report their rapes.

"We encourage women to come forward and report anything that even seems like a rape or attempted rape to them," said Imhotep. "False claims are overblown by the press. And besides, they are but a small price to pay to have women report."

Statistics show that one out of four Egyptian women are raped, and only two percent of all rape claims are false.

Joseph spent seven years in a cell exposed to the elements where, because he is handsome in form and appearance, he was raped repeatedly by other criminals and roughed up by the prison guards.  He has incurred attorney's fees in excess of 4,000 sacks of grain in connection with his efforts to prove he was falsely accused. If he is unable to repay his debt, he will be returned to prison. Joseph has no cause of action against the victim for the false claim because the statute of limitations long ago expired.

The victim apologized to all the women of Egypt for the harm her false claim has caused them.

Girl who cried rape booked for extortion

Ludhiana, October 31
He was branded as a rapist and languished in jail for over 189 days, undergoing severe mental trauma. For nearly four years he suffered legal onslaughts hoping one day he would come out with his record clean. His family members faced social ostracism for a crime their child claimed he had never committed.

Rishi Sood, 31, is a happy man today as the "swindler" girl who ruined his life has been booked by the police for fraud, extortion and filing false rape charges against him.

However, booking the suspect, Suman Paul aka Neha aka Parul Gupta, a resident of Nehru Colony in Modi Nagar district near Gaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, was not a cakewalk for the city police. Despite knowing she has brought false rape charges against Sood many top cops, including SSPs, to dissuade them to file a case against her. That too when three superintendents of police, including two IPS officers, gave a “clean chit” to Sood during the probe conducted by a special investigation team set up by the Ludhiana DIG.

The team, led by Khanna SSP Gautam Cheema, maintained the girl had lodged a complaint against Sood with the intention to blackmail him in order to extort money and recommended cancellation of the FIR. The police also began proceedings under section 182 of the IPC against her for giving false statements to the police. Finally police commissioner Ishwar Singh stepped in and constituted another team, led by ADCP III JS Sidhu, which found Sood to be innocent. Suman was then booked for fraud and extortion.

The incident has again exposed how many women use loopholes in the law to harass innocent youths by falsely accusing them of rape.

Sood, who still shivers while narrating his ordeal, said he met the girl at an exhibition of medical equipment organised in New Delhi in September 2006, where she introduced herself as “Dr Neha”. He said they met at various places following which she “lured” him into marrying her, adding he even planned to visit Delhi to meet the girl’s parents.

“All was going smoothly, until one day Suman demanded Rs 1.5 lakh. I later got to know she had to pay a bill of Rs 1.5 lakh that she owed a local hotel as she was staying there for a long period. When I refused to pay the bill she got a case filed against me," Sood stated.

In the meantime Sood came to know Suman and an accomplice of hers had tried to implicate six other youths coming from “high status” families and working in the medical healthcare industry by sending them SMSes and calling up from different phone numbers. "Somehow we all exchanged notes and managed to escape from the clutches of the gang," he said. Little did Sood know he had landed in the net of an organised racket of "swindler girls" who extorted money from innocent young men by falsely accusing them of rape.

The gang was enjoying support from noted gangster Raman Rana, who is on the run after he killed his bitter rival Lalla. It is learnt that his operating the gang from outside the country. Rishi's father alleged a gang of swindlers had implicated his son in a false rape case and had demanded Rs 22 lakh from him for withdrawing the complaint.

"I refused to pay the extortion amount and spent 189 days in jail for a rape case," said Rishi and further added, "But my misery did not end here soon after freeing from jail another girl, member of the same gang, stated making frantic call at my number."

"Only I know how I faced this humiliation for the past four years. I wanted to prove I was falsely implicated. I thank my family members and friends who stood by me in thick and thin," said Sood. Meanwhile, Suman was not available for comments.

Suman’s crime graph

Besides being booked by the police for falsely implicating an innocent youth in a rape case, Suman Paul was also booked for conning a Delhi based woman, Seema Sehgal, and for committing a theft at a house in Haibowal. She is believed to have “strong links” with gangsters, hoteliers, travel agents and self-styled social activists who allegedly lured affluent youths by frequently changing their identities and phone numbers and later implicating them with false rape charges. Her father has reportedly disowned her.


Link:

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101101/ldh1.htm#5

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This is getting weird even by feminist standards: Wendy Murphy says go after Assange for spying, not rape

\Wendy Murphy once referred to the Duke lacrosse defendants on CNN's Nancy Grace show in this manner: "These guys, like so many rapists -- and I'm going to say it because, at this point, she's entitled to the respect that she is a crime victim." 

Another time, she said this: "I never, ever met a false rape claim, by the way. My own statistics speak to the truth."

So how would we expect her to come down on the Assange case?  Guess again.

Here's an excerpt:

Because as much as I care about fixing rape laws to better respect women’s freedom and equality—and as hard as I’ve fought for more than 20 years to hold offenders accountable as part of that reform work—it hurts rather than helps the cause when prosecutors exploit such a serious topic for unrelated political purposes.

If officials want a piece of Assange, they should charge him with espionage. It might be a tough case in light of First Amendment concerns, but so what? Nobody buys the sex charges anyway and espionage, on these facts, is a more serious offense. Better to try, and to lose, than pursue distracting charges in an unrelated case.

All countries need to do a better job prosecuting rape. But flexing that muscle in this case will do nothing to legitimize the idea that bodily integrity matters. To the contrary, it will establish even more firmly the historically entrenched and offensive idea that the value of a woman’s autonomy is measured by the political benefits of prosecuting the man who took it.

Read the full piece here: http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=98582

MEN = OBJECTS


A Revelation in the Louvre,
José Jiménez Aranda
The boys of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity at the University of the Philippines staged their annual guys-get-naked-for-the-delight-of-the-ladies-fest last week, the iconic Oblation Run, as hordes of shrieking, hollering, blushing college women, their cameras and cell phones carefully aimed at their subjects' groins, cheered on a parade of bouncing penes and scrota attached to owners whose only clothing covered their faces. The raison d'etre for the yearly cavalcade of guy flesh is male-for-female exhibitionism. 

It is a spectacle one female blogger called "interesting for most women."  Another young lady was more blunt: "the whole male anatomy de-mystified. :)) I never thought that their organs actually bounced, you know?"

Another young woman said this: "We were practically spazzing out as we talked about it."  Another exclaimed: "I was totally BLOWN THE [crude term for intercourse] AWAY.  Honestly, I don't remember anything anymore. I kinda looked at their chests and their backs. . . . .I meet a tall guy I look at his chest and his face. (hair actually) I can only remember 'it' vaguely. Whatever. I was just riding on adrenaline. I love the fact that everyone was screaming and tossing about." 

Still another woman praised her (female) prof for letting her class go watch: "Just when I have finally accepted the depressing fact that I would miss the Oblation run this year, enter my professor (BLESS HER!) who generously gave us the time to witness the thrill of the streaking =p"

Oblation Run 2010

What, pray tell, would happen to a male professor who specifically let his class out early to witness naked college girl runners? I shudder for any man who would even allow that passing thought. But a male professor is unlikely ever to have that choice. The fact is, a female-only Oblation Run would be inconceivable in the Philippines, or for that matter, in Philadelphia, or anywhere else.  The event, as presently constituted, is mildly naughty when the guys shed their clothes; but it would be wholly offensive and politically incorrect in the extreme if the genders were reversed -- even though, it is fair to speculate, the reaction of a hetero male crowd wouldn't be anywhere near as spastic, over-the-top, or downright excited as the reaction of the female spectators.

It is well to note that if any of these boys ran around outside in their birthday suits at any other time of the year, more than a few of these shrieking, empowered young women likely would be sufficiently "offended" that they would call the police.  But the nudity is just fine in the context of the Oblation Run because the boys are naked for the express purpose of titillating, and being ogled by, the women.

And that's really the point. You see, dear readers, it is OK for women to objectify men. Attending a bachelor party with a stripper is disgusting and depraved; attending a bachelorette party with a stripper and a raunchy cake depicting an ejaculating penis is empowering and a fun girls' night out.  Feminists dismiss any suggestion of a double standard because "oogling involves an exchange of power; usually the oogler gains it and the oogled loses it. But many other activities and day-to-day experiences also involve exchanges of power, and in those exchanges, men are more likely to come out on top. If power was distributed equally in other situations, perhaps women should refrain from oogling. But it isn’t, and women are still in the red on the balance sheet of power. Until we’re in the black, I think it’s probably OK to objectify men, in certain circumstances . . . ." Therefore, "when you find yourself drooling over beautiful men, make the best of it."  See here, too.

Get it? Objectification is wrong, but since they have more advantages than we do, it's OK when we objectify. 

So much for silly things like principles, honesty, and integrity.  If you want young women and men to buy into the notion that objectification, as a practice, is "wrong," you do a damn pathetic job of selling that point when your actions send the exact opposite message.  That's called rationalization, ladies, and it smells a lot like the most ham-handed hypocrisy.  When you try to have it both ways, is it any wonder nobody's buying it?
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But all of this ignores the elephant in the room, the real double-standard at play here. Women objectify men every bit as much, and actually -- cue the feminist eye rolls -- a lot more, than men objectify women. Just not in a sexual way. "We live in a world where men are largely valued by how much money they make, what kind of job they have, and how much power they wield. While we may not objectify men in terms of appearance to the extent we do women, there is certainly a tendency to equate a man's worth with his position or power or fame."  See here

And the objectification of men goes way beyond money.  It is culturally acceptable for women to concoct a whole fantasy man out of whole cloth, an object of their deepest wishfulness, and to use their imaginary little man as a yardstick to judge and grade the real life man with whom they're stuck.  Because no flesh and blood possessor of the Y-chromosome can live up to that, it's the most deadly kind of objectification.  Is it any wonder women initiate the vast majority of divorces?  A female blogger said it better than I can:

"There is a cultural hangover of dependence, need and a desire to be rescued in which men are objectified by women not as strippers, per se, but as domestic saviors, knights-with-wrenches, good guys who come and repave your driveway, who make a lot of money and still have that youthful charm, who will read to the kids in their pajamas and start the coffee for you in the morning.

"While many of us won't admit it, we are as judgmental, critical and angry when our men fall short of these images and wishes we carry around as men are when we gain twenty pounds, appear haggard and spent, nagging the kids to brush their teeth and want sleep instead of sex.

If you listen to women talk about men it can be quite scathing.

We blanche upon hearing the foul language and cold tone in the conversations of men with regard to women's bodies and their sexual appeal; but listen to a group of girls or women discussing every flaw, every nuance, every shortcoming of a boy or man they are dating/seeing/flirting with/engaged/married to, and you will be able to deduce that while women are often speaking from a place of justice rather than mojo, their indignant perfectionism is a thing of intensity and, yes, objectification.

For when we assume a man should be all of these things we want them to be, aren't we ignoring their thinking, feeling, laughing, struggling, flawed selves?

http://www.empowher.com/sex-relationships/content/boys-gone-wild-how-do-women-objectify-men

And here endeth today's sermon.

Couple denies false rape claim

TOOWOOMBA woman Amanda Maree Quinn and friend Oliver Lance Pearl faced court yesterday over allegations they conspired to have her ex-boyfriend falsely charged with rape.

Quinn, 26, and Pearl appeared in the Toowoomba District Court and pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to bring a false accusation with a circumstance of aggravation and the alternate charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Crown prosecutor Noel Needham said Quinn and Pearl attended the Toowoomba Police Station on June 14, 2006 and provided a statement alleging Quinn’s ex-boyfriend Mark Anthony Frost had raped her at home on June 11.

Quinn gave police two handwritten letters, claiming to be from Mr Frost, which contained admissions.

Mr Needham told the court Quinn and Pearl were romantically involved and living together in Swallow Court (Newtown) at the time.

Quinn and Mr Frost had been in an on-and-off relationship between 2004 and 2006 and were engaged at one stage.

They broke up in April 2006 and Mr Frost moved out of the Swallow Court home where he had been living since January.

Mr Frost moved to Jondaryan.

A female housemate of the defendants, under the suggestion of Quinn, sent Mr Frost text messages using the name “Jessica Crawford” and organised to meet at the Coffee Club on June 11, 2006.

Mr Frost, his sister, and a friend drove from Jondaryan to Toowoomba that evening but after receiving a text message that the meeting was cancelled, they visited a family member’s house. They never went to Swallow Court.

The female housemate who sent the messages thought she was playing a joke on Mr Frost.

However, the court heard the next day she was in a car with Quinn and Pearl and heard them talking about how to make the false allegations of rape against Mr Frost.

Quinn even offered for the housemate to take part in the plan by saying she saw Mr Frost running from their house. The housemate declined.

Police charged Mr Frost with rape but the charge was dropped after the female housemate provided a statement to police. The trial continues today.


Link:

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2010/11/23/couple-denies-false-rape-claim-toowoomba/

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Quote of the day: Men would lie about rape, too, if the lies had the same effect as they do for women

"No evidence exists to suggest that something unique or defective is in the female condition that prompts such
behavior. Rather, something biological, legal, and cultural would seem to make false rape allegations nevitable. If rape were a commonplace victimization experience of men, if men could experience the anxiety of possible pregnancy from illicit affairs, if men had a cultural base that would support their confidence in using rape accusations punitively, and if men could feel secure that victimization could elicit attention and sympathy, then men also would be making false rape accusations."

Prof. Eugene Kanin, "False Rape Allegations"

Check out our latest piece at The Spearhead

Even “I’m sorry” Is Too Much to Give a Man Falsely Accused of Rape

Police: Ilion woman lied about abduction, sexual assault

A 24-year-old Ilion woman has been charged with lying to police about being abducted and sexually assaulted earlier this week, village police said.

Eve Marie Stevens, of East North Street, was charged Thursday with knowingly making a punishable false written statement, a misdemeanor, police said.

Stevens allegedly reported to police on Tuesday that she had been forcibly abducted and sexually assaulted earlier that day, police said.

But following an investigation, police said, Stevens admitted to police two days later that she had in fact intentionally lied and gave a false written statement to police because she was angry over comments that another person had said to her.

Police did not release the name of the male individual whom Stevens had wrongfully accused.

Stevens was released on a ticket to appear in Ilion Village Court on Tuesday.

Link:
http://www.uticaod.com/latestnews/x794472057/Police-Ilion-woman-lied-about-abduction-sexual-assault

Monday, December 20, 2010

Nice ad . . .

. . . but do you suppose someone called the cops on this father?

The burden of proving consent under rape law is on the accused in Washington state

We recently started a maelstrom in the men's rights blogosphere by noting that Jessica Valenti advocates shifting the burden of proof to men accused of rape to prove consent. We did a search to find if any states had bought into this loopy concept, the Holy Grail of radical feminism. We learned it is already happening in a state far away that we plan never to visit.  Read how Prof. Richard Klein describes it:

"The Washington State rape statute defining consent as requiring 'actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse,' was . . . silent as to where the burden lay as to the showing of consent. The defendant in State v. Camara claimed that judge's charge to the jury improperly inferred that the burden was upon him. The Washington Supreme Court determined that there was 'support in the history and purposes of rape law reform' to conclude that the intent of the legislature was to shift the burden of proof to the defense. As a result of the Camara decision, Washington courts typically included the following instruction to juries in rape cases:
"A person is not guilty if the sexual intercourse is consensual. "Consent" means that at the time of the act of sexual intercourse, there are actual words or conduct indicating a freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse. The burden is on the defendant to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the sexual intercourse was consensual.
"This instruction was challenged in 2006 in Washington v. Gregory.  The defendant was not claiming that the judge's instruction was wrong as to the current state of the law in Washington; the defendant conceded that the instruction did reflect the court's holding in Camara. Gregory was seeking a reversal of the holding in Camara, but none was forthcoming: 'We decline to overrule Camara, and conclude that the jury instructions here complied with due process.'"

R. Klein, An Analysis of Thirty-Five Years of Rape Reform: A Frustrating Search for Fundamental Fairness, 41 Akron L.Rev. 981 (2008).

Foreign student sex allegations false

Waikato Police investigating allegations in the media of the sexual assault of a foreign exchange student in the Coromandel have found the allegations to have no substance.

The claims were made in a Herald on Sunday article over the weekend. It said a female foreign exchange student, who was comatose at a party, was sexually assaulted by a boy while another boy filmed him.

At the time, Detective Sergeant Martyn Hughes said police had not received a complaint in relation to the incident and first became aware of it after the story.

Hughes said today the Thames-Coromandel CIB had carried out an investigation and no criminality had been identified.

"Our investigation has been able to progress positively thanks to the full cooperation of all parties involved and no further enquiries will be carried out."

He said people who believe they've been victims of crime, or who have information linked to what they believe is an offence, should contact the police in the first instance.

Link: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/foreign-student-sex-allegations-false-3956764

Suspicious rapes should be treated the way suspicious fires are

Have you ever wondered how the crime of rape would be treated, how it would be investigated and reported, if it weren't so terribly politicized?

Maybe it would be investigated and reported the way fires are.

Arson is a very serious problem in the United States. Like false rape claims, the prevalence of arson is difficult to pinpoint, and even the definition/classification varies (some classifications of arson include fires of either an incendiary or suspicious nature, others include only incendiary fires). While the numbers are a moving target, ironically, the range of percentages typically cited isn't far off from conservative estimates of false rape claims. We've seen reports that 16 percent, 12.2 percent, and 21 percent of all reported fires, and 14 percent of all structural fires, are arsons. Each year, arson is responsible for hundreds of deaths and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage in the US.  Motives for arson range from malicious mischief to attempts to collect insurance money to revenge or intimidation to attempts to cover up another crime.  The majority of arsons are started by teenagers, and studies show that boys make up the vast majority of teen arsonists. 

Despite its seriousness, arson is treated as exactly what it is: a crime.  Unlike rape, fire investigations and arson have not been politicized.

For example, no sane person insists that no one commits arson, or that every report of fire is a legitimate report of an accidental fire.

Few people are intent on manufacturing statistics to make it appear fires occur more frequently than they actually do.

No one insists that every arson diminishes the credibility of every person who reports a fire, or that arsons cause homeowners to not report legitimate fires due to fears they won't be believed.

Fire investigations aren't subject to political pressures to reach a conclusion about the origins of fires. This is in contrast to rape claims in some jurisdictions: due to political pressure from women's groups, special sexual assault police officers are sometimes assigned to make putative victims more comfortable and to help build a case against the accused male. Evidence inconsistent with the claim that a rape occurred is at times ignored.

Neither police nor journalists shy away from publicly raising the possibility of arson after a fire they deem "suspicious."  When fire fighters suspect arson -- perhaps they see multiple points of origin, or the presence of accelerants, or they just have a gut reaction that something isn't right -- no one thinks it improper when they initiate an arson investigation.  A recent headline blared the following: "Suspicious Early Morning Fire in Edinburg"  The story noted: "The fire was quickly put out. The Hidalgo County arson K9 was called to the scene to help determine how the fire started."  Another started this way: "Fire Department investigators suspect an arsonist set fire to a home that has burned twice in 22 days, a Fire Department spokesman said." Another story said this: "An arson investigation is underway in Emerado after a mobile home burned down. . . . . It's not clear yet what caused the fire, but the Fire Chief is investigating it as an arson . . . ."
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No one is suggesting that false rape claims are as easy to spot as arson is to a trained fire investigator.  The lifeless crime scene is often more conducive to objective fact-finding than a human being who cries rape. But suspicious rape claims are often relatively easy to spot.  Usually, one or more red flags are present. I frequently can predict that a rape claim will turn out to be a lie just from reading the news accounts of alleged rapes.  I am 100% certain that qualified law enforcement investigators are far more adept at it than I am.

Yet, we are stranded in a culture where it is proper to deprive men of their liberty and blacken their good names name over even suspicious rape claims -- because treating a rape claim as "suspicious" before it is conclusively shown to be a lie, usually in the face of overwhelming evidence of falsehood and a recantation, is not the politically correct thing to do.

If rape/false rape claims were handled the way fires are handled, we'd let law enforcement investigators do their job without subtly and not so subtly urging them to snag more rape convictions. Law enforcement wouldn't shy away from treating suspicious claims as suspicious claims, or calling them exactly that. And law enforcement would not jail a presumptively innocent man or boy on a suspicious rape claim merely because a woman cried rape.

In short, we would stop treating rape as a political issue, and start treating false rape claims as crimes.

Woman jailed over false rape accusation

A woman who falsely accused a man of rape and turned his life into the "stuff of nightmares" was today jailed for 18 months.

Samantha Merry, 21, of Chelmsford, Essex, admitted perverting the course of justice during a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC said Merry's "wickedness" had "discredited the administration of justice" and wasted police time.

Prosecutors said Merry had made a 13-page statement to police, the rape inquiry had occupied more than 200 hours of police time and £3,700 of public money had been spent on forensic examinations alone.

The judge was told that Merry's victim had been arrested after eight police officers woke him and his family just after 4am. He then spent 23 hours in police custody and 16 weeks on bail.

Inconsistent forensic evidence had caused police to question the allegation and Merry had admitted lying, prosecutors said.

Merry said a crack cocaine dealer had told her to make the allegation and she had hoped to clear a £3,000 drug debt.

"As a result of your allegation, your victim's life became the stuff of which nightmares are made," said the judge.

"The administration of justice is discredited by the kind of thing you have done. Police time is wasted ... truth violated, the moral fabric which holds our community together is damaged."

He said the victim had been left to contemplate the possibility of a jury trial and a five or six-year prison sentence.

Merry had been 20 when she made the allegation in March , the judge was told.

Paul Donegan, for Merry, said the "use of cocaine had troubled" his client for some years and she was receiving treatment.

He said Merry suffered from depression and panic attacks and there was "something troubling" about her "attention-seeking behaviour".

Mr Donegan said there had been little "pre-planning" and told the court that Merry had suffered as a result of her offence being reported in the media.

"She has suffered a significant amount of abuse," said Mr Donegan. "She has also lost a significant number of friends as a result of her behaviour."

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Disgraceful petition tells Notre Dame to apologize for a rape that never occurred

As we chronicled here, a St. Mary's college student committed suicide nine days after reporting to Notre Dame police that a Notre Dame football player had touched her breasts. St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak announced this week that he will not file criminal charges in the matter due to conflicting witness statements and cell phone records that were inconsistent with Seeberg's allegations.  In addition, Seeberg's statements to police would likely be inadmissible in court because she is no longer alive.  Read the post for a better understanding of the case.

A vile petition found on a major women's rights Web site urges readers to "Tell Notre Dame to Apologize for Rape Victim's Suicide and Revise Protocol."  It states, among other things: "On August 31, freshman Elizabeth Seeberg was assaulted by a football player at the University of Notre Dame. Nine days later, she took her life."

First, there never was even an allegation of rape, so a "rape" could not have been committed.  Second, while no one, aside from the accused young man, will ever know for certain, the only "victim" here appears to be accused football player. 

Feminists frequently chide those of us who advocate for the forgotten men and boys falsely accused of rape by suggesting that our advocacy detracts from the supposedly far more more serious problem of rape.

They would do well to closely examine their own ill-advised advocacy before attacking ours.  By taking an unfounded (and, based on the district attorney's findings, unlikely), claim that a presumptively innocent man touched a now-deceased witness' breasts, and transmogrifying it into a rape that certainly occurred, they trivialize actual rape with wild, and grossly unjust, exaggeration that seems motivated by a contempt for an entire gender.  It is not difficult to dismiss out of hand whatever concerns are expressed by such a group.

UPDATED: The Heidi Jones False Rape Saga

On November 24, 2010, WABC weather forecaster Heidi Jones, 37, made a false police report when she claimed that a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s had attacked her in Central Park while she was jogging exactly two months earlier on September 24.  

Jones now claims that she never used the word "rape," but disturbing new information reveals that Jones led New York police on a wild goose chase while they gave her special treatment not afforded to typical rape accuses.


Jones claimed that a man grabbed her from behind, then dragged her into a wooded area and attempted to rape her. The man bolted when two tourists saw the incident and screamed, she claimed.

Jones also claimed that the same man showed up near her Manhattan apartment two months later, on November 21, to threaten her. He allegedly told her: "I know you went to the police." (She had not gone to the police -- November 24 was the first time she reported the alleged incidents to police.)

According to the New York Post: ". . . for cops, the story was all wet.  The first clue was that she waited until Nov. 24, two months later, to report the alleged attack . . . ."

According to police, detectives conducted a lengthy investigation and canvassed the area for video and witnesses, but came up empty-handed.  They went to speak with Ms. Jones again, and noticed more inconsistencies in her story, unnamed New York Post sources said. 

While Jones now says she never said the word "rape," the New York Daily News repored the following:  "WABC-TV weatherwoman Heidi Jones was given 'round-the-clock protection by NYPD detectives before fessing up to sending cops on a wild-goose chase for her phony Central Park attacker, a police source said. Jones was even contacted by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who personally apologized to the meteorologist when she said two uniformed officers refused to take a police report after the bogus Sept. 24 assault, two other police sources said. . . . . . [NYPD spokesman Paul Browne denied the account and said Kelly never reached out to Jones.]  But the [New York Daily News] source, who is close to the investigation, said the 37-year-old forecaster was even given a small squad of detectives from the special victims unit to provide security for her.  'The order came from the higherups,' the source said. 'We were providing 24-hours protection. It's rarely done.'  Six detectives spent three weeks 'taking her wherever she needed to go,' the source said.  Some of the places included a flea market at Union Square, restaurants around the city, movie theaters and even walks with her dog on the West Side Highway, near where she lives, the source said. . . . .  But as Jones enjoyed the perks of being chauffeured around town by the city's Finest, she continued to flake out of meetings about her case with Internal Affairs detectives and prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney's office. Detectives grew even more suspicious of Jones' vague story when they listened to conversations she had with her sister during the rides.  'Her story was inconsistent,' the source said, adding that dozens of man-hours were also lost poring over surveillance footage from the park in search of a man that fit the description she gave of her attacker. 'All the videos were coming back with no results,' the source said."

After being confronted with the discrepancies, a source said Miss Jones admitted that she had made up the story.

Jones allegedly told police she was having problems in her relationship and thought reporting the bogus crimes would gain her sympathy.

Jones has been suspended by the station pending an investigation.  She is due in court on Jan. 5, and could face up to a year in prison if convicted.

When staffers at the TV station learned that Jones had been lying all along their sympathy turned to outrage. "All this trust we had is shattered. We're like a family. We feel betrayed," the source said, adding that it had become "common knowledge" around the newsroom that Jones claimed to have been attacked in late September. "To the point that security guards would offer to escort her home," the source said.

Police sources said Jones had admitted to filing the false report because she suffered from "personal and professional pressures" and wanted to gain "sympathy" over an undisclosed personal issue.

Jones’ attorney said she is urging people to refrain from jumping to conclusions about the unproven charges against her.

Ironically, in 2007, Jones co-hosted a television show celebrating the anniversary of Central Park.

According to Jones' personal website, RunWithHeidi.com, her 'motto' is this: "If you knew you wouldn’t fail, what would you try?"

Motivation

One female writer pondered Jones' motivation: "So what kind of personal problems prompt a woman to pretend she’s been raped? As a woman, the only thing I can think of is maybe you’ve gotten some kind of STD that you need to account for in some way other than how you actually acquired it. I can see how if she tried to sell that story to her significant other, it could just all blow up in her face…as it obviously has."  http://www.current-movie-reviews.com/people/2010/12/15/heidi-jones-pretended-she-was-raped-wanted-attention-something-smells-and-its-not-tuna/

Jones' purported motivation matches one of the common motivations of false rape accusers cited by experts in the field. In one landmark report, Dr. Eugene Kanin identified "Attention/Sympathy-Getting Device" as one of the three most common reasons for false rape claims in a study he had undertaken.  Dr. Kanin wrote:

"Although this device seems to be the most extravagant use for which a false rape charge is made, it is also the most socially harmless in that no one was identified as the rapist. Approximately 18% (n = 8) of the false charges clearly served this function. The entire verbalization of the charge is, by and large, a fabrication without base."

Identification of Alleged Hispanic Attacker

False rape claims are not divorced from the culture in which they are made. To enhance the plausibility of the lie and to jack up its scariness quotient, many false rape claims tap into stereotypes and widely shared prejudices by identifying imaginary minority males as the perpetrator, especially blacks and Hispanics, because of the perceived greater likelihood of black and Hispanic men to be involved in violent criminal activity than Caucasian males.

In this case, Jones concocted an imaginary Hispanic man as her would-be rapist.

The Lunatic Fringe Chimes In

And now, a word from the lunatic fringe. We've been waiting for the spinning to start in the blogosphere in an attempt to lessen the evil of false rape claims, but the following loopy comment has so much spin it might make you dizzy. It speculates that the lie was a product of . . . rape culture! Of course! Just read:

"I’m going to go out on a limb and say that perhaps there’s something else she really wanted to tell the world through this blatant cry for help. Maybe she’s severely depressed. Maybe there’s someone at work who has been harassing her. Maybe she really was raped by someone she knows and is truly scared to press charges. Maybe she’s trying to work out some sort of sexual assault from her past. Whatever she’s covering up, it has to be big, right?" Link: http://www.meonews.com/heidi-jones-complete-rape-story-meo-news

But, "it has to be big"? Um, no, it does not. Cases from the not-distant past thoroughly debunk that assumption. A woman tried to destroy the life of a man she didn't know with a rape lie because he wouldn't give her a beer. A maid accused her employer of rape because she didn't like her workload. A girl accused a man of rape for throwing a flower at her. A woman falsely accused her lover of rape because he had the bad manners to go speak with a roommate after having sex instead of staying with her.

One woman told a rape lie to avoid trouble for being late for work. Another caused three men to be interrogated for rapes they didn't commit, all because she wanted a day off from work. Another had her boyfriend arrested for rape because he took too long to buy cigarettes. Several women didn't want to pay cab fares, so they accused innocent cab drivers, working class nobodys, of rape.

Another woman sent a man to prison for five years because she was bored. As awful as each of those reasons are, some women need no excuse at all. An 18-year-year-old boy was hauled out of class, arrested, and jailed for a month on a random false rape claim by a girl he'd never met.

Cites to each of these are found in this post: http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2010/11/women-tells-rape-lie-because-she-was.html

Sources:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/wabc_weather_gal_heidi_jones_suspended_ivnuzwpywzcPtGkhI4cD4I

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/12/15/weather-anchor-heidi-jones-arrested-for-allegedly-lying-to-police/

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=5470473

http://falserapearchives.blogspot.com/2009/06/archives-of-sexual-behavior-feb-1994.html

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/culture/2010/12/957478/true-crime-embezzlement-bronx-serial-murder-south-shore-suicide-soho

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/12/15/2010-12-15_wabctvs_heidi_jones_tale_of_central_park_attack_phony_cops_say_station_may_suspe.html#ixzz18D1DoErU

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338835/Popular-weather-girl-face-year-jail-falsely-crying-rape-jogging-Central-Park.html#ixzz18D3CsuYconce

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/15/heide-jones-abc-weatherwo_n_796958.html
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/cold_front_at_channel_SMMCMc3cRRH9FclY0wfWBP

http://www.meonews.com/heidi-jones-complete-rape-story-meo-news

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/heidi_did_not_say_rape_i40sTaBRkX92ynvp6OggLN

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/12/17/2010-12-17_how_heidi_milked_her_big_lie_to_cops_li_got_rides_from_police_to_work__24hr_prot.html

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/heidi_did_not_say_rape_i40sTaBRkX92ynvp6OggLN

Sex assault false alarm puts school on lockdown, status lifted


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Grand Junction police say just before noon Wednesday they received a report of a sexual assault happening near a school, a report that prompted them to briefly put it on lockdown.

The initial report indicated the suspect was possibly armed with a knife, and since the students were outside police called for a lockdown and the school went into shelter in place mode for about 10 minutes.

The status was lifted once officers investigating the sex assault claim discovered it was a false report.

Link: http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/111540609.html

The Assange case brings out the lunatic 'rape culture' fringe

I am grateful for the Assange case because it has exposed some of the loopiest comments about "rape culture" I've seen in quite some time. "Rape culture" is a short-hand term to describe the supposed fact that attitudes of sexual aggression and dominance are normalized in constructions of masculinity, resulting in prevalent sexual violence against women.

Among innumerable reasons for rejecting the very concept of "rape culture" out of hand and finding it not merely dishonest but thoroughly offensive are that rape is committed by a tiny percentage of males, typically with distinctive psychological disorders, and attitudes that spawn rape are neither normalized nor prevalent among males in general. To suggest otherwise is delusional.  Too often, manifiestations of an enhanced male sex drive that we're supposed to pretend doesn't exist, which manifestations do not amount to rape, are dishonestly cited as examples of "rape culture."

One of the more offensive "rape culture" comments I've seen in the Assange case was one made by someone named Lindsay Beyerstein who seemed to toss Blackstone's formulation onto a scrapheap of angry feminist indifference: "[I]t's pure rape culture apology to argue that so-called 'he said/she said' cases should be automatically dismissed in favor of the alleged rapist."

Actually, Ms. Beyerstein, a prosecutor is the gatekeeper of justice whose duty is to seek justice, and not merely to convict. He or she should only bring charges, as Prof. Bennett L. Gershman described it, when he or she is convinced to a moral certainty of both the defendant's factual and legal guilt. To bring charges when there is any less certainty does not fulfill the prosecutor's duty to do justice, but invites miscarriages and the possible conviction of an innocent defendant. "He said/she said" cases, where there is no other material evidence to shed light on the event, and where both sides are plausible, should not be prosecuted. Prosecutors should not look to "get lucky" in doubtful cases, hoping to get the "right" jury that might be swayed by emotion to send a presumptively innocent man away for years for a crime the prosecutor isn't confident the man committed.  Even in rape cases, Ms. Beyerstein.

By the way, I came across a brilliantly written column by Brendan O'Neill on the feminsts' anger over liberal support for Assange. Excerpt:  "What this unappetising spectacle of feminists telling us that everything with a dick is capable of rape really represents is an attempt to assert one longstanding liberal orthodoxy – that rape is rife – over another, newer liberal orthodoxy – that Assange is an untouchable, saintly speaker of truth to power. This is a competition of victimhoods, with the feminist set within the liberal elite feeling aggrieved that their favoured victims – women, everywhere, at all times – have seemingly been elbowed aside by a new pet victim: Assange and political hackers. There is no meaningful principle at stake here; rather we’re witnessing a clash of miserabilist, conspiratorial outlooks, with one side insisting that all women are at potential risk from ‘rape culture’ and the other side arguing that Assange is at risk from the military-industrial complex’s ‘power culture’."

And moving away from Assange, but speaking of "rape culture," kudos to Michele Martin, a UNC sophomore, who wrote a perceptive letter to the editor of her school newspaper scorching a previous writer's citation of consensual sex as evidence of  "rape culture."  Specifically, the previous writer claimed that equating a girlfriend’s value with her willingness to perform frequent oral sex is an example of "rape culture.”

Ms. Martin explained:  "Not only is the comparison between two willing partners and forced sexual assault erroneous, but it invalidates the sexuality of both genders to imply that mutual enjoyment of intimate relations is somehow wrong. The 'rape card' should be reserved for those who actually bring harm to others, not used to belittle those who enjoy sexual activity or stimuli — and yes, believe it or not, women are included in that figure."  Moreover: "Sexism and rape are very different things and there is no evidence that they are even correlated, let alone causal."

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Duke false accuser Crystal Mangum found guilty of child abuse

Notre Dame player won't be charged for touching breasts of now-deceased accuser, but he's already been declared the perpetrator in the feminist blogosphere

On September 1, Elizabeth Seeberg, 19, a student of St. Mary's College, reported to Notre Dame police that she had been sexually assaulted on August 31 in a Notre Dame residence hall by a Notre Dame football player. She did not allege that the player raped her but that he touched her breasts.

The following day, Seeberg reported that the player and another Notre Dame student harassed her with text messages after her initial report to police. Specifically, she claimed that a friend of the young man she accused texted her saying the following: “Don’t do anything you would regret.  Messing with notre dame football is a bad idea.”

Sadly, nine days after making her initial police report, Ms. Seeburg committed suicide. Seeberg had suffered emotional difficulties in the past. "[Seeberg] had struggled with an anxiety disorder and depression since her freshman year at Loyola Academy [high school]. She made the varsity cheerleading squad at the school, but started having what first seemed like asthma symptoms that were really panic attacks. She felt better once she transferred to a public school where she was under less pressure. According to the records her family gave me, she'd fought back suicidal thoughts periodically since high school, too." http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/12/17/lizzy-seebergs-family-feels-violated-notre-dame-football-star/

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak announced this week that he will not file criminal charges in connection with either the breast fondling or the sending of the text message.  Dvorak said "that an investigation by Notre Dame police, which was forwarded to his office last month, included conflicting witness statements and cell phone records that were inconsistent with Seeberg's allegations.  Also, Seeberg's two statements to police would likely be inadmissible in court because she is no longer alive. U.S. Supreme Court case law does not support admission of hearsay evidence in such circumstances, Dvorak said."

"The content of the text messages does not rise to the level of a criminal act as defined by Indiana's harassment statute," Dvorak said in a written statement. "The student subjectively believed Ms. Seeberg's complaint was false and therefore he had a legitimate purpose for his text messages."

Notre Dame issued a statement in which it noted, among other things, that because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the school could not discuss any disciplinary cases. : ". . . in cases where there is no evidence to support disciplinary action, our process guards the innocent from unsubstantiated accusations."

Notre Dame is being criticized for failing to turn the matter over to the county prosecutor until last month, and that it did so only after the Chicago Tribune reported on the story. Notre Dame claims it handled the matter correctly in accordance with its procedures.

It is tragic that Ms. Seeberg felt the need to take her own life.  A writer at Jezebel wrote this: "One of the incredibly sad things about this story is that Seeberg reportedly 'feared people would dislike her for accusing a Notre Dame athlete of a sex crime and that she would wear the incident 'like a scarlet letter' throughout her college career.'"

In fact, no one knows if a sexual battery played a role in Seeberg taking her own life.  Only the young man Ms. Seeberg accused knows what happened between them, and the district attorney explained that other evidence was not consistent with the accuser's allegation. 

While this is yet another in a cavalcade of cases where no one knows for sure what happened, that doesn't stop feminists from using it to point up supposed larger "truths" about rape culture.  In fact, the case can teach us nothing about rape culture, but it can teach us lots about rushing to judgment when it comes to allegations of sexual offenses.

After the story broke, David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune said the player should be removed from the playing field:  "A guy who can discipline a player for missing a meeting should have the autonomy to bench a player accused of what could be a felony in the real world. The player is innocent until proven guilty, to be sure. But football coaches, especially those of the most famous college football program in America, rarely deal in due process."  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/525934-notre-dame-football-the-lizzy-seeburg-case-and-poor-reporting

Did you get that? A writer for a major daily advocates that a big time athletic program rush to judgment in a matter of grave importance.  Nice. You see, we've learned nothing from Duke lacrosse, Hofstra and all the rest.  I wonder if Mr. Haugh would proffer the same recommendation if the young man accused was his son?

A writer named Dave Zirin wasn't happy with Notre Dame's handling of the case.  "It’s a horrible story that shines light on something that occurs on far too many campuses, where sexual assault is part of the culture of entitlement conjoined with big-time men's college athletics," Zirin declared. 

Sorry, Mr. Zirin. A disputed allegation by a witness who shortly thereafter killed herself and who can't be cross-examined by the presumptively innocent young man she accused scarcely shines light on anything, much less a purported "culture of entitlement." It was a tragedy, but neither you, nor I, nor anyone else aside from the young man knows what happened. 

Then Mr. Zirin attacked coach Brian Kelly, and in the process, made sure everyone knew that a sexual assault occurred, and that coach Kelly turned a blind eye to it: "He’s the sort of man who turns his back on a sexual assault involving one of his players and can't bring himself to show sympathy for a 19-year-old woman’s suicide."

Mr. Zirin didn't just rush to judgment, he did a 60-meter sprint in record time.  And he wasn't alone.

A blogger named Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux came right out with it: "Lizzy Seeburg, the young woman who was assaulted . . . "  http://www.care2.com/causes/womens-rights/blog/notre-dame-freshman-commits-suicide-after-being-raped/.  Thomson-DeVeaux  continued: "As a college student, it reminds me of the desperate need for better mental health counseling, as well as a campus climate that does not stigmatize victims of sexual assault . . . ."

Jaclyn Friedman declared that Seeberg "obviously" was denied justice.  http://www.amplifyyourvoice.org/u/Yes_Means_Yes/2010/11/29/Come-and-See-the-Violence-Inherent-In-the-System

S. Daniel Carter, director of public policy for Security on Campus, a national nonprofit organization that focuses on campus safety issues, was quoted without challenge in a major daily calling the Notre Dame accuser "the victim."

Blogger Pema Levy tried to mobilize her readers: "Tell Notre Dame to apologize for the handling of Lizzy Seeberg’s attack and to re-evaluate their protocol for dealing with sexual assault on campus."

Katherine Orazem wrote the following, in which she referenced Seeberg's "attacker" and declared Seeberg a "victim": "I’m not min­i­miz­ing the tragedy of LGBTQ youth who feel dri­ven to sui­cide by the igno­rance and bul­ly­ing of their peers. And I’m cer­tainly not try­ing to play a game of Who’s-the-Most-Oppressed (note: I would totally lose!) But. I can’t help but think that, while peo­ple may see Megan [Wright] and Elizabeth [Seeberg’s] predica­ment as tragic, they wouldn’t have the same unqual­i­fied dis­dain for their attack­ers that has been shown for the tor­menters of Tyler Clementi. They won’t because in so many ways rape and sex­ual assault on col­lege cam­puses is not taken seri­ously. And all too often its per­pe­tra­tors are given a pass because they are promi­nent men, often sports stars, who bring rev­enue and cov­er­age to the uni­ver­si­ties who were sup­posed to keep vic­tims like Megan and Eliz­a­beth safe." http://www.broadrecognition.com/politics/will-it-get-better-the-suicides-of-megan-wright-and-elizabeth-seeberg/

Blogger Caitie Hawley called Notre Dame's handling of the case "the most disgusting cover up in recent history."

And on and on it goes.  Once again, a presumptively innocent man, now cleared by a prosecutor who said the evidence didn't support a sexual battery, is widely assumed to be a perpetrator for no reason other than the fact that he is male and was accused by a female of a sex crime. 

The lesson this case teaches is far different than the one the above writers think it teaches. Commentator Cathy Young summed it up when she wrote the following several years ago: "The trouble with the feminist position is that it seems to leave no room for the presumption of innocence when a woman accuses a man of violating her."

Amen, sister. Amen.