Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Univ. of Alabama administrator: “Some people think there are false accusations. There’s really no false accusations. If someone feels they didn’t give consent, then they didn’t give consent.”

Jessica Vickery, assistant director of Health Education and Promotion at the Student Health Center at the University of Alabama, has uttered perhaps the most astounding thing we've heard since we started doing this blog, which is saying a lot:

“Some people think there are false accusations. There’s really no false accusations. If someone feels they didn’t give consent, then they didn’t give consent,” Vickery said.

 Vickery said that when it comes to sexual assault, false accusations are not possible, despite cultural beliefs otherwise.

Read the article here: http://cw.ua.edu/2013/02/04/consent-thingy/

Vickery's comments are other-worldly, to put it charitably. To suggest that "consent" is determined by a woman's subjective, even uncommunicated, "feelings" instead of her outward manifestations of assent is blatant misinformation that might encourage young women to falsely cry "rape" against their innocent male classmates.

Vickery should have no voice in the public discourse on these issues, given her denial of the irrefutable fact that false accusations of rape do occur. She needs to apologize to the community of the wrongly accused immediately.