Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More rape hysteria -- the sexual assault industry suggests untold numbers of men and boys are rapists when they are not

Glenn Sacks recently wrote: "Feminists have a bad habit of conflating voluntary sexual relations with rape, and here we go again. The Family Violence Prevention Fund's new youth rape study claims that 'Nearly One in Five Young Women Have Experienced Forced Intercourse.'"

We have too many rapes as it is, why must we artificially inflate the stats? Why must we bestow the mantle of victimhood on women who are not rape victims? Glenn is correct. A review of the study at issue shows the following:

First, only women were questioned for the study (of course -- because women don't lie about "rape" and men do, right? And even though the legal test for rape is whether a reasonable person in the position of the male would understand that the woman consented);

Second, the "types of force" women reported experiencing were as follows:

Told relationship would end;
Physically hurt or injured;
Threatened with physical hurt;
He was bigger or a grown up;
Physically held down;
Pressured by words/actions without threats.


(The "study" can be found here: http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2008_09_10_FS_ForcedSex.pdf)

The red highlighting above is mine -- those points are highlighted because those "types of force" do not negate consent to have lawful sexual intercourse. Sex prompted by those types of "force" is not rape, period.

The real question is this: why are the persons who prepared this "study" suggesting to young women that they are being raped when they are not?

I would happily debate the authors of this "study" as to the impropriety of including these items on their list. It was not appropriate; it engenders rape hysteria (which is precisely their goal, let us be honest); and it promotes the worst kind of gender divisive misandry -- wrongly suggesting that untold numbers of women and girls are victimized by untold numbers of men and boys.

If this study were accurate, it would suggest a deep, dare I say fatal, flaw in the male gender that no amount of education would cure. Men and boys would have more in common with animals than with human beings.

Let us just focus on one point from this very disturbing, dishonest study -- the last one, which is also the most frequent type of "force" reported: verbal pressure. The inclusion of this point in their study is either breathtakingly naive or grossly dishonest. I vote the latter, but you never know.

Take the following example, and tell me why it is not "rape" under the logic employed by this study: a young woman verbally pressures her boyfriend to have sex when he doesn't really want to because she's trying to have a baby -- and she's been told she needs to have intercourse at certain times? Applying the logic of this idiotic study, that HAS to be rape, right? You can't have it both ways, ladies. It's all either rape or it's not, and the example I've just given is rape in your twisted universe, beyond any question. Now in the real world, it is never rape.

What about non-sexual verbal pressures: how about when she coerces him against his wishes to drive halfway across the U.S. to visit her mother? Or to buy a new house? Or to buy her a ring beyond his economic means? Or to allow her sister to stay with them for a couple of months? The list is endless. Is any of that the moral equivalent of "rape"?

No person in their right mind - that is, no person who is not drunk on the laughing gas of radical feminism thinks that grudgingly consenting to do something for your loved one could ever, in a thousand years, be "rape."

No jurisdiction considers such conduct "rape."

That's because people in a relationship do things for each other all the time even though they're not especially thrilled about it. They do things consensually because they want to, because they love the other person. If your significant other asks you to do something you really don't want to do, even grudgingly, you just say no. People do that all the time, too.

The dangerous thing about this asinine, grossly immoral and inappropriate study is that radical feminists are teaching this nonsense to our daughters (in the same manner a cult teachers lies to our impressionable children), and our daughters might actually think these things constitute rape. They do not, by any standard. But this could lead some young women to falsely accuse our sons of sexually assaulting them.

We need to start educating our sons and our daughters what "consent" under the law means. This could only help reduce rapes and false accusations of rape.

Young ladies: verbal pressure, the fact that the guy is bigger (which is usually the case), and a guy's threat to break up -- do not force you to have sex. They are not rape, regardless of what some far left, man-hating lunatic teaches you. You can say "no." If you say "no" and he physically forces you to have sex, that is rape.

This case will tell you all you need to know about how the system is stacked against innocent men when it comes to rape

This case is shocking. A classic "he said-she said" dispute as to whether she consented to have sex, without any other corroborating evidence, landed a man in jail for more than two weeks -- even though she is a serial false accuser and he is a police officer.

"It remains a situation where two people have a different version of what happened," said the solicitor in charge.

So why was the accuser's account presumed true?

Why was a man -- a police officer, no less -- deprived of his liberty when there are dueling allegations of criminality -- she claims he raped her, and he claims she's made a false report? There is no other evidence. He's an officer sworn to uphold the law, and in contrast, she's done this to other men.

Why is his name splashed all over the news for the world to titillate to the details of his humiliation while she is shrouded forever in anonymity?

Why is the system stacked against men when it comes to rape? Why?

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

Rape charges against detective are dropped

By Noah Haglund (Contact)
The Post and Courier

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Rape charges against a Hanahan police detective were dismissed Friday after the woman who made the accusation decided not to go through with the case.

Other factors in dropping charges against Cassie Watson were a lack of evidence to support the woman's story and a series of unfounded sexual-assault reports the same woman has filed in the past.

"The bottom line is she was adamant about not going forward," 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said. "We didn't have any corroborating evidence" either.

Reached by phone on Friday, Watson declined to comment. He said he planned to release a prepared statement next week after speaking to his attorney.

The case began on the evening Aug. 3 when the 37-year-old woman called North Charleston police to report an assault at her Mosstree Road apartment. An affidavitdescribes her account:
She told police she met Watson through an online dating service about two years earlier and that the two had been on a couple of dates.

Around 6 p.m. the day she called police, she said, he arrived at her apartment and pointed a gun at her. She claimed that he forced her to undress and raped her, keeping the gun aimed at her face. She told them she thought she would end up in a "body bag" if she didn't cooperate.

North Charleston police arrested Watson a few hours later on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

He remained in jail until posting $50,000 bail Aug. 20. A judge placed him on house arrest as a condition of his release.

Wilson said her office had been in touch with the woman about the case a "fair amount." After the woman told prosecutors she didn't want to proceed, Wilson thought she would likely end up dismissing the case. But she wanted to see more evidence first.

It arrived Thursday from the State Law Enforcement Division in the form of a rape kit and a DNA test on Watson's gun. The kit showed the two had sex — Watson had admitted as much, but said it was consensual. In addition, tests of the gun showed no traces of the woman's DNA, the solicitor said.

"It remains a situation where two people have a different version of what happened," Wilson said.

The woman could not be reached by phone Friday. Nobody answered the door at her apartment. Even though the charges have been dismissed, The Post and Courier is not naming her.

It wasn't the first time the woman has made allegations of rape, according to police reports.

-- In June 2002, she told Florence police that a neighbor punched her, held her in her apartment overnight and repeatedly raped her. The suspect she named said they had consensual sex, and he passed a SLED polygraph. The woman admitted lying about being held overnight but maintained she was raped. An investigator cleared the case based on the woman's lack of cooperation.

-- In April 2000, she told the Charleston County Sheriff's Office that two men abducted her at knifepoint, took her to a warehouse, hit her with a bat and raped her. She had no signs of injury and there was no evidence of sexual assault because she waited about a day to contact authorities. She identified two men as her attackers, and they were charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Charges were dismissed in February 2001 because the woman's credibility was "too suspect to proceed," the court clerk's records show.

-- In July 2000, the woman told Charleston County sheriff's deputies that the same two men raped her in her residence. Charleston County forwarded the information to the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office because the alleged assault occurred in that jurisdiction.

Dorchester County Maj. Mike Turner said last month that their case was closed because of a lack of leads and because, on further investigation, the woman was uncertain as to who assaulted her.
When the allegations surfaced against Watson, Hanahan police suspended him with pay. He had been with the department since 2006 and previously worked as a correctional officer with the state Department of Corrections.

On Friday, Hanahan police Lt. Michael Fowler said the department expected Watson to return to work after they submit paperwork to the state Criminal Justice Academy.

"We're just happy that it's resolved," Fowler said. "My guess is that he'll be back next week."

Link: http://www.charleston.net/news/2008/sep/27/rape_charges_against_detective_are_dropp56060/

More misinformation from the sexual assault industry -- this time, only 3 percent of rape claims are false

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY WHERE THIS FALSEHOOD OCCURS:

Hanahan Police Detective Cleared of Rape Charge

Rape charges against a Hanahan police officer have been dropped. Detective Cassie Watson had been charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and possession of a firearm, but not anymore.

9th circuit solicitor Scarlett Wilson says the charges against the detective have been dropped because the victim keeps changing her story.

It was inside her home a woman says she was held at gunpoint and raped. The claim threatened the career of Hanahan detective Cassie Watson, but not anymore. Prosecutors say her story has changed several times. Melonea Locklair with People Against Rape's says it's a complicated crime.

"Its not like CSI, that’s not how it works," said Locklair.

Locklair says typically, although she can't say in this case, dropping charges doesn’t always mean something didn’t happen.

Less than three percent of rape victims make false reports. There’s a big difference between the victim making a false report and the judicial system not being able to prove that an incident happen. Especially when you have acquaintance assaults, where it’s a he said she said, it’s not always provable.

What happens in one rape case can affect others.

“If someone does make a false report, it is difficult for the next person that comes along whenever they want to prosecute,” said Locklair.

A crime that's tough enough to report, perhaps made tougher by a small percentage of false claims.

The woman who said she was raped had no comment. Hanahan Police officials say Watson is relieved the ordeal is over and will be back to work next week.

Nationally 60 percent of rapes are not even reported to police and if a rape is reported, an arrest is only made 50 percent of the time.

Link: http://www.wciv.com/news/stories/0908/556925.html

HERE IS THE COMMENT I POSTED TO THE SITE WHERE THE STORY APPEARED:

The article contains misinformation that needs to be corrected. It says that only three percent of rape claims are false. The PAR Web site says it's less than 2 percent. http://www.peopleagainstrape.org/adultsexualassault.html

But either figure is grossly incorrect. Objectively verifiable data indicates that at least 9 percent and probably closer to half of all rape claims are false. (See, e.g., S. Taylor, K.C. Johnson, "Until Proven Innocent" -- the definitive Duke Lacrosse rape case book praised by even liberal news outlets like the New York Times, which the book skewers.)

That two percent figure repeatedly chanted by sexual assault counselors is a made-up number -- don't rely on me, here's an authoritative law review article that traces the history of that lie: http://llr.lls.edu/volumes/v33-issue3/greer.pdf

False rape claims are an epidemic. Yet the crime of making a false rape report has become so embroiled in the radical feminist sexual assault milieu that it has been improperly removed from the public discourse about rape. Sexual assault counselors often disingenuously refer to the fact of false rape accusations as a "myth." Denigrating the experience of the falsely accused by dismissing their victimization as a myth is not merely dishonest but morally grotesque.

You need to do a better job of presenting even-handed information. Sexual assault counselors certainly can help women who have been raped, but too many are in the business of trying to engender rape hysteria. I've never seen one express concern for an innocent man falsely accused. Never.

My Web site is devoted to this false rape epidemic -- we post news accounts of false rape claims every day. Spend several hours reviewing these cases on my Web site because many a rape lie has destroyed an innocent man or boy and their families. It's happening every day, here in America, and somebody needs to speak up about it: http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 29, 2008

More made-up stats from the sexual assault cottage industry - an industry that has no concern for innocent men

The first part of the the following article contains some helpful information. Then it veers off into Wonderland with information that, to my knowledge, cannot be verified by objective sources. Including the following the following inane quote from assistant DA named Marjorie Smith: "For every false situation people hear about there are zillions of cases not reported."

Come again? Give me your stats for that, madam. Please. I can't wait to see them.

Your information is grossly erroneous, and you need to correct the record. You should spend several hours reviewing the information in this Web site, then apologize to the men you've cavalierly insulted by suggested they are in a tiny minority. In fact, false rape claims are rampant.

The article notes: "It's a shame false cases receive so much attention, since rape and sexual assaults are overwhelmingly the most underreported crimes, Smith said. According to the state Department of Health, only one out of every six rapes is reported."

Please, Ms. Smith, send me an email with the citations to support these fantastic numbers. No one has any idea how many "underreported" claims there are. Their "proof" that far more rapes are occurring than are reported is that rape is "the most underreported of all crimes," they chant with zombie-like repetition. How do we know it's underreported? We know it's underreported because no one is reporting all these rapes that must be occurring. Which proves, of course, that rape is rampant.

Get it? I don't either.

Someday, the sexual assault cottage industry is going to stop making up stats just to support its political agenda.

HERE IS THE ARTICLE -- WARNING TO THE MANY FALSELY ACCUSED MEN WHO READ THIS SITE -- THIS IS A TRIGGERING ARTICLE:

False rape reports can bring lasting harm

While falsely reporting a rape only ranks as a misdemeanor, the effects of such reports can cause irreparable damage

"Any allegations of a sexual crime or any violent crime, we pool all our resources. That's forensic as well as investigative," Town of Poughkeepsie police Chief Thomas Mauro said.

In February, a Marist College student said she was raped by a masked man on campus. The reports caused fear and concern among residents and elevated police responses.

Not long after the report was made, the student was arrested by town police on a charge of third-degree falsely reporting an incident.

"We put all resources into that case on a full-time basis," Mauro said. "And I think it was those resources through the investigation and conflicts in the story that led to her admission and changing of her story."

The initial rape report led to a significant increase in campus security, including patrols at all walkways, specifically on the bridge where the 18-year-old freshman claimed she had been attacked.

The Marlton, N.J., native is now majoring in communications with a minor in education at Jackson State University, where she's on the women's soccer team. Her case is still pending in Town of Poughkeepsie Court.

Perhaps the most notable falsely reported rape in the county was made by Wappingers Falls teenager Tawana Brawley in a nationally publicized case in 1987.

She accused former Assistant District Attorney Steven Pagones of kidnapping and raping her.

The Rev. Al Sharpton had a big hand in the prosecution. Pagones, in his defamation lawsuit against Sharpton and two other New York City activists, Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason, was awarded $300,000 in damages.

Most cases genuine

Of the number of rape cases reported, very few are false reports, Dutchess County Senior Assistant District Attorney Marjorie Smith said. But the Brawley case single-handedly set prosecutors back years when it came to trying genuine rape cases.

There was the general perception that everyone reporting rapes was making it up, Smith said.

For years, attorneys would have to address the Brawley case in jury selection.

"We all lived through that horrible experience, which really affected us as a county," she said. "It basically magnified what was not an accurate supposition ... that was determined not to be a mistake or an error, but a false situation. For every false situation people hear about there are zillions of cases not reported."

It's a shame false cases receive so much attention, since rape and sexual assaults are overwhelmingly the most underreported crimes, Smith said. According to the state Department of Health, only one out of every six rapes is reported.

Numbers of reported rapes in the county grew dramatically in 2005, and declined again the following year, according to state Department of Justice violent crime statistics. In 2004, there were 42 rapes reported, and then 70 in 2005. Numbers decreased to 39 in 2006 and were at 42 in 2007. Ulster County saw a similar spike in 2005.

Compared to the rest of the country, Dutchess County has a successful report and conviction rate, Smith said. She attributed that success to the SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) program and other sex crime initiatives taken in the county.

According to the county executive's office, the Dutchess County rape conviction rate is four times greater than the national conviction rate. The SAFE program, established in 1997, combines the knowledge of forensic medical professionals, traditional medical professionals and hospitals, police agencies, victims' services and the district attorney.

Link: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080929/NEWS05/809290321

Man convicted of rape released after it is revealed his accuser falsely accused another man under similar circumstances

Hmm. If a man is on trial for rape, would a jury be swayed by evidence that the man's accuser made a false rape allegation against another man under quite similar circumstances?

And if the evidence of that other false accusation is kept from the jury in the present case and the man on trial in the present case is convicted of rape, did that man receive a fair trial?

The question scarcely survives its statement.

The man needs to be freed (after FOUR years in prison) and the woman needs to be charged with making a false report of rape. Any other conclusion is a gross and manifest injustice.

READ THE STORY HERE:

Victim's lie led to convict's release: Judge says woman admitted falsely accusing another man of sex assault

By Shawn Regansregan@eagletribune.com

A Haverhill, Mass., man who spent nearly four years in prison on a rape charge was set free earlier this year because the woman who claimed he had assaulted her admitted in court that she had falsely accused another man of a similar crime.

Roland "Chris" Chretien, 50, was convicted in 2004 of sexually assaulting a 46-year-old female customer inside Blazin' Saddles, the Plaistow motorcycle shop he co-owned with Methuen, Mass., police Officer Joseph Aiello. He was sentenced to six-to-12 years in state prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Joseph LaPlante vacated that sentence in July, but the reason for Chretien's release was not made public at that time.

Last week, LaPlante broke his silence, explaining in a 16-page ruling that he threw out the conviction based on admissions made by the victim at a July 8 habeas corpus proceeding.

The woman's prior false accusation involved similar circumstances to those in the Chretien case, according to LaPlante's ruling. It involved the same specific sexual activity, it involved a man previously unknown to the victim whom she met that night at a bar, and she accused the man of choking her during the assault. It also happened in an out-of-the-way area of a commercial establishment — the parking lot of the Longhorn Steakhouse on the Haverhill-Plaistow line.

The steakhouse encounter occurred after Chretien's encounter with the woman in 2003, but before Chretien went on trial.

At the July 8 hearing, LaPlante said, the woman acknowledged the parking lot encounter was consensual, and that she made up the story about forced sex so her son wouldn't think poorly of her.

The ruling also said the woman was having a sexual affair with her son's roommate, and the sexual encounter with the man in the parking lot occurred the same night the roommate refused to meet her and tried to end their affair.

After the woman falsely reported to her son and his roommate that she had been sexually assaulted outside the steakhouse, the two men called the man she said had assaulted her to threaten him with retaliation.

In a subsequent telephone conversation, however, the roommate told the man that the woman had changed her story and criminal charges would not be pressed with police, according to LaPlante's ruling.

At Chretien's trial, Superior Court Judge Kenneth McHugh refused to allow the defendant's lawyer to ask the woman about the alleged false accusation or hold a pretrial hearing to investigate the matter. McHugh simply asked the victim whether the allegation was true, and took her word for it, according to Chretien's attorney, Scott Gleason of Haverhill.

However, the woman admitted to the false rape accusation at the July 8 hearing, at which her son and his roommate were prepared to testify about their knowledge of the matter, according to LaPlante's ruling.

"It was impossible to determine whether the superior court's refusal to allow Chretien to cross-examine the victim regarding an allegedly false accusation of sexual assault against another man had a substantial, injurious effect on the verdict," LaPlante wrote.

The federal judge had offered not to issue a written decision to avoid causing "unnecessary embarrassment and trauma" to the woman, who is not named in his ruling. He said that he would only make his findings public if the state intended to appeal his decision or retry Chretien.

Several weeks after LaPlante threw out the guilty verdict and ordered Chretien set free, lawyers from the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office contacted the judge to say that they
required a written ruling because they are considering an appeal on legal grounds.

The Eagle-Tribune contacted the attorney general's office seeking comment on LaPlante's ruling. But representatives of the office said only Senior Assistant Attorney General Brian Graf could comment on the Chretien case, and Graf did not return messages left with his secretary and on his voice mail.

In an interview last month, Graf said his office was waiting for LaPlante's written ruling before deciding on a course of action.

At the criminal trial in 2005, the victim testified she had gone to the motorcycle store to buy a belt. She told the judge she had lived in a constant state of fear since the assault and she was struggling through therapy and taking medications as a result of it.

"I get sick to my stomach and want to run whenever a stranger approaches me," the woman told the judge at Chretien's sentencing hearing. "I've always been a religious woman and trusted people. Now I don't trust people anymore, and I get nervous when strangers walk near my home or too close to me in a parking lot."

When Chretien was sentenced, more than 40 family members came to speak out against the verdict, saying there was no way Chretien had committed the assault. McHugh, the judge who convicted Chretien, criticized him for testifying during his trial that the woman was the aggressor.

"That's ludicrous in light of what's out there," McHugh said at the time.

Prior to Chretien's petition for a writ of habeas corpus proceeding, he lost appeals at the state Supreme Court and made several requests to reconsider evidence in Superior Court. The case took more than a year before LaPlante reached his decision.

A writ of habeas corpus is a judicial mandate to a prison official that an inmate be brought to the court so it can be determined whether the person is imprisoned lawfully and whether he should be released from custody.

As few as one of every hundred such requests are granted, Gleason estimated.

In an interview last week, Gleason said Chretien is living in Haverhill with his wife and children.

"He's trying to put his life back together," Gleason said, adding that Chretien is working but declining to say where.

"The admitted facts of the case speak for themselves, along with the federal judge's decision," he said. "We'll reserve full comment until a final decision on how they are going to proceed is made by the government."

The attorney general could appeal LaPlante's ruling to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals or the county attorney could put Chretien back on trial in Superior Court. If prosecutors do neither, they must dismiss the open indictment against Chretien, Gleason said.

Link: http://www.eagletribune.com/punewshh/local_story_273111645.html?keyword=topstory

Report of alleged rape 'was full of made-up stories'

What more can be said about the travesty in the following news story? The most troubling part to me, aside from the false accusation itself, is that the false accuser was not permitted to withdraw charges before trial even though she tried. Why? To protect innocent men from the injustices of a false rape claim, we need to do all we can to facilitate recantations and allow the withdrawal of charges. We owe it to innocent men.

'Rape victim' may be charged for false report

KUCHING: A 19-year-old woman may be charged in court for lodging a false police report that she was raped last year.

There's a possibility of this happening as Sessions Court judge Amelati Pernell acquitted painter Mohd Fahmi Abdullah alias Jong Joon Onn of raping the woman.

He was alleged to have committed the offence at an unnumbered building at Jalan Sungai Padungan here between 2am and 2.15am on July 28 last year.

The judge, in her ruling, said the police report was false."How can the charge against the accused stand when the report is false?" Amelati asked.

"The court leaves it to the police for necessary action to be taken against the complainant."

She said she found the complainant's story exaggerated and testimony doubtful.

Amelati said the element of sexual intercourse was not disputed and it was proven by the prosecution but the court had to consider the element of consent.

Amelati said based on the police report, the complainant claimed that she was raped by five men.

"However, during the trial, she said her police report was full of made-up stories and that she was only raped by one person, namely the accused."

The complainant agreed that her police report was untrue.

Amelati said during the trial the complainant claimed that she was punched and kicked by the accused but according to the medical report, there was no evidence of resistance on the part of the complainant and she suffered no injuries, abrasions or lacerations.

Amelati said the fact that the complainant had to be arrested to attend the trial and she had openly applied twice to withdraw the charge against the accused, showed that she had second thoughts about the case.

Fahmi was defended by Abdul Rahman Hazmi while Assistant Public Prosecutor Nur Nisla Abdul Latif prosecuted.

Link: http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/National/2358309/Article/index_html

Friday, September 26, 2008

Girl fabricates rape claim to cover up being with her boyfriend

In the following news story, a girl lied that she was raped because she was with her boyfriend when she shouldn't have been. This prompts a question: One must wonder if there would be fewer false rape claims if the parental-daughter relationship were healthier -- if a daughter thought she could be honest with her parents (think Juno) without fear of something terrible happening. And when I say parents, I don't just mean "father." Often the mother is much harsher with a daughter than the father.

This is not to excuse false rape claims under any circumstances. But a 15-year-old is not a mature adult, and is more prone to do foolish things when she feels her back is up against the wall.

SEE THE NEWS STORY HERE:

Tembisa girl held for perjury

A 15-year-old girl was arrested on Tuesday in Tembisa for perjury, after she allegedly opened false kidnapping and rape cases, Johannesburg police said.

Captain Manyadza Ralidzhivha said the girl reported to the police on Wednesday that she was kidnapped by three men who took her into the veld where they gang raped her.

"She came to the police station on Tuesday in the company of her mother and confessed that all she had said about kidnapping and rape was not true."

Ralidzhivha said the girl told the police that she had gone to see her boyfriend.

"She did not know what to tell parents because she did not sleep at home and did not go to school."

He said the teenager would appear at the Tembisa magistrate's court soon. - Sapa

Link: http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20080916164754797C725230

Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Rape is a terrible crime, but equally terrible is the false accusation of rape."

Ian Robson said it better than I could in the Sunday Sun, a regional Sunday newspaper for North East England, Cumbria and the Scottish Borders.

Bravo, Mr. Robson!

Accusation is far worse than crime

Sep 21 2008

by Ian Robson, Sunday Sun

RAPE is a terrible crime, but equally terrible is the false accusation of rape.

No one can know the hell Terry Harrison went through when he was maliciously accused.

In 11 months, this innocent man was subjected to one ordeal after another.

He was grilled by police who did not believe he didn’t do it.

He was ordered out of his home town, lost job opportunities and was vilified and spat on by the public.

All because lying Shirley Price made it all up.

If a rapist is the scum of the earth, what does that make people like Price?

A criminal, certainly, as she starts a lenient three-month sentence for perverting the course of justice.

But she is much more than a mere criminal.

This evil woman used her sexuality to trap a man who had simply rejected her advances at a party.

He did the decent thing, and for that he was subjected to a living hell.

Yet, when Price is released, I doubt she will be assaulted in the street or attacked by vigilantes.

Women’s organisations will not paint her as a villain and she will be given every help to put her life back on track.

Nor should men feel safe about the police involvement in rape allegations.

Terry, of Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, said he began to feel guilty because he was relentlessly told he was guilty during his interrogation.

Durham Police say they thoroughly investigate any allegation of rape.

They have reassured victims they will be treated with sensitivity.

It’s not enough . . . at a time when women are prepared to cry rape, the alleged perpetrator should be treated with sensitivity as well.

Link: http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/news/columnists/ian-robson/2008/09/21/accusation-is-far-worse-than-crime-79310-21862891/

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

One of the most important things we can do to fight rape: teach girls not to make false rape claims

Despite all their twisting and pounding, the feminists have convinced only their devotees that false rape claims are a "myth." The rest of us ain't buying it.

News account after news account posit a mind-numbing cavalcade of false rape reports and support the objectively verifiable figures showing that false rape claims are a real and significant problem. In the face of all that, only one who is drunk on the laughing gas of radical gender feminism could possibly believe that false rape claims are a "myth," or convince herself that the two percent figure frequently cited for false claims but thoroughly and repeatedly debunked has some basis in fact.

What is also true is that in case after case, police bemoan the effect that false accusations have on real rape victims: real rape victims are less likely to be believed because of false claims. Since they are less likely to be believed, they are less likely to come forward. This is common sense: it is difficult to get the public to presume the validity of a rape claim when injustices to innocent men are common.

So what is the solution?

The radical feminists' solution is to put their heads in the sand and keep on pretending that false rape claims are a "myth" and that women are essentially incapable of lying about rape.

For those of us concerned about eradicating rape and false rape claims, the solution is obvious: just as we should teach our sons about "consent" and to respect women's bodies, so should we teach our daughters that false rape claims do immeasurable damage not only to the innocent men and boys falsely accused but also to real rape victims. And we should teach them that false rape claims are a crime that may be punished by jail time.

If we could eradicate false rape claims or render them a de minimis problem, we would wrap real rape claims in a cloak of presumed validity. If women hardly ever lied about rape, the claims of real rape victims would be afforded greater respect, more victims would come forward, fewer innocent men would be unjustly deprived of their liberty, and more rapists would be imprisoned.

This logic is unassailable. The only thing standing in the way is that in the area of rape, common sense is trumped by a radical left political agenda.

Woman arrested for lying that white male raped her and forced her to drink alcohol

Behind every false rape claim, there is generally some motivation. In many of the news accounts, such as the one below, the motivations are not stated. But this much is clear: in many if not most of these cases, young women tell lies that they don't intend to spiral out of control. They don't intend to hurt a specific male by crying rape, and name only an unspecified, phantom male. But sometimes their lies do spiral out of control and hurt innocent men and boys, not to mention real rape victims whose cries are viewed with a jaundiced eye because of such lies.

It would be helpful if young people were educated about the dangers of false rape claims -- about how seemingly little white lies can spiral out of control, mainly because the police invariably take rape claims very seriously and sometimes nab an innocent man.

Sadly, sexual assault counselors are content to deny that false rape claims even exist and so are unlikely to help spearhead any effort to educate our young people about them. That effort must fall to people like us who do take such claims seriously.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

Cartersville Woman Arrested for Lying About Rape

Erica Ansley Emmett of Cartersville was arrested in Bartow County for allegedly lying to investigators about a recently reported sex crime and theft. According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap, Emmett came into the office Monday and confessed she lied about being raped around last Saturday night.

Emmett is charged with one count of False Report of a Crime and one count of Making False Statements.

She told investigators she was kidnapped from the area of Guyton Industrial Blvd and Peeples Valley Road by a white male in a pickup truck who drove her to a wooded area off Highway 20
where she was drugged, forced to drink alcohol and raped.

In addition, Emmett is also charged with an additional charge of False Report of a Crime after she allegedly lied to deputies about medication she reported stolen from her home the next day.

Link: http://www.coosavalleynews.com/np77148.htm

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Two fundamental criminal law principles that protect the innocent are nowhere questioned - except when it comes to rape claims

Two criminal law principles are so fundamental to our jurisprudence that they are nowhere seriously questioned -- except in one area.

Can you guess which area?

Some radical feminists suggest that these two precepts should be tossed onto a scrapheap of indifference and turned on their head when it comes to rape. And that is incredible to me because the day that we, as a society, stop accepting the validity of these prinicples is the day that we forfeit the right to hold out our jurisprudence as civilized, as just, and as fair.

I would suggest that it is not worth engaging in discourse with anyone who does not accept both of these principles:

BLACKSTONE'S FORMULATION

The celebrated English jurist William Blackstone said that it is "better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer." Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the 1760s.

Our Supreme Court has, in various ways, underscored that Blackstone's formulation is one of the pillars undergirding our jurisprudence. Justice Douglas stated: "It is better, so the Fourth Amendment teaches, that the guilty sometimes go free than that citizens be subject to easy arrest." Henry v. United States, 361 U.S. 98, 104, 80 S. Ct. 168, 172 (1959). Likewise, Justice Harlan stated: "I view the requirement of proof beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal case as bottomed on a fundamental value determination of our society that it is far worse to convict an innocent man than to let a guilty man go free." In re Winship, 397 U.S. 358, 90 S. Ct. 1068, 25 L. Ed. 2d 368 (1970)(Harlan, J. concurring).

Some radical feminists question centuries of accepted wisdom by wondering aloud why this formulation should have any validity in the rape milieu.

But is the pain of a rape survivor in seeing a rapist go free in any sense comparable to the pain, the deprivation of liberty of an innocent man or boy imprisoned for decades? The question scarcely survives its statement. Of course it is not, not using any reasonable criteria.

While an individual is capable of doing terrible things to another individual, the state itself should never risk doing a terrible thing to another human being -- and being put on trial for a rape the evidence shows a man did not commit is one such horrible thing. Convicting a man of a rape he did not commit is worse. And that is why a wrongful acquittal is never, ever, ever the equivalent of a wrongful conviction, and to suggest otherwise is morally grotesque. The victim of a rape is not at risk of losing her liberty for decades if her rapist goes free. An innocent man imprisoned for a rape he did not commit, on the other hand, is destroyed, and the lives of his loved ones are often desrtoyed. To suggest that the state must be as vigilant in guarding against wrongful acquittals as wrongful convictions is the same kind of logic that dictators have employed throughout history as they ruthlessly imprison and murder the innocent to insure that the guilty are also snared. It is a monstrously barbaric position.

The reason the Blackstone formulation retains its validity is self-evident. It is the very the hallmark of a civilized society. Despite all their twisting and pounding, radical feminists who insist otherwise are to be dismissed out of hand. Their misandry is dangerous.

PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE

This one is so fundamental that most people would never suspect it is open to question in any respect: "The principle that there is a presumption of innocence in favor of the accused is the undoubted law, axiomatic and elementary, and its enforcement lies at the foundation of the administration of our criminal law." Coffin v. United States, 156 U.S. 432, 454; 15 S. Ct. 394, 403; 39 L. Ed. 481, 491 (1895).

Yet we sometimes see radical feminists suggest that when it comes to rape claims, the presumption should be turned on its head -- the sex act should be presumed to be rape. Not only is this suggestion repugnant to all civilized notions of fairness, it is especially nonsensical when it comes to rape for this reason: as we have seen countless times on this Web site, most rape claims involve acquaintances. It is very easy for a woman to recharacterize (more accurately, mischaracterize) consensual sex as rape. This is so because the very physical act that constitutes the alleged crime is precisely the same act that has been performed countless times every second of every minute of every day of every year since the beginning of time the world over -- as an act of love that is welcomed and often initiated by women, not a crime. But a woman can transmogrify this most fundamental human act of love into rape merely by branding it as nonconsensual, and that lie can, and does, destroy the life of the man or boy with whom she made love.

Thus, everyday experience informs us that consensual love, not rape, is the default mode -- the presumption -- for the sexual act. This, coupled with the fact that there is often no other evidence that a crime has been committed aside from the woman's testimony, and again it is self-evident why the presumption of innocence is crucial to this crime above all others.

P.S. To C.K. -- I have removed the citation to the hate site and will continue my practice of not citing such vile sites. Didn't mean to get you so angry.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Appalling: Men who lied about rape are called guilty of "wishful thinking"

The story below is enlightening.

First, it is appalling that two men lied about being raped. This story illustrates that the crime of false reporting of rape can cross genders. It is almost always a woman or girl who lies about rape because biology has given men penises, an enhanced sex drive, and generally greater strength than women. But because women can rape, too, men can also lie about being raped.

Second, the government's reaction to the claims is also appalling. Since when does anyone wish to be raped? Do men enjoy being raped because they get to ejaculate? How utterly revolting that the crime of rape is deemed a sexual act and not an crime of violence. The essence of rape is one human being using another against the latter's will as the former's sexual plaything. To suggest that men "wish" to be raped suggests that men would prefer to sacrifice their agency, their free will, for the "chance" to ejaculate. The misandry underlying that suggestion is monumental.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

Male rape cases were ‘wishful thinking’

SENSATIONAL allegations about a female rape gang targeting male hitchhikers have been found to be lies.

Police have opened cases against two men who lied about being raped by women in two separate incidents this year.

In a statement entitled “Wishful thinking” Rustenburg police issued a stern warning yesterday against the abuse of police time and resources.

In July , a 58-year-old man told Rustenburg police he had been raped by three women, Constable Botshelo Mothutsane said.

He claimed that three women in a black BMW had offered him a lift to Kroondal and then abducted him and took turns having sex with him for three days.

“The man gave a thorough description of two of the women, and identity kits were compiled and released to the media,” Mothutsane said.

While the case was being investigated, a 23- year-old man told Rustenburg police in September that he too had been raped, by four women driving a black BMW.

He said he had been offered a lift to Kroondal and then forced to drink fruit juice at gunpoint.

"He alleged that the juice he drank made him sexually active and he became unconscious, only waking up the next morning in the bushes near the Phokeng and Sun City turn-off on the Swartruggens road,” said Mothutsane.

“He claimed that he could not recall or identify the ladies.”

After a thorough investigation, it was found that both men were lying. Police did not elaborate on how the men were found out. The 53- year-old was arrested on Tuesday and would appear in the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court .

The 23-year-old was arrested on September 10 and was granted bail after appearing in court last Friday.

“In future, members from the public might even be liable to reimburse the SAPS for costs incurred,” Mothutsane said. — DDC


Link: http://www.dispatch.co.za/article.aspx?id=250740

Friday, September 19, 2008

Another rape claim, another recantation

Student Recanting Accusations of Rape

A Michigan State University student is recanting a claim that someone raped her at gunpoint on campus. The 18-year-old student told police she was assaulted in a wooded lot near the IM Sports East building just after midnight last Thursday. The woman says her attacker held a gun to her neck during the assault and then took off. That student now admits she made up the story.

Link: http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=9038115&nav=menu25_2

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Another inexplicable false rape claim

As a society, we need to adopt a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to false rape claims. A false rape claim is akin to shouting "fire" in a crowded theater. Regardless of the motivation, the possible harm to innocent persons is far too great, and every false rape claim should be intolerable.

To evidence a zero tolerance policy, we need to punish far more severely any person who makes a false rape claim, regardless of the motive.

HERE IS THE LATEST:

Police charge woman with false rape report

Investigators charged a 28-year-old Athens woman for falsely reporting that she was raped Saturday morning outside her home on Cedar Shoals Drive, Athens-Clarke police said.

Carolyn Patricia Schutz told police she was walking to her car at about 3:30 a.m. when a stranger grabbed her from behind, beat and then raped her, according to police.

The woman admitted when interviewed by a detective that she made the story up, but didn’t say why she did it, police said.

Schutz was charged Wednesday with false report of a crime and released on a $1,000 bond.

Link: http://onlineathens.com/stories/091808/new_333965185.shtml

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Police warn rape accuser about consequences of making a false claim: How incredibly refreshing

How incredibly refreshing: the police are justifiably skeptical about a rape claim, and they don't rush in to arrest a hapless male based on nothing more than the woman's nake accusation.

Teen makes double rape claim

ALBANY — Police are trying to determine if an Albany State University student was in fact raped, or if she reported the alleged incidents after she found out she was pregnant, police reports show.

Tuesday, Albany Police officers met with Albany State Police officers and an 18-year-old student, who reportedly told police that she had been raped twice in two separate instances off campus by the same man, police reports show.

According to the report, the victim told police that she went on a date with the suspect on Aug. 23 when he took her to a house at an unknown location and had sex with her against her will.

She reportedly told police that she didn’t report the rape right away because the suspect said “that he knew all the police here in Albany and they will not believe her.”

The victim then told police that on Sept. 4, between 6 and 7 p.m., she was contacted by the suspect who apologized for the earlier incident and who then took her to a mobile home park near the university and again had sex with her against her will, according to police reports.

It wasn’t until she got sick and went to the nurses station at ASU and found out she was pregnant Tuesday, that she told police about the two incidents, according to the report.

Police noted in the report that they took the victim to where she told them she had been raped and positively identified the location.

Also in the report is a note that a police lieutenant who arrived on the scene to assist in the investigation warned the victim “of making a false statement of a crime and (the victim) insisted that she was raped.”

The case was turned over to the APD’s Family Protection Division but no arrests had been made as of presstime, APD Spokesperson Phyllis Banks said.

Link: http://www.albanyherald.com/stories/20080918n6.htm

An example of how the falsely accused are tainted even after they are 'cleared'

Earlier this summer, we wrote about a rape claim that was recanted -- see the post here.

After the news story that reported the recantation, a reader named lrc left the following comment:

"ehhh, something is amiss here. I bet deep down she is telling some version of the truth, just feels bad or remorse or something. Most likely intoxicated passion and morning after remorse, so she now says she lied just to get it behind them, or something to that effect. I doubt that this man is 100% innocent."

So let's get this straight: the accuser recanted her rape claim, and the man was cleared. Yet a reader has the audacity to write that she or he "doubt[s] that this man is 100% innocent."

Exactly why is that? Is it because a woman accused him, so "something" must have happened.

The reality is, no matter what this man does, some people will always assume "something" happened -- based on nothing more than the fact that there was a rape claim.

This victim will always carry with him the taint of being a rapist. His name and address has been splashed all over the newspaper. The false accuser's name is still being withheld.

And that's fair -- exactly how? He's forever tainted, even though she recanted and admitted she made the whole thing up. Even though there is no objective basis to assume he's anything but innocent. And even though it is unfair, indeed immoral, to assume he's anything but innocent.

Many rape claims are impossible to disprove beyond all possible doubt. If the only evidence for, and against, a rape is the conflicting testimonies of the two principals, how can a man ever convince people to an absolute certainty that no rape ever occurred?

Hence the need to change the way people think about rape claims. A rape claim is just that -- a claim. It should not be assumed that it's true or false just because it was made. It should be investigated seriously and objectively. A man accused of rape should not have his name paraded before the public absent a conviction. Once it's unfounded and no charges are brought, it must be treated as if it never occurred, or else any woman or girl can taint any man or boy merely by accusing him.

The chilling lesson is this: any man or teenage boy can be falsely accused of rape and could, forever, carry the taint of a guilt they don't deserve. Because of ignorant, immoral people like lrc.
(Thanks to faithful reader Cranium for flagging this comment.)

Woman says her cold-hearted false rape claim sent two innocent men to prison for 18 years

A woman who seems to have nothing to gain and possibly much to lose by recanting, says that she lied when her testimony sent two men away for raping and murdering a woman.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

Woman in prison for ‘85 murder recants

OMAHA -- The last time Ada JoAnn Taylor spoke publicly about the 1985 killing, she helped convict a man of first-degree murder.

Now, she’s hoping her words will help set him free.

In 1989, Taylor was a 26-year-old dairy worker from North Carolina who told a jury she watched two men rape Helen Wilson on a winter night four years earlier.

She told how she and five other drug users broke into the Beatrice widow’s apartment.

She said she watched Joseph White and Thomas Winslow take turns sexually assaulting the 68-year-old.

And she admitted she held a pillow over Wilson’s face.“I didn’t want her to see the face that would haunt her,” Taylor testified.

“Why would the face haunt her?” the prosecutor asked.“I know from previous experience that when you’re raped, the face can haunt you.”

Last week, attorneys representing White and Winslow said DNA tests have cleared them of the rape. They have asked that their cases be reconsidered and are waiting for a judge to decide whether to throw out their convictions.

If they are exonerated, they will be the first Nebraska prison inmates freed by DNA testing.

But the case is complicated, and the outcome remains unclear.

Before it’s decided, Taylor might have to take the witness stand again.

Last time, she said, she lied. This time, she said, she’ll tell the truth.

“I hope they understand I was a young mom, I was dumb and I did what I had to do to save my life,” Taylor told the Journal Star Tuesday, the first time she discussed the case publicly since 1989.

She was never in Helen Wilson’s apartment, she said during an interview at the minimum-security Omaha Community Corrections Center. Nor did she see White and Winslow rape Wilson.

The story about the pillow -- not a shred of truth, she said.Taylor said she lied because investigators and the prosecutor claimed they had evidence to prove her guilt. They forced her to make an agonizing choice -- testify against the others and serve seven years in prison, or roll the dice at trial and face a possible life term.

Former Gage County Attorney Richard Smith prosecuted the case. Smith, now a private attorney in Beatrice, said Thursday he did not want to jeopardize new legal proceedings by discussing the 1989 trial.

But he scoffed at Taylor’s claim authorities fed her details so she could help them get convictions.

“The plea agreement was that she had to testify truthfully,” Smith said.Taylor pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and has spent the past 18 years in prison. She has a year left before her mandatory release.

Some facts about the case are not in dispute, namely that Wilson was severely beaten, bound, raped and suffocated on Feb. 5 or 6, 1985. No arrests were made until 1989, after an investigator obtained new information from a confidential informant, according to stories published that year in the Journal Star.

An investigator then interviewed Winslow, who was being held on an unrelated assault charge, and got more information.

Arrests followed. So did interrogations. And not long after, some of the defendants began cutting deals.

Of the six people arrested in the case, Winslow and White were the only two who didn’t testify for the prosecution.

White maintained his innocence, was convicted by jury of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

DNA testing wasn’t an option at the original trial. Investigators did find three fingerprints, but they didn’t match the suspects, the victim or her family.

On the other hand, they found blood with “great similarities” to one of the suspects, who apparently was hit unintentionally by White.

Winslow said he didn’t remember participating in the crime. But after seeing the result of White’s trial, he pleaded no contest to aiding and abetting second-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He remains incarcerated today.

Following her arrest, Taylor said she endured long sessions of questioning by authorities. At a point she can’t remember, she requested an attorney and was assigned one by the court.

Investigators told her they could prove she participated in the crime, she said. They told her they knew White and Winslow did the rape while she held the pillow that suffocated the victim.“I knew I wasn’t guilty, but you get tired of being told things that after so long, you just started accepting it,” she said this week.

She said Smith, the county attorney, participated in the interrogations and urged her to take the plea agreement, saying he would recommend a 15-year sentence. With good time, she could be free in seven years.

Her court-appointed lawyer said he thought he could win her acquittal, but he also advised that 15 years in prison for second-degree murder was a good deal, Taylor said.

Finally, she said, she agreed to the plea bargain after Smith offered it a fourth time.“I was coerced. I should have never went with what the investigators or the county attorney wanted said. I should have fought it. I hate the fact that I didn’t fight it.”

She knows some people won’t believe her when she says she’s telling the truth now.

Burdette Searcey of Beatrice would likely fall into that category.

In 1989, when he was with the Gage County Sheriff’s Department, he revived the investigation into the Wilson murder.

Searcey declined to comment when told about Taylor recanting her testimony, except to say, “the evidence will prove out as it did before.”

Smith, the former county attorney, said he spoke with Taylor before she pleaded guilty, but only when her attorney was in the room. He also opted not to debate the facts of the case.

“I never tried cases in the press and I’m not going to start doing that now,” he said.

Attorneys for White and Winslow interviewed Taylor as they worked to get court-ordered DNA testing for their clients. She told them she gave false trial testimony before DNA tests proved the men were not the rapists, said Jerry Soucie, an attorney with the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy.

When asked to describe her testimony of 19 years ago, Taylor said she couldn’t remember details. Nor could she offer an alibi for her whereabouts on the night of Feb. 5, 1985.

At that time in her life, she said, she spent her days drunk on Jack Daniel’s and her nights high on cocaine, she said. She was a violent drunk, she admitted, getting into frequent bar fights. But she insisted she would have remembered if she participated in a murder.

Taylor said she quit drugs and alcohol after leaving Nebraska for North Carolina in 1985. She has earned a GED and completed courses at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, and she plans to take classes at Bellevue University, she said. She attends church every Sunday, she said, and she has developed a relationship with a daughter she lost because of her addictions.

She wants to help the men she lied about, she said. It’s not about reducing her sentence, since she’s almost completed it.

If anything, recanting her testimony puts her at risk of a perjury charge, although she doesn’t think that will happen.

She would like to clear her name, she said. She wants to work with troubled children.

She said she feels badly for the family of Helen Wilson if she’s robbing them of emotional closure.

Yet she feels even worse that her testimony helped put White and Winslow in prison.

She hopes they win their freedom soon.

“I didn’t think it through (in 1989),” she said. “I didn’t think what was going to happen to them and I really should not have been that cold-hearted.”

Link: http://www.beatricedailysun.com/articles/2008/08/09/news/local/doc489c5722cd284385601456.txt

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Police warn rape accuser about consequences of making a false claim: How incredibly refreshing

How incredibly refreshing: the police are justifiably skeptical about a rape claim (read the story below to understand why), and they don't rush in to arrest a hapless male based on nothing more than the woman's naked accusation.

Teen makes double rape claim

ALBANY — Police are trying to determine if an Albany State University student was in fact raped, or if she reported the alleged incidents after she found out she was pregnant, police reports show.

Tuesday, Albany Police officers met with Albany State Police officers and an 18-year-old student, who reportedly told police that she had been raped twice in two separate instances off campus by the same man, police reports show.

According to the report, the victim told police that she went on a date with the suspect on Aug. 23 when he took her to a house at an unknown location and had sex with her against her will.

She reportedly told police that she didn’t report the rape right away because the suspect said “that he knew all the police here in Albany and they will not believe her.”

The victim then told police that on Sept. 4, between 6 and 7 p.m., she was contacted by the suspect who apologized for the earlier incident and who then took her to a mobile home park near the university and again had sex with her against her will, according to police reports.

It wasn’t until she got sick and went to the nurses station at ASU and found out she was pregnant Tuesday, that she told police about the two incidents, according to the report.

Police noted in the report that they took the victim to where she told them she had been raped and positively identified the location.

Also in the report is a note that a police lieutenant who arrived on the scene to assist in the investigation warned the victim “of making a false statement of a crime and (the victim) insisted that she was raped.”

The case was turned over to the APD’s Family Protection Division but no arrests had been made as of presstime, APD Spokesperson Phyllis Banks said.

Link: http://www.albanyherald.com/stories/20080918n6.htm

Police warn rape accuser about consequences of making a false claim: How incredibly refreshing

How incredibly refreshing: the police are justifiably skeptical about a rape claim (read the story below to understand why), and they don't rush in to arrest a hapless male based on nothing more than the woman's naked accusation.

Teen makes double rape claim

ALBANY — Police are trying to determine if an Albany State University student was in fact raped, or if she reported the alleged incidents after she found out she was pregnant, police reports show.

Tuesday, Albany Police officers met with Albany State Police officers and an 18-year-old student, who reportedly told police that she had been raped twice in two separate instances off campus by the same man, police reports show.

According to the report, the victim told police that she went on a date with the suspect on Aug. 23 when he took her to a house at an unknown location and had sex with her against her will.

She reportedly told police that she didn’t report the rape right away because the suspect said “that he knew all the police here in Albany and they will not believe her.”

The victim then told police that on Sept. 4, between 6 and 7 p.m., she was contacted by the suspect who apologized for the earlier incident and who then took her to a mobile home park near the university and again had sex with her against her will, according to police reports.

It wasn’t until she got sick and went to the nurses station at ASU and found out she was pregnant Tuesday, that she told police about the two incidents, according to the report.

Police noted in the report that they took the victim to where she told them she had been raped and positively identified the location.

Also in the report is a note that a police lieutenant who arrived on the scene to assist in the investigation warned the victim “of making a false statement of a crime and (the victim) insisted that she was raped.”

The case was turned over to the APD’s Family Protection Division but no arrests had been made as of presstime, APD Spokesperson Phyllis Banks said.

Link: http://www.albanyherald.com/stories/20080918n6.htm

Police warn rape accuser about consequences of making a false claim: How incredibly refreshing

How incredibly refreshing: the police are justifiably skeptical about a rape claim (read the story below to understand why), and they don't rush in to arrest a hapless male based on nothing more than the woman's naked accusation.

Teen makes double rape claim

ALBANY — Police are trying to determine if an Albany State University student was in fact raped, or if she reported the alleged incidents after she found out she was pregnant, police reports show.

Tuesday, Albany Police officers met with Albany State Police officers and an 18-year-old student, who reportedly told police that she had been raped twice in two separate instances off campus by the same man, police reports show.

According to the report, the victim told police that she went on a date with the suspect on Aug. 23 when he took her to a house at an unknown location and had sex with her against her will.

She reportedly told police that she didn’t report the rape right away because the suspect said “that he knew all the police here in Albany and they will not believe her.”

The victim then told police that on Sept. 4, between 6 and 7 p.m., she was contacted by the suspect who apologized for the earlier incident and who then took her to a mobile home park near the university and again had sex with her against her will, according to police reports.

It wasn’t until she got sick and went to the nurses station at ASU and found out she was pregnant Tuesday, that she told police about the two incidents, according to the report.

Police noted in the report that they took the victim to where she told them she had been raped and positively identified the location.

Also in the report is a note that a police lieutenant who arrived on the scene to assist in the investigation warned the victim “of making a false statement of a crime and (the victim) insisted that she was raped.”

The case was turned over to the APD’s Family Protection Division but no arrests had been made as of presstime, APD Spokesperson Phyllis Banks said.

Link: http://www.albanyherald.com/stories/20080918n6.htm

Woman falsely accuses man of rape because he told her he didn't love her

The following news account is "must reading" for anyone who dares to minimize the terrible damage of a false rape claim. For many men who have gone through it, they would much prefer to be raped themselves than to to experience this, if given that terrible choice.

'I was spat at in the street', man falsely accused of rape tells of his 11 months of hell

By Daily Mail ReporterLast updated at 12:49 PM on 16th September 2008

A man maliciously accused of a rape he didn't commit is calling for a change in the law after speaking out about what he describes as the worst 11 months of his life.

Terry Harrison, 34, lost his home and had it attacked and burgled after single mother Shirley Prince, 42, claimed he raped her during a house party in May last year.

She admitted perverting the course of justice last Tuesday and was jailed for three months after appearing at Durham Crown Court.

As part of his bail conditions Terry wasn't allowed to visit his home town and missed family birthdays and a funeral.

He also lost the tenancy on his house and was forced to live in a hostel in Middlesbrough for five months.

In an attempt to deal with his ordeal he turned to alcohol and sleeping pills.

Terry, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, where Prince is also from, said: 'It was hell, I felt lower than low and several times I contemplated killing myself.

'I thought about chucking myself off the Tyne Bridge.

'It was horrible. I was tossing and turning every night, I could never sleep.

'My windows were put through.

'I just had to get on with it. I kept thinking: 'Is this really happening?' I couldn't believe it.

'I cannot believe how long the lies went on for.

'I kept expecting it to be over. I thought she would tell the truth or police would drop it when they found no DNA - but it went on and on.

'It is one of the worst crimes I could imagine and something I would never do.

'I was going insane with the accusations going round my head, being away from my home town and friends and family.

'The law should definitely be changed, it's not right that innocent men are named and shamed for something they haven't done.

'Men guilty of rape deserve everything they get, but I didn't deserve it.'

Terry also fell victim to vigilantes while under police investigation.

He said: 'I was spat at in the street, I had my windows put through and my house was burgled.

'I just wanted to be believed but with a case like this people judge you to be guilty until proven innocent.

'I felt so ashamed, I felt like everyone looking at me thought I was a rapist, I was losing my head thinking about it.

'My head felt battered, I even missed out on jobs because I wasn't allowed to move abroad.

'There was just me and four walls most of the time, I felt I was being punished for something I hadn't done. I just wanted people to listen and believe me.'

In a desperate attempt to clear his name Terry broke his bail conditions and intimidated a witness for which he ended up in prison.

He said: 'I admit I broke my bail conditions. I went out and I shouldn't and went back home.

'I lost my temper one night and sent a text message saying I'd kill someone. I never meant it literally, but was prosecuted for witness intimidation.

'I was put in prison with paedophiles and rapists. Even some of the prisoners hated me because they knew I was accused of rape. It was horrible. People were threatening to slice me up.'

Terry blames Prince for the '11 worst months' of his life.

He said: 'I felt sorry for her at first but then I just felt anger. I hate her for what she has done, me and my family have been through hell. I'm just glad my mum can now walk round with her head held high.

'I just can't believe it went on for so long. It was mental torture, I was in limbo for nearly a year.

'A year of being told I'm a rapist has taken my confidence away to be honest. I don't know where to start rebuilding my life. I'm slowly getting it back and starting to hold my head up high again.
Hopefully I can get my life back to where it was before.

'The police just kept saying over and over 'you've done it, you've done it, we don't believe you'. I was being told I was guilty that much that I began to feel guilty.

'There wasn't one shred of evidence, there was no truth in it whatsoever, I just kept wondering how it got so far. I feel like I was used as a media tool because the police want to convict more rapists.

'She wasn't a child, but she still went through it all - all the tests and all the rest of it. She's pure evil, she only accused me because I said I didn't love her, I don't know how a woman could have that mentality.'

Terry now wants to put his ordeal behind him.

He said: 'It's finally over. I'm finally getting my confidence back and starting to hold my head up high again.

'I just want everyone to know so that I can clear my name and get my life back on track.

'I need people to hear my side and accept I'm innocent.'

Detective Superintendent Andy Reddick, of Durham Police, said: 'We investigate thoroughly any rape allegation and have the highest detection rate in the country.

'Occasionally false allegations are made, not always maliciously, but for all sorts of reasons.

'We think lots of rapes on women and men go unreported, so have to reassure victims if they come to us they will be treated sensitively.'

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1056570/I-spat-street-man-falsely-accused-rape-tells-11-months-hell.html

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Police allow political correctness to cloud their common sense on rape claim

In this story, a 22-year-old woman claimed on September 5 that she was abducted and raped by three Hispanic men. They forced her into a green pickup, she said, then took her to an open area nearby and raped her.

She was hospitalized with injuries but disappeared before detectives could interview her further.

Detectives soon discovered that the woman had used a fictitious name and address. After several days of searching, police found the woman a week later at a hotel and interviewed her again.

Well, now she's changed her story but still insists she's a rape victim.

Now the woman admits she was hanging out with one of the men and was raped by two other men. In addition, the woman's previous description of her attackers' clothes was inaccurate, police said. And after her most recent interview with police, the woman was arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants for larceny and damage to property in Charlotte. She also faces pending drug charges in South Carolina.

After all that, the police are continuing their search for three hapless Hispanic men. And Deputy Chief David Graham even said this: “We think something happened to her. It's our duty to find out what.”

You see, it would be the height of political incorrectness for a police officer to say that "we have grave doubts about her claim" in light of her other falsehoods. Even though any person would common sense would think that. He must say, "we think something happened," and be sure to note that "it's our duty" to investigate it.

And, no, dear readers, we don't know for certain what happened to the young lady. She apparently suffered some sort of injury, somehow. But here is what we do know. We know for sure that she lied about one man's guilt, at least. She originally said there were three rapists; now she says that she was actually with one of the men and only two Hispanic men supposedly raped her.

Suppose the police had actually arrested three men and charged them with rape? At least one would have been wrongly charged, but hey, who's counting? It's just men were talking about. Hispanic men, at that.

We also know that she lied to the police about the clothing they were wearing.

We also know that she lied to the police about her name and address.

We also know there are larceny and drug charges pending against her.

Despite all this, the radical feminist sexual assault community would tell us that we must assume this woman was raped.

Seriously. That is what they would tell us. We must assume she was raped for no reason other than the fact that she said it. Despite all her other lies.

And maybe the police will find two -- or three -- hapless Hispanic men who match one of the woman's descriptions -- it's enough if they match just one of her descriptions. The police can arrest them, make sure their names are splashed all over the newspaper so the world can titillate to the details of their humiliation; their lives would be hell, and even if they are not charged or convicted, they would be forever tainted as likely rapists. But, hey, the police were just doing their "duty" to investigate, right?

And the "victim" will retain her precious anonymity forever, as she so clearly deserves. Let's not even bring up the fact that we know she is guilty of at least one count of false reporting of rape -- you remember: she originally said there were three men involved in the rape and now she's downgraded that to just two. If the police interview her enough, we may find out there never was a green pick up or any men at all, just an old woman on a bike.

You don't think the police will arrest two or three Hispanic men and hold them while they investigate this "rape"? Then you haven't been reading this Web site for long, have you?

Things even stranger than that happen in our false rape culture. Much, much stranger.

Even when charges are not brought, the story is still the accusation, not the denial; the presumption of guilt lingers

Read the story below. The accusation of the rape is bigger news than the males' denials, of course.

Even though the accusation is uncorroborated.

Even though the Grand Jury refused to bring charges.

Despite all that, the woman's complaint is the big story.

The defense lawyer's statement denying the claim is tacked on toward the end of the story. Almost as an afterthought.

The woman retains lifelong anonymity; in contrast, the men are freely named, their reputations tainted forever.

Double standard? Of course. But let's be honest: few people care, outside of the kinds of people reading this Web site. That's just the way it is -- "the boys probably did it anyway," is the attitude. The typical reader of this story will have one reaction: "Something must have happened. Why would she make that up?" Not, "I don't believe the boys would do that to a young woman." Because, of course, male college athletes are rapists-in-waiting -- ready to pounce on any female flesh if just given the opportunity. They are young monsters to be feared and loathed, presumed guilty in the court of last resort -- the court of public opinion. And if a woman says she was raped, she must be believed over a man who says he didn't do it -- because we are quicker to believe a young man would do one of the most vile things imaginable than to believe a woman would lie, regardless of her motive.

The young men in the story below may be ruined for life because no one will ever know for certain that they didn't rape her, and in this day and age, that's tantamount to a lifelong taint -- a taint that can never be fully washed away. You see, with no other evidence aside from the woman's complaint, a rape claim is essentially impossible to disprove beyond all reasonable doubt unless the woman recants (and some radical feminists insist that recantations of rape are suspect -- because a woman never lies about rape, unless she says she wasn't raped. Get it? Neither do I.)

And that tells you everything you need to know about the necessity of educating people that they must never presume a man or a boy is guilty of rape based on nothing more than an unfounded assertion. This is why it is crucial to allow men accused of sex crimes to remain anonymous until an adjudication of guilt. Just as their accusers are permitted to remain anonymous even even when the charges are unfounded, or worse.

It is simply not fair that a man should forever carry the taint of being a rapist over nothing more than an uncorroborated rape claim.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY

No sex charges for SU players

By The Associated Press
Saturday, August 2, 2008 11:35 PM EDT

SYRACUSE - An Onondaga County grand jury won't bring criminal charges against three Syracuse University basketball players accused of sexually assaulting a female student, but the school said Saturday it will go ahead with its own disciplinary process.

Syracuse spokesman Kevin Morrow said the decision clears the way for university hearings on whether the code of student conduct was violated in the case involving players Jonny Flynn, Antonio Jardine and Rick Jackson.

The allegations and grand jury action were first reported Saturday by The Post-Standard newspaper.

The grand jury acted after taking testimony from the freshman student and the players, who testified Friday after giving up their rights to immunity against prosecution.

The newspaper said the female student - who has since left school - filed complaints about two encounters involving the sophomore players in September and October.

She said she was the victim of forcible sexual assault, her lawyer, Patrick Britt, told The Post-Standard.

Lawyers for the players denied the charges as they left the grand jury room.“I want to make it clear, Jonny Flynn denies that anything even remotely improper happened and that the allegations are completely false and baseless,” attorney Stefano Cambareri told the newspaper.

Messages left Saturday at the offices of District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, Britt and the defense lawyers were not immediately returned.

Flynn is a guard from Niagara who averaged 15.7 points per game and 2.7 rebounds last season, according to the team Web site. Jardine (5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds) and Jackson (3.7 points, 3.0 rebounds) are both from Philadelphia.

Link: http://auburnpub.com/articles/2008/08/03/latest_news/latestnews05.txt

Man claims rape claim was false, but he wasn't allowed to prove it to the jury

Rape shield laws limit defense's case: Local man says restrictions did him in

By Jeff Wiehe
jwiehe@news-sentinel.com

Robert “Jake” Romero is 29 years old and destined for a prison cell.

He's currently in Allen County Jail, waiting to go to a state prison where he'll serve at least some of a six-year sentence for a sex crime he emphatically claims he did not commit.

Sexual misconduct with a minor, possession of child pornography, dissemination of matter harmful to minors — all convictions stemming from the false accusations of a troubled kid he knew well, he says.

Romero had what will probably be deemed a fair trial in front of a 12-member jury of his peers last month, but he says Indiana laws designed to protect sex-crime victims handicapped him and thwarted his best defense.

What he couldn't say in court was that his 14-year-old accuser had previously admitted to molesting children himself and also claimed he had been “touched” by another man.

“I honestly believe if the jury could look at even half the information we walked in there with, there would've been a totally different scenario,” said Romero from jail July 16, two days before he was sentenced.

Romero's contention was that the teen's allegations against him were false and that the teen has a history of making such claims against others, but he could not call into question the teen's credibility.

Indiana rape shield laws, except in very specific and rare occasions, bar introducing a victim's sexual past in a trial.

The laws are designed to keep the past sexual lifestyle or transgressions of a sex crime victim, witness or defendant out of a jury's mind so as not to not cloud the charges being prosecuted.

“I can't believe we have a justice system with so many gaps in it,” Romero said.

What goes unsaid

When a prosecutor repeatedly asked the jury in Romero's trial what motivation the teen could have for making up serious accusations against a man whom he apparently loved, all Romero could do was grit his teeth.

What Romero knew and the jury did not was that the teen told a New Haven Police detective in April 2006 - two months before Romero allegedly did anything - that he had his two younger brothers perform sex acts on him during a game of truth-or-dare in November 2005.

The boy further stated in the interview, according to a police report, to being inappropriately touched by a man he met at the Kendallville Bluegrass Festival in 2004. The case was closed after the interview, according to the report.

“I can't bring up any of that information,” Romero said outside the courthouse as the jury deliberated his fate.

Later, in jail, he said he hoped the boy and his siblings would get the help they needed, questioning the way their family raised them.

In October 2006, the boy called his mother while she was vacationing to say he was having a breakdown because he had kept secret what Romero had done to him when he went to Romero's home to do yardwork that summer. He said Romero showed him pornography and the two began having sexual contact.

Though the boy first said the sexual relationship began in mid-March, according to a Fort Wayne Police report, the timeline eventually changed to sometime between June and August, according to court documents.

At first it happened about 12 times, the boy said, but Romero was charged with only two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, one of which the jury found him not guilty of.

Romero and his live-in boyfriend, Larry Lautzenhiser, said the boy was at their home perhaps only three times in 2006 because they feared having him around after he admitted to molesting his brothers. The previous summer the boy made constant visits because of his unstable home life, Romero and Lautzenhiser said.

“The rape shield laws can be good and bad,” said attorney Kevin Likes, a 26-year veteran who defended Romero.

“I don't think they're flat-out terrible laws. It's a double-edged sword. They can protect not only the victim, but if the defendant has a checkered past, it protects them as well.”

According to Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards, previous allegations like the one the boy detailed to the New Haven detective are admissible in court if it can be proved those allegations are demonstrably false.

“You nearly have to have them say they made the whole thing up,” she said.

Search for truth

Richards' office, which prosecuted Romero, does take into account a sex crime victim's past when deciding to move forward on a case, though her lawyers know such information is inadmissible.

She said occasionally a victim makes serial claims of a sex crime, and her office will recognize some claims to be false and not prosecute.

She said many times victims of molestations are victims multiple times from multiple people.

She did not speak directly about Romero's case, but said if the teen had said he was molested before, it would not be unusual.

She also said if her office files charges in a case, her lawyers believe a crime occurred.

“If we did not believe that it happened, we would never charge anything,” Richards said. “This office is not supposed to be all about prosecution; it's supposed to be about the search for the truth.”

Romero said prosecutors were searching not for the truth but for an easy conviction.

He passed a lie-detector test administered by a local law enforcement officer picked by prosecutors on the charges of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Romero said it took him a year of pestering prosecutors to take it - plus him paying for it - before it was done.

Though those tests are never admissible in court, unless both the prosecution and defense agree beforehand, Likes was surprised the charges against his client weren't dropped.

Richards said her office puts little weight on the lie-detector tests, even those administered by people her office picks, and has many times filed charges when a defendant has passed such a test.

“It's the first time ever I had a client who passed with an operator picked by the state and they still went forward,” Likes said.

But it was more than just rape shield laws complicating Romero's case, according to Likes. His lifestyle and type of crime presented an uphill battle: Likes had an openly gay man accused of a sex crime involving a young boy.

In addition, he was dealing with Romero's vast porn collection - much of which was homosexual in nature - which included more than 2,000 files downloaded from the Internet peer-to-peer sharing network KaZaA and put onto disks.

Of all those files, prosecutors found one file containing child porn that was put on a disk with a batch of other files years before officers came to search Romero's home. He claimed the file-sharing service allowed a person to download many files at a time, some that could take hours to complete.

He did look for porn, but never child porn, and somehow the offending file showed up in his computer tucked in with other files without his knowledge, he said.

Romero wanted to introduce a study on file-sharing programs by the U.S. General Accounting Office that found using even innocent word searches on KaZaA returned files containing child porn.

“Another thing clients have a hard time understanding is you just can't whip those studies out and start reading them in court,” Likes said.

Prison-bound

“We were prepared for this,” said Lautzenhiser, Romero's live-in boyfriend, after the sentencing hearing, which was attended by nearly two dozen friends and family.

“We'll keep fighting.”

Romero decided to not make a statement at his sentencing. Days before the hearing he was still contemplating what he wanted to say, if anything, since he knew his accuser and his accuser's mother would be in the courtroom. In the end he let Likes do the talking for him while still maintaining his innocence.

“I'm not going to lambaste them, but I'm certainly not going to thank them for throwing my life away,” Romero said of the boy and the mother leading up to the hearing.

He had hoped at best for home detention or work release, but Likes during the hearing indicated he knew there would be some prison time.

Romero had turned down a plea deal from prosecutors that would've given him 10 years in prison - five with good behavior. He was sentenced to six instead, or three with good behavior.

Romero stared ahead as the mother of his accuser detailed the boy's suicide threats and anger, calling the past 21 months a nightmare.

He continued to stare ahead even as the teen spoke. He called Romero “Jake,” as he's known to his close friends, throughout his speech. He said that he had been beaten up at school as news of what happened spread, detailing how the case tore apart his family and circle of friends.

“I wouldn't lie about any of this,” the teen said. “I can't tell you I want to see Jake right there (in the defendant's seat). I love you, Jake.”