Friday, April 21, 2006

Duke Rape Case: why the Tawana Brawley case not a good analogy

Alas, a blog: This is not Tawana Brawley
It is very unsettling that because of Tawana’s story, which took place over 20 years ago, this black woman in North Carolina has been reduced to an immoral stripper, who is obviously charging these young men with rape for her own benefit.
I believe that if the Tawana Brawley case never existed, those who use this as an example would still hold their current position. This girl's name is just a handy excuse for the unwillingness to consider that a real rape may have happened at the house where the Duke lacrosse had their party.

Many people who invoke Tawana Brawley's name and other high profile cases such as the Howard Beach murder (from the 1980s) likely know very little about these cases and don't want to see the significant differences between the old cases and the new cases they are being compared to.

Further, the length of time between this case and the Tawana Brawley case undermines the argument made by those who scream, "This is just another in a pattern of false rape allegations!"

What a pattern.

Now let's look at the pattern that drives those who believe this is a credible case that should be investigated fully: According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network:

Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.

Now that's a pattern. Even if you argue that the pattern doesn't repeat itself as often as this, you can't honestly stretch it out until it is comparable to the rate of false allegations.

Okay, you can argue anything you want, but that doesn't make it true.

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