False and/or unfounded accusations against rape victims and those who advocate on behalf of rape victims.
Ironically, those who are most vocal about the problem of false rape accusations against men are often the worst offenders. I'm sure some people will see my analysis of the anonymous comment as an accusation or an attack, but I didn't attack him, I challenged his statements and his insinuations about those who identify themselves as rape victims or survivors. If he didn't want me to respond to his comment he could have chosen not to comment on my blog.
I was even accused of lying about receiving this comment and accused of writing it myself as a straw man I could then prove wrong. Because the comment calling me a liar crossed the line into an attack it was deleted -- as the person who made the accusation stated would happen -- I'm sure there will be those who consider me a double liar because I didn't approve the spam comment on my post about the Duke rape case and because I deleted the personal attack.
Hey, I wish no real people spouted the beliefs contained in that anonymous comment, but they do and that is no false accusation. The person making the accusation against me apparently didn't bother to follow the link I gave in part 1 to this comment or to do even a single search on chunks of that comment to find other copies of it with slight variations. In this linked variation of the comment anonymous has no problem making an accusation against the alleged victim in the Duke rape case and no problem deciding on her punishment.
Apparently, for anonymous due process is for men only.
When there is a report about the percentage of primary rape suspects whose DNA did not match the DNA from the actual rapists, there are plenty of people who will twist that data to make the accusation that the same percentage of rape victims have made a false accusation. They frequently go further and give that percentage of rape victims a motive like "gotta blame someone."
When it comes to attacking rape victims and those who advocate for them, no proof is needed. All they need is something they can distort and turn into an accusation. On occasion, a few will take on the identity of an alleged rape victim such as in the Duke rape case in order to reveal the "truth" about that person.
Telling malicious lies with the intent to hurt others isn't limited to those who file a police report. It's a convenient myth that only women make false accusations about rape. But every time a rapist lies and says, "she asked for it," he's making a false accusation. If that accusation results in him escaping accountability (through no charges being filed or through a not-guilty verdict) and her being called a liar, real damage has been done and it shouldn't be shrugged off as if it were nothing. It's even worse if his lies result in his victim being charged with a crime.
We all deserve better than that.
The reason many of the descriptions about women who lie about rape is so narrow when they bother to define it at all is they want to exclude all the common scenarios where men are known to lie about rape and other sex crimes. But the claim (and so-called proof) that girls and women lie about rape is not limited to occurances where a girl or woman goes to the police and says, “I’ve been raped and I’d like to file charges.”
Somehow the lies men tell about rape and alleged rape victims are seen as being far less dangerous than a girl or woman deliberately lying and saying a rape occurred when she knows it did not.
Even spoofing an alleged victim's identity can be dangerous when unchallenged in that it reflects and confirms many people’s stereotypes about alleged rape victims. Some of those people will end up being jurors in rape trials. The attacks on alleged rape victims can also escalate to direct criminal behavior by someone who reads this sort of nonsense where it is treated as truthful and decides to act outside the law.
A man was convicted of trying to hire someone to murder the alleged victim in the Kobe Bryant trial. Other alleged rape victims have been murdered. Many others feel it is their right to make anonymous death threats against alleged victims.
If you think rapists and those who support rapists don’t feed off the lies men tell about rape, rape victims and rape advocates to excuse continued criminal behavior, you are wrong.
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