... earn themselves the label of rape-denial feminists. Rape-denial feminists believe that when it comes to rape cases men's interests must always come first.
These women are rapists' favorite feminists who continue the attack long after the physical rape is over. If these women were to be believed, real rape is a nearly mythical event.
If I'm a rape-crisis feminist because I oppose all rapes and want all reports of rape investigated fully and not judged based on information leaked to the media or which comes from defense attorneys, then that speaks volumes about what rape-denial feminists want.
Those who attack rape-crisis feminism tend to rely on first impressions of the alleged victim and the alleged rapist to determine whether the case should be investigated. If the alleged rapist is rich then he can't be guilty because the only possible reason a woman could accuse him of rape is for his money.
Rich men can't rape. Right?
Cathy Young wrote:
The Duke case also makes it clear that the feminist dogma on rape is far from
benign. It is hostile both to men and to basic principles of justice.
This is flat out bullshit unless she believes that the basic principles of justice means that all alleged victims of all crimes should be treated as if they are guilty of a felony until they are proven to be innocent.
There was nothing benign about the way the alleged victim in the Duke case was treated by so-called good people from the day the story broke. A few details was all that was needed to unleash pent up ugliness inside many men. Their descriptions of this woman and the pleasure many took in the idea of her suffering revealed far more about themselves than we will ever know about this woman.
The legal system is no more hostile to alleged rapists than it is to alleged criminals of non-sex crimes of either gender. But of course she had to bring in the ridiculous comparison between the Duke lacrosse players and the Scottsboro boys which demonstrates that hyperbole is far more important to her than reason.
Every reported rape begins a process that opens the victim up to hostility from all fronts. But all those women don't matter to rape-denial feminists, only men like the Duke lacrosse players matter to them.
If feminists want to retain their credibility as advocates for victims of rape,
they need to drop the habit of knee-jerk support for every accuser—and to show
decency and compassion toward the victims of false accusations.
If credibility means letting all alleged rape victims be attacked without mercy and without proof -- and joining in on that hostility -- while all alleged rapists are treated as if they are the true victims, then I'll remain non-credible, thank you very much.
Those who bemoan rape-crisis feminism repeatedly and boldly fail to show decency and compassion toward all victims of rape. They should be ashamed.