Saturday, August 02, 2008

He Just Thinks He's Been Wrongfully Accused Of Rape

In my post Defining false rape reports by whether rape is legal I responded to the premise that many of those who report rape only think they were raped and are filing false reports.

The corollary which must be attached to that premise, if it has any validity, is that many of those who are accused of rape are making false statements when they say, "I'm no rapist," and only think they are falsely accused of rape.

That means that an alleged rapist's sincerity in the denial of rape is factually meaningless. If that person takes and passes a polygraph that too must be factually meaningless.

Further, all who agree with any false assessment that no rape occurred -- either in an individual case or in a particular type of rape case -- and who say with full belief, "I don't support rape or rapists," do factually support rape and rapists.

If someone believes there is a rape loophole which makes a particular action legal and that loophole exists only in the enforcement of the law and not in the law itself, that person is making a false statement when they deny that a particular action is rape.

Anyone who rejects the corollary doesn't really believe that people can wrongly believe they were raped. If people's genuine beliefs are meaningless when it comes to reporting rape, then they are just as meaningless when people are reported to be rapists or when they are supporting those accused of rape.

One way people can try to dismiss the corollary is to claim that men's perceptions are better than women's. Women supposedly tell themselves they were raped when they were not so that they can dodge personal responsibility.

Yet if a man denies a rape which is clearly illegal he isn't described as being motivated by the desire to dodge personal responsibility despite the fact that personal responsibility for him means acknowledging that he earned the label "rapist" and he earned a criminal conviction and having his name added to the sex offender registry.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 10:19 AM   2 comments links to this post

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At August 03, 2008 1:00 PM, Anonymous Renee said...

Yet if a man denies a rape which is clearly illegal he isn't described as being motivated by the desire to dodge personal responsibility despite the fact that personal responsibility for him means acknowledging that he earned the label "rapist" and he earned a criminal conviction and having his name added to the sex offender registry.
Now that is a huge statement of truth. It seems that personal responsibility is only applied to the victim. Look at all the rape aologist that blame the woman when she gets drunk and the man rapes her or question what the woman was wearing. No one asks for or ever wants to be raped. It is a violation of the worst kind and we need to stop giving these predators a free pass. Women are entitled to bodily integrity and the in the absence of consent it should be assumed that the answer is no. The idea that women report rape on mass because we have regrets to participating in sex is ridiculous. Anyone who has ever examined how difficult it is to go through the legal system and report a rape would no better.

 
At August 17, 2008 1:04 AM, Blogger NOLA radfem said...

One way people can try to dismiss the corollary is to claim that men's perceptions are better than women's

Ah, sure, aren't they though (sarcasm). I know a pro-feminist male who reports that one time he arrived late for a panel discussion on feminism. When he arrived, a debate was going hot and heavy among the all female panel, and somone said to him as he walked in (with a sigh first), "Ah, good, an objective opinion." He's had this happen a lot - been pointed to as the "objective" opinion - in a room full of women FEMINISTS!

 

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