WHY WOMEN LIE ABOUT RAPEThis intro sets up the biased agenda of this supposedly objective list.
By Paul Clements
The National Organization for Women, radical feminists, and Women’s
Studies departments, often deny that women make false accusations
about rape by asking the naïve, simplistic, and self-serving question:
“Why would a woman lie?”
Feminists are positioned as self-serving and monolithic while Paul Clements quietly positions himself as being the opposite of naive, simplistic and self-serving.
If any woman asks the question "Why would this woman lie?" in response to a barrage of unfounded accusations about an alleged rape victim then many like Clements wrongly claim that this woman therefore denies that any woman ever has or ever will file a fraudulent rape report.
Notice that this article is not titled, Why people lie about rape. Clements positions men as exempt from those who lie about rape or who lie about having been raped. That is a deliberate choice which is based on nothing more than gender.
Men have lied about not being rapists. In fact, this is so normal that it often gets forgotten that an alleged rapist's proclamation of innocence is by itself meaningless whether it is, "I didn't touch her," or "she consented." Men have also lied when they claim they were raped.
Just as with women and girls who report having been raped there is no credible evidence that the rate of fraudulent rape reports by men exceeds that of fraudulent crime reports overall.
The only reason for Clements to overlook the fact that men do lie about rape is that he doesn't want men who report having been raped or who are identified as alleged rapists to be viewed in the same harsh manner that he wants women who report having been raped to be viewed.
Clements wants men to be baselessly assumed to be more honest than women when it comes to rape cases whether they are the accused or the accuser. That cannot be described as anything other than self-serving.
Most of the time when I see people giving a list of motives for fraudulent rape reports, they are doing so in order to use the existence of a possible motive as proof that the reported rape never happened or as proof that there is so much doubt about the rape victim's credibility that the woman's rapist should never be rightfully prosecuted or rightfully convicted.
Despite no evidence that the report is fraudulent most girls and women who were raped can be dismissed as possibly being one of the multitude of rape liars.
For example, if a woman kicks her husband out of the house at the same time she reports that he raped her, the cited motive is to give her a false advantage in a bitter divorce. This view overlooks the fact that being raped by your husband might make a wife so upset that she would rightfully accuse him while also seeking to end the marriage.
Not surprisingly if a wife doesn't immediately kick her husband out after a rape then that is frequently used as proof that the report is false. Motives to back up this theory will be easy to find.
Any choice in accurate reporting of rape can be assigned motivations which are associated with false rape reports.
These all-inclusive motives which are cited frequently by those who chant, "women lie about rape," actually make those motives useless in evaluating the validity of a rape report. That means that using motives to justify having the criminal justice system treat women who report having been raped as the first person who should be viewed as being on trial are invalid.
It turns out that there are plenty of reasons women lie about rape,The problem with using this study is that the US military has a bad track record in how it responds to rape of soldiers by other soldiers. When an organization has a motivation to deny violence within it's ranks then their studies about official rulings on the validity of rape reports cannot be viewed as objective.
either deliberately or out of desperation.
A U.S. Air Force study, “The False Rape Allegation in the Military
Community (1983) investigated 556 cases of alleged rape, and found a
60% rate of false accusations. As part of the study, women who were
found to have made false accusations were asked “WHY?”
There are investigative methods which advocate for having investigators seek recantations before a genuine investigation of the evidence even begins. This is an injustice that too many who claim to be against injustice support because it allegedly saves the innocent (men) from suspicion.
The 60% rate measures how Air Force investigators classified the reports they investigated as part of this study. It does not measure the actual rate of false accusations. Once the base measurement becomes unreliable then all conclusions based on that measurement also become invalid.
Those who cite this Air Force study or Kanin's study as proof (either stated or implied) that a majority of rape reports are false will regularly dismiss all studies which find that rape is common -- and which support claims that there is a low rate of fraudulent rape reports -- or which show that most perpetrators of rape are male.
This happens despite research that false admissions can be coerced by those in positions of authority. These false confessions can be coerced from innocent alleged rapists and they can be coerced from real rape victims yet you wouldn't know about this second group if you only listened to those who repeat, "Women lie about rape."
Motivations given by the women who acknowledged they had made falseNotice that most of these motives can be assigned by investigators and observers when a rightful report of rape is made.
Spite or revenge 20
To compensate for feelings of guilt or shame 20
Thought she might be pregnant 13
To conceal an affair 12
To test husbands’ love 9
Mental/emotional disorder 9
To avoid personal responsibility 4
Failure to pay, or extortion 4
Thought she might have caught VD 3
TOTAL 100 %
The motive to avoid personal responsibility is an interesting one considering concepts such as deserved rape.
The study found that most false accusations are “instrumental” – theyAgain the problem is that these instrumental motives can easily be read into genuine reports of rape. A young teen might report real rape because of a pregnancy scare. A wife who is raped by an acquaintance can be falsely accused by her rapist using the motivation that she only reported rape in order to hide an affair.
served a purpose. If the purpose isn’t avoiding guilt, or getting
revenge, it might serve a more focused purpose, for example, telling
her parents; “I didn’t just go out and get pregnant, I was raped.”
Or, telling her husband, “I didn’t have an affair, it wasn’t my fault,
I was raped.”
If these women were not prosecuted then it is only an allegation that they committed the crime of filing a fraudulent rape report. Not surprisingly, "innocent until proven guilty" which is a mantra of many of those like Clements gets forgotten when they are talking about women and false rape reports.
An unrelated Washington Post article, “Unfounded Rape Reports Baffle Investigators” (6/27/1992) also found a wide range of motivations to
falsely accuse men of rape. Anger toward boyfriends was common. One
woman had her boyfriend spend 13 months in jail before she
acknowledged that she had lied. One woman accused her newspaper
delivery man of raping her at gunpoint because she needed an excuse to
be late to work.
Neither woman was prosecuted or even reprimanded for lying to the
police and attempting to have a man frivolously imprisoned. In a
recent US case, police say a young woman who admitted to falsifying
two rape reports only wanted a day off from work.
If a woman is accused of lying about rape or reportedly recanted then for these people no due process rights apply.
All rape accusations need to be considered seriously, as, no doubt,Here we get the required disclaimer that male on female rape isn't totally a myth. Clements has to know that a total denial of rape would be easily debunked. So he just flirts with treating rape like like a myth.
rape does occur. But a balance needs to be maintained between the
claims of the accuser against the all-too-often legitimate denial of
His disclaimer reveals that Clements has a clear and huge bias against women who disclose having been raped and against those who want to see all reported rapes investigated. To paraphrase Clements:
All rape accusations need to be considered seriously, as, no doubt, not all women who report rape are liars.Clements' desired balance is not in any way a desire for justice. It is a desire to have any possible motive for a false rape report used to dismiss that rape report.
Women who are found to have made a false sexual assault complaintThis equivalency diminishes the seriousness of rape.
should receive the same jail sentence as the male victim would have
received if he had been convicted. That will put the brakes on fake
Instead of reducing the number of fraudulent rape reports this move would severely reduce the number of genuine rape reports because of what could happen to rape victims who are falsely accused of filing a fraudulent police report.
Notice again that Clements doesn't suggest that, "People who are found to have made a false sexual assault complaint ..." His vengeful fantasy is directed solely at women who report rape.
Hmm. I wonder if Clements will put together a list of motives for men who want to see women who report rape treated like rapists.
I'll help him out with that list by giving him the top motive:
1) Rapists want to avoid legal accountability for their crimes.
"Put somewhat differently, 999,992 men and 999,997.7 per million womenThis framing of gender violence deliberately diminishes the problem of rape and domestic violence and seeks to erase any gendered difference in who successfully rationalizes murdering a spouse and it completely ignores that most rapists are men.
do not kill their spouse. I would say that is not then a gender issue.
If such a miniscule group of either gender kills, then something else
beside gender must be involved. Government ministries that repeatedly
misrepresent domestic violence statistics to perpetuate their
existence do no favours to taxpayers, be they male or female”
Violence can be gendered without the person's sex organs or biology being responsible for that violence.
Lying is not a gendered behavior since everyone can lie yet Clements positions that as a gendered behavior. When it is convenient for Clements, he denies gender is involved and when it is convenient for him, he places gender front and center.
Distributed byThis distribution can easily be seen as having self-serving motivations. Yet only NOW and feminists are positioned as being self-serving.
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