A Growing Culture of Lying About Male Predators

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People who don’t follow the news probably wouldn’t even suspect it.  Those who follow the news casually might have heard of a few high-profile cases — like the utterly false Rolling Stone profile of a vicious gang rape at the University of Virginia or the false Duke lacrosse team accusation.  The examples of women making false rape accusations are not as rare as is popularly thought.  Even just the examples that Instapundit Glenn Reynolds comes across seem to amount to a daily feature.

A story in the Providence Journal’s “Police Digest” might put to rest any doubt that America’s young women are picking up on the fact that making accusations against men is a means of covering shame or just a route to attention:

Two young Pawtucket girls lied about seeing a suspicious man taking photographs of young girls playing soccer in a field last weekend, the police said Friday. …

The girls, 10 and 11 years old, agreed to pose for him, then told their mother that a suspicious man was taking pictures of young girls playing soccer in a field near Roosevelt and Mendon Avenues, Brandley said.

“The whole neighborhood panicked” before the police found the man, a professional photographer with a website. “This story cost us a ton of man hours — for nothing,” Brandley said. “He has a legitimate business and a legitimate website.”

When I posted about RI Governor Gina Raimondo’s sexist girls-only essay contest, comments on social media were dismissive and even hostile, but it’s getting increasingly difficult to accept the specious rhetoric that men are a privileged class and therefore are fair targets for accusations and humiliation. In Arizona, military cadets were forced (or “pressured”) to undergo a sort of ritual humiliation by walking around campus in red high heels.  Recently, a Virginia woman managed to send her neighbor to jail for four years as a scapegoat when she was embarrassed for being caught looking at pornography.  Social media exchanges show that girls in Arizona plotted to “teach a lesson” to a boy before accusing him of rape, ultimately sending him to prison.  (The resolution of this revelation is still pending.)

The next story in the Providence Journal “Police Digest” does show that there are men who do creepy things.  Rape does occur, and it shouldn’t.  However, the assumption that this is gender specific is due for some reevaluation.  The fact that it was wrong to minimize rape and force women to fit a certain image in our culture doesn’t justify attacking men, especially those born well after the sexual revolution.

As for false accusations, I’d be willing to bet that a great many men have such stories.  Perhaps the reason they’re becoming so much more common is that the legal and social checkpoints that used to filter them out have worn away.  The accuser in Virginia said, “I had no idea how far this lie would go.”  When I was a young man, the experiences that my circle of friends had with accusations tended (for the most part) to stop at the level of social attacks.



  • Say What?

    I think Justin raises a good point. Lying about rape is much worse than actual rape.

    • Justin Katz

      I refuse to believe that you’re as stupid as that comment makes you sound.

  • Warrington Faust

    I don’t encounter divorce lawyers the way I once did, but a memory sticks. I would usually ask them how often they encountered actual, physical, domestic abuse. They would look thoughtful for a moment, then respond “very rarely”. Is there some insulation in being married?

    While I was out and about this morning, the radio carried a plea for “pet friendly” shelters for victims of domestic abuse. It seems that many women are afraid to leave for fear of what would happen to their pets. I recalled the radio spots from when Mass was preparing it’s first “spousal abuse ” law. Each would include testimony from an abused woman. None were married. I notice that “spousal abuse” has morphed to “domestic abuse”, much the way “global warming” became “climate change”. I don’t mean to minimize abuse, but I have to wonder if there is something I am not being told.

  • ShannonEntropy
    • Any relation to “hotshot”?

      Ann is right, too. Rape has never happened on a college campus, only lies about rape have.

      • Tommy Cranston

        When a couple of years ago RI made alleged domestic choking (without an ounce of proof) a felony we cynics in the legal community chuckled to each other about the coming tidal wave of reported strangulations.
        Sure enough, now that the word is out I saw where Deb Debare was on 10 news conference a couple of months being horrified at the rise in strangulations.
        Anyone who spends time handling domestic cases, criminal or civil, knows one thing in life for sure-women lie like rugs. Better than rugs in fact.

        • Warrington Faust

          Women also use weapons. I have had a few guys sitting across my desk with cuts on their scalps. Usually crazy stories like “I cut myself shavng”.

          Many years ago, the firm I was with assigned me to divorce cases, which were then profitable. Four women admitted physical abuse. Three said “”I don’t blame him, he caught me in bed with another man”. I always wondered why women got caught In flagrante delicto so often. I determined that they intended it. They also left tangible evidence where it would be found, pictures of the boyfriend”s anatomy, used condoms, open diaries, etc. It started the conversation. They just couldn’t sit down and say “Well Joe, it has been a good twenty years, but.”

          I was relieved to be moved into fixed asset lending.

          • Justin Katz

            Obviously, lying and weapon usage are not gender-specific activities.

          • guest

            Not according to your fans, Justin. But thanks for attempting to clarify that for us.

  • ShannonEntropy

    Any relation to “hotshot”? is missing a critical point

    There are plenty of rapes on college campuses but the majority of those crimes are committed by black offenders against white victims

    ” Because interracial rape is now overwhelmingly black on white, it has become difficult to do research on it or to find relevant statistics. “

    But here are a few statistics worth pondering =►
    http://library.flawlesslogic.com/rape.htm

    Unfortunately tho, that “black-on-white” reality does not match the liberal media’s favored narrative … so they keep falling for all these white-offender hoaxes: Tawana Brawley; the Duke Lacrosse case; and now the Rolling Stone UVA case

    The unintended consequence is to make the entire “college is a hot-bed of rape” movement look ridiculous, which is a real dis·service to genuine victims

    • Warrington Faust

      I have known two white women raped on campus by blacks (not students). Considering the number of women I have known well enough to discuss such matters, I think that a large number. They both chose to keep silent about it. I am pleased to say that they have both done quite well in life.

      • Warrington Faust

        In support of Justin’s thesis, I also knew another woman who repeatedly talked about being raped. Major aspects of her story changed so many times, age, location, perpetrator, that I finally came to believe that it was not credible.

        • Warrington Faust

          A further aside. Saturday I interviewed a black guy who was interested in one of my apartments. He seemed pretty acceptable but caused a blip on my gaydar and seemed too “smooth”. I decided to Google him. He came up as a Level III Sex Offender. The text of his appeal is on line. I think of myself as jaded, but was appalled. Not being of evidenciary value, there was no mention as to color of his victims which were women and children. He did not actually participate, he forced deviant acts between mothers and sons. From the facts which I could assemble, I guess he did twenty. He doesn’t get the apartment.

    • Justin Katz

      In general, citing statistics from a “Racial Nationalist Library” is a pretty poor way to support an argument.

      • guest

        When YOU are the voice of reason bringing your people back from the other right-wing extremist websites we know you’re having a bad day.

        • Justin Katz

          Or are you the one having a bad day, having been forced to glimpse the possibility that I’m actually reasonable and you’re a petulant ideologue?

        • ShannonEntropy

          You are never gonna get the real story or the true statistics from CNN or MSNBC, Justin … so try this one =►

          A 2012 study by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention revealed that in 2010 black youths committed six times more murders, three times more rapes, 10 times more robberies and three times more assaults than did their white counterparts.

          Similar statistics were released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the “Uniform Crime Reports.” They determined, “In the year 2008, black youths, who make up 16% of the youth population, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58% for homicide and 67% for robbery.” By contrast, the only categories where white youths surpassed blacks were in liquor law violations and driving under the influence.

          http://americanfreepress.net/?p=14864

          • ShannonEntropy
          • Justin Katz

            Those articles move toward broader observations worthy of broader discussion (although not by me, at this moment). The conclusion that follows, in my view, is that our society needs to consider the reasons poverty and deviancy seem to be so prominent in a particular group, with places to start being policies that encourage (rather than discourage) the formation of nuclear families and a return to the economic freedom that allows individuals and families to improve their lot in life without requiring the blessing of government.
            But the larger point that white supremacist Web sites don’t make is that this is not something intrinsic in people of different races.

          • ShannonEntropy

            Those articles move toward broader observations worthy of broader discussion (although not by me, at this moment)

            I believe you have overlooked my main point which is in fact totally germane and specific to the topic here =►

            Unfortunately tho, that “black-on-white” reality does not match the liberal media’s favored narrative … so they keep falling for all these white-offender hoaxes: Tawana Brawley; the Duke Lacrosse case; and now the Rolling Stone UVA case …

            The unintended consequence is to make the entire “college is a hot-bed of rape” movement look ridiculous, which is a real dis·service to genuine victims

          • Justin Katz

            Well, yes, a shaded media beholden to a politically correct narrative is among the things harming minorities and needing correction in our society. We can’t fix a problem they won’t let us know exists.

  • ShannonEntropy

    Well, yes, a shaded media beholden to a politically correct narrative is among the things harming minorities and needing correction in our society.

    But this time, the victims of a “politically correct narrative” are the very real victims of sexual assault — of whom most of which are NOT even college co·eds https://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims

  • TruthAndLight

    I was falsely accused by a woman – but not of rape. She instead accused me of assault with a deadly weapon. She feigned a suicide attempt and I talked the gun from her hand. After calming her down, I called her mother and told her what happened. A while later, her mother arrived to collect her daughter. A while after that, the cops showed up at my door to let me know I was being accused.

    Apparently, talking a girl out of suicide after you break up with her is assault with a deadly weapon. Who knew? Anyway, since no one showed up at the arraignment, I got off easy. As we all know, guys like me almost never see prosecution or jail time. Most men get away with talking someone out of taking their life.

    Take back the night.

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