False rape accusations: A call for justice

A woman has been jailed for two years after falsely accusing three men of rape. Luckily the Daily Mail has written a report on the case, complete with photos of said woman “socialising” and details of her sexual history. This is obviously brave reporting, committed to reinforcing the impression that loads of women – but especially the slaggy ones – lie about rape. Still, two years – doesn’t sound like much, does it? As one concerned tweeter puts it:

This slut who falsely accused three men of rape should get the same term they’d have got

Nice! Still, perhaps he’s got a point. Isn’t it about time women who falsely accused men of rape got exactly the same treatment as men who actually rape?

To be honest, I’m not sure whether that’s right, but let’s just pretend for the time being that it is. I’ve considered all the various aspects – not just the jail term  – and reached the conclusion that what happens to women who cry rape is dramatically different to what happens to rapists (apart from the being put in prison bit – that’s the same, except for those occasions when rapists get away with a caution). In the interests of equality – albeit on the rather dodgy assumption that falsely accusing someone of one crime is the moral equivalent of actually committing it – I’ve come up with one or two suggestions for what should henceforth happen to these false rape accusers aka “sluts”:

  1. a twitter hashtag – #freetheslut – should be created forthwith. Those using it should also take the opportunity to “name and shame” the falsely accused men as often as possible.
  2. all right-thinking feminists should take leave of their senses and, following the MRA example, write blog posts claiming the imprisonment of the false accuser is “a defeat for all women”
  3. former contestants from the first ever series of the X-Factor should come out in the false accuser’s defence (I nominate Rowetta – she’d totally get stuck in)
  4. a sympathetic male journalist should write a solemn broadsheet piece on how the three men falsely accused simply have to accept some of the blame for what happened
  5. a sufficient shift in public opinion is required to ensure that from now on, a majority of men will believe that some of those falsely accused of rape bear some responsibility for what happened to them
  6. in case the false accuser / slut is unable to find employment following her release from jail, she should be permitted to market an energy drink. It could be called Misandrist or something equally catchy.

Those are all my suggestions but I’m sure there will be things I’ve missed – if so, do let me know. I’m not going to start the hashtag myself – personally I think it’d be a fucking tragic thing to do, and one which would denigrate the suffering of this woman’s victims – but I suspect all right-thinking people will disagree with me.

Still, I guess that’s just my problem – I might be a feminist, but sometimes I just can’t stomach this kind of “equality”. But at least there are men’s rights campaigners who will do all the hard work for me.

29 thoughts on “False rape accusations: A call for justice

  1. 1.a twitter hashtag – #freetheslut – should be created forthwith. Those using it should also take the opportunity to “name and shame” the falsely accused men as often as possible.

    GW, forgive me, is this intended to be humorous? Why should falsely accused men be either ‘named’ or ‘shamed’? Should falsely accused women be ‘named’ and ‘shamed’? Many innocent men’s lives have already been ruined by being named and shamed as ALLEGED rapists by malicious women, a legally-sanctioned method of declaring men guilty before they’ve stood trial. There’s no female equivalent (another example of policy favouritism for women). Many men have lost their livelihoods and families as a result, and some have committed suicide.

    1. GW, forgive me, is this intended to be humorous?

      No, not really. I found the #justiceforched hashtags quite hateful, and also the “naming and shaming” that went with them. That’s the point (as I think I made clear in the penultimate paragraph of this post).
      As for men accused of rape being named – I’m not sure it’s really the area I’m discussing here anyhow, but we do know the names of women on trial for falsely accusing men of rape – and indeed the names of women on trial for rape. I don’t see any imbalance there.

      1. Thanks GW. Isn’t the important point (if I understand then legal position correctly) that the identities of men accused of rape are made public before their trials begin, and their guilt or innocence established, while the identity of women who falsely accuse men of rape are only made public after their trials (and then only, obviously, if they’re found guilty). Surely this double standard can only serve to encourage false allegations of rape? Men have everything to lose even from false accusations of rape, and hence are open to manipulation by malicious women.

        1. The difference relates to the offence and not to gender specifically. And the unusual aspect is the identity of rape complainants being kept secret – for most crimes this isn’t the case and isn’t seen as some red flag for false accusations. I doubt you would find many people who have been through the process of accusing another person of rape who would say that anonymity made it an easy process, let alone tempting as a way of getting their own back on someone. Furthermore, the way in which defenders of Ched Evans have sought to “shame” the victim by naming her on twitter only speaks more in favour of anonymity. I have no interest in “naming” the men in the false accusation case – I think that would be equally wrong as they are the victims – but while they’ve been named in court, I don’t see any drive from feminists to “name” them in a wider public sphere. Nor do I see feminists or anyone else ranting and raving about Evans’ co-defendant, who was found not guilty. That’s because, surely, we don’t see them as culpable now – whereas, shamefully, there are people who do think acknowledged rape victims – as opposed to false accusers – still need “exposing”.

        2. GW, thanks for latest comment. Very pushed for time but I’d like to make one point. I cannot for the life of me see how anyone could possibly justify exposing acknowledged rape victims, and I’ve never heard anyone put forward this view.

    2. Mike – false accusations are not really the problem. For every false accusation, there are at least 100 unpunished rapists. For every unjustly convicted man, there are more (probably much more) than 1000 unpunished rapists (My conservative estimates based on stats I have researched, and believe give a reasonable representation of the facts)

      When the figures are a little more even (I don’t know – how about 10 to 1 rather than 1000 to 1) it might make sense to focus on false accusations as a problem. Until then, lets give our attention to catching and convicting actual rapists, and preventing 1 in 4 women from being victims of rape or serious sexual abuse.

      1. TonyC, I’m sorry to see you repeat oft-exposed feminist lies about rape and sexual abuse. I recommend you read ‘Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism’ for a thorough debunking of these lies.

      2. Sorry Mike – for some reason I can’t reply directly to your comment. I’ve just looked at the contents of that book, and don’t need to read any further to be pretty certain it is not worth my money, and certainly not worth my time.

        1. Tony C, many thanks. It’s your choice, of course, to carry on swallowing feminist lies and believing men collectively have something to be ashamed of, if you wish. I didn’t say you’d find Swayne’s book comfortable reading. But if you read it you’ll realise what lies you’ve been exposed to, and accepted. The ‘1 woman in 4’ figure you cite is used both with regard to rape and sexual assault, and domestic violence. Has this been your personal experience of women you know? Of course it hasn’t, nor anyone you know. Swayne’s book explores the history of these feminist lies and myths, along with many others.

        1. Tony, many thanks. Your apparent acceptance of feminist rape and DV statistics (e.g. ‘For every unjustly convicted man, there are more – probably much more – than 1000 unpunished rapists (My conservative estimates based on stats I have researched, and believe give a reasonable representation of the facts)’ suggest to me an acceptance of ‘gender guilt’.These estimates are gross distortions of the truth, but without reading books such as the one I suggest, you’ll never know the truth. All I’m suggesting is that you expose yourself to some counter-arguments. What’s the worst that could happen? There’s even an inexpensive KIndle edition of Swayne O’Pie’s book with the title, ‘Exposing Feminism: The Thirty Years’ War Against Men’.

      3. It might “suggest” to you an acceptance of gender guilt – but that is a perception probably based on your own pre-conceptions. I feel no sense of gender guilt.

        However you take the stats (and I have not taken any one groups figures as gospel – but used my intelligence – such as it is, and cross checked/verified as far as possible) but *even* if I am a factor of 10 out, then the real problem is NOT one of false accusations, but one of ACTUAL violence against (mainly) women.

        There are some women in my life that I love, and many that I like, and I am HORRIFIED that they must go through life with the continuous fear of rape and sexual violence. This week I was on standby to go and collect my daughter from a place about 40 miles away, in case, after working late, she missed her train. Not because she could not then have got home, but because she would have had to wait for nearly an hour for the next train, and then another 1/2 hour for the connection, on her own, late at night. This should NOT be necessary. But sadly it is.

        There are also men that I love, including a Son. However, I don’t have to worry, as a rule, that they will be falsely accused of rape – because statistically speaking it almost never happens. It is not something we have to concern ourselves with on a day to day basis.

        So when I say we should concentrate on (basically) male violence against women – it is not because I feel some sort of collective guilt, but because I want the women I love NOT TO NEED TO FEAR IT. I want it to stop!

        I will not make any more posts – because further discussion is clearly pointless – however just consider this. Do you really, genuinely believe you are at any *significant* risk of a false accusation? Then ask yourself how many of the women you love (do you love any?) genuinely fear rape and sexual violence.

    1. Glosswatch’s posts are very clever. It’s one of the reasons I always look forward to them (and haunt the blog when I’m grading, haha).🙂

  2. So…I’m mulling something over, but I don’t think I’ve got it quite clear in my head so it might not make much sense…anyway…

    On the one hand, a man’s life is ruined by a rape allegation – he loses his livelihood and his family.

    On the other hand, large sections of society and of the wider commentariat immediately cast huge doubt upon a rape allegation that a woman makes, and often the woman is subjected to huge amounts of abuse. She wasn’t raped, or if she was then it wasn’t real/forcible/legitimate, or if it was then it was probably her fault anyway.

    Rape apologism seems to want to argue both of these, yet they don’t seem compatible.

    Am I making any sense?

    1. Adam, many thanks. I honestly have never heard the term ‘rape apologism’ before. Men are presumed guilty and face an almost impossible fight to prove innocence. The point I’m trying to make is that there’s a longstanding (30+ years, some would say far longer) and well-documented feminist campaign of exaggerating rape (and domestic violence) statistics, so as to gain policy favouritism for women in general and professional feminists in particular. It’w why I keep referring people to ‘Why Britain Hates Men’: Feminist lies in these and in many other areas are dissected and analysed in forensic detail in the book.

  3. Wonderful post as usual.

    Mike: have you actually not heard the term ‘rape apologism’ before? I don’t mean this as an attack, I’m genuinely surprised. In Australia it is all over the general media, not in the least part because of Julian Assange. It is used to describe someone who tries to excuse or justify the actions of an alleged or convicted rapist (and in many circumstances other forms of sexual assault).

    I have seen you comment many times MIke, on the feminist exaggeration of rape and sexual assault. You have asked several times if women’s experience of sexual assault/domestic violence matches the 1 in 4 statistic. For me personally, I would have to say that it does. It depends of course, on how you define domestic violence and sexual assault. If I were to include serious emotional abuse (which I do) and to consider only the women I know well enough to presume that there is a reasonable chance they might confide their experience to me, then I would say that statistic is accurate.
    I know five women who have been raped. Another two who were sexually assaulted. Five who were physically abused by their partners (one of these incidents was perpetrated by another woman). Another who was emotionally abused to the point of psychiatric hospitalisation.
    Almost every single woman I know well has been sexually harassed to the point where they have felt endangered. Those most recent incident was two days ago.
    The women who have shared these experiences with me are very close to me. One does not relate such things to acquaintances; they are family members and extremely dear friends. Each one of these women has told me when choosing to confide that I was either the only person, or one of very few whom they had told.
    I would estimate that the number of women that I know who could possibly fall into the same category of intimacy is….15? Maybe 20? Probably fewer. It’s quite hard to judge who would choose to share such personal and traumatic experiences.

    So in conclusion, yes. Yes I do think that my personal experiences reflect the “exaggerated” statistics.

    1. I always cringe when people claim the numbers are “exaggerated.” I think they’re probably underestimated.

      1. Caitlin, I’ve refered others to the clear evidence that the stats are routinely exaggerated, but people won’t read those books. I’m starting to think it satisfies a psychological need to believe the exaggerated stats – it’s the only explanation I have for why people wouldn’t want to expose themselves to the reality in this area (likewise domestic violence).

        1. Tony, how would you know, not having read the evidence? Still, bonus points with the ladies for your post, and you help feed their exaggerated fear of rape at the same time. Well done, you!

      2. Mike, I’m starting to think you have a psychological need to ignore people’s personal experience. I’m not totally opposed to reading the books, but I can’t say that I am looking forward to a text that seeks to disabuse me of a ‘false consciousness’ that my own lived experiences contradict. I anticipate finding it quite traumatic.
        I can’t help but notice that you are quite happy to reprimand people for ignoring your reading list, but have nothing to say about my real life experience.
        You say that people don’t want to expose themselves to the reality of sexual assault and domestic violence, but this is my reality. I think a sounder explanation for why people believe what you consider to be exaggerated statistics is that they find parallels and proofs in their own lives.
        Anyone who has participated in research,or read widely in an academic sphere knows that statistics are easy to manipulate. I don’t doubt that the books you recommend are convincing, but so are many others that I have read, all of which offer a contradictory opinion.
        Given that my personal experience confirms the latter, I find it easy to choose which to believe.

        1. Varicella, many thanks. I’m certainly not assering ‘false consciousness’, and of course I wouldn’t challenge your ‘lived experiences’, but there’s an innate problem here. Our individual personal experiences may not be representative – indeed they’re unlikely to be – how many people are of average height or weight?. I asked four female friends for their personal experience of rape and sexual assault, which the soundbite says happens to one in four women (ditto DV). I guess under the law of averages one should have had personal experiences, but none did. All agreed that among their close friends there was a very low incidence of it (sexual abuse or DV)

          Maybe there’s some self-selection here? Women who’ve had such awful experiences will naturally be angry and vocal (even if only online). While women who’ve had no experience of the problem will hardly spend their time saying so, online or otherwise. So in such forums you’re likely to get an exaggerated view of the incidence of the problem, I’d say.

          One of my concerns is that exaggerated stats induce exaggerated fears in women, especially young women. Which is why I refer people to the books I do. ‘Why Britain Hates Men’ in particular exposes fraudulent feminist ‘research’ on sexual assault and DV. The author himself doesn’t ‘manipulate’ any data.

      3. Don’t you think Mike, that someone who shows your level of sensitivity to, and your opinions of, the validity of women’s experiences of sexual violence – is also unlikely to be trusted by women who *have* experienced it? In other words – It won’t matter how many women you ask, I would expect very few (read none) to be open to sharing information about such an experience with you. I also doubt many would betray the confidences of their friends.

  4. Another brilliant post, glosswitch.

    And I think TonyC’s comment about dingo droppings is a nice summary of mikebuchanan’s obvious cluelessness

    1. Sally, I’m sorry to see you simply repeating other people’s insults. How can I be ‘clueless’ when:

      – I’ve read the books showing conclusively that rape statistics are routinely exaggerated by feminists, in order to give women an exaggerated fear of the threat from men, and give work to legions of professional feminists; and
      – TonyC admits he hasn’t read those books, and moreover refuses to do so.

      Have YOU read the books? If not, on what basis do you assert I’m clueless? Insults in place of reasoned argument aren’t very impressive, to say the least. I’d hope for more on this blog, in which numerous people have posted interesting and sometimes nuanced arguments. Do you really want a blog where everyone tells everyone their contributions are ‘brilliant’ and no real challenging goes on? If so, I’m off.

      1. Mike the problem with males like Tony C is that he has been invested in a lie for such a long time he couldn’t recognize the truth if it walked up and tapped him on the shoulder. He reminds me of the ignorant masses who once believed that the earth was flat, those who insist that men never walked on the moon and he has willfully blinded himself to the rape of his fellow brothers in the family court system by judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and family services. In addition he is so addicted to estrogen that like an addict who would sell his own mother he isn’t about to let anything or anyone stand in his way of getting his next fix.

  5. WHERE is her face? Her description, car, employer, DNA, height, weight, and charges? Even though “bearing false witness” is no longer a crime, society needs to be protected from people like this woman and has the right to know where she is at all times. She has demonstrated no conscience in the crimes she committed and people like this WILL offend again. It may not be a man next time…criminals like this cross over and are unscrupulous about their victims, whom they often spend lots of time grooming in parks. I DON’T WANT HER IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD…DO YOU? I want her to be REGISTERED for life and for the police to notify me when she comes to my town. And no holiday decorations for her either… we simply can not trust her. Two lying women in the news today : Kathleen Melissa Furlong in Adrian, MI and Christina Nadine Nelson in Billings, MT.

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