Started by zarby, Apr 25, 2006, 07:05 AM
The trial collapses because it's he said/she said.
Anyone who was around when the NOW board was active can remember the astonishing competition among its inhabitants to vie for the title of "most victimized." Of course a history of rape (or domestic violence which was a little farther down on the list) gave them big points and more than one rape added the point value substantially. They had an unspoken competition about who was the biggest victim and the winner got special privileges. Working out your place in this hierarchy was essential to being a prominent poster on that board. Those who placed high in the victim olympics would be forgiven for transgressions due to their history of victimhood. If that was a microcosm for feminist women then we are in trouble.
But it's easy to maintain a lie - very easy. Most rape cases collapse because it simply boils down to he said/she said. The jury will never know the real truth.
The only tiny little lie she is telling is the fact that she actively participated in the sex last night. This lie cannot be found out. John Smith says she enjoyed it. She says she didn't. He said/she said. Meanwhile it goes to trial, and all the neighbours and colleagues say "oh, what a shame - nevery thought e'd be a rapist". The trial collapses because it's he said/she said. His life is ruined. Her life is not ruined. If the jury find him guilty, he's in another whole universe of misery and injustice.
In the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit's study of False Allegations conducted in 1983 of 556 rape investigations, a total of 220 (40%) of these reported rapes turned out to be false. Over one fourth of these 556 turned out to be hoaxeshttp://www.anandaanswers.com/pages/naaStats.html
In 1995, 354,670 women were the victims of a rape or sexual assault.http://www.wseg.org/rape.htm
According to Stephen Donaldson, president of Stop Prison Rape, more than 290,000 male prisoners are assaulted each year. Prison rape, says Donaldson in a New York Times opinion piece, "is an entrenched tradition." Donaldson, who was himself a victim of prison rape twenty years ago when he was incarcerated for antiwar activities, has calculated that there may be as many as 45,000 rapes every day in our prison population of 1.2 million men. The number of rapes is vastly higher than the number of victims because the same men are often attacked repeatedly. Many of the rapes are "gang bangs" repeated day after day. To report such a rape is a terribly dangerous thing to do,http://www.leaderu.com/real/ri9502/sommers.html