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Prosecuting women who report rape


Germaine Greer was right when she said young women are the punching bag of Western civilization.

When Sexual Assault Victims Are Charged With Lying

By KEN ARMSTRONG and T. CHRISTIAN MILLERNOV. 24, 2017

The women accusing the Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct have faced doubt and derision. Other women, who have alleged sexual assault or harassment by powerful men in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and elsewhere, have become targets for online abuse or had their careers threatened. Harvey Weinstein went so far as to hire ex-Mossad operatives to investigate the personal history of the actress Rose McGowan, to discourage her from publicly accusing him of rape.

There are many reasons for women to think twice about reporting sexual assault. But one potential consequence looms especially large: They may also be prosecuted.

This month, a retired police lieutenant in Memphis, Tenn., Cody Wilkerson, testified, as part of a lawsuit against the city, not only that police detectives sometimes neglected to investigate cases of sexual assault but also that he overheard the head of investigative services in the city’s police department say, on his first day in charge: “The first thing we need to do is start locking up more victims for false reporting.” It’s an alarming choice of priorities — and one that can backfire.

In 2015 we wrote an article for ProPublica and the Marshall Project about Marie, an 18-year-old who reported being raped in Lynnwood, Wash., by a man who broke into her apartment. (Marie is her middle name.) Police detectives treated small inconsistencies in her account — common among trauma victims — as major discrepancies. Instead of interviewing her as a victim, they interrogated her as a suspect. Under pressure, Marie eventually recanted — and was charged with false reporting, punishable by up to a year in jail. The court ordered her to pay $500 in court costs, get mental health counseling for her lying and go on supervised probation for one year. More than two years later, the police in Colorado arrested a serial rapist — and discovered a photograph proving he had raped Marie.

What happened to Marie seemed unthinkable. She was victimized twice — first raped, then prosecuted. But cases like hers can be found around the country. In 1997, a legally blind woman reported being raped at knife point in Madison, Wis. That same year, a pregnant 16-year-old reported being raped in New York City. In 2004, a 19-year-old reported being sexually assaulted at gunpoint in Cranberry Township, Pa.
In all three instances, the women were charged with lying. In all three instances, their reports turned out to be true. The men who raped them were later identified and convicted.

In 2001, a 13-year-old in White Bear Lake, Minn., reported being abducted and molested. “You keep lying and lying and lying and lying,” a police detective told her. In 2015, a physical therapist in Vallejo, Calif., reported being kidnapped and sexually assaulted. The police called her story a hoax. One lieutenant said that she “owes this community an apology.” In both instances, video footage later surfaced affirming the victims’ reports.

In Marie’s case, and with some of the other cases, the victims hadn’t acted the way the police thought a victim should act. Their affect seemed off, or they declined help from an advocate, or they looked away instead of making eye contact. As a result, their stories became suspect.

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Jesus! I though that sort of official attitude had changed and all but disappeared??

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quote:

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Jesus! I though that sort of official attitude had changed and all but disappeared??



I didn't think it had. A lot of this kind of thing is just more sexist bullshit in a society full of it.

If the police are so concerned about women and girls lying in these types of case why not give them polygraph tests? They do it in other cases. They don't just berate people who are reporting crimes and/or assume they are lying.
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quote:

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quote:

Noserose wrote:

Jesus! I though that sort of official attitude had changed and all but disappeared??



I didn't think it had. A lot of this kind of thing is just more sexist bullshit in a society full of it.

If the police are so concerned about women and girls lying in these types of case why not give them polygraph tests? They do it in other cases. They don't just berate people who are reporting crimes and/or assume they are lying.



Will have to go back and read to see if the dynamic of women not believing women comes into play? Heaven knows Trump's stooges like Kellyanne Conway all but endorsed Moore on the grounds of the WH; totally in opposition of the "Hatch Act!" She's told Alabamians to not believe the women from their own state! Rules were made to be broken by this group! The bar's been set so low I'm not sure how any Republican can vilify a Dem when they've been so accepting of this bigoted, racist animal in the WH! emoticon emoticon

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And you wonder why I am occasionally rude about American society.....
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