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Classmate Says Dayton Shooter Connor Betts Targeted Her in High School: ‘We Predicted He Would Do This’
Jessica Masseth was months into her sophomore year at Bellbrook High School in Ohio when she started getting disturbing text messages from a freshman named Connor Betts.

Betts texted that Masseth was on his “rape list,” describing in detail “what he wanted to do” to her, she said—even sending her the list of all of his proposed victims to prove she wasn’t the only one.

Finally, Masseth said she had enough and went to the police.

“I was not surprised at all when I heard his name on the news yesterday,” she said. “We predicted he would do this 10 years ago.”
Police said they do not have a motive for Betts’ deadly rampage, but Masseth, other classmates, and ex-girlfriends said he expressed violent attitudes going back a decade.
Police said Betts arrived in Dayton’s downtown entertainment district Saturday night in his father’s car with with his younger sister, Megan, and a male acquaintance. Betts fatally shot his sister and wounded the acquaintance, who survived, police said. The acquaintance is not suspected to have played a role in the attack, officials say.
massacre  domestic_violence  warning  ignored  rape  police  baffled  sister 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Pazit Zohar - Eyewitness sworn statement describing Trump conduct...
Eyewitness sworn statement describing Trump conduct with 12 and 13 year old girls at four Epstein parties. Paragraphs 8-14 most related to Trump. Posting this for people who would rather know though horrifying to read. Comment re witness credibility below, as well as more detailed and horrifying sworn statement of the victim.
Trump  Epstein  child  rape  pedophile 
12 weeks ago by Quercki
Why Don’t Police Catch Serial Rapists? - The Atlantic
When the members of Cleveland’s task force began shipping rape kits to the state lab, they didn’t imagine they’d end up fomenting a small revolution in criminology. Yet those evidence boxes uncovered new clues about the behavior of sexual assailants and overturned some basic assumptions—about how often they offend, whom they attack, and how they might be captured.
What struck her first was the sheer number of repeat offenders: Of the rape kits containing DNA that generated a CODIS hit, nearly one in five pointed to a serial rapist—giving the Cleveland investigators leads on some 480 serial predators to date. On a practical level, this suggested that every allegation of rape should be investigated as if it might have been committed by a repeat offender. “The way we’ve traditionally thought of sexual assault is this ‘he said, she said’ situation, where they investigate the sexual assault in isolation,” Lovell told me. Instead, detectives should search for other victims or other violent crimes committed nearby, always presuming that a rapist might have attacked before. “We make those assumptions with burglary, with murder, with almost any other crime,” Lovell said, “but not a sexual assault of an adult.”
crime  police  rape  DNA  serial  rapists 
july 2019 by Quercki
Lessons from testing decades of forgotten rape kits: serial rapists are common, they don't follow a pattern, they're not very bright, and they're often the same men who commit acquaintance rape / Boing Boing
The first insight is that serial rapists are very common and very prolific. Police departments had assumed that rapes with different types of victims and different techniques were committed by different men, but it turns out that serial rapists aren't meticulous and careful repeaters of patterns: they're chaotic and impatient and even if they're looking for a specific kind of woman to attack, if they can't find someone who matches their desires, they'll just attack any handy woman.

So rapists also aren't very smart about their crimes: their poor impulse control leaves behind plenty of physical evidence that can be used to convict them (Former Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty: "These are not the Napoleons of crime. They’re morons. We were letting morons beat us"). They get away with it because the cops don't investigate rapes.

They're also not discriminating as to the kind of crimes they commit: as the old rape kits are subjected to DNA tests, we're learning that many men who've been committed for petty property crimes or non-sexual assaults have also committed strings of rapes. Frequently, these men start with vulnerable women (poor women, sex workers, women with disabilities, women who are addicted) and then rape women with more privilege, which sometimes leads to the police taking action. But the lack of action on rape kits meant that even when a rapist was convicted for an assault on a wealthy white woman, we didn't know about the string of rapes on less-privileged women in his past.
rape  serial  rapists  crime  rape.culture  police  test  data  facts  DNA 
july 2019 by Quercki
Police officers in the US were charged with more than 400 rapes over a 9-year period - CNN
According to research from Bowling Green State University, police officers in the US were charged with forcible rape 405 times between 2005 and 2013. That's an average of 45 a year. Forcible fondling was more common, with 636 instances.
Yet experts say those statistics are, by no means, comprehensive. Data on sexual assaults by police are almost nonexistent, they say.
"It's just not available at all," said Jonathan Blanks, a research associate with the Cato Institute's Project on Criminal Justice. "You can only crowdsource this info."
police  rape  statistics 
june 2019 by Quercki
On Likability | Tin House
I think, perhaps, one reason — maybe the primary reason — that the world tries so hard to pressure us to be likable (and to punish us when we aren’t) is because they are afraid we will realize that if we don’t need anyone to like us we can be any way we want. We can tell any story. We can tell the truth.
women  likeable  power  rape  politics 
march 2019 by Quercki
How rape goes unpunished in AmericaReveal
For example, the Oakland Police Department in California cleared 60 percent of rapes reported in 2016, according to agency data. For every case they resolved through arrest, Oakland police cleared more than three by exceptional means, data provided by the department shows.

Across the country, dozens of law enforcement agencies are making it appear as though they have solved a significant share of their rape cases when they simply have closed them, according to an investigation by Newsy, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica based on data from more than 60 police agencies nationwide.

They are able to declare cases resolved through what’s known as exceptional clearance. Federal guidelines allow police to use the classification when they have enough evidence to make an arrest and know who and where the suspect is, but can’t make an arrest for reasons outside their control.

Although criminal justice experts say the designation is supposed to be used sparingly, our data analysis shows that many departments rely heavily on exceptional clearance, which can make it appear that they are better at solving rape cases than they actually are.

Because exceptional clearance data is not readily accessible to the public, we read through hundreds of police reports and sent more than 100 public records requests to the largest law enforcement agencies in the country. We analyzed data for more than 70,000 rape cases, providing an unprecedented look at how America’s police close them.

Nearly half of the law enforcement agencies that provided records cleared more rapes through exceptional means than by actually arresting a suspect in 2016, the data analysis shows.
rape  police 
november 2018 by Quercki
No prison time for ex-Houston doctor who raped heavily sedated patient
A former Texas doctor who raped a heavily sedated patient won't serve prison time after he was found guilty of the crime Thursday.

Shafeeq Sheikh, a former Baylor College of Medicine physician, was sentenced to 10 years' probation Friday, and he must now register as a sex offender.

Jurors recommended the sentencing, which visiting Senior District Judge Terry L. Flenniken was required to follow by law, according to the Houston Chronicle.

In 2013, a woman, identified in local media as Laura, checked into Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. She was being treated for shortness of breath and wheezing; she was kept overnight and sedated.

Police said Dr. Shafeeq Sheikh went into her room several times through the night and sexually assaulted her.
sexual_assault  news  rape 
october 2018 by Quercki
(84) Alright y'all, stick with me. I'm about to go... - Katherine Wela Bogen
FEWER THAN 2% of reports are considered false because an accuser has *actually admitted to intentionally lying.*
rape  false  false_accusation  statistics 
october 2018 by Quercki
Trajectory Analysis of the Campus Serial Rapist Assumption | Adolescent Medicine | JAMA Pediatrics | JAMA Network
At a Glance

This study tested the assumption that most college men who commit rape do so consistently across time.

10.8% (178 of 1642) of the college men reported perpetrating at least 1 rape from 14 years of age through the end of college.

Analyses revealed 3 cohesive groups of men in terms of their likelihood to commit rape across time: men with low or time-limited (92.6%), decreasing (5.3%), and increasing (2.1%) patterns.

Most men (72.8%) who committed college rape only did so during 1 academic year.

Exclusive emphasis on serial predation to guide risk identification, judicial response, and rape-prevention programs is misguided.
rape  research 
september 2018 by Quercki
Deborah Copaken: My Rapist Apologized - The Atlantic
On Friday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that he has “no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.”

Let me tell you what life was like as a girl in Montgomery County, Maryland, in the early 1980s. I am a year older than Christine Blasey Ford and a year younger than Brett Kavanaugh. I grew up in Potomac, Maryland, a few miles from both Holton Arms, Ford’s school, and Georgetown Prep, which Kavanaugh attended, but I went to my local public high school, Churchill. Never mind that any girl who was in high school in Potomac during that era knew, through the whisper network, not to go to a Georgetown Prep party alone. That was a given. What was also a given is that “date rape,” as a term, was in its infancy. Most of us thought getting our bodies groped at a high-school party—or anywhere—was the unfortunate price we paid for having them, not something we would ever go to the police to report.
rape  Kavanaugh 
september 2018 by Quercki
(54) TW: Rape. Also, I’m mad, so my spelling sucks.... - Corey Bennett Williams
I had been raped before and not pursued criminal prosecution. This time I did. It was awful. Traumatic. Insanely stressful on all of my relationships and was a big part of the end of my marriage. I was on truvada and kaletra prophylacticlly to prevent hiv. I lost weight from the drugs- vomiting and diarrhea . I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t watch a movie or eat at a table with anyone behind me.

So why don’t women not come forward? I’ll tell you why. Because we don’t actually prosecute rapes in this country. Whether someone sees their rapist went arrested is up to the DA. When we do prosecute rape, we tear the victim apart. And more than 95% of the time, we don’t put rapist behind bars.

So, why don’t women come forward? Because they’ve done the math and they know the overwhelming likelihood is that it won’t matter.

So, when a woman sees her rapist run for a prominent position or be elevated to the highest court and the land and finally decides that she will come you know what that is? It’s a gift to us. It is her sacrificial gift.
rape  rapists  rape.culture 
september 2018 by Quercki
The truth about false rape accusations — Quartz
False rape accusations loom large in the cultural imagination. We don’t forget the big ones: The widely-read 2014 Rolling Stone article, later retracted, about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia; the 2006 accusations against innocent members of the Duke University lacrosse team. These cases are readily cited by defense attorneys and Republican lawmakers and anyone else who wants a reason to discuss the dangers of false allegations. What if a woman has consensual sex, and then regrets it the next day? What if a woman gets dumped by her boyfriend and decides to accuse him of rape as revenge? What if she’s just doing it for attention? Are false accusations reaching epidemic levels in today’s hard-drinking hookup culture, where the lines of consent have been blurred? Critics argue that reports of rape should be treated with more caution, since men’s lives are so often ruined by women’s malicious lies.

But my research—including academic studies, journalistic accounts, and cases recorded in the US National Registry of Exonerations—suggests that every part of this narrative is wrong. What’s more, it’s wrong in ways that help real rapists escape justice, while perversely making it more likely that we will miss the signs of false reports.
Innocent men rarely face rape charges
false_accusation  rape  truth 
september 2018 by Quercki
ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES: More Men Are Raped in US Than Women?
In 2008, the general percentages of sexual assault per 1000 non-institutionalized persons over the age of 12 in the US were 0.3% for men and 1.3% for women.  However hard I try, I cannot make the magnitude ranking of those percentages flip by adding that prison-and-jail data with proper population weights. Because the female victimization rate inside prisons and jails is still higher than the male victimization rates.

Looking at the population inside prisons and jails does decrease the overall difference between female and male sexual assault victimization rates. That's because the male population of prisons and jails is much higher than the female population and because sexual assault is much more common in those institutional settings than in the general population.

But it doesn't flip the percentages.  The Daily Mail article is wrong: Self-reported rates of sexual assault are still considerably higher for women than for men.
rape  men  prison  statistics 
may 2018 by Quercki
They reported sexual harassment. Then the retaliation began | PBS NewsHour
Some women interviewed said they never reported the harassment for fear of retaliation. In a survey of nearly 2,000 Forest Service employees in California, conducted by the USDA Office of Inspector General last summer, the majority of respondents said they knew of the agency’s “zero tolerance” policy for harassment. But the survey, released in February 2018, also showed that most who experienced harassment did not report it, either because they didn’t trust the reporting process, didn’t believe that the process would be confidential, or feared a negative impact on their job.
sexual_harassment  rape  forest_service 
march 2018 by Quercki
Rebecca Solnit on the #MeToo Backlash | Literary Hub
This thing has gone too far. It has terrified people, driven them out of their workplaces and even professions, made them afraid to speak up and punished them for speaking. This thing, by which I mean misogyny and violence against women (and girls, and men, and boys, and even babies, but I’m going to skip the horrific baby story that was reported last week). The #MeToo upheaval is an attempt to address something old and deep and very destructive, and if you’ve forgotten how serious it is let’s take a visit to my favorite radical-feminist data center, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. There you can learn that there were an estimated 323,450 rapes or sexual assaults in 2016, as well as 1,109,610 reported incidents of domestic violence. Less than a quarter of those rapes are reported to police; slightly over half of the domestic violence incidents are.

Roughly 3,000,000 rapes over a decade is a lot of raping, and the figures are, for various reasons, a very low, conservative estimate.
#MeToo  sexual_harassment  rape 
february 2018 by Quercki
Mythcommunication: It’s Not That They Don’t Understand, They Just Don’t Like The Answer |
As we’ve seen, the literal meaning of a message is only one aspect of the message, and the way it’s delivered can signal something entirely different.  Rapists are not missing the literal meaning, I think it’s clear.  What they’re doing is ignoring the literal message (refusal) and paying very close attention to the meta-message.  I tell my niece, “if a guy offers to buy you a drink and you say no, and he pesters you until you say okay, what he wants for his money is to find out if you can be talked out of no.”  The rapist doesn’t listen to refusals, he probes for signs of resistance in the meta-message, the difference between a target who doesn’t want to but can be pushed, and a target who doesn’t want to and will stand by that even if she has to be blunt.  It follows that the purpose of setting clear boundaries is not to be understood — that’s not a problem — but to be understood to be too hard a target.
rape  rape.culture  rapists  harassment  No  communication 
january 2018 by Quercki
Too Many Rapes Dismissed | East Bay Express
Although Anderson’s case was considered to be “founded,” that is, an actual rape, the story of how OPD botched her case illustrates the ways in which law enforcement agencies can mishandle and misidentify sexual assaults.

According to FBI data, East Bay law enforcement agencies have determined that hundreds of rape reports they’ve received in the past four years were “unfounded,” that is, they were determined by investigators to be false or baseless. Experts say a high rate of unfounded cases can be an indicator of poor investigatory practices. An analysis published last year by the nonprofit open government advocacy group the Sunlight Foundation found that three East Bay police departments—Concord, Berkeley, and Oakland—have some of the highest rates of unfounded rape cases in the country. The high rates raise concerns that these agencies have done a poor job investigating sexual assaults.
rape  Oakland  Concord  Berkeley  police  statistics  data 
january 2018 by Quercki
KatyKatiKate: not that bad Aziz Ansari
Grace's story is common. It's so common that I don't have to imagine it because I remember it. I laugh about it without smiling. It's the story of so much bad sex. And when I hear that bad sex described as a sexual assault, it forces me to reexamine my own history. And see, I just started feeling strong again. 

I believe her; I don't agree with her. 
I'm telling you this not because I think she is wrong, 
but because I think I am. 

You have to understand that many women approach humiliating and uncomfortable sex from a place of "it's not that bad."

Part of "not that bad" is a preemptive minimization of our experiences. You know, the way Fat Amy calls herself Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect so that the other girls can't do it first? It's our armor.

I know what people will say when I tell them that I had a professor who put his arm around me (I was 19) and asked why we weren't dating, while his hand stroked the bare skin of my shoulder (it was spring.)
sexual_harassment  rape 
january 2018 by Quercki
You've heard of rape culture, but have you heard of pedophile culture?
In pedophile culture, women are outright pressured to regularly shave or wax their nether regions and underarms. The cosmetics industry — again, targeted at women — peddles “anti-aging” creams and lotions that will make our skin “baby soft!”

In pedophile culture, we casually refer to grown women as “girls.” We have a word specifically for attractive female teenagers: jailbait. Women are sexualized as chicks, kittens, and babes.

In pedophile culture, I often catch men in public checking me out with eyes full of lust, until they see the hair on my legs — at which point, they resort to a theatrical display of disgust.
pedophilia  rape  culture  sexism 
november 2017 by Quercki
Men hate us | Purple Sage
Then I saw this picture yesterday and it’s the perfect illustration of how men openly hate women.

This banner was hung by misogynist frat boys near the University of Cincinnati:

This banner was created to warn (threaten?) women that if they come near they can expect to be given rough blow jobs (which means having a penis shoved down their throats until they gag.) The fact that the text is addressed to a parent of the woman instead of the woman herself makes it even more creepy. The words “your daughter” makes it sound like their target victim is a young woman, presumably a college freshman. The fact that they are addressing this to a parent of a college freshman makes it sound as though the message is addressed to parents (most likely fathers) who are dropping off their freshman daughters at college for the first time. They don’t seem to be the least bit ashamed of communicating to fathers what they will be doing to abuse their daughters. It seems as though they are expecting other men to find this funny.
rape  rape.culture  college  frat  misogyny  hate 
july 2017 by Quercki
Meet the woman making rape jokes that are actually funny
Truscott tells her audience that she understands why people didn't believe Bill Cosby, the stand-up dad of America, could rape anyone because a rapist is usually someone you know and trust. She jokes about how ironic it is that Tosh is "the poster child for rape jokes" because "he looks exactly like a date rapist: college educated, white and clean cut." She role plays with men in the audience, putting cream in their coffee and milk in their cereal even when they tell her no over and over again. She says that while women are blamed for wearing clothes that lure a rapist in, all a rapist has to wear is "pants and a blind look of entitlement."
comedy  rape 
july 2017 by Quercki
The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture | Dating Tips for the Feminist Man
To completely transform this culture of misogyny, then, men must do more than ‘not assault.’ We must call on masculinity to become whole and nurturing of self and others, to recognize that attachment needs are healthy and normal and not ‘female,’ and thus to expect of men to heal themselves and others the same way we expect women to ‘be nurturers.’ It is time men recognize and nurture their own healing gifts.
men  culture  rape  violence  peace  Love  solutions  feminism 
june 2017 by Quercki
NYT's New Writer Doesn't Believe in the Campus Rape Epidemic | The Mary Sue
Earlier this month, the New York Times, reveling in an influx of Trump-driven subscriptions, betrayed their new campaign of truth-seeking and hired a climate change denier and anti-Arab xenophobe to their editorial board. As Marykate wrote after the announcement, over at the Wall Street Journal, *Bret Stephens* has called climate change a “mass hysteria phenomenon” and the Palestinian mindset as “a communal psychosis.”

Now, in an interview with Vox, Stephens has doubled down on some of his most offensive views. Like, for instance, the climate change stuff, the belief that campus rape is an overblown if not entirely “imaginary enemy,” and the fact that, as he feels the need to point out, “all lives matter.” (Quick reminder: saying “black lives matter” is in no way disputing that notion.)
NYT  climatechange  denier  rape 
may 2017 by Quercki
Download the National Statistics Domestic Violence Fact Sheet

View all our domestic violence fact sheets 

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.1
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.1
On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.9
The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.10
Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.2
Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.2
19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.2
Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.2
Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.2
1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime.1
Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.11
domestic_violence  rape  murder  statistics  men  abuse  family 
april 2017 by Quercki
The Woman Students Call When They’ve Been Raped On Campus
She runs SurvJustice, a nonprofit that in its brief lifespan is credited with ushering in at least 120 federal investigations of schools around the country. She spent time at Joe Biden’s official vice presidential residence, and one of Biden’s former advisers, Lynn Rosenthal, sits on SurvJustice’s board. State and federal lawmakers ask her to endorse legislation. Still, Dunn wants more. Much more.
“I’m always mad that we’re not bigger,” said Dunn, matter-of-factly. “I want to be Gloria Allred big. People know if your civil rights get violated, you go to the ACLU. I want people to know if you get raped, you go to SurvJustice.”
college  rape  justice  solution 
february 2017 by Quercki
Inside The Strange, Paranoid World Of Julian Assange - BuzzFeed News
And once you have fallen foul of Assange — challenged him too openly, criticised him in public, not toed the line loyally enough — you are done. There is no such thing as honest disagreement, no such thing as a loyal opposition differing on a policy or political stance.
To criticise Assange is to be a careerist, to sell your soul for power or advantage, to be a spy or an informer. To save readers a Google search or two, he would tell you I was in WikiLeaks as an “intern” for a period of “weeks”, and during that time acted as a mole for The Guardian, stole documents, and had potential ties to MI5. Compared to some who’ve criticised Assange, I got off fairly lightly.
Those who have faced the greatest torments are, of course, the two women who accused Assange of sexual offences in Sweden in the summer of 2010. The details of what happened over those few days remain a matter for the Swedish justice system, not speculation, but having seen and heard Assange and those around him discuss the case, having read out the court documents, and having followed the extradition case in the UK all the way to the supreme court, I know it is a real, complicated sexual assault and rape case. It is no CIA smear, and it relates to Assange’s role at WikiLeaks only in that his work there is how they met.
Julian_Assange  wikileaks  rape 
october 2016 by Quercki
(22) Susan M Gere - I'm surprised this hasn't gotten more attention....
Susan M Gere sure, anything can be fabricated--and Snopes is no more, or less, than a couple of folks who spend a lot more time searching the internets than any of us are able to... I'll quote the real life attorney (has argued before the CA S.C.) that I saw the link from below, and he seems to take it seriously.

'For anyone who's following this legal saga, the lawsuit by the pseudonymous Jane Doe against Trump, alleging that he raped her back in 1994 when she was 13, was dismissed in mid-September, but was re-filed yesterday. Apparently they tried to re-file it last Friday, but someone clicked on a wrong button on the online filing web page or something, so it didn't get officially filed until yesterday. (I don't know ANYONE that's ever had anything like that happen to them...)
The complaint in the new lawsuit, linked below, is identical to the complaint in the previous one, except it includes a very brief declaration from another witness, known as Joan Doe, saying that Jane Doe told her about the rape in 1994. It seems a bit weird to me that they'd dismiss and re-file the lawsuit -- which, among other things, cost them an additional $400 filing fee -- just to get Joan Doe's two-paragraph declaration attached to the complaint, but possibly the motivation was that that was the only way they could get it before the court, since it's probably inadmissible as evidence because it's hearsay. Unless you've suffered through a law school Evidence class, there's a good chance that "hearsay" doesn't mean quite what you think it means, but nevertheless, trust me, it is.
Anyway, I had guessed that they dropped the previous lawsuit because Trump quietly paid them off, but apparently I was overly cynical. It's back on. Here's the complaint, with attached declarations from the plaintiff and two witnesses.'
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Susan M Gere p.s. the above comment was dated Oct 4, before the audiotape hit the streets.

Jon Berger
Jon Berger I'm the real-life attorney Susan was quoting. I pulled the complaint off PACER, the online docketing system the federal courts use. (Stands for Public Access to Court Electronic Records.) Anyone who wants a PACER account can create one, so if you want to confirm that this lawsuit is the real deal, just sign up for your own and go to the page for the Southern District of New York and look up case number 1:16-cv-07673-RA. Of course, who knows, the entire PACER system could be a fake planted by the Clintons to make Trump look bad; anyone who's determined not to accept the truth can always find one more thing to question. But I consider it pretty reliable, as does every other lawyer who practices in federal courts.

The lawyer for Ms. Doe did in fact say that his reason for dismissing and re-filing the lawsuit was to gather more evidence, by which he presumably meant the declaration of Joan Doe, which is attached to the new complaint but wasn't attached to the first New York one. That's a really bizarre reason, though. Ordinarily you don't attach declarations to complaints at all, and there's certainly no rule that says that if you don't attach evidence to the complaint, you don't get to bring it up later. If they'd wanted to bring in Joan Doe later, they could have; there was no need to dismiss and re-file for that. So I have doubts that that was the real reason, as I explained in the post Susan quoted.

Anyway, it's certainly true that this lawsuit is in the early stages. Nobody has given any evidence yet; there haven't been any depositions or interrogatories or exchanges of information. Right now it's nothing but a few pages of accusations, and anybody can make an accusation, and anybody who wants to pay a $400 filing fee can make it in the form of a complaint in a civil lawsuit. That doesn't make the accusations true by a long shot. But there's no question at all that this woman really is claiming that this stuff happened and really is suing him over it.
Trump  rape  13-year-old 
october 2016 by Quercki
The facts about Hillary Clinton and the Kathy Shelton rape case - The Washington Post
The Facts

In 1975, Clinton — then Hillary Rodham — was a 27-year-old law instructor running a legal aid clinic at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After a 41-year-old factory worker was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl, he asked the judge to replace his court-appointed male attorney with a female one. The judge went through the list of a half-dozen women practicing law in the county and picked Clinton. She has said she was not thrilled with the assignment but felt she had little choice but to take the court appointment — which the prosecutor in the case confirmed to CNN.

Court records describe a sad tale. Shelton, at the time 12 years old, went out for a late-night drive with Tom Taylor, then 41, a 20-year-old cousin, and a 15-year-old boy with whom she was apparently infatuated. They bought a pint of Old Grand-Dad whisky, which was mixed with Coca-Cola for Shelton. After hanging out at a bowling alley for a few hours, they allegedly drove to a ravine where the two older men left Shelton and the 15-year-old together. The two then had sex, the boy told police. After they were finished, Taylor approached the truck and apparently attacked Shelton. The boy reported that Shelton screamed and he saw Taylor hitching up his pants.
Hillary  Kathy_Shelton  rape 
october 2016 by Quercki
(8) Washington Post - Timeline
The rape victim is angry at Clinton for requesting a psychiatric exam. But court records show the request was denied.
Hillary  Kathy_Shelton  rape 
october 2016 by Quercki
Hillary Clinton Freed Child Rapist :
WHAT'S FALSE: Hillary Clinton did not volunteer to be the defendant's lawyer, she did not laugh about the case's outcome, she did not assert that the complainant "made up the rape story," she did not claim she knew the defendant to be guilty, and she did not "free" the defendant.
Hillary  rape  false 
october 2016 by Quercki
Here Is Juanita Broaddrick's Affidavit That Destroys Trump's Attack On Hillary Clinton
Trump’s media (Breitbart) reports angrily on how this woman was raped and abused by the Clintons, as if Breitbart hasn’t been justifying and enabling abuse of women — including their own reporter who was assaulted by Trump’s then campaign manager. Donald Trump even retweeted an unverified Twitter account claiming to be Broaddrick Saturday night.

Except she denied these accusations under oath, when she could be held accountable for her claims. It’s also not relevant because again, Bill Clinton isn’t running for president. If accusations are gospel to Trump et al, then the many women who are currently accusing Donald Trump of rape and/or sexual assault and/or rape of a minor would be treated very differently by Republicans and Breitbart.
Trump  rape  lies  Bill  Clinton 
october 2016 by Quercki
Dangerous Women Speak Truth to Power in Patriarchy's Dying Breath
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We are facing an online epidemic of violence against women. Of threats and harassment. We must #ReclaimTheInternet. 

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death  rape  rape.culture  harassment  sexism  misogyny 
september 2016 by Quercki
Stop Telling Women To Stay Sober - MTV

In June, Stanford University student and rapist Brock Turner received a six-month prison sentence for assaulting an unconscious woman in January 2015, a punishment so light it got the world’s attention. The next day, BuzzFeed published the lengthy letter his victim had read to his face in court prior to the sentencing. In it, only one paragraph is devoted to the subject of alcohol.

Before his conviction, Turner had claimed that intoxication — his own, and his victim’s — factored into what happened that night. The subject of Turner’s criminal attentions wasn’t having it; “Alcohol is not an excuse,” she wrote. “Is it a factor? Yes. But alcohol was not the one who stripped me, fingered me, had my head dragging against the ground, with me almost fully naked.” She added that Turner’s expressed regret for drinking that night didn’t amount to regret for committing rape. “We were both drunk, the difference is I did not take off your pants and underwear, touch you inappropriately, and run away. That’s the difference.”

It seems so simple, yet it does not appear that Stanford University fully understands that difference. Still dealing with the furor over Turner’s light sentence, the school announced on Tuesday a ban of hard liquor at undergraduate parties.
Stanford  rape  Brock_Turner  alcohol  victim-blaming 
august 2016 by Quercki
College Sexual Assault, Campus Rape Victims Aftermath
The new program on the list, RealConsent, teaches undergraduate men about informed consent, bystander intervention, empathy, communication skills, alcohol, and gender socialization. Which is to say, it aims to undo their first 18 or 20 years of exposure to the ideals of toxic masculinity: male dominance, casual misogyny, hypersexuality, and the suppression of all strong emotions except anger. It aims to teach them that women and other non-masculine people are human, because our culture generally does such a lousy job of that.

It’s a start — a germ of hope. It is something to do, for administrators who are desperate — for both the noblest and most craven of reasons — to do something. In the meantime, though, more than 50% of college sexual violence survivors don’t bother to report it,
If we want to solve the problem of rape on campus, and everywhere else, we can’t rely on one-hour programs and six-week online modules at the undergraduate level. We need to root out toxic masculinity and contempt for the feminine where it begins — in childhood. That means we must encourage our boys to expect support and love when they’re hurt and vulnerable, so they feel safe expressing a full range of human emotion. We must stop forcing our children to hug unfamiliar friends and relatives, and teach them from day one that their bodies are their own. We must stop worrying that comprehensive sex ed will put ideas into tweens’ heads and start worrying that it’s not nearly comprehensive enough, if it doesn’t cover meaningful consent and healthy relationships.

The question shouldn’t be “What are colleges doing to prevent sexual violence” but “What are kindergartens doing? What are elementary schools doing?” Lessons in healthy boundaries, personal autonomy, empathy, and kindness can and should be taught at any age. Most college administrators and educators sincerely want to keep their students safe, but they’re up against a culture that sends children confusing and damaging messages about gender roles, sexuality, and violence from day one. Until we all get serious about changing that, there will still be too many young survivors, and too many of those afraid to ask for help.
rape  college  solutions 
august 2016 by Quercki
Complaint: Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein
Case 1:16-cv-04642 Document 1 Filed 06/20/16 Page 1 of 9

--------------------------------------------------------------JANE DOE, proceeding under a pseudonym,
Case No.:

Plaintiff Jane Doe, proceeding under a pseudonym, brings this action against Donald J.
Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein, and alleges that:
Trump  rape  rapists  pedophile  lawsuit  facts 
july 2016 by Quercki
Donald Trump & Jeffrey Epstein Rape Lawsuit and Affidavits
 4 Trump had known Defendant Epstein for seven years (
 New York,
 10/28/02), and knew that Plaintiff was then just 13 years old. Exhs. A and B. 10.
Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties. On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to
 pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted. Exhs. A and
Trump  rape  rapists  pedophile  lawsuit 
july 2016 by Quercki
Meet the woman making rape jokes that are actually funny | Fusion
Then, I finally said, “I’ll tell you how it makes me feel. Really angry because I don’t want to hear about who was raped. There’s three male students in the class and you. So I want to know if four people raped, which one of you raped us?
rape  rape.culture  comedy 
june 2016 by Quercki
Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Reveal New Insights
According to the Cut, the Case Western study is related to a larger effort to process a huge backlog of rape kits in the Cleveland area. Researchers were able to look at 248 high priority rape case files, and found noteworthy differences between serial rapists and one time offenders.

"About a quarter of the serial offenders in this sample had previously been arrested for sexual assault, and 60 percent would have a subsequent sexual-assault arrest. The majority of both serial and onetime sexual offenders had a history of a felony-level arrest, but serial offenders' histories were more extensive and violent. Serial rapists were also more likely to kidnap their victims, commit the assault outdoors, and threaten victims with a weapon.

Case Western researchers also wrote in a brief that "it is very likely that a sexual offender has either previously sexually assaulted or will offend again in the future."

As result, they recommend authorities alter their approach to investigating rape cases.
"Investigating each sexual assault as possibly being perpetrated by a serial offender has the potential to reduce the number of sexual assaults if the focus of the investigation is more on the offender than on a single incident. Serial offenders have traditionally been investigated according to the consistency of the assault or the MO (e.g., who they assault, where they assault, how they assault). For example, our findings seem to suggest that MOs (while definitely important to track for investigative purposes, especially when DNA is present) are not a consistently reliable link across assaults and thus a missed opportunity to solve unsolved sexual assaults and an opportunity to prevent future offending."
rape  rapists  police  data 
june 2016 by Quercki
Everything You Need To Know About Oakland's Sex Crime Scandal and Firing of Three Police Chiefs in a Week | East Bay Express
News is flying about Oakland police's sexual misconduct and revolving door police-chief situation. So, here's a quick roundup of all of the East Bay Express' reporting by Darwin BondGraham and Ali Winston on OPD's explosive sex-crime and human-trafficking scandal, and also Mayor Libby Schaaf's unprecedented week of canning three police chiefs.

First, the Express blew the story wide open a week ago, on June 10, with this exposé on the firing of OPD chief Sean Whent. This was the first reporting to really lay out the scope of the Oakland police sex-crime scandal: the many officers from multiple agencies who slept with a teenaged sex worker, how the scandal extended to top police brass, how officers leaked the victim confidential information on undercover operations, how police leadership covered it all up, and why the mayor really fired former chief Whent. This piece also was the first media account to discredit Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's claim that chief Whent resigned for "personal reasons." Whent was fired on the morning of June 10, and this story dropped that evening.

We followed this story up with a richer, narrative-driven piece on June 15, Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager. 

Less than a day after "Badge of Dishonor" was published, Oakland's mayor dismissed interim chief Ben Fairow after less than six days on the job, citing something in Fairow's past that made him unfit to lead OPD at this time. She tapped assistant OPD Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa as the next interim boss.

But then, yesterday, Mayor Schaaf fired Figueroa, the third police chief in a week to be removed.
Oakland  police  misconduct  racism  rape 
june 2016 by Quercki
Rape Culture & Statistics | The Order of the White Feather
1 in 6 (17%) men are victims of sexual violence. Similar to above. The figure most often seen when calculating the number of men sexually abused or assaulted in their lifetime. (Source in Canada) (Source in US and Canada)
600 people are raped every day in the USA, one every two minutes. (RAINN)
1 in 3 (30-35%) of men would rape if they knew they’d get away with it. (Source. Plus, second source 11 years later showing the same percentage: Kilpatrick)
1 in 6 or 7 (14-16%) reported cases will ever see the inside of a courtroom. This was a figure given to me by my own sexual assault attorney back in 2012. I took his word for it, especially after all the research I did coupled with my own experience with the police, as well as experiences like this.
1 in 16 (6.5%) men are rapists. 2002 Lisak study, although other studies show as high as nearly 15%, or 1 in 7 men.
Only 27% whose assault met the legal definition of rape consider themselves rape victims, so great is the minimization and normalization of sexual assault in our society. (Source)
Only 40% of rapes are reported to the police. (RAINN)
There’s a 50% chance a person will develop PTSD after rape. (Source)
Between 60% and 99% of rapes and sexual assault are perpetrated by men onto women, children, other men, and transgender people. (Source) Please stop shouting “women rape too” as a derailed when the discussion defaults to the male pronoun as perpetrator. Yes, they do, and they account for between 1% – 40% of the rapes perpetrated. Important to remember, and it’s also important to validate those survivors who were raped by a woman. For more information, please read my disclaimer page.
rape  statistics  data 
june 2016 by Quercki
National Sexual Violence Resource Center Info & Stats For Journalists Statistics about sexual violence
Sexual violence in the U.S.
One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (a)
46.4% lesbians, 74.9% bisexual women and 43.3% heterosexual women reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, while 40.2% gay men, 47.4% bisexual men and 20.8% heterosexual men reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes. (p)
Nearly one in 10 women has been raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration or alcohol/drug-facilitated completed penetration. Approximately one in 45 men has been made to penetrate an intimate partner during his lifetime. (b)
91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male (o)
In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the person who sexually assaulted them (l)
8% of rapes occur while the victim is at work (e)
Cost and Impact
rape  statistics  data 
june 2016 by Quercki
Rapist Brock Turner texted pals photos of victim's breasts / Boing Boing
Several images that prosecutors referenced during the trial are included. Santa Clara County Superior Court and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office released the case documents Friday.

The newly released photos include a snapshot of Brock Turner smoking a pipe, another of a bong, and another of a young man prosecutors say was Turner's swim team buddy, holding a bong. The court documents also include a photo sent via the "Group Me" app that is said to be the victim's breasts, photographed at the time of the sexual assault.
rape.culture  rape  men  solutions  prevention 
june 2016 by Quercki
Brock Turner: DA gets judge kicked off new sex case - San Jose Mercury News
Santa Clara County prosecutors filed the peremptory challenge against Judge Aaron Persky on Tuesday morning, automatically preventing him from presiding over a preliminary hearing for a Kaiser Permanente surgical nurse accused of sexually assaulting a sedated woman.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in a 2011 file photo. (Jason Doiy/The Recorder via Associated Press)
The move came the day after Persky took the unusual step of dismissing an unrelated misdemeanor case Monday -- in mid-trial. But the controversy first began earlier this month, after Persky sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman outside a campus frat party, sparing him from a prison sentence sought by prosecutors. The light sentence sparked global outrage and a looming recall threat after the victim's emotional 12-page impact statement went viral.

"We are disappointed and puzzled at Judge Persky's unusual decision to unilaterally dismiss a case before the jury could deliberate,'' District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a written statement. "After this and the recent turn of events, we lack confidence that Judge Persky can fairly participate in this upcoming hearing in which a male nurse sexually assaulted an anesthetized female patient.''
Judge  Aaron_Persky  rape  recall 
june 2016 by Quercki
Whoah...What's the Math On NOT Getting Raped? | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Whoah...What's the Math On NOT Getting Raped?
Abby Zimet
The ever-fabulous Garry Trudeau takes a hard-hitting look at sexual assault of women in the U.S. military. He just keeps getting better with age.
rape  rape.culture  military  Doonesbury  comic 
june 2016 by Quercki
Analysis of Untested Rape Kits Reveals Serial Rapists Are 'Far More Common' Than We Thought
An initiative to test almost 5,000 previously untested rape kits in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has resulted in over 250 convictions, as well as unsettling information about sex offenders’ behavior, according to a press release from Case Western Reserve University.

A team of researchers at the university’s Begun Center, led by Drs. Daniel Flannery and Rachel Lovell, were given nearly $500,000 of Justice Department money to go through data collected from the county’s backlog of sexual assault kits.

On Monday, CWRU announced the results of the investigation, which are available in a series of briefs posted here. The most alarming of these suggests that serial rapists are far more common than we might have assumed—of the 243 kits studied, 51 percent were linked to serial offenders, “who generally had more extensive and violent criminal histories than one-time sexual offenders.” Among the serial offenders identified, 26 percent had previously been arrested for sexual assault and 60 percent were subsequently arrested for a sexual assault unrelated to the one being tested.

The study also found that serial offenders and one-time offenders exhibited different behavior. According to the report, offenses committed by serial rapists more often involved kidnapping, verbally and physically threatening the victims, and using or threatening the use of weapons.
rape  kits  data 
june 2016 by Quercki
Begun Center News | Begun Center Selected to Assist with Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kits | The Begun CenterThe Begun Center
Data and Method Brief
This brief provides a description of the data, sampling, methods, and data limitations of the SAK Pilot Research Project. Utilizing data provided by the Prosecutor’s office via an electronic database of documents used for prosecution, the Begun Center research team gleaned information about the investigative process and entered these data into a quantitative database. The Pilot Research Project focuses on unsubmitted SAKs with completed investigations as of August 2015. | Read Report |

Victim’s Brief
This brief provides a description of these victims in terms of their demographics, criminal history prior to and after the sexual assault, relationship to the offender, and degree of perceived cooperation during the initial investigation in the 243 sexual assaults analyzed for the SAK Pilot Research Project. | Read Report |

Serial vs Single Sexual Offenders Brief
This brief provides a comparison of serial offenders and one-time offenders in terms of their demographics, criminal histories prior to and after the assault, relationship to the offender, and modus operandi in the 243 sexual assaults analyzed for the SAK Pilot Research Project. Serial offender status was determined based on the number of CODIS hits or sexual offense arrests in the offender’s criminal history. | Read Report |
rape  data  police  test  serial  rapists 
june 2016 by Quercki
In Their Words: The Swedish Heroes Who Caught The Stanford Sexual Assailant - BuzzFeed News
As Arndt and Jonsson approached the dumpsters where Turner was attacking his victim, they said they immediately knew something was wrong.
“We saw that she was not moving, while he was moving a lot,” Arndt said in Swedish. “So we stopped and thought, ‘This is very strange.’”
The two graduate students quickly decided to approach Turner to see what was going on. Jonsson approached him first, Arndt said, while he followed.
“When he got up we saw that she still wasn’t moving at all, so we walked up and asked something like, ‘What are you doing?’”
In the victim’s letter, she describes pictures she saw of herself behind that dumpster:
“Unconscious, with my hair disheveled, long necklace wrapped around my neck, bra pulled out of my dress, dress pulled off over my shoulders and pulled up above my waist, … butt naked all the way down to my boots, legs spread apart,” she wrote. She had dirt pine needles in her hair and inside her vagina.
The friends exchanged a few short words with Turner before he suddenly turned to run away from them. Jonsson chased after Turner and managed to catch up with him and tackle him a few feet away.
Arndt leaned over to make sure the unconscious victim was still alive. “She lay perfectly still,” he said.
The two men then restrained Turner and called the police. They held down the then-19-year-old swimmer until the police arrived. The men gave their reports to police and provided testimony in the trial, though they never came face-to-face
with Turner’s victim.
Stanford  rape  heroes  rape.culture  rapist 
june 2016 by Quercki
How To Help Someone Heal From A Rape or Sexual Asault - Band Back Together
Things To Say To Someone Who Has Been Raped:

"I believe you."

"I'm so sorry this happened to you."

"This is not your fault."

"How can I help?"

"Would you like me to find a support group for you?"

"I'm here if you want to talk."

"I'm here if you don't want to talk."

"You are not alone."
rape  allies  howto  health 
march 2016 by Quercki
Decoding Slut | mainer74
For a westerner to laugh at that same joke is disturbing.  Examine what this pardigim requires to be true.  For if a man’s worth is increased by sexual knowledge of many women, and a woman’s worth is decreased by sexual knowledge of many men, then a man is literally taking a woman’s worth away by having sex with her.  This is the language of conquest, for in making love we are not exchanging anything, I am taking from you.  The job implied by the joke is for men to prove their power or worth by conquering many women, and cautioning women that their worth could be easily lost by such conquest.

So basically western thought still accept the premise that all heterosexual sex is rape.  That my wife and I do not make love, I rape her.  Those women that I have known over my life I have taken from, not an honest exchange of love and or pleasure, but the outright theft of their worth, as I built mine by taking hers away.
slut-shaming  worth  rape  Heathen  Love  chattel  property 
january 2016 by Quercki
How I Went From Being a Pro-Life Activist to Being a A Pro-Choice Christian - xoJane
I said there shouldn’t be any exceptions to it, because the whole point was to add as many inconvenient steps to the abortion process as we could. After all, we were trying to stop murder. Anything could be defended to stop murder.

Then I was raped. 

At the time I didn’t know I’d been raped; I thought rape was something that happened at knifepoint in dark alleys, not in your fiancé’s bedroom. All I knew was that I’d begged him to stop and he hadn’t. I tried to put myself back together, to go back to normal, but something had changed.

And then my period was two weeks late. And then three. And then I’d missed two periods in a row when I’d been regular for years. I panicked.

At that point, I did what any good pro-life woman would: I called the local Crisis Pregnancy Center. When I tried to explain my situation—that I was afraid of my fiancé, that I didn’t know what to do because my Christian college would expel me if they found out I was pregnant, that I didn’t know how my parents would react—the woman on the other end of the phone told me that “this is the natural consequence for not keeping yourself pure.”
rape  Christian  pro-life  pro-choice  transformation 
october 2015 by Quercki
A Woman's Worth: Bill Cosby and Beyond - News & Views - EBONY
The determination by some to force Cosby into the historic narrative of black man wrongly accused by whites erases his black women accusers. It supposes that all of his alleged victims are liars, but that the black women are something worse--race traitors. And the impact of this thinking extends beyond the tragic case of America’s once-favorite father.

African-American women are more likely to face sexual abuse than their white counterparts. According to Black Women’s Blueprint, 60 percent of black girls have experienced sexual abuse by age 18--most at the hands of black men. (Over 90% of sexual assaults occur between people of the same ethnic or racial background.) What space does the black community give those women to heal and receive justice if its primary concern is always burnishing the public face of always-victimized black manhood? Can’t talk about the deacon, because what about the flock? Can’t talk about the basketball star, because what about the season? Can’t talk about the community activist, because what about the community? Can’t talk about Bill Cosby, because what about Malcolm Jamal Warner’s residuals? Just shut up and let those black men be admired--whether they deserve it or not.
Cosby  rape  Black  rape.culture 
october 2015 by Quercki
DEAR BB: DUDES IN RAPE CULTURE | GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine
Thinking about who you were prior to the onset of your feminist co-conspirator work—and indeed, who you continue to be—is going to help you a lot.
Until dudes have the opportunity and reason to think through how their socialization has groomed them to be rapists, we’ll always believe that rape is inconceivable—too big, too irreproachably evil to even consider, let alone deconstruct or eradicate. You know how an ancient Roman dude once wrote, “I am human, and nothing of that which is human is alien to me”? I encourage you to apply that notion to rape. You are a human, and rape is a human thing. Do not let rape remain alien to you, because it does nothing to stop anyone from raping.
Ya girl bb has had to try to teach every dude she’s fucked more than once how not to rape her. You are right that you have to learn how to confront rapists, because I promise that you talk to them all the time and  just don’t know it. The division of labour in rape culture is such that we place the onus of educating rapists on survivors. Only the people who we conceive of as at risk of being raped are attuned to others’ capacity to rape. Teaching people not to rape (and indeed, trying to not get raped) is work that is disproportionately performed by the people who are raped most often: women, even more so if they are of colour, Indigenous, trans, sex workers, disabled, fat, or poor. Rape is quotidian to us.
I dream of a world where the experts on avoiding rape are the experts on rape: cis dudes. I am not a cis dude, and I was not socialized to be one.
rape  rape.culture  rapists  solution 
october 2015 by Quercki
The Police Told Her To Report Her Rape, Then Arrested Her For Lying
“They Told Me It Never Happened”
What’s at stake when police arrest women who they believe falsely reported rape? For Lara McLeod, it was her reputation, her mental health, and maybe even her baby nephew’s life.

Katie J.M. Baker
BuzzFeed News Reporter
posted on Sept. 27, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
Lara McLeod never wanted to report her rape. In those first few hours, the 19-year-old was barely able to put what had happened to her into words. Joaquin Rams, Lara’s older sister’s fiancé, had forced Lara to have sex with him, she said — just two weeks after Lara’s sister, Hera, had given birth to Joaquin’s baby.
Joaquin warned Lara not to tell anyone, she said, because it would ruin her family’s life. Lara feared that was true, but she broke down and told her parents the next day. They rushed out the door in a panic to pick up Hera and the baby. All Lara wanted to do after that was go back to sleep.
Instead, later that evening, she got a call from a police officer in Prince William County, Virginia, the suburb of Washington, D.C., where Joaquin and Hera lived. He wanted to know whether what Lara had told her parents was true. When Lara said it was, the officer told her that she needed to come to the station immediately for a formal interview.
After a cursory investigation of the claim they compelled her to file, the police abruptly concluded Lara was lying about being raped and arrested her. Hera was charged with obstructing justice for aiding Lara’s alleged deceit, and had to spend her savings on legal fees to get them dismissed. Lara’s charges were eventually expunged, but not before her reputation was destroyed. She says she still has severe panic attacks whenever she sees a police officer.
police  rape  child  death  false  arrest 
september 2015 by Quercki
When I Didn't Consent. — MofoNation
I was raped. I reported it. I was raped. I didn’t report it. I was raped. I reported it but I didn’t press charges. I was raped. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do so I told myself that I wasn’t raped.


But I was. I was raped.
rape  rape.culture  consent 
august 2015 by Quercki
Rebecca Solnit: Feminism, Now with Men - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics
The Obsession with False Rape Accusations: A Handy Pullout Section

Of course, the old ideas are out in force, too. Pretty much every time someone raises the subject of rape in my hearing (or online reading), a man pops up to raise the “issue” of “false rape accusations.” Seriously, it’s almost inevitably the first thing out of some guy’s mouth; men appear obsessed with the subject, and it often becomes a convenient way of changing the focus from widespread female victims to exceedingly rare male victims. As a result, I’ve assembled this handy pullout guide to the subject in the hope that I never have to address it again.

Rape is so common in our culture it’s fair to call it an epidemic. After all, what else could you call something that impacts nearly one in five women (and one in 71 men) directly and, as a threat, virtually all women, that is so pervasive it modifies how we live and think and move through the world for most of our lives? Actual instances in which women have untruthfully claimed a rape occurred simply to malign some guy are extremely uncommon. The most reliable studies suggest that about 2 percent of reported rapes are false, which means that 98 percent are real. Even that statistic doesn’t mean that 2 percent are false rape accusations, because saying you were raped if you weren’t isn’t the same thing as claiming a specific person raped you when he didn’t. (No one sifts for the category of false rape accusation per se, by the way.) Still, those stats don’t stop men from bringing the subject up again and again and again. And again.
rape.culture  rape  statistics  false_accusation  men  feminism 
july 2015 by Quercki
What If Most Campus Rapes Aren’t Committed By Serial Rapists? | FiveThirtyEight
Hanson was referring to an influential study, published in 2002 by David Lisak, then a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Paul Miller, then a clinical psychologist at Brown University School of Medicine. After surveying nearly 2,000 male students at a midsize, urban commuter university in Boston, Lisak and Miller found that of the approximately 6 percent of men who admitted to rape or attempted rape, a startling 63 percent reported committing more than one rape, with an average of six rape acts each. These numbers, Lisak wrote later, point to a “reality in which the vast majority of [campus] rapes are committed by serial, violent predators.”

Over the past few years, the data from Lisak and Miller’s 2002 study has become ubiquitous, cited in countless news reports and advocacy briefs, and even appearing in a report by the White House Council on Women and Girls. Recently, it has been used to argue for harsher punishments — and even jail time — for student rapists, whose cases have traditionally been handled through university judicial systems. Some high-profile universities have implemented “zero-tolerance” policies — where expulsion is the mandatory or preferred punishment for sexual assault — as a way to crack down on offenders. In an op-ed in The New York Times last fall, Yale Law School professor Jed Rubenfeld argued, “Even expulsion is radically deficient. It leaves serial rapists free to rape elsewhere, while their crimes are kept private under confidentiality rules.”

But new research suggests that this “serial rape assumption” may need some rethinking. In a paper published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, a group of sexual assault researchers led by Kevin Swartout, an assistant professor of psychology at Georgia State University, used longitudinal data to track more than 1,000 male students at two southeastern universities over four years. Using the FBI’s definition of rape, the researchers found a higher proportion of men — 10.8 percent of the total sample, nearly twice as high as the Lisak/Miller study — who would be considered rapists. This suggests that the problem is far more widespread than the older study indicated.
rape  data  college 
july 2015 by Quercki
Babes In Toyland Bassist: The Jackie Fox rape disclosure shows we still have a lot to learn - Boing Boing
Here’s the FBI’s legal definition of rape, updated in 2013, so we can all be on the same page:

“Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

Rape victim-blaming is a time-worn American tradition – every country in the world has their own version – and ours was played out like a script this week after The Huffington Post ran a meticulously researched article by reporter Jason Cherkis, disclosing the drugging and rape of Jackie Fox, member of the beloved '70s band, The Runaways, at the hands of her manager Kim Fowley.

Then this morning, on the heels of the release of a 2005 deposition where Bill Cosby admits to buying Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he “wanted to have sex with,” the New York Post reported that Cosby’s wife, Camille, just re-affirmed her belief that her husband is not a serial rapist. Instead, Camille is allegedly calling the serial rapes of more than fifty women who have come forward "cheating." She said she believes her husband’s accusers consented to both drugs and sex. Consented. To being drugged? To being raped unknowingly while unconscious? The very fact that she uses the word “sex” belies the ignorance about what rape is. It’s a violent crime that uses sex acts as a weapon. It is, in fact, a felony.

I was shocked that there was any question about Jackie Fox’s story. Her rape happened in front a roomful of people, including two of her bandmates, Cherie Currie and Joan Jett. In the course of the article’s investigation and Fox’s disclosure, many bystanders have come forward, affirming what they saw and who was present that night in 1975.
rape  rape.culture  victim-blaming  famous 
july 2015 by Quercki
Bill Cosby Shows Once Again, We Listen to the Wrong People When It Comes to Sexual Assault
Here are the women who've gone public about Bill Cosby:
 1. Kristina Ruehli said Cosby raped her at 22 in 1965, when she was a secretary at a talent agency.

2. Carla Ferrigno said Cosby tried to rape her in 1967 and she had to fight him off.

3. Joan Tarsis said Cosby raped her in 1969.

4. Cindra Ladd said Cosby also raped her in 1969. She wrote about it for the Huffington Post. 

5. Victoria Valentino said Cosby raped her in 1970. She later spoke about the incident with the Washington Post. 

6. Autumn Burns said Cosby raped her in 1970 too.

7. Louisa Mortiz said Cosby raped her in the dressing room of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1971.

8. Donna Motsinger said Cosby raped her in 1971. She later sued. 

9. Katherine McKee said Cosby raped her in the early 1970s while she was on tour with Sammy Davis Jr.

10. Helen Hayes said Cosby stalked her and her friends in 1973 before groping her. 

11. Judy Huth said Cosby took her to the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15, and raped her. She later sued. 
38. Andrea Constand said Cosby drugged and raped her in 2004. She later sued and settled out of court.

39. Chloe Goins said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2008. She's since lawyered up, but Cosby has yet to be charged.

Sometimes it's hard to see patriarchy. And sometimes it isn't.
rape  rape.culture  patriarchy  Bill_Cosby 
july 2015 by Quercki
Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog
“When you look at the police reports associated with the kits that were not tested, you see pervasive and rampant victim-blaming, assuming that victims were prostitutes, blaming them for what happened, calling them derogatory names,” Campbell said. “They didn’t test the kits because they didn’t believe the victim, because the victim didn’t act ‘right,’ didn’t behave in a way that they thought they should have if this were a real sexual assault. … The problem was, they didn’t think the victims were credible the vast majority of the time.”

This turned out to be a fatal flaw. The 1,595 Detroit rape kits that were tested yielded 455 hits in a federal criminal database to crimes around the country that included but were not limited to rapes, according to the study’s final report. Researchers were able to identify 127 “serial sexual assaults” (cases involving an offender who sexually assaulted more than one victim), and significantly they found that these serial rapes involved perpetrators who knew their victims, as well as so-called stranger rapists. In fact, the researchers were able to determine that these rape kits were just as likely to produce a hit for an offender or crime scene in both stranger and non-stranger cases.
rape  sexual_assault  test  victim-blaming 
june 2015 by Quercki
The Charleston shooter killed mostly black women. This wasn't about 'rape' | Rebecca Carroll | Comment is free | The Guardian
Before opening fire – and reportedly reloading five times – the man who killed nine black people at the historic Emmanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night, reportedly said: “You rape our women. And you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” (Dylann Roof has been arrested in North Carolina and is expected to be charged with the crime.) According to police, three of the people who died were male, including South Carolina state senator Clementa Pinkney, who served as the church pastor, and six were female.

The Charleston shooting victims: a poet, a politician, a librarian, women of faith
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Six black women were shot to death during a community prayer service by a young white man who allegedly declared: “You rape our women.”

These women and men welcomed a white man into their close-knit church, and likely encouraged others in their community to join and listen and pray and let God into their hearts. Black women, who are said to be the most religious demographic in America, have long been considered the backbone of black church – our backs are precious and sturdy, but have been weighted down for decades. You don’t attend Wednesday night services if you aren’t a devout churchgoer; you don’t go to Wednesday night services with a gun and the intention to murder if your true goal is to kill as many black men as possible.

There is something inconsistent with the Charleston shooter’s alleged evocation of the historical myth of black man as beast and rapist of white women, and the fact that he killed mostly black women. Did he only shoot black women because there were no more black men to kill? Because black women birth, care for and love black men? Or because he didn’t see black women as women at all, and, as something less than women (and certainly lesser than white women), felt us undeserving of the same valiance he conjured on behalf of the women he claim to be protecting?


The shooter allegedly used the salvation of white women’s bodies as a motivation for his acts, an old trope that was once used to justify the lynching of black men and the denial of rights to all black people. The idea that white women’s bodies represent that which is inviolable while black women’s are disposable hasn’t changed enough since it was first articulated by white men; but again, aimed at black men on Wednesday night, it was predominately black women who suffered by their invocation.
gender  violence  rape  lies  massacre  racism  Charleston 
june 2015 by Quercki
Paul Nungesser: Meet the accused Columbia student at the center of Emma Sulkowicz's anti-rape activism.
It’s hard not to feel sympathy for Nungesser here, even as the opinions he airs on intimate partner violence—“Outside of a forced marriage or kidnapping, it just seems very hard to believe that a person would over and over again put themselves in a situation where they could expect this kind of behavior to occur”—are odious. In a perfect world, Nungesser would never feel compelled to pontificate on that particular issue in the Times. As Sulkowitz has emerged as a symbol of disenfranchised survivors, Nungesser has come to symbolize all the entitled young men who take what they want and never pay the consequences. That’s not quite fair. No matter what actually happened in Nungesser’s three cases, campus rape is a systemic problem, and he's just one man. Forcing Nungesser to pay personal consequences for the broken system is not going to fix it. Sulkowicz’s mother, Sandra Leong, rightly (and very generously and humanely) frames Nungesser’s experience as an unfortunate byproduct of the university’s failure to appropriately adjudicate sexual assault cases. “I think by sweeping it under the rug [Columbia has] subjected him to a very painful, scarring experience,” she told the Times. “I don’t see it as Emma’s fault because she just had to do what she had to do but I do see it as the school’s fault.”

When outlets report on campus sexual assault, they tend to carefully segregate the experiences of students like Sulkowicz and Nungesser into separate stories: The system fails victims; the system fails the accused. But it’s the same system, and right now it doesn’t look like it’s serving anybody. We don't need to pick sides to come to the conclusion that it needs to be refomed. Perhaps the stories we’re hearing from students like Sulkowicz and Nungesser are evidence of growing pains as the campus adjudication process evolves into a responsible and workable system for everyone involved, or maybe they're warning signs that colleges will never be able to adequately address this issue. Either way, there are no easy lessons here, just a group of people who are looking for justice and not finding it on campus or anywhere else.
college  rape  mattress  serial 
may 2015 by Quercki
Debunking trolls during Sexual Assault Awareness Month…
Q: And how do you know those rapes aren’t false accusations?

A: We’re confused – if someone rapes someone, how is that false? Regardless, considering the FBI reports over 90 per cent of rape cases are probable or true, we choose to focus our efforts on survivors who need help.

Q: So you don’t care about false rape accusations?

A: On the contrary, the most effective way to prevent such accusations is to prevent situations where rape occurs. That’s why we teach affirmative consent, to ensure men aren’t in danger of walking around and accidentally raping someone who didn’t say yes!

Q: And how would you know she said yes or not?

A: In a civilised society, most people ask for permission before sticking their body parts into another person. Most of us learn consent as children – do you feel consent is a challenge for you?
rape  rape.culture  trolls  consent  statistics 
april 2015 by Quercki
Hyperarticulate: On false rape accusations
On false rape accusations
Do men live every day of their lives with a background level of fear that they will be falsely accused of rape? Are they taught from a young age how to avoid "misleading" behavior or "miscommunication" that may lead to being falsely accused of rape? When they start talking to a woman at a party or bar do they worry that the presence of alcohol may make them liable to being falsely accused of rape? When they go out, do they have an unspoken agreement with their friends to keep an eye out for each other, in case it seems like they might be falsely accused of rape? Do they avoid being alone with a woman in their apartment or dorm room, lest they be falsely accused of rape? Do they fear their own wives, girlfriends, friends, classmates, coworkers, unsure if someone they trusted might one day falsely accuse them of rape? Knowing that their prior relationship would implicate them in the eyes of many? 

No? Then shut the fuck up about false rape accusations.
false_accusation  rape 
april 2015 by Quercki
Rolling Stone’s investigation: ‘A failure that was avoidable’ - Columbia Journalism Review
In her interviews, Jackie freely used a first name - but no last name - of the lifeguard she said had orchestrated her rape. On Sept. 16, for the first time, Erdely raised the possibility of tracking this man down.

“Any idea what he’s up to now?” Erdely asked, according to her notes.

“No, I just know he’s graduated. I’ve blocked him on Facebook,” Jackie replied. “One of my friends looked him up - she wanted to see him so she could recognize and kill him,” Jackie said, laughing. “I couldn’t even look at his Facebook page.”

“How would you feel if I reached out to him for a comment?” Erdely asked, the notes record.

“I’m not sure I would be comfortable with that.”

That exchange inaugurated a six-week struggle between Erdely and Jackie. For a while, it seemed to Erdely as if the stalemate might lead Jackie to withdraw from cooperation altogether.

On Oct. 20, Erdely asked again for the man’s last name. “I’m not going to use his name in the article, but I have to do my due diligence anyway,” Erdely told Jackie, according to the writer’s notes. “I imagine he’s going to say nothing, but it’s something I need to do.”

“I don’t want to give his last name,” Jackie replied. “I don’t even want to get him involved in this. … He completely terrifies me. I’ve never been so scared of a person in my entire life, and I’ve never wanted to tell anybody his last name. … I guess part of me was thinking that he’d never even know about the article.”

“Of course he’s going to know about the article,” Erdely said. “He’s going to read it. He probably knows about the article already.”
rape  journalism  fail 
april 2015 by Quercki
Shakesville: Rolling Stone, Jackie, and What Went Wrong
Yesterday, the Columbia Journalism Review published a comprehensive report on the failures of Rolling Stone's story on the reported gang rape of a University of Virginia student known as Jackie. It is a thorough and damning document, and I highly recommend taking the time to read the report in its entirety.

Despite the many grievous errors in the reporting process, Rolling Stone continues to defend its process, and the magazine's publisher, Jann Wenner, was quoted in the New York Times blaming the entire clusterfuck on Jackie:
In an interview discussing Columbia's findings, Jann S. Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone, acknowledged the piece's flaws but said that it represented an isolated and unusual episode and that Ms. Erdely would continue to write for the magazine. The problems with the article started with its source, Mr. Wenner said. He described her as "a really expert fabulist storyteller" who managed to manipulate the magazine's journalism process. When asked to clarify, he said that he was not trying to blame Jackie, "but obviously there is something here that is untruthful, and something sits at her doorstep."
Leaving aside that this is gross victim-blaming, if one young woman is able to fundamentally undermine a journalistic process all on her own by being a manipulative storyteller, that doesn't suggest a very reliable process, Mr. Wenner.

Naturally, the takeaway from this will be (again) that Jackie is a liar, but the Columbia Journalism Review does not make that conclusion, just as investigating police did not. CJR reports that there were discrepancies in Jackie's story, that she was sometimes evasive, that she was scared, and that she nonetheless seemed credible to Rolling Stone until she didn't anymore.

And the report makes abundantly clear that she didn't seem credible anymore only after questions were raised about the story that have everything to do with failures in Rolling Stone's reporting process.

Which isn't really about her credibility at all, but theirs.
rape  journalism  fail 
april 2015 by Quercki
5 Bizarre Realities of Being a Man Who Was Raped by a Woman |
In a perfect world with perfect Internet comment sections, the following would not need to be said:

Articles written about the plight of female rape victims in no way detract from my own experience. Those victims deserve a voice and to have awareness raised about their situation. Likewise, this article shouldn't detract from what female rape victims go through. This is not a contest.. . .
Well, I'm a male rape victim who has no problem acknowledging that men have dominated every position of power in the history of modern society -- who do you imagine is responsible for creating a culture that ridicules men who cry, get overpowered by women, or otherwise assume a role normally inhabited by women? The Department of Justice isn't run by feminists -- who do you think created the law that, until just recently, insisted that female-on-male rape was literally impossible? All of this ignorance, every single bit of it, stems from the same culture that thinks the harshest way to insult a man is to call him a woman.

But here are the facts: men are rape victims in huge numbers around the world. Studies of male political prisoners held in concentration camps by their governments find startlingly high levels of sexual assault: 21 percent in Sri Lanka, 76 percent in El Salvador, and 80 percent in Sarajevo. However, it's all but impossible to get any of them to admit it openly, because men are supposed to be sexually dominant, and being forced to submit puts you in the role of a woman. If you live in a society where the patriarchy is such a given no one even thinks to name it, being a "womanly man" is shameful. When we stop perpetuating antiquated gender roles, male victims will be taken more seriously. But let's be perfectly honest -- those gender roles were created by men.

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And no, you don't get to count that sentence as victim-blaming.

So for me -- or anyone else -- to decide that my story is proof that men are the "real" victims of the modern world and that women/feminists are thus the enemy, is nuts. All victims are real. All victims should feel like they're able to speak up without being dismissed or ridiculed. If a movement -- regardless of what it represents -- ever feels like it's losing ground by showing empathy, then something has gone seriously fucking awry. And if you ever feel a knee-jerk urge to dismiss the story of a victim because it doesn't fit with what you believe about the world, stop and ask yourself if maybe what you believe about the world happens to be wrong.

Read more:
rape  male_rape  rape.culture 
february 2015 by Quercki
How To Support Each Other When Rape Looks Different From What We’re Taught -
By Minerva Arias

It was another sweet secret evening between my first boyfriend and I. We lay sharing sweet embraces and passionate kisses as we had always done. Knowing I was a virgin and nowhere near ready to have sex, we always just fooled around never going beyond my comfort level. But that night, he did what he wanted. Before I knew it his passionate kiss turned into him sliding inside of me and in a matter of minutes getting up to shower. It all happened too fast for me to understand in that moment. So I got up and followed him to the bathroom to clean myself up, and as I sat on the toilet, I asked him why did he just do that, his response: Because I wanted to.

And that was that.

He was my boyfriend, I thought I was in love, I mean it’s not like he pushed himself on me, he wasn’t violent, and we were already fooling around. No way was I raped. I didn’t say no. This isn’t what rape looks like. I was not a rape victim.  I was 15 when that happened and it wasn’t until my senior year in Undergrad that I was able to admit to myself that indeed I was raped.
rape  consent 
january 2015 by Quercki
Shakesville: Dangerous Indifference
in 2009, more than 11,000 rape kits, "some dating back to the 1980's, were found abandoned in a Detroit Police storage facility." In the intervening years, 1,600 of them have been processed, and just in that frustratingly small number of tested kits, "about 100 serial rapists and ten convicted rapists" have been identified.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy "told reporters that perpetrators have moved on from Michigan to commit similar crimes in 23 other states."

Because of untested rape kits, at least 100 serial rapists have moved across at least 23 other states, continuing to rape people. Because of untested rape kits, because of the lack of political will to fund sexual assault investigations, at least 100 serial rapists have continued to victimize people.

And that's just from untested rape kits in Detroit. There are an estimated 400,000 untested rape kits nationally.
rape  rape.culture 
january 2015 by Quercki
Should We Believe Survivors? A Primer on the Neurobiology of Trauma — Everyday Feminism
As allies to survivors, we must believe that a survivor’s account of their sexual assault is true. We have absolutely nothing to lose by believing a survivor’s words, and a survivor has everything to gain through the experience of feeling trusted and validated.

Even if the details seem confusing, we must stand firm in knowing that their account of sexual assault is rooted in truth.

Even if we experience their account as disoriented, foggy, or even factually incorrect, we must understand that they are still telling their own deepest truth, and we must honor that.

When someone tells me that they were raped at noon on Tuesday and that the moon was shining and it was pitch black outside, I still believe them, even though I know that, objectively, the moon wasn’t shining at noon.

What I believe is that in that particular moment, their world felt as dark and quiet as the world seems at midnight.

I believe survivors. No matter what. So should you.

And here’s why: The brain literally changes size and shape as the result of a traumatic event. The way a person stores and shares what happened to them is fundamentally altered.
rape  trauma  brain 
january 2015 by Quercki
The Former Basketball Player Who Brought Down Bill Cosby
Without Andrea Constand, none of this happens. Bill Cosby is still America's No. 1 dad, still beloved for giving us the Huxtables and Fat Albert, still embraced in too many corners of the country for telling young black men to pull up their pants, still selling out arena after arena.

It's all fallen apart now, swiftly and luridly, with woman after woman after woman—19 of them in all, for now—accusing Cosby of some sort of sexual misconduct. There are plenty of moments you can point to as the precipitant, but every one of them can be traced back to a lawsuit filed by one woman—Constand. Then the director of operations for the women's basketball program at Temple University, Constand in 2005 did what no one else had done before: She put her name on paper in a public record and said that Cosby had drugged and raped her.

What followed was a nightmare. The next two years included a leak from Cosby's team to the future founder of TMZ, two separate attempts by the Associated Press to force open court records, accusations that the National Enquirer sat on celebrity dirt in exchange for an exclusive, allegations of a "secretive avenue of proceeding" for Cosby, a probe into how much mega-agency William Morris did to protect its star, a roll call of Jane Does who said they too had been assaulted, and enough legal smack talk by both sides that a judge issued a reminder on just how to behave. And then, just as it seemed as if the celebrity-gossip racket was about to burst open along with Cosby's reputation, the case was settled.

Constand's lawsuit has resurfaced in recent months, mostly as a footnote to the more recent allegations. (On Tuesday, a 73-year-old woman named Donna Motsinger told the New York Post she was one of the 12 Jane Does listed in Constand's case.) But the formal undoing of an icon began with Constand, a former basketball player who once dreamed of being the first Canadian in the WNBA. Her lawsuit not only opened the door for a lot of other women but revealed the extensive machinery at Cosby's disposal that helped keep the door shut for so long.
rape  Cosby  rape.culture 
december 2014 by Quercki
Males Are More Likely To Suffer Sexual Assault Than To Be Falsely Accused Of It
False rape reports are rare. And the men and boys who are victims in sexual assault cases are far more likely to have been the targets of abuse themselves than to have been falsely accused of sexual violence.

According to a 2010 paper from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 40 percent of gay men, 47 percent of bisexual men and 21 percent of heterosexual men in the U.S. "have experienced sexual violence other than rape at some point in their lives."

A compilation of research at, an advocacy group for male survivors, suggests that at least 1 in 6 boys experience sexual abuse before age 18. The key caveat: The numbers are likely higher in reality because male victims are less likely to disclose their abuse than female victims.

False accusations that men committed rape look to be far less common.

David Lisak, a leading sexual assault researcher and consultant to colleges and the military, has found false rape reports to be about 8 percent of the total. An analysis of research on false rape claims by Lisak, San Diego police Sgt. Joanne Archambault and Kimberly Lonesway at the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women put the figure somewhere between 2 and 8 percent. Yet another study from the Crown Prosecution Service in the United Kingdom concluded that false reports constituted about 6 percent of rape allegations. Twenty-year-old data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics put the number of unfounded rape reports at 8 percent, thought not all unfounded reports are necessarily false.

How that percentage might change if women felt more comfortable reporting sexual assault is unclear. But many never report what happened to them. A Department of Justice study from 2000 found that fewer than 5 percent of completed and attempted rapes of collegiate women are reported to police, and that figure drops for other forms of sexual violence.
rape  sexual_assault  false_accusation  data 
december 2014 by Quercki
In my experience, people who don't believe survivors simply just don't want to believe them, and then use whatever details of any particular case they can exploit in order to try to justify that disbelief.

But I'm going to go ahead and take your "concerns" at face value, in order that you might be more inclined to believe Jackie and/or other survivors of sexual assault.

Robby Soave, writing under the headline "Is the UVA Rape Story a Gigantic Hoax?" for Reason, does not find it credible that Jackie's friends could have discouraged her from going to the hospital or reporting out of self-interest.
If the frat brothers were absolute sociopaths to do this to Jackie, her friends were almost cartoonishly evil—casually dismissing her battered and bloodied state and urging her not to go to the hospital.
Failure to support a rape victim is something that could only seem "cartoonishly evil" to someone who has never survived an assault only to be met with indifference from friends, law enforcement, and/or even one's own family.

Some of us don't have the luxury of being able to pretend it's incredible that someone would be abandoned after an unfathomable trauma.

The secondary trauma of being disbelieved, being silenced and dissuaded from talking about your rape, or being obliged to pretend like nothing happened is extremely common.
rape  rape.culture  college 
december 2014 by Quercki
Worlds of Rape, Words of Rape | Nursing Clio
First: Sullivan seems to take offense to the bad press for UVA, not to the fact that numerous UVA women have been grievously harmed. Second, Sullivan reduces the central attack in the story to “alleged,” and — Bonus! — blames the victim for not properly reporting the incident. By the end of the statement, readers have been assured of UVA’s accomplishments, and a multi-men, multi-hour rape with penises and a beer bottle has been transformed into (whose?) “sexual misconduct.” Wow. Slow hand clap indeed.

I’m not unsympathetic to the pressures a university president faces in responding to this kind of negative press. I imagine an army of lawyers anxiously looking over her shoulder as she writes, yelling, “Title IX! Donors! Clery Stats!” But Sullivan did not randomly diffuse the impact of the negative press; she did it by denying the legitimacy, seriousness, and veracity of her students. And she did it without an ounce of displayed sympathy or empathy (for the student, that is; she seems to have plenty for her institution).

Protest against trend of blaming sexual assault survivors or denying attacks altogether. (Sexual Assault On Campus. Sexual Assault, Period.)

You want to see how such a statement could have and should have been made? When President of Amherst and feminist scholar, Biddy Martin, faced a similar situation in 2012, she also made a public statement. It began like Sullivan’s: “I write in response to the recent news,” but that is pretty much the only similarity between them. Instead of highlighting Amherst as the victim in lieu of the woman who had been raped and mistreated by the college, Martin states unequivocally: “A student’s first-person account in this week’s Amherst Student is horrifying—her rape, her painful efforts to deal with it on her own, and her subsequent experiences when she sought help on the campus.” There is no mention of the “alleged” incident. There are words like horrifying and painful. In short, Martin does not protect her institution at the expense of the young women who have already been abused on its premises. Or to put it another way: she takes the woman at her word.
rape  rape.culture  college 
december 2014 by Quercki
'Law and Justice Aren't the Same': Interview With a UVA Rape Survivor
In the history of UVA, only 14 students have ever been found guilty of sexual misconduct. One of these cases was adjudicated in September 2006, while I was attending the school as an undergrad, and—though I didn't know it at the time—in class with the woman (who we'll call Kelly in this interview) who'd spent 10 months waiting for her case to be tried.

We haven't seen each other since that semester, but when I saw her allude to her experience on Facebook, I reached out, wondering what it takes to get a case through UVA's fairly complicated internal system. We talked on the phone this weekend, and what I found out was: it takes a lot.

So, the Rolling Stone article.

I want to say right off that I think UVA is fairly unremarkable. That everything I went through was pretty par for the course. People are saying stuff like, "Don't send your daughters to UVA," and even after what I've been through I don't agree. I got a really good education in spite of the system. A friend of mine was assaulted the same time that I was at another elite school in the South, and her Title IX trial was super fucked-up. Mine was bad—I went through the documents today and found some significant issues—but hers was so much worse.
rape  rape.culture  college 
december 2014 by Quercki
Rape at UVA: Readers Say Jackie Wasn't Alone | Rolling Stone
Within hours of Rolling Stone publishing Sabrina Rubin Erdely's harrowing report, "A Rape on Campus," the article went viral and the outpouring of comments from women, both UVA students and alumni as well as others, who shared their own stories of campus sexual assault was stunning. Below is a selection of those comments that further illuminate the chilling frequency with which sexual assault on campus occurs.

A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice
I was also raped at UVA in a frat house in 2013. I reported it through the Sexual Misconduct Board at the University and had it tried in 2014. My evidence included texts calling for help, police testimony consistent with mine, and numerous witnesses. But the University still found him innocent. I found Nicole Eramo very unfeeling as well — sociopathic, almost. She later told me she didn't believe the studies that showed rapists, in particular, were repeat offenders of this heinous crime. It was a very negative experience to go through — to be raped and then told that your offender was innocent. I even left clothing as I ran out of the frat house that the University gathered as evidence and it was never returned to me. Not that the clothing was important. It wasn't. The police discouraged me from pursuing it criminally, saying that I didn't have enough evidence to win.
rape  rape.culture  UVA  Jackie 
december 2014 by Quercki
Key elements of Rolling Stone’s U-Va. gang rape allegations in doubt - The Washington Post
CHARLOTTESVILLE — A University of Virginia student’s harrowing description of a gang rape at a fraternity, detailed in a recent Rolling Stone article, began to unravel Friday as interviews revealed doubts about significant elements of the account. The fraternity issued a statement rebutting the story, and Rolling Stone apologized for a lapse in judgment and backed away from its article on the case.

Jackie, a U-Va. junior, said she was ambushed and raped by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi house during a date party in 2012, allegations that tore through the campus and pushed the elite public school into the center of a national discussion about how universities handle sex-assault claims. Shocking for its gruesome details, the account described Jackie enduring three hours of successive rapes, an ordeal that left her blood-spattered and emotionally devastated.
rape  rape.culture  journalism 
december 2014 by Quercki
Rolling Stone And The Debate Over Sexual Assault Reporting Standards | Blog | Media Matters for America
These other articles still don't seem to follow the "basic rules of reporting," explaining whether they attempted to contact the accused, that Rosin and Benedikt stated were so necessary.

Do crime reporters covering other types of victims adhere to such a standard? Helen Benedict, a Columbia journalism professor who has reported on sexual assault, defended Rolling Stone to The New York Times by arguing that they do not, and reporters covering sexual assault allegations shouldn't feel bound to either:

"If a reporter were doing a story about a university accused of failing to address the mugging or robbery of a student, that reporter would not be expected to interview the alleged mugger or robber," she said. "The piece might have been stronger with more than one source, but exposés of wrongdoing often start with one whistle-blower."

Others question whether contacting alleged offenders is necessary if the publication does not name them. Marc Cooper, an associate professor in journalism at the University of Southern California, reportedly told the Times that Rolling Stone "had not misled anyone or abrogated a duty in not contacting those accused, because they were unnamed."

So is contacting or identifying the accused, which Erdely is criticized for failing to do, really one of the "basic rules of reporting," a standard journalists working on sexual assault stories must be held to before they can publish these stories? Or should it simply be something that is recommended?
rape  rape.culture  media  education  Jackie 
december 2014 by Quercki
FBI 2013 crime report: The bureau expands its definition of rape.
For nearly 80 years, U.S. officials have collected crime data from local, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies in order to paint a statistical portrait of violent and property crimes reported across America. And for nearly 80 years, this Uniform Crime Reporting program has relied on the same old definition of rape: the “carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.”

Last year, the FBI finally updated the definition for the modern era. Rape is now defined as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” Now, the FBI hopes that the statistics will finally reflect “a long list of sex offenses that are criminal in most jurisdictions, such as offenses involving oral or anal penetration, penetration with objects, and rapes of males” that had previously been erased from the big picture. The new definition also drops the “forcible” qualifier in favor of “without the consent of the victim,” encouraging jurisdictions to report rapes perpetrated without a show of physical force.

Today, the FBI released Crime in the United States 2013, its first annual report to rely on this more inclusive definition of rape.
rape  statistics 
november 2014 by Quercki
What Counts? Elizabeth Ellen and What Makes A Victim
If I had a guest coming in from out of town, and I had romantic or sexual designs on them, and I asked if they would be willing to share my bed and their response was “I’ll bring a sleeping bag; I’d like to sleep on the floor,” I would be appropriately chastened (and privately a bit mortified). The message would be abundantly clear. The No is obvious. The No is there.

I would have to be looking for a way to cheat my guest of their clearly stated wishes, were I to abruptly start undressing and caressing them the moment I got them alone. I would have to be looking for a way to wear down or tear down their No into a Fine, I Won’t Stop You.

I do not believe that most women — that most victims of sexual assault — freeze or shut down when faced with the prospect of coercive sex because they don’t really care what happens next, or because they’re excited to push through the moment for the sheer joy of accusing the aggressor of rape after the fact. I believe that these women, these people, have a finely tuned sense for their safety, that when a woman reports having “a feeling that it would turn into an ordeal if I rejected him,” she is not crazy and she knows what she is talking about.

Twice in my life I have had to fight for my safety. Twice in my life I have physically pushed a man out of my home. Twice in my life I have thrown a man off of me and locked myself in a room where he could not come after me, until he left, until someone else came to help me. It took every ounce of physical and emotional strength that I had. It was exhausting. It was frightening. Had I been the slightest bit more tired, had I been at someone else’s house, had I not had the hope of someone else’s arrival to sustain me, I might have fought and lost. To Ellen and her mother, I might be an example of a “good” near-rape victim.

I should not have had to do it either time. The first time I said No, the first time I turned my head away, the first time I crossed my arms over my chest and walked away, the first time I said “What are you doing?”, the first time I displayed a clear and obvious distaste for what was being done to me rather than with me should have been enough. That expectation — that the person saying No should be prepared at any moment to fight someone else off – is an undue burden. Pretending that active consent is ambiguous and confusing and difficult to obtain is a pernicious lie that has no basis in reality. It is abundantly clear when someone is eager and ready to sleep with you.
consent  rape 
october 2014 by Quercki
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