There is a common saying: “finding a needle in a haystack,” referring to something that is tedious to find, almost impossible. A harder thing would be to hide a needle in a pile of needles.
That’s pretty much the problem with rape allegations. You go through the needles one-by-one, only to be pricked again and again and confronted with so-called ‘victims’ that were found out to be lying. At some point, you stop expecting to find the needle you are looking for and go bandage your fingers.
The true culprits here are not the ‘trolls,’ male advocacy groups, or your friend. The fault lays at the feet of feminist organizations, at the media reporting, and at pundits, who have no qualms throwing blame, but can’t really correct themselves and target the false accuser when the truth is brought to light.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) has named Emma Sulkowicz (A.K.A Mattress Girl) the recipient of 2016 “Woman of Courage” award. The entire accusation made by Sulkowicz was found to be false and that a rape never occurred. That didn’t stop her from continuing her ‘art’ and calling for the expulsion of the accused.
According to NOW, Sulkowicz is the pinnacle of the fight against “rape culture.” The truth is irrelevant. It is also irrelevant, it seems, that her allegations and her art project actually worked to make people doubt rape victims.
The thing is, in your article, you touched upon such stories of false allegations but managed to pin the blame on other people — those who were angry that they were misled by botched reporting, those who became numb to the problem. If there is a “rape culture,” outlets like The Rolling Stones and stories like Jackie’s, are the ones perpetuating it.
As for believing a victim, that is for the law enforcement and the judicial system to decide and when reporting such allegations, it’s important to leave much of the debate to the courts, otherwise, you risk tainting the process and help a rapist go free or an innocent victim jailed.
Of course, that’s not to say that the system should not be reviewed constantly to make victims of such crime get the help and the justice they deserve and make sure that such a thing never happens, but also not assume that law enforcement are toying with victims who come forward and hint that the courts don’t give a damn.
Here are the facts. Only 2 to 8% of rape allegations are false. To provide a comparison, 10% of car theft reports are false.
That’s actually a false interpretation of the data. For starters, it assumes that every allegation that was not persecuted is automatically true. I don’t know what the actual figure is and can’t even speculate on it. A more accurate representation would be that “false rape allegation could be as low as 2%”