Thou shalt not bear false witness – a concept that has been hammered into our brains since our infancy. Offering false testimony is a felony, or serious criminal offence, under British Common Law and American law often referred to as perjury, or the practice of “swearing falsely, under oath, in a judicial proceeding, about a material issue.”
However, there appears to be one instance where this principle falls short, which is when it comes to any accusation by a woman of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or rape being accepted as truth without tangible evidence, and the accused man deemed guilty.
Now, we all know that rape and sexual assault are serious crimes, and the effect on victims, whether female or male, are massive. These crimes are rightly condemned by our society, and the penalties are harsh. What is not true is the feminist narrative that there is a rampant ‘rape culture’ in our society and that all men are potential rapists. Most men are protective of their mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters, and extend protective sympathy to all women.
The current argument is that we should blindly ‘believe women’ takes the view that any allegations of sexual misconduct made by a woman are true. However, it is in human nature to lie and manipulate details to obtain a desirable outcome. Children lie to their parents to get out of trouble, teenagers lie to their peer group for better social standing, job applicants lie about their credentials, politicians lie about their future plans, etc. So, why should we believe a sexual assault claim without examining the evidence beforehand? Arbitrarily calling someone a ‘rape’ victim without proof is actually demeaning to actual sexual assault victims.
The question we need to ask is this – why do some people perpetuate this myth that there is a ‘rape’ culture? One thing to also consider is that certain bodies have changed the meaning of the word from aggrieved assault of a sexual nature to any sexual encounter not totally satisfactory, even among ongoing couples, and even though the unsatisfactory sexual encounter was not considered rape by the female partner. Did you know that there are groups that are encouraging women who feel regret after a sexual encounter to equate that regret with rape? The most damning piece of manipulation is that feminists hope for more accusations of rape, because they believe that many more women are raped than ever report it, and because it would cement the status of women as “victims” of male brutality. In aid of this goal, feminists in their tendentious “studies” do their best to inflate the number of rapes.
According to many leading legal experts, a false witness or perjurer should receive the same penalty as the defendant would have received had the defendant been found guilty. This means that false accusations should not go unpunished and should be punished with the same magnitude as a guilty verdict would have brought. For example, if rape is punished with a jail term of ten years, then a false accusation of rape should be punished with ten years of incarceration. When considering whether this is actually enforced, we should look at both law courts, as well as universities (where a vast majority of cases of false allegations appear to stem from). It would appear that in court cases, false accusations are held to account to a certain degree. However, universities have never punished female false accusers even in the rare cases when the accused male is thoroughly exonerated due to overwhelming evidence. Below are some well-known examples:
Elizabeth Paige Coast was 17 when she accused Johnathan Montgomery of having raped her when he was 14 and she was 10. There was no evidence to support the accusation, but they took Coast’s word for it. After Montgomery had served five years in jail, Coast came forward and admitted that she had made up the rape. She pleaded guilty to perjury, and was given two months in jail, to be served on weekends, and a fine of $90,000 dollars in compensation to Montgomery.
Steven Galloway, a successful novelist and Professor and Head of the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia, was accused of rape by an older woman with whom he once had a relationship. All of the other professors judiciously formed a chorus of condemnation of Galloway, and the administration suspended Galloway from his post pending investigation. A retired, female Provincial Supreme Court Justice was appointed to investigate; she concluded after reviewing the claims and evidence, that there was no reason to believe that the rape had ever happened. An arbitrator awarded Galloway $167,000. The University of British Columbia, having received the verdict that Galloway was innocent, fired Galloway anyway. What penalty did the woman who falsely accused Galloway suffer? What discipline did the University impose for lying and disrupting its academic life? Nothing whatsoever. The false accuser paid no price and continued to be regarded sympathetically as a “survivor” of rape.
Emma Sulkowicz, a.k.a. “Mattress Girl,” was a Columbia University student who accused a fellow student of raping her anally, and when the accused was exonerated, she took to carrying a mattress around with her to represent that she was a “rape survivor.” To its credit, Columbia University recognized that the evidence, included pleading love letters from Sulkowicz to her sometime hook-up friend, was so strong that it could not avoid exonerating the accused. What did they do about the false accuser? They gave her “senior thesis” credit for carrying the mattress around! But even though carrying the mattress around, and carrying it to graduation, was against campus regulations, the administration never said a harsh word to Sulkowicz. She continues to be portrayed in the media and by feminists as a rape survivor.
As we have seen throughout this article, there is really a lack of proper protection for men falsely accused of sexual misconduct. What are your views? Do you feel that we should give serious consideration to ensuring that there are serious penalties for false accusations? Let us know in the comments below.