Posted by: wrmcnutt | September 23, 2010

Woman Jailed for False Rape Accusation

For those of you who are unaware, in recent years I’ve begun to take an interest in a group of social ills that fall under the loosely defined umbrella of “men’s issues.”  Men’s issues are problems that by their very nature,  almost exclusively happen to men and, for reasons of social inertia or mis-guided feminism or mis-guided chivalry, go chiefly unaddressed.

For example,the National Cancer Institute reports that breast cancer is the primary investment target for most funds, and got $572.6 million dollars in 2008.  The first runner up, an exclusively male disease, prostate cancer, got about half of that.

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women, but there will be 217,730 new cases of prostate cancer.  More men get prostate cancer, but double the funding goes to breast cancer.  Does that seem right to you?

But let’s not go any farther down that road today.  Today’s topic is false rape accusation.  Some things appear simple on the surface but are really more complex.  Take, for example, my immediate response when I hear a woman I know has been sexually assaulted.  My immediate impulse is to go and stomp the perp into a fine paste about the thickness of a razor blade.

Then there’s the myth that women never lie about being raped. Did you know that “California law requires that jurors be instructed that jurors be explicitly told that a rape conviction can be based on the accuser’s testimony alone, without corroboration (Associated Press, 1992; Farrell, 1993)?”

Turns out that women DO lie about rape.  It would appear that the cry of rape is the last resort of the female scoundrel.

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  1. Unfortunately this is not the first time it has happened, nor will it be the last. A 14-year-old girl in Chicago was rather upset one day, and pointed out a man, whom she saw regularly in the neighborhood but had never met, to police and claimed rape. He spent nearly 4 years in prison for the crime before a friend (family member?) of hers was raped, and she recanted. She claimed that at the time of the accusation, she didn’t even know what rape was, and the seriousness of the response scared her into silence…

    • I remember having a similar response to something that came out of my mouth when I was a kid. I don’t remember the details, but I was just making crap up to get attention when the adult response to whatever I said scared the crap out of me and I was too scared to recant. Fortunately, I don’t recall making trouble for someone else.

  2. American Cancer Society:
    In 2010 about 32,050 men will die of prostate cancer .
    40,170 will die of breast cancer (390 of those will be men).

    Interestingly, breast cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer death in women (lung being first). Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer among men (lung being first). BTW you are 50% more likely to die of lung cancer than breast or prostate cancer – the moral here is DON’T SMOKE!

    Only 15% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are under 65, and less than 3% of those who die from prostate cancer are under 65. Over 1/3 (33%) of women diagnosed with breast cncer, however, are under 65, and 21% of those who die from breast cancer are under 65.

    Mortality rate for prostate cancer has dropped 7% since 1991 (mostly due to early diagnosis – note that the incidence rate has also increase due to increased screening in that time). Mortality rate for breast cancer has dropped only 2% since 1991.

    So breast cancer hits women younger, kills more persons than prostate cancer, affects men as well as women, is the cause of 7x as many under 65 year old deaths, and the mortality rate for breast cancer only dropped 1/3 as much as for prostate cancer from 1991-2007.

    Still not sure that justifies DOUBLE the investment, but I CAN see why it is getting higher billing. I will note, also, that this may be a n AGEIST issue as opposed to a geender issue. I mean – who cares if the VAST majority of victims are over 65 (or 75)? They were done anyway. (sarcasm!)

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