Donnerstag, Juli 17, 2014

Feministinnen: Eine Frau zu verklagen, die einen als Vergewaltiger verleumdete, trägt zu Rape Culture bei

Vor einigen Tagen berichtete Genderama über eine Frau namens Joan Elizabeth Harris, die den Popsänger Conor Oberst als Vergewaltiger darstellte, was sich dann als Verleumdung herausstellte. Inzwischen hat sich diese Frau bei Oberst entschuldigt, und er hat ihre Entschuldigung akzeptiert. Kann ja auch jedem mal passieren.

Unklar ist, ob sich damit auch die Schadensersatzklage erledigt hat, die Oberst gegen die Rufmörderin angestrengt hatte. Besser wäre das, denn diversen Feministinnen zufolge schaden derartige Klagen den echten Opfern von sexueller Gewalt:

A bewildering, yet all too predictable footnote to the story is that, even before Harris’ public apology, an advocacy group publicly called for Oberst to drop his civil action because it "will hurt victims" and that "it is offensive to imply that filing such a lawsuit is a respectable way to procure money . . . ." (You may need to reread that again just so you believe what you’re reading.) Moreover, "even if Ms. [Harris] was not truthful, vilifying discussion of sexual assault by filing such a lawsuit only adds to the problem of under-reporting that enables sexual assault to proliferate at alarming rates." You see, this "lawsuit contributes to the culture of silence surrounding rape."

Another feminist extremist declared that rape is so prevalent, "it hardly matters if [Joan Elizabeth] Harris was telling the truth" (I am certain Mr. Oberst would disagree. Anyway, try telling that to wrongly accused men like Brian Banks and the young men in the Hofstra case.) "Harris . . . deserves to be left alone, despite the hurt she has caused for Oberst and actual survivors." The writer reminds us that "all men are capable of rape—even the awkward and sensitive ones."

Hier findet man den vollständigen Artikel mit entsprechenden Verlinkungen zu den zitierten Feministinnen (unter anderem mal wieder die Bekloppten von "Jezebel"). Der Verfasser des Beitrags findet die feministische Argumentation nicht überzeugend:

Is this how anti-rape advocates think we empower women — by scaring them into believing that rape victims are in danger of being sued for defamation and tossed into jail for truthfully reporting their victimization? The facts don’t support the scare tactic. Our civil courts are not being overrun with defamation suits against rape accusers. In fact, those cases are practically non-existent. Once cleared, the vast majority of even men who were falsely accused of rape are happy to put the incident behind them and move on with their lives. Some write to this blog to ask that their stories be removed so that the Internet can furnish no traces of their ordeals. It’s not unusual for falsely accused men to publicly state they hold no malice toward their false accusers. Even those men tempted to sue drop the idea when (1) they realize that a defamation action will only publicize the rape accusation anew, and (2) they can’t find a contingent fee attorney to take their case because few false accusers have deep pockets.

In addition, it is extremely rare for rape victims to be criminally prosecuted for making a false claim. We search for those cases to include in this blog (and we advocate for wrongly accused women with the same zeal we advocate for wrongly accused men), but those cases are hard to find because they hardly ever occur. Much more common are cases where prosecutors refuse to prosecute even demonstrably false rape accusers where there is compelling evidence of their falsehood. Typically, the few false rape cases that are prosecuted are the ones supported by ironclad evidence, such as a video, proving the rape claim was false. But even when there is ironclad evidence and a recantation, prosecutors typically just let it drop.

(...) Sadly, we are stranded in an era where victims who seek redress are villains, and villains who cause grievous harm "deserve to be left alone." Where gender warriors not only want to strip presumptively innocent men of rights ("Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?"), they are happy to strip innocent men who’ve been wronged of their rights, too. The world won’t right itself until enough people of good will take the moral high ground from these woefully misguided zealots.

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