In recent years, I’ve often written about rape, primarily to help inform readers about the realities of competent rape investigation, and to address the insane, politically correct assertions of a campus rape epidemic. Add in accusations that all men are rapists and generally toxic, and it has been a fertile literary field. For the left, little is more important than vindicating their treasured narratives.
Even though a number of notorious rape cases that perfectly fit progressive narratives, such as the Duke Lacrosse hoax and the Rolling Stone University of Virginia hoax, turned out to be crude and easily revealed lies, the progressive rape narrative continues unabated. To find all of my recent articles on the subject, just type “rape” into the SMM search bar. In the meantime, these three may be representative:
Perhaps the most persistent progressive rape narrative is women never lie about rape. Yahoo.com addresses that:
On Thursday, 19-year-old Breana Harmon of Pottsboro pleaded guilty to four felony charges of tampering with physical evidence and government documents in relation to false reports of kidnapping and sexual assault.
‘She’s very remorseful for what she didand what she said, and that’s why she decided to plead guilty,’ Harmon’s attorney Bob Jarvis told the Sherman Herald Democrat. No suspects were ever identified or arrested in the case. [skip]
On March 8, 2017, Harmon was reported missing to the Denison Police Department after witnesses noticed the door to her vehicle was open with personal items, including a phone and keys, scattered on the ground.
A few hours later, Harmon walked into a church wearing only a shirt, bra and underwear. She said she had been kidnapped by three black males wearing ski masks,according to the Sherman Herald Democrat. Harmon claimed the men assaulted her and that she was raped by two men while a third held her down.
The police quickly discovered the evidence didn’t support Harmon’s story.
Harmon told police two weeks later that she made up the rape and that cuts on her body were self-inflicted.
What?! How can this be possible? Everyone knows women don’t lie about rape!
She told officers that she was upset after she and her fiancé had been fighting, according to the Herald Democrat. Harmon said she cut herself and her clothes, then made up the rape story because she didn’t want her family to be angry with her.
What’s that you say, gentle readers? “So what? It’s only one anecdote, and that doesn’t prove anything?”
Normally I would agree. A single, isolated anecdote is not conclusive proof of any assertion. Even a great many anecdotes aren’t proof, unless such anecdotes are evidence that disprove an absolute assertion, such as “women don’t lie about rape.” In such a case, a single, verifiable example is sufficient to invalidate the claim. Progressives set up the conditions under which their claim may be invalidated, so they have no complaint when it is.
Ms. Harmon’s story is entirely familiar. During my police days, I often dealt with “victim” lies about such things. One way colleges have tried to deal with the cognitive dissonance brought about by the reality that the progressive narrative that women don’t lie about rape is obviously nonsense, is to deny young men due process when charged with rape by campus tribunals. Because the accused can’t question the reliability of the accuser, or even the reliability of any evidence, the left achieves its goal of supposedly eradicating rape, and ignoring the realities of human nature.
Rape is a serious crime, which must be investigated by competent professionals, and if the evidence supports it, prosecuted. However, persecuting the innocent, denying due process, and deluding ourselves about the undeniable fact that people lie about such things, not only damages respect for the law and tears the social fabric, it makes prosecuting actual rapists more difficult.
That doesn’t fit the narrative either.