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The Duke accused

Those that have been paying attention recall the 2006 Duke Lacrosse rape hoax.  A stripper, who is now in jail for murder, accused a number of Duke Lacrosse players with rape.  From the beginning, her story fell apart, but “believe the survivors” found a foothold.

It was a perfect Leftist/media narrative: privileged white athletes raped a poor black woman forced to strip by an evil white supremacist society.  Oh, the injustice and racism of it all!  The Duke faculty demanded a lynching, the local police conducted a classically flawed photo lineup, and the prosecutor, in a reelection race and courting the black vote, ignored and actively suppressed evidence, including the fact none of their DNA was found–an impossibility given the accusation–that would eventually exonerate the players, and one of the accused who produced a time stamped ATM photo proving he was miles away at the time of the alleged crime.

The Lacrosse season was canceled, the entirely uninvolved and innocent Lacrosse coach fired, and the college careers and lives of the innocent accused were forever tarnished.  Fortunately, sanity eventually prevailed.  The State Attorney General took over the investigation and declared the boys innocent, and the corrupt prosecutor was disbarred and jailed.  The definitive book on what happens when rationality and adherence to American legal principles fails was written by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson: Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case.  

And if that bizarre perversion of justice did not serve as sufficient evidence that always believing “survivors” without evidence is a bad idea, there was the December 2014 Rolling Stone debacle.  

A Rolling Stone reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erderly, claimed a female student, Jackie” was brutally gang raped at a University of Virginia Fraternity Party.  Among the problems with the claim was that the supposed victim and Rolling Stone did not inform the police of multiple supposed felonies. Even so, it was another perfect media/Leftist narrative. Though the victim was white, the alleged rapists were privileged white frat boys, and the narrative furthered the non-existent “rape epidemic” that still does not rage on college campuses.

The fraternity was banned, innocent male students accused, a female dean was accused of being a rape apologist, and the usual national outrage was provoked.  But the story immediately began to disintegrate when it was discovered Jackie’s witnesses either contradicted her, or did not exist.  Jackie could not identify any of her rapists, there was no physical evidence, and the fraternity did not, in fact, hold a party when Jackie claimed she was raped.  Unlike Christine Blasey Ford, Jackie made the mistake of providing a date, time and place of her “rape.”

Rolling Stone, which did nothing to confirm Jackie’s dramatic account prior to publication, was forced to retract the story, and was successfully sued by a variety of innocents, including the non-rape apologizing female dean.

These incidents, among innumerable others, should have been instructive, but they were not, as the Kavanaugh Affair and a “Mean Girls” debacle illustrate.  Triblive.com reports:

While ‘Mean Girls Day’ is being marked Wednesday in reference to a mention of Oct. 3 in the popular 2004 cult movie, the parents of a former Seneca Valley High School student claim in a federal lawsuit filed this week that their teenage son was terrorized by false accusations made by five ‘mean girls’ at the school.

Michael J. and Alecia Flood of Zelienople, Butler County, the parents of a teenage boy identified in the lawsuit as T.F., seek unspecified civil damages against the girls’ parents, the school district and Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger’s office. The lawsuit, which includes the term ‘mean girls,’ alleges they ‘conspired in person and via electronic communication devices to falsely accuse T.F. of sexual assault on two occasions.

Unsurprisingly, Goldinger and school officials had nothing to say.

The 26-page lawsuit — filed in Pittsburgh on the eve of Mean Girls Day — alleges that T.F. ‘was forced to endure multiple court appearances, detention in a juvenile facility, detention at home, the loss of his liberty and other damages until several of the girls reluctantly admitted that their accusations were false’ this summer.

The lawsuit contends T.F. was bullied on multiple occasions by classmates. In one example, the lawsuit said students last year placed masking tape with the word ‘PREDATOR’ written on it on his back without his knowledge during choir practice.

The lawsuit alleges the boy was further damaged from ‘gender bias’ by school officials and Goldinger’s office, which even after learning the girls’ accusations were false ‘did not take any action against the females involved,’ said attorney Craig Fishman of Pittsburgh, who represents the Floods.

Not every claim made in a lawsuit is accurate or provable, but there is apparently ample reason to believe these claims:

(T.F.) was basically being tortured in school by the other students and investigators, but the administration was only focused on protecting the girls who were lying,’ Fishman said. ‘Once the allegations were proven false, they really didn’t care one bit about T.F. and there has been absolutely no repercussions against the girls.

The victim in this case, who legitimately appears to have been victimized, was forced to withdraw from school and is being homeschooled.

According to the lawsuit, the first allegation occurred in July 2017 at an area swimming pool where T.F. worked as a lifeguard with then Seneca Valley High School graduate Megan Villegas, who is the only teenage defendant named in the lawsuit. The others are minors and are referred to only by initials, Fishman said. [skip]

The lawsuit contends T.F. was charged with sexually assaulting a girl identified in the lawsuit as K.S. on the pool premises, and Villegas corroborated the K.S. claim by saying she was present during the alleged assault.

The boy was fired, and one of his accusers admitted lying:

In a tape-recorded interview with school officials in 2017, the lawsuit alleges K.S. said she made the sexual assault claim against T.F. because ‘I just don’t like him.’

‘I just don’t like to hear him talk. … I don’t like to look at him,’ K.S. reportedly disclosed in the recorded interview obtained by Fishman.

On Oct. 2, 2017, K.S. told fellow students ‘that she would do anything to get T.F. expelled … and accused T.F. of sexual assault’ with school officials, the lawsuit states. T.F. was subsequently charged in juvenile court with indecent assault and two counts of harassment.

Apparently, after learning “K.S.” lied, school officials did nothing at all to assist the boy, or to punish the girl.  The local prosecutor continued to bulldoze the boy, but this was only the beginning of his troubles:

The Floods eventually agreed in late 2017 to a consent decree where he would not admit guilt but was required to stay out of trouble for six months and report to the county probation department.

In March, another girl — identified as C.S. and a friend of K.S. — reported to a school counselor that the boy had walked into her home uninvited and sexually assaulted her. The allegations were supported by information from two other girls, identified as E.S. and H.R., according to the lawsuit.

On April 9, Zelienople police charged T.F. with indecent assault, criminal trespass and simple assault.

The police were not kind or subtle:

On April 10, T.F. was removed from class at Seneca Valley High School and placed in leg and wrist shackles by the Jackson Township Police with the assistance of Juvenile Probation Officer Michael Trego,’ the lawsuit said.

Trego testified at a hearing that T.F. was a threat to the community, and the teenager had to spend nine days in a juvenile detention center before being released on home-electronic monitoring.

‘After 28 days, T.F. was only allowed out of his home to mow his lawn,’ the lawsuit contends.

During the case, T.F. was told by school officials he could not play baseball ‘because every time he was wearing a Seneca Valley jersey, he was representing a school.’

According to the lawsuit, the criminal complaints against the boy began to unravel in May when three of the witnesses admitted they had lied.

Obviously, the prosecutor did everything he could to see that justice was done? Only if “immediately” means four months later.

On Aug. 30, Goldinger’s office sought an order dismissing all charges against T.F. filed for the March allegation because of the false reports, according to court documents. On Sept. 10, the charges in connection with the 2017 swimming pool incident were ordered closed, according to the lawsuit.

it also appears the prosecutor continued to take his time:

The Butler County District Attorney’s office promised to file a petition to expunge the record of T.F. in September, but has not yet done so, providing further evidence of gender-based discrimination. The (district attorney) has refused to file criminal charges against K.S., Villegas, C.S., E.S. and H.R. due to gender-based discrimination,’ the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit claims school officials have repeatedly refused to mark the academic records of the girls who lied about the assaults.

And in the “no kidding” department:

T.F. has had psychological trauma because of all this. He’s had to see a psychologist to deal with the physical symptoms which are the direct result of being accused of something when he did not do anything wrong,’ Fishman said.

That does appear to be the case. It is also apparent a number of people and institutions are going to be paying a great deal to settle this case. They will not likely want to allow it to come anywhere near a jury.

Believe the survivors?  Absolutely, but only if there is sufficient credible evidence to support their claims, evidence gathered through complete and competent investigations by the police. There is no genetic component to femininity that renders females incapable of lying. Justice requires more than simply lodging accusations, making arrests and destroying innocent lives.