Monday, November 10, 2008

Another college woman makes false rape accusation

Below are two news stories from the student newspaper of the University at Buffalo.

The first story is from last December reporting on an alleged rape. Notice I said "alleged." The story treated the accusation as an actual rape, not an "alleged" rape, based solely on one person's accusation.

Would the student newspaper report anything else as "fact" based on one person's allegation? That a rabid dog was on the loose? That a UFO had been sighted? Any such stories would make it clear that the allegation was posited by one person and was otherwise unsubstantiated.

The second story is from November 2008, explaining that the rape reported in the first story never occurred.


But note that, with all the political correctness it can muster, the second story from November 2008 uses the false rape claim as an occasion to fan the flames of -- you guessed it -- rape hysteria. Note that the story does not use the false claim as an occasion to educate the public about the prevalence of and harm caused by false rape claims. On the contrary: the story goes out of its way to minimize the prevalence of false rape claims. This is typical, and in fact it is customary for news outlets and police organizations to follow the lead of the sexual assault advocacy industry and insist that if false rape claims hurt anyone, it is -- you guessed it again -- women. We've previously explained how women became the primary "victims" of a crime that only targets men.

How is it that in news story after story dealing with false rape claims, the reporters always seem to find someone who insists that false rape claims are not a problem? Note that in news stories about arson we never read someone insisting that arson isn't a problem but that the real problem is robbery. Or murder. Yet some people believe that the slightest suggestion that false rape claims are a serious matter would somehow hurt the cause of raising awareness about rape and bringing actual rapists to justice. They can't seem to understand that rape and false rape claims are both crimes and that neither should be ignored, and that they are two different things -- apples and oranges. And it is appalling that persons in the sexual assault advocacy industry rely on made-up statistics, such as the two percent lie, to support their rape advocacy.

Sadly, as regular readers of this Web site know, when it comes to false rape claims, one radical feminist lie is piled atop the next until they all collapse upon one another to reveal a sort of Rorschach inkblot of unmistakable misandry -- a culture where false rape claims are completely acceptable, indeed encouraged because they are not taken seriously and are not properly deterred. The losers are the innocent men and boys who are snagged in the web of lies weaved by false rape accusers.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is morally grotesque.



Student raped in North Campus attack
STEPHANIE SCIANDRA - Senior Arts & Life Editor

Two males forcibly took an undergraduate student from the Lake LaSalle parking lot on Monday, Dec. 5 at approximately 5 p.m. The student was taken to a remote on-campus location where she was sexually assaulted.

According to UB Police Chief Gerald Schoenle, the victim reported being forcibly pushed into a car by the assailants.

"The car was driven to a location that we think might have been a gravel parking lot close to the (Newman) chapel," Schoenle said. "She was (then) sexually assaulted by the passenger in the vehicle."

The attack happened during a very short window of time, Schoenle said. University Police estimate that the attack began at approximately 4:55 p.m. and ceased when the victim was returned to the Lake LaSalle lot at approximately 5:10 p.m. The victim then called the University Police from her cell phone.

At this time, there are no named suspects.

"We do have a good description of the driver as a white male with brown hair, side burns and a hoop earring in his right ear," Schoenle said. "We don't have a good description of the passenger because he was wearing a black ski mask and gloves."

According to the victim, the car she was taken in was a full-size, four-door gray vehicle with a large amount of rust over the right passenger wheel well.

"There was apparently a UB hang tag in the car," Schoenle said. "We don't know if it was a UB student, faculty member or staff member, or even if it was a current UB hang tag that she noticed in the car."

According to Schoenle, the victim was alone when she was taken, and he recommends that everyone take precautions to remain safe on and off campus.

"We always recommend students be cognizant of their surroundings and to call the University Police if they're suspicious of something," Schoenle said. "Walk in lighted paths, and walk with a friend as much as possible. We also encourage students to use the services of the Anti-Rape Task Force."

Schoenle said that at this time there does not seem to be a correlation between this attack and the attack that occurred at the Sweet Home Apartment Complex in the spring. There is also no connection to the previous robbery that occurred near the same location.

"That was a random robbery incident, and the individual is still in jail," Schoenle said.



December rape claim determined to be false

University police have determined that a December rape and kidnap claim on UB North Campus never happened.

The student told police that on Dec. 3, she was taken from the Lake LaSalle Parking Lot to a remote location and sexually assaulted, as previously reported by The Spectrum in the article "Student raped in North Campus Attack" [Dec. 5, 2007].

The University Police Department has been unable to find physical evidence or witnesses to the attack, according to Chief of University Police Gerald Schoenle.

"There was no physical evidence to back up her story, so we had some suspicion right after it happened," Schoenle said late Thursday afternoon. "Ultimately, the alleged victim signed a statement [saying] it didn't happen."

Schoenle said that though this crime was deemed to be false, sexual assaults are highly underreported. He encourages true victims of sexual assault to report the incident.

"We want to encourage people to report... It's pretty rare for somebody to report a sex offense that didn't occur," Schoenle said. "Sexual assaults are, in general, one of the most underreported crimes, and it's probably even more so on college campuses."

Schoenle said that the most common perpetrator in sexual assaults is someone the victim knows.
"In most cases, the sex assaults are not stranger sexual assaults, they are acquaintance assaults," he said.

The woman who reported the attack is no longer a student, according to Schoenle. While falsely reporting a sexual assault is a crime, Schoenle said the police have decided against pressing charges.

"With the totality of the whole circumstances behind her statement to us, we felt that it would be her best interest not to [pursue criminal charges]," Schoenle said.

The woman has, instead, been referred to the Student-Wide Judiciary.