Comment: Ashley Todd, the McCain campaign worker who falsely claimed she was assaulted by a black Obama supporter who carved a "B" in her face, has been sentenced to probation. See the news report beneath this comment.
While today's news report doesn't mention the sexual assault aspect of the false claim, at the time of the alleged attack, a Pittsburgh police spokeswoman said this: ". . . [S]he also indicated that she was sexually assaulted as well. She indicated that when he had her on the ground, he put his hand up under her blouse and started fondling. Her but other than that she said, she doesn't remember anything else so we're adding a sexual assault to this as well."
It is unfortunate that Senator McCain, a man who has given great service to this country, is mentioned in the same story as Ashley Todd. He does not deserve that.
At the time this false claim was lodged, a feminist writer named Jessica Vozel wrote: "In a culture that already distrusts rape victims to the point where many never come forward, it’s dangerous and sad for legitimate victims when some of the most publicized sexual assault cases (Todd, the Duke rape case, etc.) end up being false reports."
Hmm. Let's think about that. The cases the writer references and innumerable other high profile cases share a common trait: they were initially reported as if they were likely true, and most people probably believed them. The fact that they turned out to be false is simply testimony to the fact that a significant number of these claims turn out to be false. That's the sad, politically incorrect truth.
Ms. Vozel also wrote this: "It’s problematic . . . that her story was automatically believed – some speculate this was because she identified her attacker as being black and, as the Susan Smith case in 1995 proved, implicating a black perpetrator increases your chances of being believed."
Never has a feminist spoken greater truth -- up to a point. Yes, it is problematic that the story of any rape accuser is "automatically" believed. That's the principal point of this blog and I am glad that a feminist finally agrees with it. However, I don't think, in this day and age, the fact that the accused was black added to the accuser's credibility. In days gone by it was true that a white woman accusing a black man of rape was pretty much a death sentence. Not today. Today, the news media has alerted every woman that every man is a potential sexual predator, not to be fully trusted. And for males accused of rape, sometimes being white can be worse than being black: Exhibit "A": the claim of a black stripper that three "privileged" white boys at Duke raped her. Never do I recall a case that was so instantaneously believed by almost everyone -- and probably because the boys accused were deemed to be "privileged," racist, jocks taking advantage of a poor, defenseless black woman. An entire team of white kids denied the claim, but the unsubstantiated word of a black stripper was taken as incontrovertible truth.
Here's the Ashley Todd story:
McCain volunteer gets probation for false report
Friday, May 22, 2009
By Jim McKinnon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A woman who falsely claimed she was attacked on a Bloomfield street by a supporter of Barack Obama was approved today to enter a probation program for first-time offenders.
Allegheny County Judge Robert Gallo gave Ashley Todd, of Texas, nine months of probation and ordered her to do 50 hours of community service in the next six months. She also must pay court costs.
Ms. Todd was a campaign volunteer for John McCain and working in Pittsburgh when she claimed an Obama supporter mugged her in October. She said a 6-foot-4 black man became enraged at the McCain bumper sticker on her car and carved a "B" into her cheek.
Police doubted her story and she soon admitted making the mark herself.
She had to receive counseling before she could be approved for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program today. If she completes the terms of her probation, she can apply to have her record expunged.