Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The next time someone says that "only" eight percent of rape claims are false . . .

You know the kind of comment I'm referring to -- where someone tries to justify the erosion of due process for college men accused of rape. Example: Tara Culp-Ressler dismisses concerns about convictions of innocent people with this inanity: “In reality, false rape allegations are very rare, comprising about two to eight percent of all reports.”

How do we respond to this? First, we debunk it by noting that it's deceptive -- because any implication that 92 percent of rape claims are legitimate rapes is a lie. The majority of rape claims can't be classified as legitimate or illegitimate (even the mainstream media is picking up on that: see here).

But second, we need to underscore the insane implication that if "only" eight percent of rape claims are false, that's not enough to worry about. Perhaps we need to respond to it the way a comment under this article responded to Culp-Ressler's quote, above: ". . . in reality, plane crashes are very rare, comprising about two to eight percent of all flights."