“Raped: My Story” — Review

  By VennerRoad, 2nd Dec 2017

A recent documentary screened by Channel 5 in the UK reinforces rape myths while appearing to debunk them.

Michelle Thompson MP

This programme was made with the cooperation of Rape Crisis, an organisation that professes to help rape victims, but does it? Recently, when the veteran actress Angela Lansberry dared to comment that women must sometimes take the blame for sexual harassment, Rape Crisis issued a lengthy statement:

“Rape is an act of sexual violence, power and control that has little to nothing to do with sexual desire. It is as insulting to men as it is to anyone to suggest they’re unable to take responsibility for their own behaviours and that the way a woman presents herself can cause them to lose control or force them to sexually harass or assault her.

Until we accept and acknowledge that, it will be very difficult for us as a society to reduce or prevent rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or sexual abuse.

This overt dishonesty is par for the course for Rape Crisis. Miss Lansbury did not mention the word rape, she was talking about....well, in the feminist lexicon, almost anything can be classed as sexual harassment, even complimenting a woman on her looks. The programme is in the same deceptive vein, we are fed a lot of statistics about the prevalance of rape and the low conviction rate. And about attitudes and beliefs.

The programme sees ten people telling their stories about how they were allegedly raped. The word allegedly is important here because although some of the tales were harrowing, one woman is said to have waited 28 (twenty-eight) years to report her rape. Her story also appeared in the Daily Telegraph where the reason she didn’t report it at the time was she was terrified the police wouldn’t believe her. And they should believe her 28 years later because? That is 28 years in which she has had time to convert a story of teenage regret sex with a man twice her age into an act of sexual violence. A strikingly similar tale was told to Bedford Police last year, only in that case the regret was near instantaneous, and a trail of evidence revealed a consensual encounter - sordid and angry in equal measure. The man concerned had consumed nine pints of beer which resulted in him being unable to perform. If his false accuser had delayed her report by twenty-eight years or even twenty-eight days, an innocent man could be sitting in prison today, as indeed are hundreds, perhaps thousands around the globe right now, no doubt.

Another of the alleged victims in this programme was a man. So-called anti-rape activists do this to enlist male support for the erosion of due process. This dude claimed to have been violated in Manchester by two men. Of course, men do get raped and sometimes worse by sexual deviants. Not so long ago, Stephen Port drugged, sexually violated and murdered four young men. And let’s not mention Gacy. On the whole though, the extreme promiscuity of homosexuals coupled with the fact that there are now no legal barriers to consensual homosexual acts between adults does mean that the rapes of adult males are rare. Homosexual sex offenders are more likely to prey on underage boys. Was this man raped? Possibly, but there have been many cases of heterosexual men having perverted sex then crying rape out of shame. The International False Rape Timeline contains a number of such cases.

Unlike this alleged victim, whose “rape” was deemed to be consensual, the Indian girl who claimed to have been raped while under the control of an older man managed to get her case to court. She was, she said, offered up to £40,000 to drop the case. She didn’t, and he was found not guilty, but he is still alluded to here as a rapist. She should have taken the money and moved on with her life.

Some of the stories related here had the ring of truth, but the message has little to do with the individuals concerned, rather it is about believing “victims” regardless. Regardless of how long after an alleged rape they report. Regardless of the lack of evidence or even the presence of serious exculpatory evidence. Believing the absurd statistics, and using this as the pretext to further erode due process. Not mentioned is the fact that women are often believed when they are obviously lying, or as in the false accuser of Mark Pearson, delusional.

Then there is the rape myth angle. No woman asks to be raped, we are told. Of course not, if she asks, she has by definition consented! Advising women to take reasonable precautions is not tantamount to victim blaming. A mother who tells her young daughter not to talk to strangers is not victim blaming, and by the same token, a father who tells his teenage daughter not to accept drinks from strangers, not to go to a club dressed for the beach, and not to accept a ride home from a man she doesn’t know or trust, he is not victim blaming either. And being a man, he just might know what he is talking about.

After the documentary there was a studio discussion about both the programme and the hysterical #MeToo campaign. Unlike the former, this was reasonably well balanced. Among the participants was the sister of the teenager Jay Cheshire who committed suicide after being falsely accused of rape. Fifteen months later, their mother committed suicide too.

Also present was the MP Michelle Thompson who says she spoke out about her alleged rape because a debate about violence against women was coming up. She didn’t mention the fact that she was under investigation for fraud at the time, which may have been a more compelling reason. A woman who had worked with Harvey Weinstein said she heard only rumours. We’ve all heard those even before “fake news”, before the Internet. Did Hillary Clinton really order the murders of dozens of people; is Michael Jackson still alive; is Elvis? One woman, a journalist said if you’re going to make an allegation, make it at a police station. Quite right! This is why organisations like Rape Crisis should be shut down, all of them, or at least denied all special funding. A severe statute of limitations would also weed out most of these absurd cases that are now coming to court. Report a rape within seven days or be ignored. Coupled with that should be severe sentences for real rapes, not simply drunken sex or regret sex. The chances of that coming about are somewhere between zero and minus one, but no one reading this can claim she hasn’t been warned.

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