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For a guy accused of rape, there are some very real fears and consequences felt that don’t require heat from the cops. A couple of Jezebel commenters highlight the street level consequences of a false allegation. The first one:
Friend of mine had the same thing happen to him. Except in this case, the girl didn’t threaten to go to the authorities, but to some really rough bikers that she knew that had done time, and probably would have beat the guy within an inch of his life. She was a real treat. After they broke up (and he was still in love with her, sadly) she would call him up and leave voice messages of her moaning while other guys fucked her.
To look at this in clearer terms they’re saying that for every 500 actual rapes there is 1 false rape accusation. As someone who dated a very abusive and manipulative woman who suggested, in a very threatening manner, that I had sexually assaulted her in some way (she never used the word rape, never called the cops, it was an empty but very damaging threat made during an argument) I personally find this to be unrealistic.
Rape is horrible, falsely accusing someone of rape is pretty horrible too. Both have the potential to ruin someones life.
I think almost everyone has heard some similar story.
I had a bizarre conversation with a female co-worker who lives a bona fide crazy life. She was telling me about a former friend of hers who is now a prostitute with a pimp. The girl who is a hooker was trying to get with a guy, though not in a “professional” capacity. According to my co-worker, the girl is a hooker and a slut. She has a lot of sex for money and a lot of sex for free. Something happened between the girl and the guy – he called her a name or something one night – and the hooker went and told her pimp that the guy had raped her. So the pimp shows up at the co-worker’s house looking for this supposed rapist so that he can get revenge for the guy who was messing with his hoe. My co-worker explained to the pimp what happened, and calmed the pimp down. If she hadn’t been there who knows what Iceberg Slim would have done.
We have no idea of the prevalence of non-institutional false rape allegations, and their impact are never considered when people fabricate the types of dramatic graphics like the one I’ve been tearing down all week. Academics don’t document these real-world interactions, and feminists don’t acknowledge them. People who argue against feminists are too busy knocking down falsehoods about institutional false rape allegations.
Feminists who discuss the issue only ever mention the 2-8% of false rape accusations that reach this institutional level. These types of allegations include veiled threats leading to manipulation and coercion of men. Threatening to go to the cops or to a significant other (a less sympathetic situation, but a false accusation nonetheless) or a gang of violent friends or a boss or parents or the school or a pimp in order to get the man to do what the woman wants him to do or just to get revenge. The effects could be anything: a persistent rumor that diminishes the accused man’s social capital; maybe he gets fired, shunned or beaten up; maybe he just does whatever it is that the woman wants him to do – he could be extorted or blackmailed or he might just cede emotional control of the relationship over to her.
So if you have the 2-8% false report number and you have all of the feed-through stats which paint a picture of a ratio between rape victims and imprisoned rapists and falsely accused men – what number of men ever face veiled or direct threats that never enter that picture?