“Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.” – Lena Dunham
The sentiment expressed in the quote above by Lena Dunham has become all too typical on the Left. If that had no consequences, it would be just one more thing liberals say as we roll our eyes and go on. However, there are real men paying a terrible price for this lie. Colleges have set up guilty-until-proven-innocent kangaroo courts where men have had their lives turned upside down after being falsely convicted of raping women. The #metoo movement has featured lots of accusations aimed at men, but despite the fact that many of those accusations don’t go much beyond he said/she said, men are losing their careers and having their lives ruined based on little more than one woman’s say-so. That is despite the fact that, depending on which statistics you believe, there are an awful lot of false rape claims made,
“According to the FBI, a higher percentage of rape claims are false than any other criminal complaint, 8 percent compared to 2 percent for other crimes. More detailed studies have found much higher rates of false rape charges. A study of all rape allegations in a midwestern city over nine years found 41 percent were false and a study of more than a thousand rape allegations on Air Force bases over the course of four years concluded that 46 percent were false. In 27 percent of the cases, the accuser recanted.”
Rape is a horrible, inexcusable thing. No one should ever be raped and anyone who does engage in rape deserves to spend a long time in prison. However, it is impossible for the public to judge the truth of a rape accusation based on one woman’s say-so because unfortunately, there are women who lie about rape, sometimes with terrible consequences for the innocent men they target. What follows are three famous cases and a couple of more recent ones, just so no can pretend that this isn’t something that happens all the time.
1. The Duke Lacrosse Case
Crystal Mangum was a stripper who was hired to perform for the Duke lacrosse team. She accused three members of the team of raping her in the bathroom. Not only did the media turn it into a major scandal and blast the names of the accused out to the whole nation, but many people on the Left, including quite a few professors at Duke, treated the players as guilty until proven innocent. In addition, the Duke lacrosse team’s season was canceled and the coach was fired for sticking up for his players. There was one problem: Crystal Mangum was lying about the whole thing. The original prosecutor, Mike Nifong, was disbarred over hiding evidence in the case. Ultimately, the case never even went to trial because the man who took it over from Nifong, Attorney General Roy Cooper (he’s the governor of North Carolina now), dismissed the case and publicly declared that the players involved were “innocent.” To top it all off, the three players falsely accused received $20 million each in a settlement with Duke while Crystal Mangum is still serving time in prison for stabbing her boyfriend to death.
2. The Nikki Yovino Case
A lot of the more famous cases on this list have been around for a while. Here’s one that reached a conclusion THIS WEEK. Nikki Yovino claimed that two Sacred Heart University football players dragged her into the bathroom during an off-campus party and sexually assaulted her. The consequences for both men were serious because not only were their scholarships pulled, which meant they had to drop out of college, but Yovino filed charges against them with the police. Fortunately, Yovino was seen inviting both men into the bathroom to have sex. Under police questioning, she admitted that she made up the charges because there was another guy she didn’t want to potentially lose as a boyfriend. Yovino is going to spend a year in prison because of her lies and the men she accused are reportedly considering suing her.
3. Tawana Brawley
Fifteen-year-old Tawana Brawley went missing from her home for four days and showed back up smeared with feces and “n*gger,” “b*tch” and “KKK” written on her body in charcoal. She claimed she had been raped in the woods by six white men and the story became a media sensation. Louis Farrakhan led a march over what happened. Bill Cosby pledged $25,000 for information on the case. Then Al Sharpton got involved and claimed there was a cover-up because there were powerful white men involved. Sharpton accused a cop who killed himself (for reasons unrelated to Brawley’s charges) and an assistant district attorney named Steven Pagones of being two of the men who had sexually assaulted Brawley. The case fell apart when it went to trial. Evidence indicated that Brawley wrote the words on herself. The feces on her came from a neighbor’s dog. She visited her boyfriend and attended a local party during the abduction and a neighbor overheard a conversation between Brawley’s mother and Sharpton that indicated they both knew she was lying. The boyfriend later said Brawley made it all up to try to keep from getting in trouble after being gone so long. Not only was Pagones found innocent, he won a defamation case against Sharpton, Brawley and Brawley’s attorneys.
4. The Sherita-Dixon Cole Rape Lie
In May of this year, attorney Sherita Dixon-Cole was pulled over for drunk driving. Cole accused the trooper of offering to let her go in return for sex. She also said he groped and sexually assaulted her on the way to the jail. The story blew up after professional race hustler Shaun King told the world that this black woman had been “kidnapped and raped” by the white officer, whom King publicly named. There was just one problem: the officer was wearing a body cam and it proved that absolutely nothing happened. So, this attorney lied about an officer raping her and Shaun King smeared his name publicly. What happened to them? Nothing. Shaun King presented himself as a victim who was tricked into lying about a white person, as if lying about white people isn’t what he does as a job. The DA also decided not to file charges against Sherita Dixon-Cole. So, as often turns out to be the case, the woman making the false rape charge gets a free pass while the man accused of rape has his name publicly dragged through the mud.
5. The Jackie Coakley “Rolling Stone” Rape Hoax
Jackie Coakley told “Rolling Stone” that she was taken on a date to a Phi Kappa Psi frat party and was gang-raped on a broken glass table. The story was a sensation and, as a result, Phi Kappa Psi suspended its UVA chapter and members of the fraternity who seemed to fit the descriptions of the assailants in the article were harassed and accused of being rapists. However, “Rolling Stone” based its entire story only on the word of Jackie Coakley and her story fell apart once it faced scrutiny. During the time period Coakley claimed she had been raped, Phi Kappa Psi didn’t have any parties. The fraternity member she claimed she went on a date with didn’t seem to exist. Three of Jackie’s friends that she talked to the night of the incident publicly disputed her account of the conversation they had. The publicity led to the police investigating the incident and they found no evidence that a rape occurred. Numerous other factual inaccuracies were revealed in Jackie’s comments. Eventually, “Rolling Stone” retracted the story and publicly apologized. “Rolling Stone” ended up reaching a settlement with UVA Dean Nicole Eramo after she was awarded $3 million in damages. “Rolling Stone” also had to pay out another $1.65 million to Phi Kappa Psi. Individual fraternity members are still pursuing defamation charges against the magazine in a case that has been winding its way through the courts, but Jackie Coakley faced no punishment for her lies.
This originally appeared at PJ Media.