Abusegate: Teaching Women to Falsely Accuse
Oh, I just got raped.
With those five words, Danmell Ndonye turned the
lives of four innocent men into a living nightmare.
For several days last September, Stalin Felipe,
Kevin Taveras, Jesus Ortiz, and Rondell Bedward
were publicly branded as rapists, mauled by jail
guards, and threatened with 25 years behind
Im not even 25 years old. Im
just 19, a relieved Felipe said later,
following news that the tryst had been taped on a
by-standers cell phone, which showed the
encounter to be entirely (and enthusiastically)
Afterwards, classmates were calling my
daughter the sister of a rapist, explained
Ramiro Taveras, father of one of the falsely
accused men. Unfortunately, everything
doesnt stop because the DA says go home and
drops the charges.
Ndonye, a freshman at New Yorks Hofstra
University, had been spotted by her new boyfriend
following a raunchy bathroom romp, and she
didnt want him to think she was a
slut. So she conjured up the rape ruse
to conceal the truth.
False accusations of rape, sexual assault, and
domestic violence are not an anomaly.
Sociologist Eugene Kanin did two studies of rape
claims among university students. The first found a
50% false accusation rate, the second reported 41%
of women later recanted their stories.
Studies of domestic violence accusations paint a
One analysis of protective orders in West
Virginia found seven of 10 orders were unnecessary
or false. A Massachusetts inquiry found over half
of protective order petitions did not even allege
Another study, Prosecution and Conviction
Rates for Intimate Partner Violence,
published last year in Criminal Justice Review,
found only one-third of persons arrested for
domestic violence are convicted of the crime.
Considering one million Americans are arrested
every year for DV, thats a whale of a lot of
persons tossed into the back seat of a squad car
without probable cause!
Lawyers are well aware of the problem. Elaine
Epstein, former president of the Massachusetts Bar
Association, revealed, Everyone knows that
restraining orders and orders to vacate are granted
to virtually all who apply. And Casey Gwinn,
a nationally-known domestic violence prosecutor,
admits, If we prosecuted everybody for
perjury that gets on a witness stand and changes
their story, everybody would go to jail.
The federal Violence Against Women Act
VAWA -- bears much of the responsibility for this
legal travesty. VAWA teaches women to bear false
witness in five ways:
First, VAWA subscribes to the dubious
proposition that any slight physical,
psychological, or financial is a form of
violence. That includes raising your
voice, furrowing your brow, even sticking out your
tongue. In most states, any woman who claims to be
fearful no evidence required --
is entitled to a protective order.
Second, VAWA-funded public awareness programs
bombard the public with images of violent men,
leaving women hyper-vigilant and fearful. These
feminist indoctrination campaigns dishonestly veil
the fact that women are equally likely to strike
their male partners. And dont expect them to
murmur a peep about former NFL star quarterback
Steven McNair, shot four times in the chest by his
ex-girlfriend last July.
Third, VAWA hires so-called domestic
violence advocates to work in police
departments and courthouses. These persons coach
women to gussy up their stories so judges become
convinced they are victims of abuse.
Fourth, the system offers loads of bennies to
women who have ascended to the cult-like status as
survivors of domestic violence. Not
only do they get free legal help, they are also
entitled to preferential treatment by the family
law system, welfare services, and public
Fifth, there are no penalties for women who
manipulate the system. If a woman wants to make a
mans life miserable, she can keep going back
to the courthouse, rehashing her sob-story about
being harassed or stalked
or abused. No evidence is required, not
even an allegation of actual violence.
I have known good, upstanding men who have been
broken by the calumnies of their vindictive exes.
Their reputations savaged and savings depleted,
their lives have become filled with court hearings
and legal consultations to the point they can no
longer find steady employment.
In a disturbing sense, these men are the lucky
Freddie Peacock of Rochester, NY was convicted
of rape in 1976 and sentenced to hard time. Six
years later he was released on parole. For the next
28 years, Peacock fought to prove his
Two weeks ago Mr. Peacock became the 250th
person in the United States to be exonerated
through DNA testing. Freddie Peacock was
released many years ago, but he hasnt been
truly free because the cloud of this conviction
hung over him, explained Olga Akselrod, the
attorney handling his case.
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Roberts probes and lampoons political correctness.
His work has been published frequently in the
Washington Times, Townhall.com, LewRockwell.com,
ifeminists.net, Intellectual Conservative, and
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