You may have heard the news that Nicole Eramo, the Associate Dean of Students at the University of Virginia, has filed a lawsuit against the Rolling Stones for $7.5 million dollars.
The claim that their story was malicious in nature and that the writer of the piece, Erdely and her editors, had made some false claims even though the writer and the editors of that article has already admitted that she began to feel nervous as the the truth of the story around the time that the Rolling Stone had printed their article.
“Erdely and Rolling Stone acted with actual malice when they published A Rape on Campus. Erdely and Rolling Stone knew that Jackie was not a reliable source for truthful information about her interactions with Dean Eramo. They had serious doubts about the truth of the disparaging claims they planned to make about Dean Eramo, but intentionally violated commonly accepted journalistic norms and consciously failed to investigate sources and information that they believed would have revealed the falsity of the charges they leveled. Erdely and Rolling Stone were intent on painting a narrative that depicted Dean Eramo as complicit in a cover up of Jackie’s allegations and, having made the decision to so accuse Dean Eramo, celebrated their preconceived narrative by including an intentionally doctored illustration of Dean Eramo that depicts her as callous toward a sexual assault victim sitting and crying in her office.”
Some will claim that $7.5 million is a bit excessive, but I don’t think so. The Rolling Stone had violated protocol by printing that article without verifying it in any manner, the woman who wrote the article had an agenda and had wanted a rape to occur on campus and when “Jackie” came up with her deluded fabrication, Erdely ran with it without checking a single fact. The Rolling Stones article cause a shitstorm because of their article which had violated the fraternity itself, and had called into question the entire fraternity system.
Essentially, the Rolling Stone has showed itself to be a rag, and no better than the “Midnight Star” or some other rag you see at the checkout at your supermarket. And for that reason, they should be punished. Severely. My question is that $7.5 million dollars enough punishment?
But, after a little bit of research, I have come up with eight other rape hoaxes that sound amazingly like the UVA rape hoax:
1: February 2013, Morgan Triplett, age 20, claims that she had been raped in broad daylight on the Santa Cruz campus.
This story was a hoax. She had used Craigslist to locate a total stranger who agreed to beat her up in exchange for sex. After that had failed, she tried to find someone to shoot her in the shoulder. Finally, she had found someone to “punch, kick, and bruise her” on Craigslist.
2: November 2004, Desiree Nall, a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida had told the police that she had been raped in a bathroom on campus. Nall was the president of the local chapter of the National Organization for Women and it was during Sexual Assault Awareness Week.
An examination of Nall had showed no evidence of any sexual assault. Nall had eventually admitted that her “rape” was a false accusation. The local police had spent approximately $50,000 investigating Nall’s imaginary claims.
3: April 1991, Princeton University student Mindy Brickman had falsely accused a fellow Princeton student of raping her.
Like “Jackie” at UVA, Brickman had not filed criminal charges. She had libeled the student by spreading her claim throughout the campus. When Brickman’s claim had fallen apartt, she had written an apology in the campus newspaper.
4: April 2013, University of Wyoming student Meg Lanker-Simons, had posted, anonymously, a rape threat directed at herself on a Facebook page called “UW Crushes”.
A police investigation of the false rape determined that Lanker-Simons posted that message on her computer while it was in her possession. She pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a law enforcer and had paid a small fine.
5: Fall 2009, Hofstra University Danmell Ndonye had voluntarily had sex with no less than five men in a dormitory bathroom.
Ndonye, age 18, accused the men of gang rape after her boyfriend had found her with no shoes on and looking like she had just finished with some hot sex. The boyfriend demanded that she contact the police, Ndonye claimed that it’s OK. Anyway, as a result four innocent men were arrested and jailed. eventually the four men were released because someone had filmed the orgy on a mobile phone, and it clearly showed that the sex was consensual.
6: April 2013, a former student of University of Florida student Tanya Borachi lied to the police about being bound and gagged in a Gainsville apartment complex parking lot.
Essentially, her family was expecting her to graduate later in the spring, but Borachi was not going to graduate until later than expected. Police had charged Borachi with filing a false police report.
7: 1993, at Oberlin College. a “take back the night” group on campus had posted a number of signs labeling an apparently randomly-chosen and innocent freshman as “Rapist of the Month”.
The 18-year-old male student, a philosophy student, had received, in the mail, that he was the “Rapist of the Month”. The unidentified student had to deny the allegations from his friends, tore down the signs that many people had already seen. According to one of his remaining friends, he was described as “boring”, he didn’t drink, date, or use drugs.
Another student at Oberlin, sophomore Emily Lloyd, suggested that critics of the incredible falsehood were missing the “take back the night” group’s larger point.
“So many women get their lives totally ruined by being assaulted and not saying anything,” Lloyd explained. “So if one guy gets his life ruined, maybe it balances out.”
8: 1990, Mariam Kashani at George Washington University, had woven a gigantic fiction about a campus rape.
Kashani, a rape counselor and who had worked at a rape crisis hotline, had told the campus newspaper about a white women that had been raped by two black men. Kashani herself had managed to coordinate having someone to impersonate a policeman who had confirmed the story by telephone. When Kashani’s lied had crumbled, Kashani said that she was sorry and had insisted that she had hoped that the story would highlight the problems of safety for all women.
Now, as men, we all should believe that rape is more rare than we would imagine. I have pointed out the actual rape statistics in the United States several times in this Weblog, and I am not going to repeat them again.
However, we should also know that the absolute safest environment with respect to not-getting-raped is in the college campuses. Yes, the incidents for rape in the United states is even lower on college campuses than in the remainder of the United States.
So, false accusations happen, and are perpetuated by women. False accusations of rape are generally unpunished, even though I think that a false accusation should have a very much harsher punishment. But we, as men, can make change occur.
We seriously need to punish false accusations of rape as harshly as we punish rapists themselves. A false accusation should carry the same exact burden as a rapist. In all cases.
While the feminist agenda has been in effect over the past fifty years, it need not take fifty years to disable feminism, if we work together and if we work wisely. We are men, as men we are rational, and we know how the world works. At least as men we know better than women do. We can change society, but only if we look to our manliness, and be men.