If you visited the online publication Huffington Post College before Christmas, this article is what you would see linked on the front page, front and center:
Looking at the headline, we see that the accuser (University of Montana student Kerry Barrett) is portrayed as a victim in the headline. So of course, surely the article – penned by none less than Huffpost associate editor Tyler Kingkade, who won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists – would offer some kind of evidence in the article that she actually is a victim.
Nothing of the sort. No trial, no conviction, nothing. The article even explicitly states that, after conducting an investigation, police dropped the case because it was nothing more than he-said/she-said with zero physical evidence.
So why would Huffington Post College start off with a clickbait headline that presumed the guilt of the accused, which it simply could not know? After all, no one on the editorial board was present during the alleged rape, right?
So why would they do that?
Because this is Huffington Post College, one of the most gynocentric mainstream education publications today. Just look at this screenshot of various Huffpost articles from May 2 of last year and ask yourself to what degree are women and women’s interests are represented relative to men.
But it is more than just woman-centered (which isn’t a flaw in and of itself for a publication, unless you pretend to be about all kinds of issues). It also has a history of embellishing the facts, presuming guilt, and holding different standards between men and women. It has taken it upon itself to campaign in behalf of all rape accusers, regardless as to whether their claims are true or false.
In this article Tyler Kingkade attempts to make the case that the police department in Missoula, Montana has a history of ignoring the needs of rape victims. As “evidence,” Tyler drops this bombshell on us:
“The chief himself was accused of telling a sexual assault victim that half of rape reports are false.”
Horror of horrors! Shall we grab the tar and feathers?
And yet, this number is actually quite similar to various studies and past reports. Dr. Eugene Kanin of Purdue University conducted a study on false rape accusations which discovered that 40% of rape accusations were false. In the 1980s Dr. Charles McDowell’s famous air force study found the number even higher at 60%.
After reviewing a lot of the data it is my position that no one knows the exact percentage, or even a close approximation, of how many claims are true or false. The methodological problems of data collection are too severe in these cases.
But there is compelling evidence to think that false rape accusations are significant and common, far more common than false reports of most other crimes. False accusers are rarely punished, leaving them with little disincentive for committing crimes.
They also tend to make accusations for a wide variety of reasons that false accusers do not for other crimes (see the section on false rape accusations here for examples). And there is not only the various studies cited above, but also a widespread culture of rape hysteria that often rationalizes or excuses false accusations.
But regardless of what percentage of accusations are true, that should not prejudice anyone toward assuming guilt or innocence in any individual case. Most men’s advocates understand this. I wish I could say the same for their critics.
We continue with the article:
Police interviewed the man Barrett had identified as her assailant. The detective later told Barrett that the man had cried and insisted the sex had been consensual.
I’m curious: how many rapists, who Feminists tell us conduct themselves with an air of entitlement, break into tears? If he was really an entitled rapist, wouldn’t he be more standoffish, with an attitude of “who are you to question me”? Assuming the Feminist narrative is correct, of course.
Barrett said that she insisted no more than 6 percent of rape reports are bogus, citing a 2009 study that originated with End Violence Against Women International. She and her friend, who asked not to be named, said [police chief] Muir disagreed, saying that some studies show a majority of rape reports are false.
Look at the report this alleged victim is citing: a study conducted by End Violence Against Women International, a Feminist organization. Now folks, let’s put on our thinking caps. Which one has more credibility: an activist group with a political ax to grind, or those who live in the real world of investigating crime?
Muir said he “disputed that it’s not disputable” that a small number of reports are false.
“I explained to her I don’t believe those numbers that are on the high end,” Muir said. “But I just wanted to be perfectly clear that there are studies that have been done. Not everyone supports them, but that [false reports] may be as high as 40 to 50 percent.”
A couple of days after their meeting, Muir sent Barrett an email, telling her he had found a study to support his claim. He also assured Barrett he would speak again to the officer who conducted the initial interview.
The officer Muir is talking about is the one Huffpost College refers to in the headlines. He is under fire because he said to Barrett “‘Some girls cheat on their boyfriend and regret it and blame it on rape.'” Is this an entirely accurate statement? Yes. Was it delivered at the wrong time? Perhaps.
Does that make it any less true? No.
Since then, Barrett said she has had no contact with the police and nothing ever happened with her case. “All they’re doing is taking the rapists’ word and not doing any more,” Barrett told HuffPost.
Incorrect. If they were “taking the rapist’s word,” Ms. Barrett would be charged with making a false report. After all, the “rapist” claimed he was innocent.
No, the police did not “take the rapist’s word.” This is standard Feminist rape hysteria, which dictates that if police and educational institutions afford any measure of due process, even by claiming in he said/she said cases that there is not enough evidence to proceed, it must be “siding with rapists.”
The totalitarianism lurking beneath such rhetoric is staggering. And its moral basis is so hollow and contrived that it lends a reasonable skepticism toward anyone making such claims.
Also, notice that only the rape accuser was interviewed by Huffington Post College. There is no mention by the publication of any attempt to contact the man she accused.
Tyler Kingkade has written numerous questionable articles concerning due process and anti-rape activism in academia. We will be going over more of them in the future.