How the Feminist Silence on False Rape Accusations Hurts Everyone

When Jovon Robinson, a former football player at Auburn University, was accused of physically assaulting a female student by smashing her face into a door, a Title IX investigation was launched against the young man.

However, soon after, the young woman confessed to fabricating the allegation.

"I just wanted you to know that I made up the entire thing simply because I was upset with Jovon at the time" the accuser emailed to Gus Malzahn, the coach of the football team.

"I do not think my lie should have costed him [Jovon Robinson] his spot on the team. Please consider changing your mind because I would really hate to see a person with so much potential lose his opportunity" she wrote.

While it is good that the young woman confessed to fabricating her story of violence at the hands of the football player, by the time the woman confessed the damage had already been done. Robinson had already been kicked off the football team.

Yet, while Auburn claims that they had other reasons for dismissing Robinson, those reasons haven't been made public. The crux of the reason the administration dismissed him seems to lay with the false allegation of domestic violence made against him.

Now, while the young man's reputation has been tarnished, the female accuser has yet to be identified.

As Robby Soave, of Reason, writes "[the website that broke the story] preserved the woman's identity, for reasons I don't understand. She is a student, but by her own admission, she is not the victim of any crime. On the contrary: Robinson is the victim."

Indeed, Robinson is the victim here. And his case is not unique.

False, unjust, and exaggerated accusations of violence against women are not uncommon. While the allegation made against Robinson was simply that of domestic violence, and not of sexual assault, it still fits into the ongoing pattern of false and unjust allegations of violence made by women.

Almost every week now, there are more cases that come to light. As Ashe Schow, a commentator with the Washington Examiner has reported on extensively, one recent headline of hers says "Even if false rape reports are rare, they shouldn't be ignored."

Indeed, they shouldn't. Yet, that is what happens for almost every false accusation that comes to light. There are only a few prominent journalists, namely Cathy Young and Ashe Schow, who have regularly written on the issue.

False allegations of violence are not merely wrong because they are lies, but because these lies have very real consequences for other people involved. In the case of Jovon Robinson, the Auburn University football player, the (false) allegation of domestic violence is likely the only reason why he was dismissed from the football team. This doesn't just hurt him, but also his team, and the general reputation of his school too.

But these false accusations have broader implications as well. Every false accusation of violence increases the risk that a legitimate survivor won't be taken seriously when he or she comes forward. Which is awful.

Women, who are the primary inventors of false allegations, hurt other women by fabricating these incidents. Yet feminists, those on the vanguard of the anti-rape movement, have failed to recognize this.

One of the reasons why people have so much skepticism towards women who come forward as survivors is because other women lie about it. The rate of false allegations varys depending on whose statistics you believe, but the numbers usually range anywhere from 2% to 20%. Thus, differentiating between a true survivor and someone who is unjustly, or falsely accusing someone, becomes almost impossible.

Skepticism towards accusations of rape, then unfortunately, become a reasonable response.

Not only that, but false allegations of violence unfairly contribute to the overarching cultural narrative that men are dangerous.

I'd be remiss if I didn't bring up the racial element at play here. Remember the book To Kill a Mockingbird, the story of the black man falsely accused of rape by a white woman? While there is no research to corroborate my suspicion that black men may be slightly more prone to false or unjust rape allegations, it is certainty easy to see how a false allegation could hurt them more.

Since our culture paints black men as more dangerous and aggressive than white men, accusations of violence made against black men hold more weight. They are more believable. Thus, the presumption of innocence becomes even more important to keep in mind when thinking about young black men, since they are most at risk when that presumption has been eroded.

Considering the case of Jovon Robinson, the black football player who was dismissed from the team, his race should not be overlooked. It may be a contributing factor to why his accuser was so eagerly believed in the absence of evidence. If he was white, would the allegation against him be treated the same way?

Maybe, maybe not. There could be other factors at play too, such as Auburn's fear of a Title IX lawsuit, or some internal politics the public is not yet privy to.

In supporting victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, we should all condemn these false allegations. Refusing to name the false accuser, as did the AL, when reporting on the false allegation that cost Jovon Robinson his football position, is a cowardly manifestation of the double standards we treat women with to protect them.

Even when women victimize men by making false allegations of violence, the media still protects them. Feminists, in their quest for rape to be treated seriously, are doing their anti-rape cause (and their credibility) a complete disservice by refusing to recognize that some women do fabricate claims. And everyone --- men, women, and real victims --- suffers.

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