So I had a revealing conversation with the Slymepit’s Richard Sanderson today on twitter…
TW – Rape, Fake Rape Accusations, Slymepit and I am Generally Hacked the Fuck Off and that means angry Avicenna.
I am a patient man. Or at least I try to be as patient as possible. I listen, I take time to do things.
If you are unaware of this, I was accused of raping someone at TAM 2013 during a period of time that I was intensely busy with “work”. I didn’t know about the Michael Shermer incident. I just thought it was hate mail. Mabus was doing the rounds after all…
So I disposed of it. Tam 2013? How weird!
Then other allegations started popping up. PZ Myers, Lousy Canuck (AKA Jason Thibeault) and I realised what it was. It was laying the ground work for something big.
Turns out Mr. Sanderson is a possible suspect in the fake accusation that I raped/molested someone at TAM 2013. Why? Because when I admitted publically about the accusation, I also pointed out that I had an alibi. Oh if you wish to know why I admitted to it, I felt the need to be honest because I figured that if I didn’t admit to it, someone would drop it on me as a “surprise” and I would rather do it myself. Bear in mind, work colleagues read this blog and me admitting to the accusation was handled better than if someone else did. Bear in mind at the moment I am teaching and training midwives in safe delivery methods and doing deliveries. AKA working in women’s healthcare. This resulted in me having to deal with greater scrutiny of my work and some time for administrative leave but in the end the truth is an absolute defence.
It meant that colleagues would HAVE to mention this incident. I cleared my name with work but it’s just a painful thing to do. I genuinely thought of bowing out of blogging as I felt my career was more important. It didn’t matter that my alibi was insanely solid.
You see, I have spent the past few months in India and the UK. My passport won’t carry UK stamps since it’s a Biometric but it would mean I was somewhere in the EU or India. I don’t hold an American Visa either. I could not have “gone to TAM”. My alibi is from the UK and Indian Governments and the US government can possibly verify me not being in the USA for that event.
Mr. Sanderson was unaware of the alibi until mentioned. Indicating that he either learnt of the accusation from the accuser or is the accuser himself.
I can’t sue him. I don’t have a lawyer and I don’t wish to drag this stupidity out into a court of law. But I do wish to highlight that any lawyer trying to argue for Mr. Sanderson would probably settle for damages rather than go to court since the only real option is to accuse me of sneaking into the USA illegally in order to attend a skeptical conference. And to make a point? The only people who know what I look like are the handful of people who work with me, the Chennai Skeptics/Atheists Club (who have met me twice!) and Daniel Bruvoli and Guy Otten who met me when I was in Manchester. Ally Fogg saw me from afar but we were too bashful to talk to each other (Okay he didn’t know what I looked like and he forgot his phone at home. Mistakes were made…)
I am sure people at TAM would remember the Indian British Guy. We are pretty rare in the USA after all. The stack of evidence in my favour is undeniably more solid. I have never been to any Atheist Meeting and if I am going to be accused like this then I don’t have any reason to ever attend one.
I actually had a post about an entirely different issue. But this kind of came up out of the blue.
Richard Sanderson demonstrates precisely what’s wrong with the Atheist Community. Now you may say that we don’t have a community but the fact of the matter is we do interact with each other a lot. We do hang out with each other and we do read what each other has to say. And Richard demonstrates precisely what was wrong here after our twitter conversation. Richard mentioned the accusation but failed to mention the clear and obvious defence of “Seriously? He is in India and the victim was in the USA, chances are it’s not him”. Which indicates that the accusation was made but the defence was not specifically seen. Richard seemed unaware of the alibi and that means he either was told about this by someone who made the accusation or was part of the accusation. It’s not rocket science. If he learnt it from me he wouldn’t have decided to push ahead with this argument since it was clearly daft.
They call themselves the Slymepit out of pride. Free Speech? This wasn’t free speech this was a silencing. This was an attempt to shut me up. I don’t know why. I am not a fan of the methods of the Atheism Plus lot. Maybe I just made them look bad. Can’t call FTB slacktivists with that Avicenna bloke around right? So let’s silence him. I know! Doctors rely on their integrity. A doctor without one is fucked! Let’s threaten that!
Oh Mr. Sanderson tried to make it seem like it was to prove a point about fake rape allegations from PZ Myers and “Jane Doe”. That it’s easy. Well? No it’s not. Because the difference between a real accusation and a fake one is that a real one is very hard and painful to do. While the Accusers here literally hammered this entire letter out in a few minutes and didn’t even bother selecting properly.
And to prove a point? You would risk my career to win an Internet fight with PZ Myers? What the fuck is wrong with your people? How the fuck can anyone be a part of the Slymepit with absolute fuckwits like this in the rank is beyond me. How can you claim to be the good guys when you behave like this? You have lost any high ground you thought you had by the actions of this absolute waste of space.
And what does that say to non-white atheists? Don’t write about stuff that’s happening locally? Like rapes and violence against women or else the Slymepit will silence you? Don’t write about your non-white problems if they involve women treated badly?
I repeat this. In order to win a fight, the Accusers fabricated a story about a rape then proceeded to hurl these stories at various people including one of the few atheists out there in Charity and one of the few atheists out there who is from an Ex-Hindu background in order to win an Internet fight. You think I am mad about this?
Nah. This is just the point where I lost my patience to be polite with these idiots. These are not the first idiots to try and silence me, although actually gaining some blog success has made their tactic a little more effective than the attempts of religious and animal liberation prior to this.
What’s made me mad was that in order to win an Internet Fight, the Accusers decided to poison the well of Rape Victims. They made it slightly harder for women and men who were raped to come out. Because they effectively forced me to defend myself to protect my career which is important to me. Had I not come out with the information myself the Slymepit would be gleefully dancing up and down claiming I tried to cover up rape or that I am hiding behind a pseudonym. This would have been a surprise. But what their real achievement is to try and scare off the women and men who are subject to harassment and rape and throw up doubt on anyone trying to support them.
It has made it harder to be taken seriously because they are effectively making up cases on purpose. Why would they do this? Because if they make up enough cases people will start doubting the real ones. Oh it’s just another rape allegation, remember when they accused Avi? Probably the same trick!
The people they harmed the most are the ones who needed our help the most. The ones who needed us to listen and be sympathetic and non judgemental. Instead the Accusers demonstrated nothing but villainy.
Why do it? Was it for the Lolz? Was it to protect Michael Shermer? Was it because you don’t like me? Was it because you can’t call FTB a bunch of slacktivists when I am about?
What it ended up being about was the silencing of rape victims. The silencing of me and a demonstration to minorities that we shouldn’t rock the boat too much with our issues is just coincidental really. What they wanted to do was shut “the Jane Doe up”. And it never occurred to them the damage they were causing. For all their claims about false rape accusations and the damage it causes, they were awfully blasé about the way they handled it.
Any sympathy I had for the Slymepit has vanished. This is an unforgivable dick move. This is the utmost act of well poisoning. Rape victims try and drink from the “Well” of justice only to find out it’s been poisoned by people such as the Accusers who have created more levels of doubt about all rapes. This isn’t just “within atheism” and about Shermer and Jane Doe, this is about society as a whole. This stupid, arrogant and thoughtless piece of bullshit has done nothing but harm rape victims, both men and women.
I know the real tactic was to probably throw up a bullshit screen to make it seem like PZ Myers was just making up stuff, but real damage was done by this thoughtless act. Richard’s attempt to utilise it to somehow convince me that “Just as Accusers did to me, so PZ Myers does to Shermer” is nothing but thoughtless. Do people seriously doubt that we don’t have a problem when Richard here has a tonne of support from a variety of sources in his actions?
I was merely inconvenienced. The people harmed the most are those who wish for justice but fear to come forwards lest people like the Accusers deem their “evidence” and “soapbox” as unworthy because their heroes are no longer sacred.