One of the problems with the MRA community is that the genuine issues that affect men tends to get ignored in exchange for simply bashing a straw (wo)man. It’s easy to dismiss it as the last hurrah of the privileged losing their privileges.
It was the victim of a “fake rape” accusation. There are two opinions as to why I was accused of raping a woman at TAM (an Event I Never Attended). One it was a casual effort to silence me among the myriad other demands to keep me quiet. Or two it was an argument being made against PZ Myers and I was just “collateral damage”. A fair target for many since they insist my problem is not my statements but the soapbox I stand on.
And I pointed out that this accusation didn’t help anyone. It didn’t help the victims of rape. It didn’t help me. It didn’t help the victims of fake rape accusations. All it did was add a case where I had to defend myself against frankly slanderous comments made under the aegis of anonymity. Women would be told how this case was another example of fake rape that is “so common”. And male victims of fake rape would be harassed as much.
It was a fake accusation. Judging from my messages it was to win an Internet argument. People assumed my shield of anonymity which I was shedding at that point would keep me safe from repercussions. I was the Baldr to throw spears and axes at. An invulnerable figure whose anonymity would keep safe. And considering my reputation for working with women, such accusations would have been quickly quashed. It made me seriously consider my decision to swap from an anonymous stance to an IRL one and made me rule on the side of anonymity.
To these people my reputation and my work meant nothing more than winning a stupid Internet slap fight. I am still unsure of people responsible for this but it quickly stopped when I upped the stakes and admitted the accusations and let the evidence speak because I had the alibi of being across the entire planet. I suffered, as did Hera. To this day I don’t know if it was the MRA of the anti-FTB brigade but the actions are similar and there is a decent enough overlap in that Venn diagram.
Well the lovely MRA did it again.
Occidental College had a rape report system which allowed for anonymous reports. Victims could report anonymously allowing the college to investigate. And this was easy to use and a system that benefitted all victims of rape.
But members of Reddit and 4Chan’s MRA brigade decided that it made fake reports too easy and the only way to improve the system is to do away with rape reporting as a whole.
“Feminists at Occidental College created an online form to anonymously report rape/sexual assault. You just fill out a form and the person is called into the office on a rape charge. The ‘victim’ never has to prove anything or reveal their identity,”
If only we treated other crime this way. I am sorry Avicenna! We cannot believe you were robbed by two people. We can believe that you viciously assaulted a man with a weapon (a dog) and then proceeded to endanger a dog’s life by cruel usage to torment an armed man who you framed using some laughable story about an attempted house robbery. Where are the affidavits of witnesses?
The problem with the MRA is that they would only accept rape if the entire rape was properly witnessed and the rapist was caught in flagrante.
So they had to fix this.
Over 500 reports were made about sexual assault, harassment and rape by the brave heroes of the MRA who dealt a decisive blow by naming Occidental College, Feminists and a variety of charming names for women as the perpetrators of their rape. I have seen the problem with such a system before. The usage of VAERS by the anti-vax to add fake and unproved medical cases to poison the well.
The amusing thing is the Admin of the college responded with the very British and very sarcastic statement that the reports “were clearly not made in good faith”.
400 Reports in just 36 hours, this was the scale of the project to damage a rape report scheme.
The amusing thing is this is fighting genuine change that Occidental College is trying to make. The College has been accused of covering up rapes, retaliating against activists for better systems and is currently undergoing a federal investigation into it’s handling of sexual assaults including allegedly punishing perpetrators of sexual assaults with “extra homework” rather than “the law”. There are similarities to the Catholic Church where penance was seen as a sufficient punishment rather than rendering unto Caesar.
And this is a problem in every campus across the developed world.
The system was designed to combat under-reporting. Because the major issue in sexual crime is that it is under-reported. The victims do not wish to be known because of the social stigma and indeed because they would have to deal with the “It’s not real rape” arguments.
But the MRA movement alleges that such efforts to reduce sexual assault end up victimising men who become the subject of false rapes. And there are plenty of examples of such silencing tactics. If you don’t want my story as an example? Then let’s look at the young lady from Ohio who was WRONGLY harassed by the MRA after they posted her address, phone number and email until she dropped out of her course. Because she looked like someone who had possibly made a fake rape accusation.
And this didn’t help anyone. No one benefitted from this action.
Not the victims of rape nor the victims of fake rape accusations. The men who suffer from fake accusations are not going to benefit from the poisoning of the well by multiple pointless fake accusations that warp the statistics. Between 2 to 5% of all reported rapes are based on false claims and in many cases due to the way our justice system works, a fake crime is punished with greater sentences than the real crime where in many cases a criminal case cannot be created as easily.
The world is changing, women and indeed other people who were disenfranchised are trying to break down the enforced power structures to create a fairer society which means the loss of the rights that people with privilege took for granted. And this means that people are going to think they are being discriminated against.
To the MRA this was not a stupid plan that harmed everyone but a plan that would disrupt the dialogue where 1000s of innocent young men are jailed for having sex with women who change their minds.
It doesn’t help anyone. Not the men and definitely not the women.