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How False Rape Accusations Ruin Lives

Anti-Feminism, RapeMonica EdwardsComment

These days there is a huge mentality (especially from feminists) that if a woman accuses a man of rape she should just be believed. That a man is always at fault and if a woman claims he did it, then he probably did it, and there's no real reason to think otherwise. Of course, organizations like the Innocence Project would immediately call bullshit on this but they don't really care about that do they? To maybe remind people, especially feminists, of what false accusations can do to men, here's five of the most tragic cases of false accusation and the damage they caused. 

1. Dion Harrel

In 1988, Dion Harrel was arrested for the rape of a 17-year-old girl. Though he only spent 4 years in prison (wrongfully convicted) his punishment didn't end there. Harrel was forced to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law. This caused a multitude of issues. Homelessness, lack of employment, and an inability to reintegrate himself into society. Out of desperation, Harrel wrote to the Innocent Project begging them for help. Unfortunately, that project can really only help men still in prison convicted of rape in false accusations. However, the attorney who got his letter asked the judge to make a special exception for Harrel to get his DNA tested. As it turns out, the DNA was not a match and his name was cleared. As much as this seems like a victory for Harrel, he spent decades registered as a sex offender because he was wrongfully accused of sexual assault. Once he was out, his name and pictures were spread across the internet to alert people of him and if he was living in their area. Not only were they shared on public websites but private ones as well, to neighborhoods where he traveled or managed to find places to live. Harrel was quoted as saying, “It was almost like I was still in a prison on the outside. Even though I was out, I wasn’t free.” Now that his conviction has been over turned and he is off of the sex offender's registry, things can begin to change for him, but this destroyed a good portion of an innocent man's life and things will never be the same for him. 

2. Delbert Tibbs

In 1974 Delbert Tibbs was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to death for his alleged crimes. That year a 27-year-old man was attacked and killed and a 17 year-old-girl was raped in the Fort Meyers area of Florida. She reported that they had been hitchhiking and picked up by a black man who shot her boyfriend and then beat and raped her, leaving her by the side of the road. Tibbs was stopped 220 miles away from the location of the crime and was photographed even though he did not meet the victim's description. However, once his picture was sent to Fort Meyers she identified him as her attacker. Tibbs even had an alibi for where he was when the attack occurred. The victim's testimony plus the testimony of his cellmate confirming that Tibbs had allegedly confessed to the crime, led to his conviction. After the trial, the man who had testified against him recanted his story saying he hoped that it would help give him leniency in his own rape trial. Since he was released in 1977, Tibbs has worked as an anti-death penalty advocate and has been seeking changes in the justice system that use eyewitness testimonies as evidence since they can be highly unreliable. 

3. Brian Banks

After being falsely accused by a classmate, Brian Banks spent five years in prison and five more years in strict custody parole until his accuser admitted to fabricating the entire story for money. Before the point of the false accusation, Banks had a promising NFL career ahead of him taken away due to the false testimony of a woman seeking wrongful compensation in an alleged rape case from her school. Wanetta Gibson falsely accused him of dragging her into a stairway and raping her. Initially, he faced 41 years in prison but entered a plea deal which landed him only five. Wanetta and her mother sued the Long Beach school system, claiming the environment was unsafe for students and won 1.5 million dollars in the case. In March 2011, Wanetta met with Brian and confessed that she had wrongfully accused him but did not want to tell prosecutors as she did not want to have to return the money she had won. Banks was secretly taping her and with this new evidence, his conviction was overturned by the courts. In return, Wanetta was sued in order to attempt to collect the money, however, she was not convicted of the felony level charge of falsifying a police report and lying about being raped and will ultimately see no jail time. 

4. Jay Cheshire

Jay Cheshire was a 17-year-old boy falsely accused of rape who ended up taking his own life due to the backlash and harassment that it caused. Jay was charged with rape in June of 2015 and the charges were later dropped when the alleged victim recanted her story. A few weeks later Jay attempted suicide and succumbed to his injuries a few days after that in the hospital. The girl accused him of rape and sexual assault while the people around Jay (family and friends) failed to understand what was going on. Jay had a history of depression and had seen a psychiatrist from a young age. As he matured, his mental health seemed to improve but when this accusation hit, his mother believes it played a major part in the downfall of his mood and what ultimately ended up to his suicide attempt and death.  A year later on the anniversary of Jay's death his mother committed suicide as well. 

5. Paul Nungesser

In April of 2013, Emily Sulkowicz accused Nungesser of rape via the college court system at Columbia University. Sulkowicz became a national feminist hero for her performance piece which consisted of her carrying a mattress around campus while publicly vilifying Nungesser and repeatedly accusing him of rape. The University's own policy of their own rape trial system states that every matter will be kept private but not only did they fail to keep this private they knowingly allowed Sulkowicz to carry around a mattress for the rest of the school year in order to make a point.  Last December, an event hosted by the Columbia groups No Red Tape and Carry That Weight publicly read a letter outside President Lee Bollinger’s office repeating the claim that Nungesser was a “serial rapist.” This would be considered the school indirectly funding Nungesser's continuing slander. Even more shockingly, there are vast amounts of evidence that Sulkowicz was the one who initiated the relationship, was enamored with Nungesser, and even may have hounded him for sex. Nungesser produced text messages of her talking about how much she loved him, missed him, and wished he was there (even after her accusations against him) and posts from facebook requesting anal sex from him. Though Sulkowicz went on to actually win awards from feminists and produce a porn movie based on her rape (which is really just a porn movie), Nungesser has been forever damaged by these claims as despite the evidence against his accuser, there are many feminists and feminist organizations that will straight up deny his claims of innocence in favor of the victim always being right no matter what. 

In this selection of falsely accused men I have purposefully included men who were convicted based only on faulty eyewitness testimony (by a female) as well as men clearly caught up in some sort of slander or revenge scheme at the hands of women. The constant feminist droning claim that women should just be believed when they accuse a man of rape needs to be stopped. Convicting men based on eyewitness accounts and stories only, needs to be stopped. Organizations like The Innocence Project (who work on more than just rape cases to exhonerate) a pretty much continually in business due to the false conviction rape of various men based on revenge stories, or just bad memory. From these cases alone we can see how slanted and biased the court system is towards men. The women who accused any of these men falsely were never charged with a felony or falsifying a police report. The very worst punishment was the order to pay the money back (plus compensation) but no jail time. If women are continually allowed to get away with this behavior with absolutely no punishment, while pushing for the instant conviction of men at the word of a woman (regardless of viable physical evidence) we are headed to a very dark time in humanity.