Elizabeth Jones, 22, was sentenced to 16 months in prison after she lied that a man raped her because she “did not like him.” The man was arrested, taken into custody, and questioned for nine hours. CCTV of the house in which Jones claimed to have been attacked did not support her story. Contrary to her tale, it did not show her being forcibly taken there. Jones admitted to one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The story is reported here.
This was Jones’ eleventh false rape claim in a decade. She made her first complaint in 2004 when she was just 13. In 2009 she was given a ten month detention and training order for a similar offence. Between 2005 and 2007 she had made eight other allegations, which police investigated, but she was never charged.
Judge Derwin Hope said her offences had caused a “terrible emotional experience” to her alledged attacker. But he also said it struck at the heart of the criminal justice system. Megan Topliss, defending, said her client had endured a disturbed childhood and had been left traumatised after being taken into care.
Why was there no mention of rape?
Anyways, Happy (Non-crazy) Valentine’s Day
Happy Reverse Valentines Day!
a little lighthearted humor for the week. Enjoy yourselves, people.
So this is a poster advertising a self defense class at my school. Over it, someone has scrawled “this is rape culture, enjoy!” which is a borderline retarded comment, in my opinion. Let’s make a deal, if me and the person who wrote this get attacked, I’ll defend myself with the self defense I know, and she can defend herself by dismantling “rape culture”. I am so sick of this “we should teach people not to rape” argument. Although I totally agree, I’m a realist and I know this theory works in two places: 1) on paper 2) in a utopian society. With this logic, we should also teach people not to murder, not to steal, not to embezzle, not to place themselves above others, not to be uneducated, not to be poor, and any other sociological issue we’re confronted with. I just get so fed up because I feel like movements like this are turning out women who are ill equipped to deal with the real world. Women should know how to kill someone if they need to. You want to stop rape? Make it common knowledge that if you try to rape someone, the victim will tear you a new asshole. I guarantee that’ll bring the numbers down.
Feminism: Because giving young women the opportunity to learn how to defend themselves is hateful, destructive and supports rape.
[Shocking Video] Brutal RCMP arrest on Buddy Tavares: You’ll never guess the officer’s excuse.
Husband, Buddy Tavares was arrested in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. He quickly pulled over, left his car, was unarmed, followed orders, went to all-fours on the side of the road — and was kicked in this face and knocked out by an RCMP officer.
The altercation was all caught on video by a bystander. Once the video was released the officer justified his actions but saying that:
Tavares was accused of domestic violence…
*As a follow up the accusations were unfounded, his wife fabricated the allegation. Tavares was cleared of all charges.
Consider the following: In what strange land could a tax-funded officer of the peace kick a woman who had been alleged to inflict violence on a man (or woman) be kicked in her face while showing no threat to an officer?
Now, let’s say for arguments say that a man or woman is a rabid spousal abuser, does that negate protocol, or the right of the individual to proper treatment and due process?
Also, note that it was the female officer who was quick to use restraint, checked up on the man, and yelled in shock as he was assaulted. The male White Knight took it upon himself to attack the man. just take note.
Finally, who should the blame be placed on? The wife for making frivolous, unfounded, serious allegations of abuse? The officer for enacting proxy violence on a man who should be presumed innocent? Or the man for simply being in the wrong place, at the wrong time with the scarlet letter of allegations branded on his garments?
That the officer tried to white-wash his actions by saying that he was an alleged wife-beater demonstrates how easy it is for the biased justice system (at least at this level) to be seen. Had the anonymous camera-person not been rolling, the emotional response of the officer on behalf of the wife may never have come to light.
Principles are as such because they apply to everyone: equal treatment for equal crimes — or no treatment at all.
Disclaimer: I have never and will never advocate any form of sexual assault of males or females in anything I write. It should go without saying. This post is about the presumption of innocence for all people and the way it has translated to things as ubiquitous as public transportation.
Over a year ago, when I began this weblog, I uploaded a video from Canadian TV about a specific instance where a Taxicab driver was accused of aggravated sexual assault by two young women after they refused to pay a $13 fare. I wrote an angry response to the nature of the crime and how close the driver came to ultimate ruin had it not been for his dash-cam. Since then thanks to some friendly followers and r(eddit)/mensrights the video was seen by several people which is outstanding. However, what I didn’t want to express was that this was an isolated incident by any means.
I have personal ties to Canada so I keep up with current news. Since that incident SEVERAL of the same kind of thing has happened. Young women accusing drivers (often immigrants) of rape, assault, and frequently reverting to Violence on the cabbies.
In St. John’s, Nfld. the number of such cases got so bad that taxi’s stopped picking up women altogether. A single accusation can cause one to lose their job, children, and in the case of immigrants lead to deportation.
“It’s unfortunate but today, young single females or even two females in the car… bad news. Especially if they’re intoxicated…You touched me or you did this or that or you made a proposition” — Doug McCarthy, Co-Op Taxi in St. John’s
Even more telling of the rapid shift cabbies have observed, McCarthy went on to explain that in times past the rule of thumb was to “pick up young girls first, take them home, pick up couples seconds and last, pick up the guys.” Males came last before these incidences, but now it has reversed.
In 2011, a series of robberies occurred where patrons would not only refuse to pay fares, they would threaten to go to the authorities with allegations of sexual assault if the driver did not GIVE them money. In the same style as the case where cabbie Mohammed Asif was beaten and robbed by Natalie Woods and Nicola Cliberon (whose 12 month jail-time conviction was shortened to a 3-month curfew), the prevalence of such accusations has lead to many companies worldwide having to install closed circuit cameras in random vehicles at great expense. The largest taxicab company in Ireland (Derry Taxis) having dealt with repeated false allegations installed cameras in every vehicle for the protection of the drivers. It has come to that.
Whether is was…
Gemma Hasson (25) who accused a cabbie of attempted rape and sexual assault to avoid paying a fare. Later admitted it was a lie, claiming had been drinking.
Rosie Waggett (18) who was sentenced in accusing a husband and father of three of raping her to avoid paying her fare. She also had two acquaintances beat him inside his cab to escape without paying.
Joanne Rye (18) who kept up her lie for over 20-months before admitting that she had never been shot with a pellet gun, dragged into an alley and raped by her devout Muslim cab driver. She later admitted it was to conceal a pregnancy that did not belong to her then boyfriend only when closed-circuit video disproved her story.
Shabnam Masood (23) who was given a FREE RIDE after telling her driver that her boyfriend had abused her. The driver then took her to a safe have
Charlene Beal (27) and Lisa McGuire (26) caused £750 damage to their driver’s car before accusing him of attempting to rape them. In court they claimed that they were drunk.
A Bolton minor (17) who was unnamed accused accused a 35 year-old driver who WAS named (but I will not) of raping her after (get this) he gave her a free ride home after seeing she had no money and taking pity on her. The minor wasted an estimated 133hrs of police time,
…or the plethora of other instances giving the presumption of guilt to the accused is immoral, unconstitutional, and unfair. Additionally, the anonymity of the accused should be maintained in the same respect as that of the accuser.
If the cabbie was a woman and a man accused the lady of rape. In the same fashion, her innocence should be presumed. Particularly in the UK where there is compensation for victims who have been subject to any form of violence to incentivize such things further is a very slippery slope.
Maybe the Women-only taxis I made fun of were on to something. Wait. No.
Feminism: Trying to solve the world’s equality issues by looking solely at the issues of one side…in areas as relevant as children’s films.
She does have a point. I’m sure a man, at some point, was within 3ft of her. Or your work-a-day rapist has developed some sort of woman-hating superpower.
”All men are rapists and that’s all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, and their codes.”