Stop al­low­ing false al­le­ga­tions

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - GOR­DON E. FINLEY

I watched most of the broad­cast hear­ings on the nom­i­na­tion of now As­so­ciate Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh. I was con­cerned about the vi­cious and ab­so­lutist blan­ket de­mands by one party and their “True Be­liever” ad­her­ents that all Amer­i­cans “be­lieve the sur­vivor” (“An­other Ka­vanaugh ac­cuser ad­mits to fab­ri­cat­ing rape story,” Web, Nov. 3). Their goal was to de­stroy the life and liveli­hood of Jus­tice Ka­vanaugh and keep him off of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In or­der to move for­ward, the na­tion must face the re­al­ity of high lev­els of false ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct. While the ad­her­ents of the be­lieve-the-sur­vivor men­tal­ity cite fraud­u­lent rates of false ac­cu­sa­tions (in the 2 per­cent to 8 per­cent range) the em­pir­i­cal re­al­ity is quite dif­fer­ent.

A sum­mary of the false abuse-and-rape al­le­ga­tion lit­er­a­ture can be found in “When Women Sex­u­ally Abuse Men” by Phillip Cook and Tammy Hodo. While statis­tics in the false-al­le­ga­tion lit­er­a­ture vary, Mr. Cook and Ms. Hodo re­port four stud­ies that found false al­le­ga­tion rates of 62 per­cent, 41 per­cent, 50 per­cent and 60 per­cent.

It is time for all Amer­i­cans to be­come “woke” to the in­jus­tices of false al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, end trial by me­dia and re­turn the ad­ju­di­ca­tion of sex­ual mis­con­duct to its proper venue: The courts.

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