Hello everyone, this is My 2 Cents.
Living without home internet has been frustrating, especially having not been able to make videos. However, for the time being I’ve decided to take up blogging. It still provides a way for me to give you my 2 cents, and blog posts can easily be uploaded by heading to locations with public Wi-Fi (unlike video uploads, which take hours upon hours to process at such locations).
Those of you who follow me on Twitter are aware that I’ve been tweeting pretty frequently about the sexual assault allegations that have been leveled against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. I’m disgusted by the fact that the Democratic Party and mainstream media outlets are treating these allegations as credible. They do so in spite of the fact that none of the accusers have been able to corroborate their stories or provide meaningful information that might allow for a legitimate investigation. Not to mention the fact that these accusations, true or not, have clearly been planned to be released at such a time to maximize the chance that Kavanaugh’s confirmation will be delayed and not out of any genuine concern for justice being done. However, instead of spending this entire article ranting about that, I’d like to discuss what the Kavanaugh accusations and similar stories tell us about the cultural trajectory that the #MeToo movement has put us on.
First, I’m not saying that nothing good has come of the #MeToo movement. It’s certainly not a bad thing that perverts like Harvey Weinstein have been exposed and taken down. However, the #MeToo movement has become something more. The message we’re being given, sometimes implicitly and sometimes explicitly, is that men everywhere and at all times are monsters. Women never lie or exaggerate. In fact, the issue of sexual assault is a very simple matter. If and when a woman claims she was sexually assaulted, regardless of the circumstances or evidence presented, she is to be believed. Any and all discussion about lack of evidence or that the woman may be blowing something out of proportion is simply victim blaming. Finally, any man accused of sexual assault must have his life destroyed. If he’s not sent to prison for life, at least ensure that he’ll never be able to show his face in public without being run off by an army of social justice warriors.
I should hope it’s obvious to everyone how absurd this is. Women never lie? Is there a woman alive that would agree with this assertion? Ladies, how many of you have ever had a female classmate or co-worker tell a lie about you after some perceived slight or in order to push ahead of you in your social circle? If women are willing to lie for such frivolous reasons, what makes you think they wouldn’t lie about sexual assault if they had something to gain from doing so?
Of course, this doesn’t mean that all women who make sexual assault allegations are lying. It simply means that sexual assault allegations must be treated like any other accusation of misconduct. Perpetrators are innocent until proven guilty, and the burden of proof rests on the person making the accusation to substantiate them. Beyond that, it’s relevant to examine whether or not an accuser might have any ulterior motives for making their accusations.
Perhaps most importantly, if and when an accuser is proven to have made false accusations, they must be held accountable. Under any other circumstances, perjury and defamation against another person are rightly condemned as a violation of that person’s rights, yet when it comes to false allegations of sexual assault, everyone is told to look the other way. “Well, we don’t want to punish false accusers of rape because it might deter real victims from coming forward,” we’re told by our feminist overlords.
Really? Does punishing false accusers of other crimes stop real victims from coming forward, or does it deter people from making false accusations?
Let’s consider the recent case of 13-year-old Keith Bailey from Colorado Springs. According to Chadwick Moore of dangerous.com, Bailey was approached by a female classmate who accused him of racism when he changed his Snapchat avatar to a black Bitmoji character. When Bailey did not change the avatar, he faced persistent harassment from his female classmate and a number of other students.
However, it appears that Bailey’s classmate became convinced that peer harassment was not enough punishment for the horribly racist action of using a black Bitmoji as a Snapchat avatar. She and three other female classmates went to the school’s vice principal and accused Bailey of having sexually assaulted them since this past summer. Bailey was not informed of the exact nature of the accusations the girls made against him, but he was interrogated by school staff for over two hours just before being arrested by police.
By this point, some of you victim sympathizers may be shouting, “But wait! How do we know he didn’t really assault them?” Well, you might consider the following exchange that occurred between Keith Bailey’s mother and the mother of one of the supposed victims. Bailey’s father, Dennis Bailey, reports,
“Her mother gave us a call and said she just found out that Keith had been inappropriately touching her daughter and she just wanted to let us know. She said, ‘I know Keith is a good kid, maybe he just went down the wrong path.’ She obviously believed her daughter. But she said it happened at the football game last week. The problem with that is, my wife was at the football game the whole time. My son was there with his girlfriend and my wife didn’t want him unattended, so she had eyes on him the whole time. My wife tells this girl’s mother, ‘that’s funny, I was there watching the whole time, he didn’t leave my sight and he was no where near your daughter,’” Dennis recalls. “He was hanging out with his girlfriend, he wasn’t running around molesting other girls.” The mother then changed the story, saying it must have been a different football game (Moore, 2018, para. 8).
Now tell me, where do you think these girls got the idea that accusing someone of sexual assault was an effective way to deal with him not sharing their views about what constitutes racist behavior? Further, do you think they would have been so quick to accuse him if they thought there was a possibility that they might face legal consequences if their accusations were shown to be false? Frankly, how many people do you know who wouldn’t lie to get what they want if they knew that they would face absolutely no consequences in the event they were caught?
Brett Kavanaugh and Keith Bailey’s stories should be chilling wake up calls to anyone who isn’t convinced that the #MeToo movement has become a disaster. How many mothers wish to raise a son in a world where even one unsubstantiated accusation can permanently ruin his future career? How many fathers want to have to teach their sons that they must be inherently suspicious of all females, perhaps even wearing a body camera whenever they speak to a female, just in case they ever need to prove that they didn’t commit sexual assault.
What’s worse is that the #MeToo movement can’t continue as it is forever. Eventually, as more and more women start catching on and using false rape accusations to get something they want, society at large will start to wise up. Employers will become much more hesitant to hire females, and people by and large will become more inherently suspicious of sexual assault allegations. As Aesop illustrated in his classic “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” there can only be so many false allegations before people become distrustful of allegations altogether. What will happen to a real victim of sexual assault who reports her case to a police officer who has dealt with one too many false allegations throughout his career?
My point is this. We need to get back to the correct mindset regarding criminal accusations. First, accusations must be taken seriously, while still acknowledging that alleged perpetrators are innocent until proven guilty. Second, the burden of proof must rest on the accuser while giving the alleged perpetrator adequate opportunity to defend himself. Finally, there must be only one of three different outcomes.
The first possible outcome is that the perpetrator is found guilty and therefore faces the consequences. The second possible outcome is that there is insufficient evidence to prove that the perpetrator is guilty or that the accuser is lying in which case both must be allowed to go on their way. Finally, if there is sufficient evidence that the accuser is lying, she must face the consequences for making such false accusations.
Adopting the #MeToo position will only shift society between two extremes. One extreme will be what we face now where numerous innocent men are raked over the coals and have their lives destroyed as a result of false accusations. The next will be numerous real victims having their cases dismissed as a result of too many false accusers tainting the process. No matter who you are, can you honestly say that either extreme will result in a better society?
And that is my 2 cents. Take it for what it’s worth.
Moore, C. (2018, September 20). Boy, 13, Arrested, Cuffed And Dragged From School Over #MeToo Allegations. Retrieved September 25, 2018, from https://www.dangerous.com/49605/boy-13-arrested-cuffed-and-dragged-from-school-over-metoo-allegations/