There is a popular instance in the Bible, where Joseph was accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife, because he refused to have sex with her. (Genesis 39:1-20) To a feminist today, She was the victim in this story.
I do not say that to generalize, but simply take their rhetoric to its logical conclusion.
Innocent until proven guilty, The 14th amendment guarantees that everyone has equal rights under the law. Unfortunately, it’s now “Guilty until proven innocent” in regards to rape due to the rise of third-wave feminism.
I actually had the privilege of talking to a feminist who held this position, it was 3 years ago. I remember it vividly because it was something that left me dumbfounded. I elucidated a point to which I still hold to today, that in regards to rape accusations, we should require evidence for conviction. I also argued that there should be a consequence for false rape accusations, and it’s absurd to think that anyone who claims rape is telling the truth, especially today, when many turn up to false.
Now, before you call me a “rape apologist” or any other buzzword to sling against the character of someone who disagrees with you, let me ask you something. Is it really a bad thing that I want evidence for a truth claim? Think about that for a second, in fact, take all the time you need.
My motivation is not “against women” though I’m sure it will be characterized that way. My motivation is no matter what the crime, I don’t want an innocent person to serve for something they didn’t do.
False rape accusations hurt more than just the man accused. Though it will hurt the man’s reputation for the rest of his life, due to people believing he’s a rapist for no other reason than that he was accused of it. Imagine a society in which anyone could accuse you of anything and even if you’re cleared of it in a court of law, people still think you did it.
It also hurts actual rape victims, because like the boy who cried wolf, falsehoods increase the chance that someone might not believe you. So, these people who want to get back at their ex, have buyer’s remorse, or whatever motivation, who falsely accuse someone are not only hurting the accused, but rape victims as well.
In the military, when a person impersonates a member it’s called “Stolen Valor”. I think this concept applies to this situation. When you pretend that you were raped, you have stolen something from rape victims. You didn’t go through what they did, you don’t know the healing process, you don’t know the psychological effects it had on them, but for the cause of being a victim, you stomp on the torn clothes of the actual victims.