‘Women Against Rape’ encourage women to lie about having been raped

[Note added 23.10.16: We’re delighted to observe that the ‘hits’ on this blog piece have gone through the roof today. We recommmend that new visitors to this site check out a blog piece we posted today, Rape Myths and False Rape Allegations. Excellent articles by Janet Bloomfield, Hannah Wallen, and Jonathan Taylor.]

At 9pm tomorrow evening I shall be involved in a radio discussion with a woman representing the British organisation Women Against Rape – WAR – which was founded in 1976. The discussion will be in connection with the Ched Evans case, and whether it was appropriate for the court to allow evidence of the woman’s sexual history to be presented to the jury. I plan to publish a blog post tomorrow afternoon informing followers of this blog what the show is, along with a phone number so they can contribute to the phone-in (21:15 – 21:30).

My preparations so far have included WAR’s 60-page-long Self-Help Guide for survivors of rape & sexual assault & their supporters. Turning to the section on ‘Consent, Drink & Drugs’, on p.31 we find this:

If you are sure you didn’t consent but are unable to remember clearly what happened before you went to sleep, make clear that, at the time when the man penetrated you, you were asleep or unconscious and unable to consent. [WAR’s emphasis]

The first section, up to ‘went to sleep’, begs the question of how a woman can be ‘sure’ she didn’t give consent to sex, when she cannot remember clearly what happened. But the begged question underpins WAR’s ensuing recommendation to women that they pervert the course of justice, a criminal offence.

WAR are encouraging  women to ‘make clear’ – to the police, presumably – they were asleep or unconscious when they were penetrated, and therefore they were ‘unable to consent’, although they are ‘unable to remember clearly what happened’. In plain English, women are being encouraged by WAR to lie in order to ensure that the man in question will be charged with rape, and if convicted – a strong possibility – serve a lengthy prison sentence.

How many innocent men are languishing in British prisons today, as a result of WAR’s advice? How many have languished there in the past? How many have been unable to secure paid employment after release, become homeless, committed suicide?

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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9 Responses to ‘Women Against Rape’ encourage women to lie about having been raped

  1. It is reprehensible- and we allow it to continue!
    Fathers on this planet just do not give a shit about their sons, nephews, grandsons etc…

    I’ll never understand why-

  2. Paul Jackson says:

    This document from WAR amounts to coaching alleged rape victims. This is appalling

    Mike I also hope that you will also consider the following argument regarding the Evans case in your preparation if you haven’t already:

    “The evidence from the woman’s sexual history was a vital component in determining the truth of what happened on the night in question. Mr Evans’ testimony referred to certain things that the woman said and did during intercourse and his description bore strong similarities to the INDEPENDENT testimony of other men who had consensual sex with her.
    This corroborated his testimony that the sex was consensual, the woman was an active participant and demonstrated the value of sexual history in such cases.
    This had nothing to do with impugning the morals of the plaintiff, which is no doubt what feminists will claim, but was key to establishing the truth of what happened.
    The miscarriage of justice suffered by Mr Evans, strongly supports the inclusion of information on the plaintiff’s sexual history in such cases”.

  3. sanity2014 says:

    O ly in countries where women are spoiled rotten by excessive benevolence of men can things like these happen. The question is: When will men in the west come down to the ground and start treating women in a normal way. By constant pampering men are literally encouraging women to behave like this. Even during the Victorian times women were not spoiled like this. Guess feminism and men’s tolerance of it is the main culprit here.

  4. bubblyian says:

    don’t forget that the victim never claimed she was raped. She never remembered anything. Ched Evans was convicted entirely by his own testimony. This is a fundamental breach of hundreds of years of convention. That is why the conviction was over-turned, plus it makes no sense for one of the two men to be innocent and the other guilty.

    It was the CPS who decided she was raped not the victim. As a result of the exceptionally absurd nature of the prosecution and the extremely unusual nature of her failure to remember, her other sexual partners were relevant to confirm she also did not remember sex with them. This is nothing like any other rape case. make sure you highlight the exceptional nature of the case.

    On 22 October 2016 at 19:14, Justice for Men & Boys wrote:

    > Mike Buchanan posted: “At 9pm tomorrow evening I shall be involved in a > radio discussion with a woman representing the British organisation Women > Against Rape, which was founded in 1976. The discussion will be in > connection with the Ched Evans case, and whether it was appropria” >

  5. holocaust21 says:

    and if convicted – a strong likelihood – serve a multi-year prison sentence.

    Optimistic, it’s quite possible he could serve a multi-decade prison sentence. Also there are the lifetime sex offender registration “requirements” that come with a rape conviction, which are severe, so in effect it is always a life sentence.

    But good job with taking on WAR. Isn’t it funny that a group that claims to be against “sexual violence” has the acronym WAR? It’s almost like they enjoy violence and going to war!

  6. William Gruff says:

    In the words of the late Edwin Starr: ‘WAR, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.’

  7. Pingback: Is it right to use sexual history as evidence in court? | Justice for Men & Boys

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