Our thanks to Jeff for this appalling piece in the Evening Standard. An extract:
She [CAFP – Emily Hunt] said it was “much easier to believe that somebody is over-egging a bad night out or has buyer’s remorse” [CAFP – does Ms Hunt mean seller’s remorse?] than believe someone has been raped.
“But all of the research shows that that’s not actually what happens,” she said.
“So for me, when I think of ‘rape myths’, that’s the first one … that is where everything else flows from.”
She added: “We need to be changing the conversation and we need to make sure that more people are understanding that if somebody says they’ve been raped, they’ve been raped.”
Ms Hunt is effectively calling for men alleged to have raped women to be considered guilty even before police investigations begin. William Collins, in his outstanding book The Empathy Gap (2019), p.530, estimates (using data only from the MOJ and CSEW) that 77% of rape allegations reported by women to the police are false allegations.
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