PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF RAPE INVESTIGATION:
A Multidisciplinary Approach

Edited by Robert R. Hazelwood and Ann Wolbert Burgess

May 1, 1987: The above book is published. I got the publication date from Amazon, but the accuracy or otherwise of this is not important. It was published by Elsevier of New York and London. It runs to 367 pages including index.

The colon in the title is mine.

In my humble opinion, this book is superior to the Third Edition, certainly as far as the section on false allegations is concerned. This is called simply False Allegations; chapter 11 (pages 275-99), it was written by Charles P. McDowell and Neil S. Hibler. (McDowell is the author of this October 1992 article which can be found on the main timeline).

Here are a few quotes:

Page 276: “The foremost consequence of a false complaint is obviously the monstrous problem it creates for legitimate victims”

Yet again we hear the feminist narrative parroted. The first problem it creates is for the man who is falsely accused! Even if the false accuser does not point the finger at a named or identifiable individual, innocent men are often arrested in the course of such wild goose chases.

“...those who make false allegations may have legitimate problems worthy of attention in their own right”

We all have problems. Many people who end up in court for drink driving offences, theft or serious assaults have problems: problems with alcohol; financial problems; problems with anger management...Such issues may amount to mitigation, but not to excuses.

Only then is the real victim, the falsely accused, considered here.

Page 284: The authors parrot the fiction that most rapes are committed by someone known to the victim, perhaps from a previous relationship. Certainly many falsely accused men fit into this category.

Next we are told most false rape allegations are made against strangers because this avoids the possibility of being confronted by a specific individual, and doesn’t get anyone else into trouble.

They might have added an imaginary person will never have a rock solid alibi, like for example Keith Ensey.

Genuine victims report being overwhelmed by fear. Doubtless many are terrified, but regardless of this, most genuine victims don’t go down without a fight, many discourage their attackers, and sometimes the sexual predator realises too late he has attacked the wrong woman.

Pages 284-5: “Because of this, the actual level of physical resistance is frequently low and thus the actual force used by the rapist may not go beyond verbal threats”

Yes and no, but typically a woman will not submit easily to a rapist. The two photographs below are of a 19 year old girl and the man who raped her in Dover on July 19, 1940. This is the least flattering photo of her in the file, but the others, including of her profile, clearly show a young woman who has been on the receiving end of physical violence.


This is what a rape victim looks like.


Rapist John Dutton, note the scratches on his cheek. Real victims fight back!

Page 285: “...those making false complaints seem to claim more frequently to have fought with all their ability”

Resisting generates physical evidence. Three decades on from this book, many false accusers claim simply not to have consented or not to have been able to consent. Of course, when a woman tells the police she was raped last month or last year, the question of injuries and other physical evidence is unlikely to arise.

Page 286: “Based on our experience, approximately one-third of the legitimate rapes include some form of violence against the victim”

That depends how you define violence! A woman who is menaced by two men at knifepoint may not resist, but even if they don’t rape her, and simply steal her purse, has she not been the victim of a violent crime? Rape is by definition an act of violence. One suspects here the authors are referring to visible injuries.

Now we come to the actual cases of false accusations, going back to pages 282-3 we find:

Case 1: a 25 year old housewife reported receiving obscene phone calls and threatening letters - two diagrams of the latter are included.

Then she claimed to have been raped, suffering a number of injuries including biting her own breast!

Page 283: “This woman’s self-esteem had been eroded over time by her insensitive and uncaring husband.”

Translation: It was HIS fault! Rule 1: The woman is never to blame. Rule 2: If in doubt, refer to Rule 1.

Page 286: Case 2: The non-victim claimed to have been attacked by a co-worker.

Page 287: Case 3 is a 27 year old housewife who faked a serious attack on herself, not a rape, but she had made a false rape allegation in the military, for which she had been discharged.

Photographs of these injuries are included. They are in black and white, but if you are likely to be triggered, think carefully before clicking here. The warning message was written in blood!

Page 297: In dealing with false allegations “The supervisor’s style of confrontation should also be supportive, however, since false allegations are usually desperate attempts to protect self-esteem”

Or to hang a man out to dry. This database contains numerous cases of women who have falsely accused named individuals out of pure malice.

Curiously, after all this, the false accuser is still alluded to as “the victim”.


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