A bunch of people in the comments thread of the above video are ironically reenforcing everything Laci is saying by doing what she predicts they will do: justifying a failure to take rape accusations seriously by claiming that some of them are false. It’s a pretty huge leap to go from “some accusations are false” to “we should suspect all accusations of being false, even if it prevents the WAY higher proportion of actual victims from getting justice”. So, I thought I’d show it by writing about another crime in the same way that many people write and speak about rape.
Fraud: a serious crime with devastating effects for victims. Some fraud accusations are false ones, and when a false accusation of fraud is made, it can ruin the lives of the accused. They lose public trust, and as a result can sometimes lose their jobs and find it almost impossible to get hired anywhere. Very few fraud accusations are actually found to be false, but because false accusations of fraud are so harmful to the accused, we should assume all people who cry fraud are untrustworthy, and stand in solidarity behind the people being accused until it can be proven that they’re guilty.
Of course, investigating a fraud accusation thoroughly and without bias is a bit challenging when you start out thinking the accusation is false, as you’re much more likely to ignore evidence or make excuses in an attempt to eliminate the cognitive dissonance that results when evidence contradicts your previously held beliefs about the case, but it’s the price we have to pay for a fair legal system. Sure, the vast majority of fraud victims who have lost everything they have as a result of the crime committed against them, and who may never recover from the experience, are in a pretty tough spot. No one is saying fraud isn’t a horrible crime. But no one ever talks about the victims of false fraud accusations. It could ruin their reputation. They could lose their jobs. It’s truly devastating.
Look, it’s a “he said, she said” situation, so how can we even know that a depositor is telling the truth? Where’s the proof that their banker used their trusted position and control over the depositor’s financial assets to steal all the depositor’s money? If the depositor wanted to be believed, they should have kept all their banking paper work. And why are they just coming out with this accusation now? This fraud happened weeks ago. Why didn’t they come forward right away?
I mean, the depositor gave the banker their money. It’s not really like the banker took it from them without their consent. I think we all can agree that bankers will be bankers, and that this banker had a promising career ahead of them that has sadly been ruined. The depositor was pretty much asking for it, too, when they didn’t ensure enough security measures were put in place around their accounts. They shouldn’t have even been depositing money in that part of town in the first place. Most depositors actually want to lose all their money, but then feel embarrassed about it after so they accuse bankers of fraud to cover up their mistakes. It’s disgusting.
I might also add that not all bankers commit fraud. In fact, fraud can even be committed by people in other professions. So why are we targeting only bankers? It’s reverse-discrimination!
Does any of that sound legit? What if we treated murder accusations the same way? Theft? Arson? Physical assault? Blackmail?
The point of Laci’s video is: we don’t treat other crime accusations the same way we treat rape ones, even though false accusations of other crimes happen at a similar or higher frequency and are just as damaging, which is actually really weird if you think about it. And if you think we have to treat rape differently because it’s “hard to prove” or a “he said, she said” situation, and other crimes are not, then you really must live in a bubble. May your beautiful bubble world, in which all fraud cases can be easily traced and proven beyond a reasonable doubt and all rape cases with hard evidence are duly convicted on the strength of the proof brought forward, never be shattered by the harsh realities of life and the average legal system.
Listen, if we want to solve the problem of false rape accusations, being suspicious of accusers isn’t the way. We’ve been doing it for decades, and there are still false accusations that are still devastating to those they happen to, so it’s obviously not helping the falsely accused. There are also insanely low reporting rates, and of those that get reported, insanely high rates of withdrawals and low rates of trial and conviction, so it’s also preventing actual victims from obtaining justice. Not to mention the power it gives to criminals, who know that they can continue reoffending because their chances of being convicted are so low. Basically, this method of combatting the scourge of false accusations is hurting EVERYONE involved (except rapists) and helping NO ONE (except rapists). Why do we still do it?
We should be striving to better educate the public about legal processes, holding the media we consume to a higher standard of reporting, and putting more robust discrimination laws in place to protect people being unfairly treated following an acquittal, and we should be doing this while taking all accusations seriously* and giving them the thorough and unbiased investigation processes they deserve. But of course, those are logical steps that don’t involve slut-shaming female victims, demasculinizing male victims, and all-around dehumanizing any victims that don’t fit into that binary, so I guess they’re not as fun, right? No, they would involve actual work, and who wants to do that? I guess since it’s the kind of thing the extremist feminazis and their pathetic mob-ruling sheeple followers want, it’s not as edgy or free-thinking. I can see that your insistence on upholding the status quo is so much more radical. Please consider my mistaken belief, that taking rape victims seriously will lead to a fairer judicial process for all, to be duly corrected.
*It should be noted that a call to take accusations seriously is not synonymous with a call to believe all accusers without due process and thorough investigation, so stop acting like it is to create a false dichotomy that you can use to your own slut-shaming and rape-apologizing ends. The reason people like Laci use the word “believe” so often is because when people come forward with a rape accusation, the most common response is “I don’t believe you” or some variation thereof, and it needs to stop.