(National Sentinel)Â Fake News: All during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process we were told by Democrats to suspend belief and suspend a pillar of our legal system — the presumption of innocence until proven guilty — because we must believe the women who accused him of sexual assault.
We must believe them sans evidence or corroboration, we were told, because women don’t fabricate claims of sexual assault.
Except that, on occasion, they do. And in fact, according to several studies, it happens much more often than most of us have been led to believe.
As theÂ Washington Times reports:
Liberals on TV and social media said repeatedly during the Senate confirmation process that only 2 percent of charges are lies â€” meaning there likely would be truth in the majority of such charges, such as that of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused now-Supreme CourtÂ Justice KavanaughÂ of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago.
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Brent E. Turvey, a criminologist, wrote a 2017 book that dispels this notion. His research, and that of two co-authors, cited statistical studies and police crime reports. One academic study showed that as many as 40 percent of sexual assault charges are false.Â Mr. TurveyÂ wrote that the FBI in the 1990s pegged the falsity rate at 8 percent for rape or attempted rape complaints.
â€œThere is no shortage of politicians, victimsâ€™ advocates and news articles claiming that the nationwide false report for rape and sexual assault is almost nonexistent, presenting a figure of around 2 percent,â€ writes Turvey, director of the Forensic Criminology Institute. â€œThis figure is not only inaccurate but also it has no basis in reality. Reporting it publicly as a valid frequency rate with any empirical basis is either scientifically negligent or fraudulent.â€
A recent Pentagon study supports that. The Defense Department is required to report sexual assault allegations annually; almost one-quarter of all allegations last year were tossed out over a lack of evidence, according to the Times, citing the Pentagon’s May report.
â€œIt appears that die-hard opponents ofÂ KavanaughÂ have invented a narrative to imply that false accusations hardly ever happen,â€ Elaine Donnelly, who directs the Center for Military Readiness, told the Times.
â€œYou see where they are going with this,â€ she added. â€œAny man who doubts Ford is hostile to women experiencing abuse, who make accusations truthfully 90 to 98 percent of the time. This is why hard data from the Pentagon, which shows rates of false accusations averaging 18 percent in annual reports since 2009, is important.â€
Turvey’s 2017 book, â€œFalse Allegations: Investigative and Forensic Issues in Fraudulent Reports of Crime,â€ examined a host of false reporting which included rape and sexual assault. He also looked at at analyzed existing studies and police statistics.
â€œFalse reports happen, they are recurrent and there are laws in place to deal with them when they do,â€ he wrote. â€œThey are, for lack of a better word, common.”
In his book, Turvey cited no fewer than 10 studies that refute the 2 percent narrative offered up by the Left.
â€œThe power of any lie is equal only to our desire to believe it,â€Â he wrote, according to the Times. â€œSpecifically, our need and eagerness to believe it. This is the problem with belief â€” which is accepting something as true or correct without proof.â€
The fact is, there are women out there who use sexual assault as a weapon against men for a variety of reasons. What’s also true is this: Democrats either care or don’t care about such allegations depending on who is being accused.
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