Conflicting accounts open U.S. Army general's sex crimes trial

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MetalGod1964 wrote:

Those sideburns don’t look regulation to me. Looks like the sideburns of a swinger in the ’70s.

Mar 07, 2014 8:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
Laborman wrote:

This is why the Senate (males) was very wrong in its vote yesterday to keep military commanders in charge of dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct. They have an inherent conflict of interest to begin with to discourage reports of rape or other sexual misconduct. Never mind sexual predators like this guy.

Mar 07, 2014 1:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Laborman wrote:

This is why the Senate (males) was very wrong in its vote yesterday to keep military commanders in charge of dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct. They have an inherent conflict of interest to begin with to discourage reports of rape or other sexual misconduct. Never mind sexual predators like this guy.

Mar 07, 2014 1:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Riversong wrote:

There was a focused study of the false rape allegation question undertaken by a team headed by Charles P McDowell (McDowell & Hibler, 1985) of the U.S. Air Force Special Studies Division. Its significance derives not only from its scholarly credentials but also its time of origin, 1984/85, a period during which rape had emerged as a major issue, but before its definition included almost any form of non-consensual sex.

The McDowell team studied 556 rape allegations. Of that total, 256 could not be conclusively verified as rape. That left 300 authenticated cases of which 220 were judged to be truthful and 80, or 27%, were judged as false. To be considered false one or more of the following criteria had to be met: the victim unequivocally admitted to false allegation, indicated deception in a polygraph test, and provided a plausible recantation. Even by these strict standards, slightly more than one out of four rape charges were judged to be false.

The McDowell team, in follow-up studies, recruited independent reviewers who were given 25 criteria derived from the profiles of the women who openly admitted making a false allegation. If all three reviewers agreed that the rape allegation was false, it was then listed by that description. The result: 60% of the accusations were identified as false. McDowell also took his study outside the military by examining police files from a major Midwestern and a Southwestern city. He found that the finding of 60% held (Farrell, 1993, pp. 321-329).

McDowell’s data have received qualified confirmation from other investigators. A survey of seven Washington, D.C. area jurisdictions in the 1991/2 period, for example, revealed that an average of 24% of rape charges were unfounded (Buckley, 1992). A study of a small Midwestern city was reported by Eugene J. Kanin (1994) of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Purdue University. Kanin concluded that “false rape allegations constitute 41% of the total forcible rape cases reported during this period” (p.81).

Equally revealing were addenda following Kanin’s basic report. They reported studies in two large Midwestern state universities which covered a three-year period ending in 1988. The finding of the combined studies was that among a total of 64 reported rapes exactly 50% were false. Kanin found these results significant because the women in the main report tended to gather in the lower socioeconomic levels, thus raising questions about correlations of false allegation with income and educational status. After checking figures gathered from university police departments, he therefore reported that “quite unexpectedly then, we find that these university women, when filing a rape complaint, were as likely to file a false as a valid charge.” In addition, Kanin cited still another source (Jay, 1991) which supported findings of high frequency false allegations in the universities.

Mar 07, 2014 1:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mikeqwerty wrote:

Remember to not judge him harder than you would his ultimate boss, the President, or any of his prior bosses… Surprised I do not see Moveon.org trying to get him off, or even NOW …

Mar 07, 2014 2:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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