Saturday, February 03, 2007

Interview: Warren Blackwell

I was lucky enough to have the chance to interview Warren Blackwell, the innocent father who spent over three years in prison on trumped up charges of sexual assault as the result of a false accusation by a woman called Shannon Taylor, who has a history of mental illness and convictions for dishonesty. He spoke to me about his experiences.

Heretic: What was your lifestyle like before the accusation was made? I understand you are a father of two? What was your occupation?

Warren Blackwell: Before I was very sociable. The Social Club was my local where I’d meet up regularly in the week and at weekends with friends to play pool, darts, have drinks after football etc. Although we’re not married, Tanya and I have been together for 14 years. Holly (Tanya’s daughter from a previous relationship) was two when I started seeing Tanya, and Liam joined the clan in 1995! I was employed as a factory operative.

Heretic: Did you know your accuser before she accused you?

Warren Blackwell: No I didn’t. She had started seeing Tanya’s Uncle Ian – having met him on holiday in Tenerife ‘recovering from the effects of having been the victim of an assault!’ (I learnt this after the event).

Heretic: How did you first become aware of the accusation?

Warren Blackwell: On Saturday 2nd January 1999 Tanya went down the Social Club to have a drink with friends. I stayed at home with Liam. When she came back she told me a lot of the women were talking about another certain individual, a well know womaniser. Their concerns were such that I said if you’re really worried then call the police and tell them. Tanya did – so for me it was no surprise when the police knocked on my door at 8:00am on Sunday 3rd January. We thought they had come to talk to Tanya about what had been said amongst several women the night before, concerning this other man. So it came as quite a shock when they turned round and arrested me!!

Heretic: So, you weren't even at the social club on the night in question? You were at home with your child? Surely that must have constituted a cast-iron alibi?

Warren Blackwell: No, I stayed in on New Years Day evening… I was at the Social Club on the night in question.

Heretic: How were you treated by the police?

Warren Blackwell: Well I’d struggle to say it was nice. They turned my house upside down, and left it in a right mess. They stuck me in a police cell all day while they went about gathering all their prosecution witnesses. So basically when I came to look for defence witnesses I couldn’t turn to many, because the police had already got them as their witnesses! Considering the misrepresentations in witness statements that have since come to light, it is clear how the police conduct their interviews. They will coerce the witness until they say what they ‘want’ them to say. I don’t ever recall being seen by a doctor while I was in the holding cell, which is supposed to be standard practice.

Heretic: Were you held on remand pending trial?

Warren Blackwell: No – and that says a lot about the strength of the case against me at the time.

Heretic: Did you get legal aid?

Warren Blackwell: Yes I did but I had to make a weekly contribution to the costs. As soon as the Single Judge refuses you leave to appeal then all legal aid ceases. From then on I was privately funded.

Heretic: Were you happy with your defence team?

Warren Blackwell: At first I’d have to say yes. Never having been involved with court proceedings before, anything my lawyer and barrister told me I took as Gospel. Only when I was convicted and began delving into the evidence for an appeal did I begin to realise just how incompetent they were. For instance, it took me three letters and over twelve months before my solicitor actually wrote to the CPS and demanded any and all reports pertaining to any forensic tests carried out in this case – and he only did that once leave was refused!

I was told by another convict that they would do nothing in order to ‘bury you in the prison system’ so as to save their own embarrassment. I firmly believe this to be the case. My original lawyer did not want me to have a proper appeal to the point where they did not use the new evidence we had gathered to put before the Full Court. This, I believe, was to save any embarrassing questions being asked of them, for instance – any judge would have turned round and asked why this evidence was not adduced at trial. I have many examples of their incompetence and what I see as deliberate stalling tactics. When I eventually plucked up the courage to fire them it was too late, the damage had already been done.

I have to say though, this has nothing to do with the defence team who eventually saw my name cleared. Robert Berg, Janes solicitors 18-21 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6HP is a solicitor advocate specialising in serious crime, especially sexual crimes. Annie Johnston is my barrister and is an extremely astute woman indeed.

Heretic: What evidence was there against you? On what basis were you convicted?

Warren Blackwell: To cut a ‘very’ long story short, the evidence amounted to purely her say-so. She named five other people as possibly being her attacker – none of which were me. From the 1st January until the 19th she did not actually name me as her alleged attacker. She only named me on the ID parade on the 19th, after I had answered bail at Daventry Police Station and the Officer in the Case had seen what I was wearing for that parade. I was wearing a jumper with distinctive writing on the front. He was expecting me back at Daventry for further interviews – yet he still saw fit to travel the 20 miles to Northampton and enter the ID witness room prior to the parade and consult with the WPC who was with Shannon. These are very serious and clear breaches of the Police and Criminals Evidence Act code D (ID parades). This one piece of evidence formed part of our appeal which wasn’t heard because it was not contested. It also forms a large part of our official complaint to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) – we will see what happens there but clearly my suggestion is he informed the WPC who then informed Shannon of the type of clothing I was wearing on the ID parade which led to her positive ID!

My conviction rested solely on the strength of that ID parade, as did the OIC (Officer in Charge)’s case against me. If Shannon had not picked me out on the parade then they would not have had any evidence to charge me. The forensics had already come back and proven her original allegation of rape to be unfounded, that’s why the allegation was down-graded to indecent assault… and those forensic reports were never disclosed to the defence.

Heretic: Do you feel that you received a fair trial?

Warren Blackwell: Not really, looking back. I was strongly advised that to attack the character of the primary witness would be frowned upon by the judge and could result in the jury taking a dislike to me, the defendant. Of course, at the time no one dreamt that she could’ve made it all up. Our defence was never that she hadn’t been attacked, simply that she was mistaken as to her attacker’s identity. Had we known then about her past, as the CPS did, but failed to disclose, then we definitely would have attacked her character.

Shannon is a convincing liar, and a good actress who can turn the tears on at the drop of a hat. She even ‘fainted’ in the witness box! Looking back though, and knowing what I know about the law now, she pointed at me and said “all I know is that is the man that attacked me.” That should not have been allowed because it is a “dock ID” – but the judge and my defence did nothing.

Heretic: So evidence was withheld from the defence at your trial?

Warren Blackwell: Yes – the forensic reports were not prepared until the month of the trial, even though the tests & results were known as early as January 5th 1999. On that day a phone call was made from the Forensic Science Service to DC Bell, the OIC. The FSS confirmed there was no evidence of rape or that sex had taken place. Following that, still on the same day and clearly following advice from the police, Shannon in effect dropped the rape allegation by making another statement claiming ‘the more she thought about it, it must have been a hand that was inserted rather than a penis.’

The forensic reports were never disclosed by the prosecution. I got my hands on them by examining the Unused Materials List. On there were references to holab request forms to have items tested forensically. Also on there were references made to the phone call made from the FSS to DC Bell. I eventually got details of the content of the phone call and also copies of the forensic reports purely by questioning items listed on the UML.

Evidence of Shannon’s convictions for theft and dishonesty were known to the police and CPS – they never disclosed it, for trial or for any of the appeal applications. Disclosure is an ongoing duty, so if any information comes to the police or prosecution (CPS) even after a trial they have a duty to disclose it.

Heretic: Did your friends and family stand by you?

Warren Blackwell: One thing I have learnt from this – you certainly find out who your friends are! For those that chose to turn their back on me well good riddance, who needs friends like you? For those that stuck by me (of which there are plenty) then I know why you did… because you know me and I will always be thankful for your support.

Tanya changed her surname to Blackwell which clearly showed her support, and all my family have stuck by me for which I will be eternally grateful. Especially Tanya and my kids though – this has made me an extremely angry person inside and sometimes that comes out in temper rages. I am the first to admit that at times I’m sure I’ve been quite unbearable to be around.

Heretic: I’d like to ask you about your experience of prison. What was your impression when you first arrived?

Warren Blackwell: At first I was very frightened, I don’t mind admitting it. I’ve always thought myself as being strong minded and can look after myself but when I saw some of the people in those holding cells, spitting and swearing at the screws, other cons? I lied immediately to the Doctor to see where it took me. I did not want to go into that holding cell. I have a scar on my wrist from an old pub prank – the doctor asked me if I’d self harmed? I said yes, because of the trial etc. That had the desired effect. I missed the holding cell and went straight to the hospital wing, where I was put in a cell that holds six prisoners – the difference here is they really did have mental problems so I’m not sure it was such a good idea after all!! On the way to the hospital wing a screw asked me why I was in. I told him and he said “Don’t tell anyone that or you’ll get battered. Tell ‘em you’re in for GBH.” So I was learning to lie straight from the off.

After a week another con who I had sort of befriended (he seemed more sane than the others in the cell) decided to refuse our medication. This only has one result on the hospital wing and that is to be transferred to the normal wings, which is what we had decided to do. Our cell on the normal wing wasn’t available straight away because we had to wait for the blood to be cleaned off the ceiling from a prisoner who had cut his wrists in it the night before!

I could write a book on my prison experience, but for me I found it horrible. Frightening at times, boring a lot of the time and for some reason, after a while, very easy. At the end of the day it’s just routine. Breakfast in the morning, lockup, work detail, dinner, lockup, work detail, lockup, tea and association then do it all again! The only thing that messes that up is when the screws decide to have an easy day and say there isn’t enough staff, so no work and hardly any association. (Something they did quite regularly because they knew it pissed everyone off!).

Mentally prison for me was harder. Being away from my family, Tanya and my kids killed me. My son was sucking a dummy before I went away. I missed him growing up, learning to ride a bike, starting school. My daughter (hate the word step-daughter) started senior school – a big step for her which I was not round to offer support. Incidentally, I get on great with her father who has also supported me throughout and wrote me a very touching character reference for trial.

Heretic: How did you occupy your time while you were inside?

Warren Blackwell: By working, going to the gym. Mostly though, my time was spent trawling through my case papers and writing to solicitors, family and private investigator. I discovered so much evidence that was clearly available at the time of trial which was not used or even looked at, and also lots of new evidence which only ever stemmed from questioning items listed on the unused materials list.

Heretic: How were you treated by the other prisoners?

Warren Blackwell: Haha – by other ‘sex offenders’ like a brother! How sick do you think that makes you feel when you get some paedophile telling you how hard done by he’s been because he thinks it’s perfectly natural to swim naked in a pool with other people’s kids? And if anyone thinks a paedo is a dirty old man then think again – I’ve seen 18 year old boys inside for having sex with kids as young as ten.

The trouble with the prison I was in, HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire, is it’s what they call an’ integrated prison’. That means convicted sex offenders mix on the wings with prisoners convicted of burglary, muggings, armed robbery, murder etc. Littlehey is a CAT C prison. Those convicted of serious crimes like murder, manslaughter are on their way through the system, progressively being down-graded prior to release. But in there, those convicted of a sexual offence lie and say they are in for something else.

Now, the wing I was on – A Wing, was a known VPU (Vulnerable Prisoner Unit) even though the prison would not accept it as such. Basically, if you were housed on A Wing then the rest of the prison knew for a fact you were in for a sexual offence, so you’re labelled a ‘nonce’, a ‘wrongun’, a ‘bacon’ etc. All prison slang for a sex offender.

The reason I was on there was because the prison thought it would be a good idea to cock up my paperwork and have it that my alleged victim was 13 yrs old, rather than 31!! So they ‘thought it best I go on A Wing straight away.’ When I told the screw how old Shannon was, in between breaking down, he said to me “you poor bastard.” So I was labelled straight away and still had to mingle at work with other prisoners who knew which wing I was on.

Yes I was the subject of some taunts, some I ignored, some I rose to. I had a few scrapes but nothing to brag about. I saw a lot worse. One fella had a sock filled with batteries bounced off his head in the corridor, and I saw the result of a fight over drugs. That ended with the bloke being cut from his ear to the point of his chin with a knife made from razor blades and a toothbrush. Not nice.

I genuinely believe there are innocent people in prison convicted of sexual assault, you’d be crazy not to accept that. But there are also clearly a lot of genuine sex offenders in prison and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our judicial system for the opportunity of having to live with them – thanks very much. (Sarcastic enough you think?)

Heretic: How were you treated by the guards?

Warren Blackwell: The screws? Well there are some good officers in there, but women on a sex offender’s wing? Gimme a break! Mind you, as bad as it sounds, I just had to laugh when a con took a female officer’s cup off the gate rail while she was patrolling, took it into the toilet and dropped a dump in it before putting it back. I never did see her again!!

My personal officer was a woman and she hated me. I would never agree to do any of the offending behaviour courses because that meant you had to admit guilt. So we clashed all the time. For the most part the screws see it as their duty to basically piss you off as often as possible, usually by letting you out of your cell late for tea and association.

Heretic: I understand your sentence was increased while you were inside. How did that come about?

Warren Blackwell: The judge gave me the minimum sentence allowed, three years. That clearly reflected on his feeling for the case. The prosecution stood up and challenged the sentence, but the judge shot him down and would not move. So the prosecution petitioned the Attorney General to review the sentence as being too lenient.

Because we were appealing the conviction the Attorney General’s reference followed on behind our applications for leave to appeal. What happened eventually was the Full Court refused us leave to appeal, they then heard the AG’s reference straight after and increased sentence from three to five years – this happened two weeks before I was due to be released! I should point out that they kindly took into consideration time already served - they wanted to give me six years!!

Heretic: How did you first come to find out about your accuser’s past history?

Warren Blackwell: Alarm bells began ringing when Ian’s ex-wife told Tanya that Shannon had her own emergency number for a mental hospital near where she lived. Apparently Shannon could just walk into the place and they’d admit her straight away. Then, less than six months after my conviction, Tanya told me on a visit that Shannon had made another allegation.

The rest of the evidence came about after we had successfully applied to the CCRC (Criminal Cases Review Commission). They eventually appointed an independent officer from the West Midlands Police Force, DCI Steve Glover. As he began to investigate, things came to his attention that were outside his instructions from the CCRC. He requested to be allowed to follow these other avenues of investigation. The CCRC agreed and hence he discovered all about her previous allegations and mental background.

Heretic: How did Lord Campbell-Savours first get involved?

Warren Blackwell: He has been campaigning for changes in the rape laws for many years. He’s particularly concerned with what is known as ‘word on word’ convictions. This is basically where a woman says ‘he did sexually assault me’, he says ‘I didn’t’ and the jury convict purely on her say so, with no other corroborating evidence – none. They literally believe she is telling the truth and he is lying!!

Heretic: How did you come to be released?

Warren Blackwell: Some in the media have reported I was released because my conviction was quashed. Simply not true. I served the full term of my sentence; from 10th October 1999 until I was released on 3rd February 2003. My conviction was eventually quashed on 12th September 2006. This is something I commented on in my press statement outside court, read by my solicitor Robert Berg. The fact that it took the police and judiciary less than twelve months to arrest and convict, yet it took almost eight years to prove my innocence!

Heretic: How has the case affected your career? Are you back at work now?

Warren Blackwell: I am back working where I left off. I was promoted almost immediately and now work in the office and also double as lorry driver when the lads on the shop floor are busy. My employer has been brilliant throughout, and he is also a very good friend. There have been countless others though, that have lost absolutely everything. This is why these types of false allegations must be stopped.

Heretic: Are you pursuing any complaints against the police?

Yes, most definitely. The complaint deals with the conduct of the OIC and the lengths he went to in order to secure a conviction. I’d also like to point out the fact that when this all started, initially as a rape allegation, the Northamptonshire Police Force saw fit to appoint a mere police constable as the OIC. I find that disgusting – for such a serious crime/allegation a higher ranked officer must be in charge.
Rape is considered second to murder, murder being the worst crime you can commit. You’ll never see a police constable heading a murder investigation!

Heretic: How do you feel about the CPS' role in your case?

Warren Blackwell: Their title speaks for itself… Crown PROSECUTION Service. They are not interested in the truth, they are only interested in gaining a prosecution for the statisticians. You could have a person accused of a crime, and that person really could be guilty but the CPS decides whether or not the evidence is strong enough to result in a conviction. If they feel it is not then the case will not go before the courts – what they are doing in those situations is they are actually replacing the jury and judge and making the decision for them without a trial.

Heretic: How do you feel about the CPS' decision not to prosecute your accuser?

Warren Blackwell: The CPS is a joke. When asked why they were not considering bringing a prosecution against Shannon Taylor for perverting the course of justice, they cited her mental background as being a barrier. Well they knew about that before but didn’t think it a barrier in bringing a prosecution against me!!

Heretic: Do you expect to be offered any compensation?

Warren Blackwell: You’re damn right I do!! Why not – if I can benefit from this tragedy and can provide for a better standard of living for my family, a better future for my kids then I’ll take as much as I can. The fact is though, libel cases amongst the famous get greater rewards than something like this. It’s a class thing as far as I’m concerned.

Heretic: Has anyone told you that your name has now been removed from the sex offenders’ register?

Warren Blackwell: No – and this is something I intend to take up formally. You’d have thought that would be the first thing on their agenda.

Heretic: What changes in the law would you recommend?

Warren Blackwell: Anonymity to be lifted where it has been accepted the woman has lied about the assault, and they should be prosecuted where possible. I’d also like to see the accused have their anonymity, at least until conviction. I have written to the Attorney General and have asked him what reason, how it can help a sexual assault case, for the man to be named? It serves no purpose other than to embarrass and in some cases, destroy the man’s life.

Heretic: Do you have any advice for other men, based on your experiences?

Warren Blackwell: Don’t stick with the duty solicitor – they’re not interested and can make more money by getting rid of you as soon as possible so they can get another client. Contact Robert Berg, Janes Solicitors as above. Hire a private investigator with a good track record. Andrew Salt represented me and was invaluable, although no one can trace him now! He was an ex Detective Constable – invaluable inside knowledge if you’re dealing with a dodgy police officer like the one in my case.

Get good financial support – I was fortunate in that I had my father, my employer and also a customer of ours who is also a good friend. You may have to ask for friends or family to take out a loan, whatever… but don’t go for these ‘no win no fee’ lawyers… you want to win no matter what the cost right?

If you ask a lawyer to request documents and they stall or mess you around, decide very quickly if they are the right solicitor for you. I wasted (literally) over a year being messed around and got nowhere – remember I said above how long it took to get my solicitor to request the forensic documents? Don’t be afraid to threaten them with reporting them to the Law Society.

The fact is you need to make sure your solicitor is experienced in defending sexual assault claims – ask them about their track record. If they’re good they’ll rattle off a list of cases.

Do not ignore the Unused Materials List – MG6(C) form. The police can be very devious in that evidence they haven’t used could well be undermining to the prosecution’s case. They are ‘supposed’ to disclose ANY material which may harm the crown’s case. They may well argue that they did disclose it because it’s listed on the UML. Examine what is listed on there and ask for further papers… that’s how I discovered the forensic reports did in fact exist.

If there is anything listed as ‘sensitive’ then make sure you go after that with gusto. That absolutely suggests there is something there you can use – in my case it turned out to be her medical history… her psychiatric background. You’ll never get your hands on it but your solicitor should see to it, and the judge, Crown Court or Appeal Court, should see it. Anything like that is extremely important – don’t let any solicitor tell you otherwise.

Heretic: How do you feel about your accuser?

Warren Blackwell: Ask me what I’d do if I had a shotgun, met her in a dark alley and knew for a fact I would get away with murder. Don’t anyone expect me to feel sympathy for this woman or anyone like her – these women ruin lives. Not just the accused, the whole family. Kids get bullied at school; partners get talked about behind their backs. These allegations should be given the same amount of scrutiny a murder investigation receives.

And for the Women’s Rights groups – whilst it is an awful, despicable thing to have gone through – sexual assault/rape… you have to accept that at some point the evidence has to be tested. The courts should be absolutely sure, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the man standing accused is the offender. That’s one reason why a majority verdict doesn’t cut it for me – if they’re not all sure then that must mean it has not been proven beyond all doubt.

Heretic: Warren, thank you for taking time to talk to me.

Demand Justice for Warren Blackwell

Thursday, February 01, 2007

An Ode to Injustice

There is a mad woman called Taylor,
Public interest demands that we jail her,
Put the poor CPS,
Got its pants in a mess,
And was far too spineless to nail her.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

If You Can't Join Them, Beat Them

People sometimes ask me why I have such a beef about feminism. The answer is that my direct personal experience of it has been entirely negative. And that is remarkable because as a Left-wing youth, a Philosophy student, I was one of its natural supporters.

I understand that there are responsible, articulate and reasonable feminists in the world, but the problem is that they are not the ones calling the shots.

I respect some feminists, such as Christina Hoff Sommers, Daphne Patai, and Wendy McElroy. But they are far outweighed by the number of feminists that I regard as a serious threat to civilised society, such as Valerie Solanas, Mary Daly, Catherine Mackinnon and Andrea Dworkin, to name just a few.

The problem with the feminist movement is that it has allowed itself to be appropriated by its own worst elements. I do not hear the rank and file of ordinary, supposedly responsible, women standing up for their men and their families, or challenging the, by any standards, absurd, sick and deluded theories of the radical elements. I do not hear the female majority standing up for its right to be heterosexual, defending jurisprudence, science, academia, classical liberal values, or in the US, the Constitution.

The liberal feminist movement won every victory that it needed to win thirty years ago, and more. Nowadays, it has succumbed to its own excess. It has become simply a cash-cow, a gravy train, a lucrative money-making enterprise which those who benefit just do not want to give up.

I am also tempted to think that women are simply not interested in things like jurisprudence, science, academia, and classical liberal values, and do not consider them worth defending. All they really seem to be interested in is their own social position. When women get access to university, all they want to study is their own 'oppression', and men indulge them, just like we always have.

The academic feminist establishment is little more than a totalitarian religious cult, preaching absurd, self-contradictory and self-serving dogma to gullible students. A degree in Women's Studies is not an education; it is an anti-education, a quasi-political,quasi-religious indoctrination into the belief that education itself is essentially elitist and pointless.

The domestic violence, rape and child abuse industries are lucrative sources of public-sector revenue, often doing their supposed beneficiaries more harm than good.

Feminism now encourages women to shirk every kind of responsibility, to behave like psychopaths, to treat those around them, and the societies in which they live, with open contempt. The only qualities a woman needs to have in order to be a good feminist are to be arrogant, selfish and verbally abusive. What kind of ethical program is that? For if feminism is not a program of ethics, then just what the hell is it? If it is not promoting social responsibility, then what is it there for?

Yet it promotes irresponsibility of every kind. The less ethical a woman is, the more praise she gets from feminists.

The people who pay the price are men, children, and women themselves. Children separated from their fathers grow up as troubled delinquints. Men go to prison on trumped up charges of rape and child abuse that never happened. Women live alone, spending their time scurrying around worrying if the man next to them is a rapist, postponing marriage indefinitely, postponing children until it is too late. The feminist conspiracy to destroy the Western family has wreaked havoc on a generation.

Feminism teaches women that the only path to success is the male path to success. If you are not performing like a man, then you are not really doing anything. Most women I know want to give up work and have a family, but feminism has done its best to prevent them from doing this, and preaches contempt for women who have.

I think there are those in the feminist movement who believe that men are all basically thugs, and that men do not respect anyone except another thug; That men will never respect women unless they are scared of them. This is deeply misguided. If I had been there at the time, I would have willingly fought against the great totalitarians like Hitler or Stalin. Dressing yourself in Stalin's clothes does not make me respect you. Quite the contrary. I will respect you if you appear rational, articulate and humane. If you appear to be irrational, vindictive and culturally destructive, I will fight you with every weapon I have.

I think to understand feminism properly, we have to look at adolescent female group behaviour. There is generally a dominant Queen Bee, who tells everyone else what to do. Like all such people, she is basically a ruthless psychopath. She invents rules for the other girls about what they are allowed to wear, and which boys they are allowed to talk to. The other girls just want to fit in socially, and are too weak and naive to stand up to the Queen Bee's authority. It's better to give yourself over to her dubious care, and belong, rather than to risk isolation. These same psycho-social mechanisms, I suspect, explain the successful takeover of the women's movement by its fascist and lesbian elements.

Such behaviour succeeds most effectively in tight-knit social groups, away from prying eyes, just like a cult religion. Feminism seems to have been immune from scrutiny for much of the last forty years or so. Initially, some men thought feminism was a joke, and didn't pay any attention. Those who took it seriously wanted to participate and were actively prevented. Meetings were always held in secret. A lot of women felt they could not object or divulge, for fear of betraying the sisterhood.

It is time now for some serious scrutiny.

If the female population ever manages to address these issues of who runs the show, and how, and what for, then I might let let up. Until then, as an anti-fascist libertarian, feminism is my principal enemy.

False Accusations: A Mother's View

Check out this website:

FalseRape.Net
Your Son Could Be Falsely Accused
This website has been created by a concerned mother to increase awareness that women often make false rape charges, destroy the lives and reputations of innocent men, while the false accusers face no repercussions.

False Accusations: A Policeman's View

I received this comment on my blog the other week, and I thought it was worth highlighting:

I am aware of women who have falsely complained of rape being given £80 fixed penalty tickets for the offence of wasting police time. I am aware of others who have not even been given that. One case i dealt with ended after an experienced policewoman advised the lady that if she proceeded any further, she would be prosecuted. The complainant then admitted she made it up to get the sympathy of her boyfriend who had just finished with her. Men are responsible for their actions, women are not. Get used to it.

As of 31st March 2006, there were 143,271 police officers (full-time equivalent) in England and Wales. Reference

If this man is an average police officer, and the average police officer routinely comes across false rape accusations, this should give you an idea of just how widespread they really are.

If the government wants to review the laws on rape, it needs to start being honest about false accusations.

False rape accusations are grossly underestimated and grossly underpunished. An £80 on-the-spot fine (similar to a parking ticket) is not a sufficient punishment for trying to destroy another person's life.

The conviction rate for rape is currently around 5%. If you want to know the why, ask a policeman.

War Against Men Continues Unabated

Today's headline news story is about a new government report outlining ways to increase rape conviction rates.

Note the emotive way in which this story is presented.

"[The] report says too many rape claims are wrongly dismissed as unfounded, and some cases are dropped prematurely. Only 5% of reported rapes results in a conviction. The director of public prosecutions says he is "determined" to improve the way rape cases are handled" (My emphasis).

"It said the scale of false allegations was being over-estimated, and subjective judgments were being made about victim credibility. The document recommends that police and prosecutors make better use of evidence which shows a defendant's previous "bad character", as it can now be used in court against them"

So, after years of campaigning to stop bad character evidence being used against women in rape cases, feminists are now trying to introduce it for men.

It seems that the issue of false accusations has finally appeared on the governments' radar too, but as an idea which needs to be discredited. Yet Shannon Taylor, the woman who put Warren Blackwell in prison for a rape that never happened, continues to walk free.

The judicial system in the UK is heavily biased against men, and getting worse. It seems that men are entitled to no rights at all.

Monday, January 29, 2007

False Accusations: The Scientific Evidence

Kanin, Eugene J., Ph.D. "False Rape Allegations." Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 23, No. 1 (1994), pp 81-92. (Peer reviewed journal)
ABSTRACT:
With the cooperation of the police agency of a small metropolitan community, 45 consecutive, disposed, false rape allegations covering a 9 year period were studied. These false rape allegations constitute 41% the total forcible rape cases (n= 109) reported during this period. These false allegations appear to serve three major functions for the complainants: providing an alibi, seeking revenge, and obtaining sympathy and attention. False rape allegations are not the consequence of a gender-linked aberration, as frequently claimed, but reflect impulsive and desperate efforts to cope with personal and social stress situations.


McDowell, Charles P., Ph.D. "False Allegations." Forensic Science Digest, (publication of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations), Vol. 11, No. 4 (December 1985), p. 64.
The study found that 60% of rape allegations are false. The study of 548 allegations was only undertaken after it was noticed that 20% of accusers later admitted they had lied. The researchers did not intially believe the 60% result and conducted two follow-up studies. The 60% finding held but political interference prevented publication.


The Truth Behind Legal Dominance Feminism's "Two Percent False Rape Claim" Figure
Edward Greer. "For at least the last decade, Legal Dominance Feminism (LDF) has been the predominant voice on sexual abuse within legal academia. However, many of its empirical claims regarding the sexual abuse of women are erroneous."


Kakadabse, A., Kakabadse, N. (2004) Intimacy: International Survey of the Sex Lives of People at Work, Palgrave.
This international study of sexual behaviour found that the majority (over 50%) of sexual harassment claims are false.


Believe Her! The Woman Never Lies Myth, Frank S. Zepezauer, IPT
ABSTRACT: Empirical evidence does not support the widespread belief that women are extremely unlikely to make false accusations of male sexual misconduct. Rather the research on accusations of rape, sexual harassment, incest, and child sexual abuse indicates that false accusations have become a serious problem. The motivations involved in making a false report are widely varied and include confusion, outside influence from therapists and others, habitual lying, advantages in custody disputes, financial gain, and the political ideology of radical feminism.


Philip N.S. Rumney, False Allegations of Rape. The Cambridge Law Journal (2006), 65: 128-158 Cambridge University Press
THERE can be little doubt that the spectre of false rape allegations has significantly influenced the development of legal doctrine and its enforcement. The fear of false allegations has been used to justify evidential rules in cases involving sexual offences such as the corroboration warning, the retention of the marital rape immunity and continues to influence police and prosecutorial decision-making.

Rape Laws Become Ever More Kafka-esque

The Blair government refuses to back down in its efforts to lock up thousands of men on trumped up rape charges. An article in today's London 'Times' says:

A nationwide network of specialist rape prosecutors is to be set up in response to a report which reveals that victims have only a one in 20 chance of seeing their attacker convicted.

There has been a sustained effort across the criminal justice system to improve the notoriously low conviction rate for rape. But the report to ministers shows that it has worsened because of a huge increase in the number of attacks being reported...

A small number of specialist rape prosecutors, who will take charge of cases from investigation to trial, have already been appointed in London. Others will be recruited across England and Wales in a drive to increase the low rate of rape convictions.


Why does the government think that rape is a special crime, requiring special process, special prosecutors, special measures? It is a crime like any other, and should be dealt with like any other. The fact is, as I have already said several times, feminists have altered the definition of rape in the last few decades to make it so ambiguous as to be virtually meaningless, and their (on the face of it, reasonable) policy of 'de-stigmatising the victim' has led to a rash of false accusations.

The article practically says as much for those who care to look: "The conviction rate for rape has fallen from 33 per cent in 1977 to 5.3 per cent now. As a result, a series of measures were implemented, including training for police to ensure more sensitive treatment of rape complainants and specialist teams of prosecutors to deal with rape cases. The latest report, however, shows that the measures have had minimal impact as allegations of rape have increased greatly."

I came across yet another one today. It seems this woman had sex with a police official after a drunken night out, and was concerned that her boyfriend would find out, so she accused the man of raping her. Although he was, thankfully, acquitted, she has walked free. This kind of thing happens regularly, despite feminist claims to the contrary. A false accusation of rape is an attempt to destroy another person's life. It must be regarded as a serious crime against the person, similar to grievous bodily harm - or indeed, rape.

The empirical evidence is already published, it's just that certain vested interests choose not to pay any attention to it.

"According to a nine-year study conducted by former Purdue sociologist Eugene J. Kanin, in over 40 percent of the cases reviewed, the complainants eventually admitted that no rape had occurred (Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1994). Kanin also studied rape allegations in two large Midwestern universities and found that 50 percent of the allegations were recanted by the accuser." Reference

In this article, Wendy McElroy claims that one in four rape claims is malicious.

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Until the government owns up to the reality of false accusations there will never be justice. The one crumb of comfort is that our judicial system has not yet been completely corrupted by feminist ideology, even if it sometimes looks that way. The Times article tells us:

"The move will be resisted by judges and barristers. The influential Council of Circuit Judges, which represents 637 circuit judges in England and Wales, argues that the issue of whether an alleged victim was able to consent is one that should be left to a jury. "