Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Did The Rape Threat Justify The Means?

A female liberal blogger and radio host at the University of Wyoming Meg Lanker-Simons, has been accused by police of fabricating a rape threat against herself.  It appears that Ms. Lanker-Simons posted an obscene message on a college “crush” Facebook page earlier this week.

The message appears below:

At first glance if this post had actually been written by some anonymous individual there is no wonder that such a post would ignite outrage as it is clearly disgusting and vile.  A demonstration and protest against rape culture, spurred by the UW Crushes Facebook incident, happened Monday on the UW campus.  Lanker-Simons was a speaker at the event, where she called out the the anonymous poster.

Then in a surprising twist,  Ms She was cited for interference with a police investigation for making false statement to UW Police. You see the threat actually originated on Ms. Lanker-Simons' computer, while the computer was in her possession.”

I'm certain Ms. Lanker-Simons originally felt that the accusation against this unknown individual served her purpose.  She became the "victim" in the eyes of her supporters of an obviously misogynistic conservative and therefore a hero.

I find this EXTREMELY despicable   As a rape survivor I denounce people who falsely claim rape or even a threat of rape as it makes it even more difficult for women who have been raped to come forward.  Did Ms. Lanker-Simons ever once give thought to the fact that every false rape claim diminish the integrity of every legitimate rape claim.  Ms. Lanker-Simon if you really cared about violence against women, why would you manufacturer such a blatant lie?

Now we discover that this hero has her very own Facebook support site claiming that Meg Lanker-Simons is not only innocent but they believe that what she did was justified.  Furthermore, they believe that Lanker-Simons deserves not to be held accountable for her accusations.  In other words, the ends justifies the means.

What do you think?

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