Saying we believe before using the moral sieve – By Yvonne Sam

Saying we believe before using the moral sieve

By Yvonne Sam

Seeing that sexual abuse lies in the eyes of the beholder, only evidence that meets civil standards of proof can fairly decide what took place.

Recently while dining out, Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were unexpectedly confronted by a group of anti-racism activists, who

aggressively questioned the senator on whether or not he believed the three-decade-old sexual abuse allegations against , Judge Brett Kavanaugh, After being asked by one of the protesters, whether the senator believed survivors, the group then commenced singing in increasingly obstreperous tones, forcing the senator and his wife to hastily exit the restaurant.       

The question was poorly constructed. Clearly it presumed facts not in evidence, specifically that every accusation against the Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh is true. By labelling all the women making claims of sexual assaults as “survivors”, the protesters simply declared the conclusion of a case they had yet to make.

Granted the question is not whether we ought to believe survivors – which of course we should, but whether or not everyone who claims sexual abuse was really sexually abused, and is in fact a survivor of sexual abuse. The resounding response to both queries is “no”.

At the risk of being pounced upon by fellow females and  adherents of the # Me Too Movement, an important fact to be borne in mind in any discussion  or controversy is that women are human, flawed and sometimes dishonest.

Before deciding whom to believe, it is highly imperative that a standard for belief is established. Using the well-used yardstick, “Believe all women” just won’t cut it, as take it or leave it not all women should be believed. Neither is “innocent until proven guilty,” workable, simply because the court of public opinion is not a criminal trial. The answer rests somewhere in between: The integrity of the accusation, the credibility of the accuser, the substantiating evidence. Failure to do so means that one is not actually engaged in fact-finding — but engaged instead in confirmation bias.

It has become a feminist catechism that women must be “believed” when they make accusations of rape, as most women would not lie about being raped or sexually assaulted, but sadly some do. Jackie, a woman who alleged being gang raped at a University of Virginia Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine, leading to a national uproar, was lying. She had fabricated the entire story. Emma Sulkowicz, who gained fame dragging a mattress around Columbia University, probably lied about her experience, forcing the University to apologize to Paul Nungesser the student she accused.  Danmell Ndonye, a Hofstra University student accused four male students of holding her down, tying her up and gang raping her in a  dormitory bathroom stall on the morning of September 13, 2009. A cellphone video proved she was lying. Crystal Mangum while a student at North Carolina Central University alleged that she had been gang raped by members of the Duke lacrosse team. Amidst the national interest in the incident, the University cancelled the lacrosse season and the coach resigned.  Further investigation found that she was telling anything but the truth, When Emma “Mattress Girl” Sulkowicz was a fourth-year Columbia University student, she alleged that she had been raped by a foreign Columbia student. She was lying. The Scottsboro Boys, nine African American teenagers became the most famous falsely accused men in American history accused of raping two white girls on a train during the Depression. The girls lied because they did not want to admit being friendly with black boys.

So, where do we stand with Brett Kavanaugh, who like his accuser did a sterling job as far as testimony is concerned at the hearing on September 27, 2018? His nomination still hangs in the balance.

Over the last year, The Me Too movement has gained immense impact, mainly because it has encouraged us to acknowledge the reality of sexual abuse and follow the truth wherever it leads. Now, the question of whether the accusations against Kavanaugh are true has been reduced to a political endgame, one which augurs destruction of the cultural power of the Me Too movement

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  • panbrowne  On September 29, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Perhaps they should all be required to take lie detector tests although some among us do not believe the results either. What a conundrum !Sometimes we have to go with our gut. I believe her not him.
    “Methinks he doth protest too much!” Also what’s with the crocodile tears and the temper tantrum. Those two alone make him unfit for the job.

    • Trevor  On September 30, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      My brethren in the former American colonies were LYNCHED & HUNG FROM TREES because of white women falsely accusing my brothers and sisters of crimes they didn’t do…The feminist movement in America, Canada and Europe are tools of white supremacy.

      • Julia T.  On September 30, 2018 at 10:16 pm

        excuse me what does slavery have to do for the rights of women?

  • walter  On September 30, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Why would people jump to conclusions, especially today, so toxic, if anyone accuses me of sexual abuse, and I knew I was innocent, I would be pissed too. It looks like regardless of the outcome, his reputation is already in tatters.

    • Emanuel  On September 30, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Kavanaugh in a candidate for an acting award. His testimony was dry, scripted and untruthful. To me, he lied under oath. Those crocodile tears would even make a crocodile cringe. He doesn’t belong on the bench. If he is put there, it would be mean that the integrity of the Court is compromised.

    • Trevor  On September 30, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      I’ve heard that getting falsely accused by a woman, especially a white woman, in Canada, USA or UK results in social consequences, and even vigilante justice. Reminds me of the days when my American brethren were beaten by mobs, lynched and burned alive because of false accusations.

      • Julia T.  On September 30, 2018 at 10:17 pm

        boo hoo! cry me a river. slavery is virtually non-existent today excepting for human trafficking and exploitation of women because of the Wage Gap.

  • Trevor  On September 30, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    At schools in the UK, six-year-old schoolchildren learn how to become available for gay, lesbian transgender and pedophile on top people, by writing gay love letters supporting gay marriage.

    The feminist and pro-gay teacher will teach these young girls that motherhood is oppressive, and that all boys in her school are rapists, but she encourages these same girls to write gay love letters asking a gay character to marry them. I don’t know if the teacher should be locked up for child abuse.

    Will Guyana refuse any form of social feedback or programs related to the feminist+LGBT movement from our former colonizers such as UK, Netherlands, and France and also refuse any LGBT Gay agenda from our current oppressors like the USA, Canada and the European Union?

  • Trevor  On September 30, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Yvonne, you bring up some important points & I think that the White, Caucasian and upper class feminists will vent anger at you from the 50th story of their Manhattan penthouse while accusing you of being an oppressor. White feminism is a tool of white supremacy and domination over non-whites.

  • Julia T.  On September 30, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    smh the level of misogyny, victim blaming and anti white racism by some of you guianese, such savages and misogynist monsters! how can you blame women for being raped ? why ?

    omg can someone ban misogynist rape apologists ? using slavery as an excuse to blame women! the level of shame! maybe europe was right to make you savages pick cotton and tobacco.

    maybe the slave masters should have educated you savages not to blame women

    i’m glad that i live in a civilized country and not a barbaric and backwards country such as guieyna

  • Trevor  On October 1, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    My ancestors cultivated sugarcane for Dutch merchants in Berbice.You also spelled Guyana incorrectly, and referred to us using the colonial status. Not even the Maroons in French Guiana refer themselves with the colonial name (they refer themselves as Guyane/Guyanais/Guyan).

    You are also a bigoted white supremacist who relies on feminism as a way to play the victim. Get lost you bigoted racist!

    If it weren’t for the fact that America likes to sanction countries and send missiles into sovereign nations for “liberating women”, I would’ve spoken my mind tonight you racist white bigot. Did your dog sleep early tonight and you lost your charger?

  • Cyril Persaud  On October 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Do you ever report on corruption and
    injustice from other countries ever

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