Fast fact: did you know that an estimated 54 percent of sexual assaults in the United States never get reported? Wonder why? We could start with guys like John Rambo. He's the public face of a men's rights advocacy group called Crimes Against Fathers that has published the name, address, and photo of a girl named Rachel Cassidy all over the Internet, outing her as a rape victim who they claim made a false report about her sexual assault near the Ohio State University campus last week.
Outraged that someone would smear the name of a rape victim like that? Pop your blood pressure pills, because it's about to get even more outrageous.
It turns out Rachel Cassidy was not actually raped.
Now, now, that doesn't mean the rape claim was false, folks. This is not a win for the misanthropes at Crimes Against Fathers.
A videotape of the alleged assault was uploaded to the Internet last week, and the folks at Crimes Against Fathers studied it, then decided to take it upon themselves to find the identity of the woman in the video.
And they got it wrong. Campus authorities have confirmed the girl in the video, the girl who filed the rape report, is NOT Rachel Cassidy.
Essentially, two women are being attacked here! They're bashing a possible rape victim AND they are making life hell for a woman who was not even involved!
And we wonder why assault victims in America don't come forward? Why an estimated 97 percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail?
This is why.
Because of men like John Rambo, who told BuzzFeed that he has no problem with accusing an innocent girl of making a false rape report, and no problem with ruining her life. Heck, he told the site:
If Rachel Cassidy goes out tomorrow and buys a gun and blows her head off, that’s not a problem for me. I’m prepared to say that in the public.
As it happens, Rachel has had to go into hiding because she fears a backlash on campus. And the woman who may well have actually been raped is dealing with looky-loos Monday morning quarterbacking her very real assault. Fortunately, that unidentified woman was brave enough to go to police, to say something about her alleged assault. But so long as people like Rambo and his group are listened to, women like her will have to live in fear, will have to question whether it's worth the pain of coming forward to see their abusers put away.
Has someone you know been sexually assaulted? Were they able to come forward?
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