False Charge of Rape a “Mild Inconvenience”

Documentarian Ken Burns is doing a film about how in 1989 five New York City teens were falsely charged with rape and served between 6 and 13 years each in prison. “‘The Central Park Five,’ . . . lets the five victims recall that tumultuous time in their lives and documents just how much the false charges crushed their youth.” It’s a tragic story that needed to be told. This tragedy should not have been used by Burns to dismiss other incidents of false charges. As we’ll see, Burns Read more […]

Rape Victim Stands Up for Todd Akin

It’s hard for men to speak out on the issue of abortion and rape. First, men do not get pregnant, and second, men rarely get raped by women, although it does happen. Rape is not about sex. It’s about power and domination. So when Todd Akin used the phrase “illegitimate rape,” it sounded chauvinistic. Is there any other kind of rape? Isn’t all rape “illegitimate”? By definition, rape is illegitimate. I believe the reason so many men like Sean Hannity and Mitt Romney threw Akin Read more […]