what false accusations do to real survivors of sexual abuse…

… Quicker than the lottery, the surest bet to instant wealth is to make an accusation of sexual harassment and misconduct against someone. Claims of sexual harassment have become so passe that it’s a common and perfectly acceptable political tool and a means to quickly discredit an opponent.

Because of our warped media-styled justice system, where the press and popular opinion get to determine a person’s innocence or guilt, sexual harassment lawsuits are a means to tarnish a reputation, cast doubt, and destroy credibility. Victims of false accusations may later have their names cleared in court and declared innocent but the verdict never gets as much media coverage as the accusations.

I am also immediately suspicious of claims of sexual misconduct made many years after the alleged incident. Even more so when the accusations are made at the most opportune time for the accuser, and usually when the accused is at the highlight of their career — not surprisingly, when they are the most financially capable of paying a substantial settlement.

Women’s advocacy groups immediately assume the accusers are the victims and rush to their defense, even in wildest most unsubstantiated cases. What I want to know is this; where are these advocacy groups speaking out against women who make false claims and why aren’t they demanding an end to sexual harassment claims made for political purposes? They never will because most of these advocacy groups employ expensive attorneys whom they profit from. Protecting, supporting and speaking up for women was never the real agenda… profit was.

Meanwhile, trumped-up and exaggerated claims hurt legitimate victims of rape and assault. It discredits those who suffered real abuse and makes light of their suffering. As a very real victim of sexual assault myself, to which I will not elaborate further, I find myself highly insulted by these sensationalized reports of harassment.

My platform is a tiny one, one that will not reach larger than a small group of loyal readers, but I chose to make the most of it. From here, at least, I can express my disgust and speak out against the turning of sexual harassment claims into a for profit business.

About Katrina Fernandez

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  • Danverg

    This might be the most disgusting, repellent thing I’ve read in a while, and the despicable scum who wrote it should be ashamed of her disgusting article. I need a shower.

    • Katrina Fernandez

      Excuse me? How I am despicable scum and what precisely about my post disgusted you? You are free to disagree with any of the content posted here but please review my comment policy. Before relaying on lazy rebuttal name calling, please articulate your stance. If not, then don’t expect your comment to stay published.

      • Brian Kemple

        Oh I think it should stay up–not as a matter of policy, but as a matter of example. You can always point to it as how to be a stupid and thoughtless jackass who operates by ideological argumentation rather than rational discourse.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1557361413 Laura Lowder

        Kat – definitely lazy and inarticulate. This reflects the character of the poster. I rather agree with Brian – leave it up as a demonstration of some of the nonsense we encounter from day to day.

        And keep up this good work. God bless you, Dear One!

      • Jeanne Chabot

        I agree. Before resorting to name-calling, a respectable person should actually articulate why they disagree. Perhaps Danverg has a point to make that we hadn’t thought of. We’ll never know because he/she just went to take a shower and left us all hanging. (Rolls eyes) And then again…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1557361413 Laura Lowder

      Okay. You find this disgusting and repellant? What in the world would you call “reasonable”????

      I have a friend who’s been accused of improprieties – I believe falsely; the claims violate everything I have seen and known of a kind man, for a decade and a half. But because there’s money to be had…

      An insurance source said that roughly 75% of claims of sexual abuse are fabricated, but they pay out anyway because that is cheaper than going to court.

      But because Kat has pointed out this injustice, you call her a “scum”???

      Gee, what a class act YOU are! (NOT.)

    • Wolf-crier beware.

      Interesting, I too have been the victim of sexual abuse and I agree with the author because the red herring folk who just want money destroy our credibility. Too many false claims make the rest of us into wolf-criers. If you find it disgusting that someone would point out how wrong it is to destroy someone falsely, what ever would you think if we wrote on the power of forgiving those who really did those acts? Remember Danverg, I am a survivor here.

      • another accused (falsely)

        Am curious if you know of any reliable figures for what percentage is false claims and what isn’t. Thanks

  • Gail Finke

    I agree with you.

  • Mlalexand99

    Women’s groups didn’t believe Bill Clinton’s victims. I knew once Herman Cain declared that he was prolife without exception that the guillotine was already on the way down. The so-called victims that they have trotted out are laughable and so easily discredited!

    • Katrina Fernandez

      I agree. And they know this. It’s not about credibility of the “victims” it’s about destroying Cain’s credibility. When all this settles, those women will be richer and his reputation will be damaged. That’s hard to take back.

  • Bravelass

    Thank you for this! I’ve twice been “victimized” by sexual harassment in the workplace. Both times I was, thankfully, able to deal with it more satisfactorily on my own than I could have if I pursued a court case.

    So, I get doubly irritated by women who want to be treated equally in the workplace, but go crying to surrogate daddy (either the give or a lawsuit) the minute a man propositions them. That is what makes it impossible for victims of genuine and ongoing abuse to be treated with dignity and have proper redress of their grievances.

  • maizie13

    Kat, my big gripe with this whole mess is that it can ALL be traced back to Chicago. It is dirty Chicago politics at it’s finest!

  • Mark Richer

    Dan,
    Really? The MOST disgusting and repellent thing you’ve read in [sic] “a while”? Dude, or Dudette (can’t tell and don’t want to ignorantly antagonize: knowingly is so much more fun — but I digress), read the Daily Kos or Huffpo or Politico for your daily emetic. All this lady suggested is that hacks with connections with agendas and filthy ethics lie in wait for those on the rise and hurl calumny with impunity (look ‘em up; add ‘em to your list; but be able to use them in a coherent sentence). In the meantime we become jaded to to the language of abuse, and the real victims suffer.

    I have limited evidence, but I believe you. You’re a twerp, you smell, and you do need a shower.

  • daisy

    I know somebody who was falsely accused. Thankfully there were so many witnesses in the room at the time of the alleged incident, who came forward and said it was all lies that the matter was dropped, an apology was offered and money was offered TO my family member so there wouldn’t be any hard feelings. It happens all the time.

  • Tancred

    I still believe Jennifer Flowers.

  • Tom S.

    I AM someone who was falsely accused of harassment. The accusations nearly – very nearly – ended my career just as it was starting. You can’t imagine the cushing fear, anger, and frustration that ensues after that.

    Thank God I had a boss who trusted me when I told my side of the story, and a boss’ wife (and fellow co-worker) who had serious doubts about the veracity of the accusations.

  • Mr. X

    I have been the victim of a false accusation of sexual harassment. It has ruined my life. The female who made the accusation out of vengeance is no better than the men who sexually harass females. Thank you for your article, it raises awareness on an unfair law. The law regarding sexual harassment was drafted with the understanding that claims would be made in good faith and has no provisions for dealing with false accusations. This ‘Danverg’ is likely a man hater who would do the same as the female who falsely accued me.


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