Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife by Guido Reni

There is a popular instance in the Bible, where Joseph was accused of rape by Potiphar's wife, because he refused to have sex with her.  (Genesis 39:1-20) To a feminist today, She was the victim in this story.

You may think that's just rhetoric, however, if a feminist really believes you don't need evidence to believe a rape victim's claims, then you would believe Potiphar's wife and the innocent Joseph would be jailed.  

Innocent until proven guilty, The 14th amendment guarantees that everyone has equal rights under the law. Unfortunately, it's now "Guilty until proven innocent" in regards to rape due to the rise of third-wave feminism.

I actually had the privilege of talking to a feminist who held this position, it was 3 years ago. I remember it vividly because it was something that left me dumbfounded. I elucidated a point to which I still hold today,  that in regards to rape accusations, we should require evidence for conviction. I also argued that there should be a consequence for false rape accusations, and it's absurd to think that anyone who claims rape is telling the truth, especially today, when many turn up to false.

Now, before you call me a "rape apologist" or any other buzzword to sling against the character of someone who disagrees with you, let me ask you something. Is it really a bad thing that I want evidence for a truth claim? Think about that for a second, in fact, take all the time you need.

My motivation is not "against women" though I'm sure it will be characterized that way. My motivation is no matter what the crime, I don't want an innocent person to serve for something they didn't do.

False rape accusations hurt more than just the man accused. Though it will hurt the man's reputation for the rest of his life, due to people believing he's a rapist for no other reason than that he was accused of it. Imagine a society in which anyone could accuse you of anything and even if you're cleared of it in a court of law, people still think you did it.

It also hurts actual rape victims, because like the boy who cried wolf, falsehoods increase the chance that someone might not believe you. So, these people who want to get back at their ex, have buyer's remorse, or whatever motivation, who falsely accuse someone are not only hurting the accused, but rape victims as well.

In the military, when a person impersonates a member it's called "Stolen Valor". I think this concept applies to this situation. When you pretend that you were raped, you have stolen something from rape victims. You didn't go through what they did, you don't know the healing process, you don't know the psychological effects it had on them, but for the cause of being a victim, you stomp on the torn clothes of the actual victims.


Well, we could just adopt sharia law, then it would take four male witnesses for a conviction. Problem solved.


Or treat rape like every other crime and require evidence for conviction.


"If a malicious witness rises up against a man to accuse him of wrongdoing....The judges shall investigate thoroughly, and if the witness is a false witness and he has accused his brother falsely, then you shall do to him just as he had intended to do to his brother." Deuteronomy 19:16-19