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The SPLC responds to MRAs critical of its report on the Men’s Rights movement [UPDATED w/ NEW LINKS]

Arthur Goldwag, the author of the SPLC’s recent report on hatred in the Men’s Rights movement, has now responded to some of the hysteria his article provoked amongst MRAs. As Goldwag notes, contrary to what most MRAs seemed to conclude from the report,

the SPLC did not label MRAs as members of a hate movement; nor did our article claim that the grievances they air on their websites – false rape accusations, ruinous divorce settlements and the like – are all without merit. But we didcall out specific examples of misogyny and the threat, overt or implicit, of violence.

Thomas James Ball, for example, who was hailed as a martyr on so many men’s rights forums, called for arson attacks on courthouses and police stations. The Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik wrote extensively about the evils of feminism. We included as much as we did about Register-Her.com because it is so intimidating to its targets, not all of whom are criminals. When Elam accused Vliet Tiptree, a pseudonymous contributor to RadFem Hub, of “calling for extermination of half the human race; the male half, that is,” he offered a cash reward for her real identity. The names and locations of several candidates were publically aired.

Goldwag also takes a look at some of the radical feminists that have become boogeywomen for so many MRAs, and deals with other MRA complaints.

If you’re a regular reader of Man Boobz you’ll want to read the whole thing.

The Men’s Rights subreddit has already linked to Goldwag’s article, which has provoked not only the predictable SPLC-bashing but also some criticism of A Voice for Men and Paul Elam.

Obviously Elam and other MRAs will respond to Goldwag’s latest as well. Post links in the comments below as you find them, and I’ll add them to this post.

EDITED TO ADD: And, right on schedule, AVfM responds to Goldwag’s response. It’s a John the Other post, so be prepared to read a lot of words saying not very much.

On his own blog, Goldwag responds to Mr. The Other.

Goldwag’s piece also got some criticism from the STFUfauxminists Tumblr blog for quoting a RadFem known for her transphobia.

I’ll add more links as I find them.

ETA 2: MORE LINKS

Goldwag responds to Paul Elam

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Rutee Katreya
8 years ago

This simply isn’t true. Rape sits alongside crimes like auto-theft and arson as being one of the most falsely reported crimes. The average felony has an estimated false accusation rate of about 2%. Rape is estimated to be falsely reported at a rate of between 6-10% (though it should be noted that a significant portion of those don’t involve naming a specific perpetrator).K/blockquote>
2/3rds of all rapes don’t get reported. Possibly many more than that. Even if your numbers are accurate (6-8% is actually possible, which is refreshing), they’re not that far out of line after accounting for the rapes that don’t get reported. And arson and theft case law aren’t entirely based on the possibility that the accused might be inconvenienced by a false accusation…

Again, this isn’t true. Rape is prosecuted less often than murder, but crimes like burglary result is far fewer charges than rape.

Can’t tell if stupid or lying.

This is your most egregious falsehood. Rape charges actually result in conviction far more often than most other serious crimes. Rape has nearly double the conviction rate of murder (67% of tried rape cases vs 38% of tried murder cases).

Roughly 90% of all cases that go to trial end in successful prosecution. Want to try that one again?

Rutee Katreya
8 years ago

Seriously, it’s much easier to falsely accuse someone of drug possession. Anyone trying to pretend they care about justice and false accusations, while going after one of the hardest crimes to successfully prosecute, and especially anyone who does so while focusing on white dudes in the process, is a complete motherfucking asshole and an obvious liar.

Deon Gillian (@DeonGillian)

@Rutee

Something like 85% of convictions result from plea deals. I’m speaking specifically of cases that go to trial. In which case, rape has one the highest conviction rates. Though prosecutors choose their cases carefully, and most rape trials involve violent stranger rapes as opposed to more ambiguous date-rapey situations.

If I said anything else that you have a specific objection too I’d be happy to hear it.

@Sharculese

Ok, that sounds pretty unhinged. Especially considering the case he’s speaking of was pretty solid and far from ambiguous. She was puking into a toilet when she was sodomized and ejaculated on. Hard to envision a plausible scenario where such a thing would be consensual. This isn’t a case of moderate intoxication and poor communication like a lot of other borderline date-rape scenarios. It’s pretty clear cut.

I didn’t see that earlier crumb comment. Whatever. Harlan’s demagoguery aside, I still don’t think the website is all that pernicious.

Deon Gillian (@DeonGillian)

@Rutee (I really wish you could edit comments)

2/3rds of all rapes don’t get reported. Possibly many more than that.

That used to be true, but a recent RAINN study found that that number had dropped to 54% in the last few years. Still quite high, but a significant improvement. Prosecutions are up, but convictions are down.

they’re not that far out of line after accounting for the rapes that don’t get reported. And arson and theft case law aren’t entirely based on the possibility that the accused might be inconvenienced by a false accusation…

Being formally charged with rape pretty much destroys a persons ability to ever be a normal contributing member of mainstream society again. This is true even if acquitted. It’s a slight bit more than an “inconvenience.” Theft is rarely prosecuted for the same reason that rape is rarely prosecuted: there’s usually little in the way of proof. Most thefts aren’t reported to the police for the same reason.

All criminal case law is based on the idea that the accused could, in fact, be innocent. That’s really the whole point of a trial, after all. This goes all the way back to the Magna Carta. It’s far worse to wrongfully punish the innocent then to let the guilty go free. That’s why convicting someone of a crime is such a high hurdle.

The current situation is anything but ideal, but some perspective is necessary. The vast majority of all types of crime are never reported, prosecuted, or convicted. Even the majority of murders are never solved. He said, she said cases with plausible deniability (like theft or most acquaintance rapes) usually have a hard time in court. I’ve yet to hear a serious proposal to try and improve the situation. Education and prevention are probably the best policy for the time being.

Rutee Katreya
8 years ago

…Yeah, I was talking about trial, wherein prosecutors are ridiculously successful on the whole. It’s not just plea bargains.

I didn’t see that earlier crumb comment. Whatever. Harlan’s demagoguery aside, I still don’t think the website is all that pernicious.

“Aside from the parts that are horrible I don’t see the site as being all that bad.

Really.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

“Harlan’s demagoguery aside, I still don’t think the website is all that pernicious.”

This may be the most deliberately obtuse statement in the history of the internet. Congratulations?

Pecunium
8 years ago

Deon: So… there are other crimes as falsely reported as the highest estimate of false rape (which ranges from 2-8 percent).

Again, this isn’t true. Rape is prosecuted less often than murder, but crimes like burglary result is far fewer charges than rape.

But you conviently ignored the second half of that sentence, where I mentioned the rate when an identified culprit was included.

Burglary results in far fewer charges because there is often a lack of evidence. If there aren’t any witnesses, and no fingerprints the incentive to chase the culprits down is slim. Rape, when it makes it past the preliminary problems of police who are hostile to the idea of rape, has the advantage of harm to a person, not merely the loss of property.

This is your most egregious falsehood. Rape charges actually result in conviction far more often than most other serious crimes. Rape has nearly double the conviction rate of murder (67% of tried rape cases vs 38% of tried murder cases).

Carefully excluding the plea bargained cases.

And I’d like to see the citations for that, since a prosecutor who gets less than a 90 percent conviction rate at trial is going to end up being asked to look for other work.

Pecunium
8 years ago

The best part about Varpole is he has to read what we say here; because he has made a point about the commentariat here being so vile.

We don’t need to go there to talk to him, and he claims to disdain speaking here.

Pecunium
8 years ago

Those citations need to be for all complaints filed, murder and rape. Not merely cases which when to trial.

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Deon —
“Rape is estimated to be falsely reported at a rate of between 6-10% (though it should be noted that a significant portion of those don’t involve naming a specific perpetrator).”

Bear in mind two things with that — 1) if no one is named, no one’s life can possibly be ruined, which puts it outside the scope of the FRS; and 2) there are places where getting an abortion is a hell of a lot easier if you say the pregnancy is the result of rape — and you need a police report to “prove” that (this doesn’t make it right, but means you should be calling for easier abortion access before attacking rape victims)

“If they really think that a rape accuser should be incarcerated should the case fail to reach a conviction, that’s deplorable. ”

They really do, and not even just if it goes to trial, but if a report is filed and the report can’t be proven — I had a bike stolen as a kid, it was recovered (down the damned street no less, we knew who took it) — there was a report, nothing ever came of it — by FRS standards whomever filed that report, my father I think it was, should’ve gone to jail for filing a false report, just because there wasn’t any evidence to prove who stole the bike. (I realize rape is not bike theft, but this example is so clear cut it should make the concept easier)

Also, regarding something Pecunium said:
“Burglary results in far fewer charges because there is often a lack of evidence. If there aren’t any witnesses, and no fingerprints the incentive to chase the culprits down is slim”

The other major difference is that most crimes the victim doesn’t know who did it, you need fingerprints or the like. Whereas 77% of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim — the ID part of the process should be damned easy in other words.

Also, murder/manslaughter trials are more likely to result in a plea to lesser charges — if you’re looking at the death penalty, or life, and you know you’re guilty, most people will take the plea to save their life. Rape isn’t a capital crime, no risk of death penalty, and because of the societal view that rape is “a he said-she said matter” rapists have good reason to think they’ll get away with it if they take it to trial. (There’s a lot to be said for why our plea bargain system is fucked up, but it isn’t really on topic)

Further, in the current system and political climate, taking a rape case to trial means having to tell the entire court room and your rapist the details of the rape — this is more an issue of why the reporting rate is so low, but bears keeping in mind when comparing rape to property crime — telling the court how you left your car locked and found it with a window smashed and your shit gone is far less traumatic than having to walk through the details of a sexual assault in front of the person who assaulted you (and don’t forget cross-exam and that some people defend themselves, meaning there’s always a chance the rapist zirself will be the one asking you all sorts of questions about the assault, your sex life, what you were wearing, “well didn’t you lead me on, explain what you did that could make me think that” etc)

That last run-on paragraph is less about statistics and more about how the American “justice” system is a joke, but it needs bearing in mind if we’re comparing rape to property crime.

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Also, if we apply a 6% false report rate to the 3% of rapes that result in spending a day in prison, it’s a scant 0.18% — which is why I called this a non-issue. I was being really generous in the statistics so as not to end up with silly small numbers.

Hershele Ostropoler
8 years ago

Cliff:

Why are so many people buying into the meme that SRS is this horrible bully organization that bullies nice people for no reason?

Because by them bigotry isn’t a reason and doesn’t disqualify a person from being nice?

Deon Gillian (@DeonGillian)

@Argenti

True, having to relive the details of your rape in front of a courtroom can be traumatic, as can facing cross examination. Though, there’s not really a solution to that problem. You can’t have a fair trial without cross examination. Especially when the principle evidence in the case is the testimony of a single witness (the victim)

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Also, if we apply a 6% false report rate to the 3% of rapes that result in spending a day in prison, it’s a scant 0.18% — which is why I called this a non-issue. I was being really generous in the statistics so as not to end up with silly small numbers.

0.18% of what? It’s estimated that 3% of total rapists find themselves incarcerated, but what does that have to do false accusations. As you said, 54% of rapes are never reported. How does comparing false accusations to unreported rapes in this manner make any sense? I’m not even sure what numbers you are applying. You applied 6% to 3%? How, and why?

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Deon — I’ve just seen your post looking for something else, but I applied the 6% false report rate to the 3% incarcerated rate (and a couple other rates previously) while guessing at wtf section of rapes were part of that rate, without knowing where the 6% comes from. I was using all rapes, and not just reported ones, because I’m pretty sure that’s FBI data that already accounted for that. I may be wrong on the source, but I remember seeing something around 6% from the FBI, with a really complex method trying to account for all these issues, without the source I really can’t tell (I don’t mean a blog, I mean an actual report with their methodology section).

0.18% though would be the percent of rapes that result in a false report that results in incarceration; it makes sense because statistics is obscenely complex sometimes — if you want to know the chance/risk of a false report, you need to look at all rapes to account for the number not reported. And I used the incarceration rate because I frankly don’t have a damned clue wtf they mean by “can ruin a man’s life” — I might as well look at the percent of men eating ice cream in public, which is not what that 6% is if it’s FBI data! Using the 5% conviction rate, which is my only guess that remotely makes that make sense (seriously, I need the source) — if 6% of convictions are false, and there’s a 5% conviction rate for all rapes, you need 6% of 5% = 0.3% — which is still tiny.

Ah! I know how to make the annoyance at out of context statistics make sense without resorting to excessive snark (ice cream jokes are a standard parts of my statistics explanations, not excessive snark) — wtf is a percent of sex?

The answer to cross exam in rape cases is make use of technology and do it over video conference call (everyone’s in the courthouse, just not the same room) — there’s a legal precedent for face to face confrontation of “the witnesses against you” — but it’s sometimes allowed with child victims, different states say different things on that, and I’m a research geek, not a lawyer. Usually the debate isn’t whether sex occurred, but whether there was consent, so these are really weird cases under the legal system here (I’m assuming you’re also in the USA, my apologies if I’m wrong, but it sounded like you were citing USA laws)

Sorry this is so long (and delayed) — statistics out of context rank high on my pet peeves list. I just reread parts of your previous posts, and I really don’t know how to compare “does not name anyone” to “ruins a man’s life” besides to revert both back to all rapes, which is what my silly long explanation is explaining. Simple answer might be just “that’s not what the FRS is talking about, because yet again the MRM needs a statistics course”.

Hey MRAs? I will tutor you all in statistics for free if you stop making basic errors, starting with examples on why correlation is not causation (one involves ice cream).

Pecunium
8 years ago

Argenti: The usual frustrations from dealing with those who are riding the “False Rape Accusations” hobbyhorse arise from making the mistake of thinking they are engaged in honest debate.

I try to give them a couple of comments under that assumption, but past experience has shown me not to put too much faith, nor hope, in that possibility.

Deon Gillian (@DeonGillian)

@argenti

It still doesn’t make any sense. A false accusation, by definition, does not comprise a percentage of total rapes. It’s 6% of reported rape complaints. What you are basically doing is saying: “out of 100 rapists, 0.3% are falsely convicted.” Which makes no sense.

6% of reports are false, not 6% of convictions. I think we can all hope the wrongful conviction rate isn’t that high. Though, who knows with our legal system.

Video conferencing is sometimes allowed for child witnesses. Courts are often uneasy about video conferencing. In the US, the accused has the “right of confrontation.” Basically meaning that someone accused of a crime has a constitutional right to face their accuser in court. Intimidated witnesses are sometimes given special accommodation, but it can form the grounds for a solid appeal if the jury comes back with a conviction. And judges generally want a “safe” conviction. (safe from appeal)

Pecunium
8 years ago

Here’s some interesting stuff on false convictions (and it supports my contention it’s better to be falsely accused of rape than murder).

The largest group of all exonerations in the US (according to The National Registry of Exonerations is for murder.

The leading contributing cause is perjury or false accusation (66%) –mostly deliberate misidentifications (44%).

For rape it’s not deliberate:

Sexual assault exonerations are overwhelmingly cases with mistaken eyewitness identifications (80%).

53% of all sexual assault exonerations with mistaken eyewitness identifications involved black men who were accused of raping white women. This huge racial disproportion (about 10 to 1) is probably caused primarily by the difficulty of cross-racial eyewitness identification.

The only area in which accusations relate to crimes which didn’t happen was cases of sexual molestation of children:

Child sex abuse exonerations, by contrast, primarily involve fabricated crimes that never occurred at all (74%).

Interestingly almost all of those were from the McMartin Preschool hysteria era.

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Deon — without the source it’s 6% of what all reports is still a guess without the source, and if that’s the FBI data, I think they already accounted for this, but I’m done trying to explain statistics without an original source. Mostly since I’m fairly sure you didn’t really read wtf I wrote there, as I explained — “In the US, the accused has the “right of confrontation.” Basically meaning that someone accused of a crime has a constitutional right to face their accuser in court.” — that already.

And you still have the issue of wtf does “ruin an man’s life” mean if most false reports don’t name anyone. That’s a logic problem, not a statistical one.

Pecunium — “I try to give them a couple of comments under that assumption, but past experience has shown me not to put too much faith, nor hope, in that possibility.” — maybe we can get lucky and have some of the lurking MRAs learn some statistics by osmosis or something, they way they butcher math really annoys me.

Ithiliana
8 years ago

@Princessbonbon: I have decided I am a lickspittle dick tugger. It sounds hilarious said out loud!

yoursexymaster
7 years ago

a lot of words not saying much reminds me of you.

cloudiah
7 years ago

Why don’t trolls ever say anything clever when they attempt troll necromancy?

Also, your blog is terrible. People who live in houses made of a lot of words not saying much shouldn’t throw stones.

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
7 years ago
hellkell
hellkell
7 years ago

I don’t know what’s worse–his blog or his screen name. Both are deluded and sad.

Some Gal Not Bored at All

a lot of words not saying much reminds me of you.

Worst Hallmark Valentine ever!

howardbann1ster
7 years ago

It kind of…

A lot of words
Not Saying Much
Reminds me of you.

A Softer World?

katz
7 years ago

I was going to go with “roses are red/violets are blue/not saying much/reminds me of you.”

KL
KL
5 years ago

FUCK him for suggesting the false rape MYTH has merit.

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