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So often we are told that those who criticize women who come forward as victims are sexual assault are the reason that these women stay quiet for as long as they do, thus allowing sexual predators to thrive. This logic is any no way, shape or form incorrect, but it is only partially correct.
Why? Because what often goes understated is the fact that false accusers are what cause this to be the case and are therefore the ones who truly allow sexual predators to thrive.
We have seen the logic described in the first paragraph on display in recent weeks, as many people have criticized Christine Blasey Ford for making sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As a result, the people criticizing Ford have been told that they are the reason why sexual assault survivors struggle to come forward with their allegations.
However, it is because of false accusers that many people question people who come forward with sexual assault allegations.
While it may seem like the people doing the questioning are the reason that survivors struggle to come forward with their allegations and many tend to stay quiet for several years, the false accusers are the ones who have enabled, with their lies, the fact that real survivors may not always be believed and tend to be questioned.
Let me say right now that I don’t know for a fact if Ford is telling the truth or not, and I will not being to speculate one way or the other. However, regardless, this situation displays why the logic in the second paragraph is accurate.
If Ford is telling the truth, the only reason she is doubted is because of the fact that many others before her have lied about being sexually assaulted. If she is not telling the truth, she will make it a whole lot harder for allegations of real sexual assault to be believed in the future no matter by whom they are made.
With this in mind, it could not be more clear false accusers allow real sexual predators to thrive, thus causing real sexual assault victims to suffer.
Take the case of 55-year-old disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician Larry Nassar, whose more than 330 accusers are actual survivors of his sexual assault.
Without false accusers, the survivors who struggled to reveal that they were sexually assaulted by Nassar would not have struggled to do so. They would have had no reason to fear being humiliated and called liars, as many were.
Also without false accusers, the many survivors who actually revealed long before Nassar was finally arrested in December of 2016 that they were sexually assaulted by him would not have been met with criticism and threats. The people who they informed about Nassar’s actions would have had no reason not to believe them and not to take immediate action against Nassar to stop him.
Nassar, meanwhile, is set to spend the rest of his life in prison. However, he is set to do so after more than two decades of getting away with his predatory behavior. Without false accusers, he never would have been able to get away with his crimes for nearly as long as he did, as no one would have ever doubted any of his accusers, and a far smaller number of his accusers would have feared making accusations against him.
Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison back in December on three child pornography charges by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff. He was serving this prison sentence at United States Penitentiary, Tucson, a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, before his lawyers revealed that he was physically assaulted within hours of his release into the general population of the prison.
Weeks later, Nassar was transferred to the Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he was recently transferred to United States Penitentiary, Coleman II, a high-security federal prison for male inmates that is located in central Florida roughly 50 miles northwest of Orlando, 60 miles northeast of Tampa and 35 miles south of Ocala.
In January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to between 40 and 175 years in state prison on seven sexual assault charges following a seven-day sentencing hearing in Ingham County, Michigan. In February, Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced him between an additional 40 and 125 more years in state prison on three more sexual assault charges following a three-day sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Michigan.
In June, Nassar was charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child in stemming from the Károlyi Ranch investigation in Texas, but he was not issued any additional prison time as a result of these charges.
Without false accusers, Nassar could have been stopped decades sooner.