By Anonymous

I have only lived in Crescent City a year and a half, but last year while waiting to speak to a police officer on some personal business, I saw a woman yelling at the same officer I was waiting to speak to. The reason she was yelling is because her daughter had been gang-raped at a high school party where everyone was drinking. She and her daughter filed a report and she was angry and yelling because the police did nothing. Her daughter was being blamed for being drunk and her gang rapists were continuing to harass her at school.

A high school teacher raped me in 1976. I was walking home when I was confronted by a man with a knife who demanded I take off my clothes and forced me to perform oral sex on him. As soon as I was safe I called the police and a complaint was filed. Three months later while dining at a restaurant with my boyfriend, I recognized my assailant and immediately notified the police. He was arrested. Three months later, the first trial ended in a hung jury. Three months after that, Douglas Albert Edwards was convicted of two counts of first-degree rape, forced oral copulation. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison and is now listed on the National Sex Offender Registry and lives in Grass Valley, California.

On page 13 of the minutes of the closed-door Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that occurred prior to Kavanaugh’s public testimony, a letter from an anonymous woman sent to Sen. Kamala Harris was read into the record, “Kavanaugh slapped me and told me to be quiet and forced me to perform oral sex on him.” In other words, Brett Kavanaugh is accused of the same thing Edwards spent 4 years in prison for.

Any man who thinks being falsely accused is equivalent to being forced to give a man oral sex can enjoy the PTSD and the flashbacks that occur every time I have sex with a man.

Any man who thinks being falsely accused is equivalent to discussing the most personal details of your life and having to answer questions like what were you wearing and why didn’t you fight back in front of a male judge, 12 people on a jury, mostly men, and a courtroom filled with total strangers not once but twice is welcome to attend a rape trial for entertainment.

Any man who thinks being falsely accused is equivalent to seeing the look in your mom’s eyes as she fights back tears, or your dad’s eyes as he jambs his fists in his pockets so hard the waistband snap on his jeans popped open is welcome to inflict that torture on his parents and see if they find it entertaining.

Please consider these statistics. One in five women report rape; that is approximately 25.1 million women in the U.S. file criminal complaints of rape. Additionally, 70 percent of all rapes and sexual assaults go unreported, so add approximately 17.1 million women.

In conclusion, a conservative estimate is approximately 42 million women are raped or sexually assaulted each year in the U.S. In other words, approximately one-third of the female population in the U.S. has been sexually assaulted.

Any man who thinks being falsely accused is equivalent to the experience of one-third of American women needs to talk to his sister, his mother, his grandmother, his aunt, or any other female member of his family. Statistics show someone he knows was sexually assaulted and his attitude joking about false accusations prevents her from trusting him with the truth.

Editor’s note: In keeping with longstanding Triplicate policy not to identify victims of sex crimes, we are honoring the author’s request to remain anonymous.

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