Let’s play a fun game, shall we? It’s called, “let’s pick out all the fucking rape myths we can find in a single article”.
Witnesses claimed the complainant was a “sports groupie” who had been cavorting and lap-dancing with the men on the night of the alleged sexual assault.
Clearly a Filthy Slut Who Was Asking For It, because flirtatious behaviour is ALWAYS consent to sex – or, depending on how disgusting the rape apologist in question, She Shouldn’t Have Led Them On, with a side order of Men Cannot Control Themselves.
The letter claims allegations raised by a “boyfriend” were untrue – she does not have a boyfriend.
Claims = clearly Lying Because She Regrets It. “Boyfriend” in inverted commas = Because She’s Obvs A Slapper. But seriously, check out that phrasing – why she does not have a boyfriend as opposed to the man claiming to be her boyfriend is a lying asshole? Oh, right, that would involve a man being held responsible for something, and not being able to have a lovely undercurrent of She Isn’t Getting Any So Must Have Been Up For It.
She also denied knowing Sophie Lewis, the 22-year-old who sold her story about sleeping with another player under the name “Angel Barbie”.
Which is of course totally relevant to this case and not an excuse to link a rape victim with a woman who had consensual sex with possible opportunistic motives. Shorter: All Women Are Deceivers.
After the allegation was made, RFU chief executive Francis Baron said the RFU was desperate to clear the players’ names.
The assumption of “innocent until proven guilty” is certainly a wonderful thing. It would be nice if it got extended to rape complainants every now and then. Seriously, would it have been so difficult to phrase that as, “desperate to discover the truth or otherwise of the allegations because we equally don’t want innocent men slandered AND will not condone gang-rape”?
He said: “We’re in a very strange situation – with no allegations, no complaint being made – as to exactly how the name of the players can be cleared.”
Yes, because what’s important is that we assume, right off the bat, that the woman is lying and the Good Rugby Boys, who certainly don’t seem to be part of a culture of drinking, shagging, and getting away with everything For The Sake Of The Game, are the Poor Innocent Victims, who just happened to inflict sexual injury on a person to the point medics urged her to contact the police.
Also, if another news reporter blithely says, “Well, the silly woman has this irrational fear that The Media will, like, invade her life and stuff!” I’m going to smash something.