Leftists love to tell us that we should always believe rape victims. They argue that failing to do so will adversely impact women’s desire to report actual rapes, which will lead to rapists being able to continue with their heinous crimes. Unfortunately, there’s a problem with that line of thinking.
You see, sometimes people just straight make crap up.
For example, a Vermont woman decided to claim, following her arrest, that she was sexually assaulted by the arresting officer. The chief of police was less than amused:
18-year-old Logan Huysman took to social media after her arrest, claiming that Burlington police sexually assaulted her. She even showed off bruises on her arms as proof. In response, Chief Brandon del Pozo released the bodycam footage which showed an impaired Huysman acting disorderly, assaulting police officers, and more (video below.)
Not only that, but Chief Brandon del Pozo even responded directly to the girl’s Facebook post, prompting a wave of outrage at the girl’s behavior which resulted in her deleting the post.
The ACLU is not happy that the chief released facts about the case in order to counter lies spread by Logan Huysman, accusing him of using facts to “shut down conversations.”
“There’s a fine line between engaging the community, which is something we want our law enforcement officers to do, and doing what some might see as trying to shut down conversations,” said Jay Diaz, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, according to Katie Jickling with Seven Days. “Affirmatively posting on a citizen’s Facebook page, especially in a sensitive situation, seems fairly inappropriate and would be understandably chilling.”
Unfortunately, the ACLU is oh-so-very wrong on this.
While the location of the video might not have been the smartest idea, it didn’t “shut down conversations.” What it did was protect the reputation of one of the department’s officers and the department as a whole against libel.
The ACLU’s comments sound like the defense of Rolling Stone after they were found to have reported on a rape at the University of Virginia that never happened. White knights claimed that even if the allegations were a complete fabrication, it was fine because it started a conversation about rape on campus. Who really cared if an entire fraternity was libeled in the process?
Huysman still hasn’t grasped her role in her arrest, either:
After her release, Huysman claimed on social media that police touched her inappropriately, and posted pictures of her bruised arms. “I would consider that sexual assault, especially coming from ‘authority,’” she said. She later claimed that the post was meant to be a “wake-up call” on police misconduct, indicated that she has still failed to take responsibility for the situation even though she now says that she regrets making the post.
In other words, she regrets the backlash, but not accusing a law enforcement officer of one of the most heinous crimes a person can commit.
Do you want to know why I don’t take sexual assault allegations as gospel truth? Stuff like this. Choosing to believe all such allegations encourages more of this sort of behavior. Wait for the evidence.