‘Slut’s Remorse’ Is Why Rape Suspects Should be Anonymised

Who among us has not rolled over, bleary-eyed and foul-smelling, to an unfamiliar bedfellow, and thought: oh God, what have I done this time? In such situations, most of us have the good grace to scold ourselves for one too many tequilas, order a cab home and get on with our lives. 

Some people, however, decide to exact revenge on their sexual partners, sometimes in retaliation for their own poor choices, sometimes for a variety of other, peculiar psychological reasons. It’s what I call “slut’s remorse,” and it’s the reason we need to keep the names of rape suspects a secret until they are charged. 

Two pertinent examples of bogus rape accusations have appeared in the press recently. 

The first was the case of Nigel Evans, a British Member of Parliament who was accused of behaving inappropriately toward a young man. Pretty blond boys in Westminster are the subject of relentlessly wandering hands and crudely camp innuendo from creepy, fat MPs; they put up with harassment considerably more outrageous than anything handed out to their female counterparts. The atmosphere is extraordinarily sexually charged. In other words, the fact that Nigel Evans got off means he must have been beyond reproach, because securing a conviction for sexual harassment in that place can’t be hard. But Evans had to resign as Deputy Speaker before the court found him innocent. Meanwhile, he watched in horror as his private life was examined by the newspapers. 

The second was that of former Oxford Union president Ben Sullivan, aged just 21. It is possible that some undergraduate might feel she had been taken advantage of, yet it was not so: no charges were brought. Fortunately, Sullivan and his parents have had the good sense to blitz the papers with interviews about his harrowing experience after these “poisonous” allegations. Had they not done so, Sullivan’s life could have been destroyed. 

Idiotic professional windbags such as feminist activist Caroline Criado-Perez must now be feeling a bit stupid about that defamatory letter they wrote, most likely in contempt of court, demanding Sullivan’s removal from the Oxford Union. Or maybe not, I don’t know; these people are so shameless. In any case, this situation cannot continue. For too long, men have been a silent class of victim in rape cases, unable to protect themselves from the consequences of victimless drunken fumbling and, yes, from vindictive bitches—whether male or female—lashing out in frustration about their own self-loathing. 

I should say, before I attract allegations of misogyny beyond the obviously unavoidable, that I am an equal opportunities slut-shamer, happy to condemn both slutty men and slutty women for getting pissed, having a shag and then crying rape—or the vile practice of malicious rape allegations, as I suppose I should call it. In 2010, I watched a friend’s life torn apart by claims from a former boyfriend that the former had repeatedly raped and beaten the latter. Photographs were circulated via email of bruising to the wrists. It seemed cut and dry. My friend was readying himself for life as a bitch in the slammer. 

But, just before the case was heard in court, a recording of a voicemail message surfaced in which the accuser was heard to say: “I love it when you use me, and beat me […] I want you to hurt me bad.” The whole thing collapsed; the boy admitted he had called the police out of spite after their break-up and he now regretted the matter had “gone too far.” And that was that. My friend, a public sector solicitor, had of course already lost his job. 

As the law currently stands, men can have their lives and reputations ruined before charges are even brought against them. Not everyone has the resources or nous of an MP or Oxford student, and all it takes is the word of a remorseful sexual partner—or, for that matter, anyone bearing a grudge. A rape allegation is uniquely toxic—far more personally damaging than tax evasion or theft for instance, as indeed it should be. But an arrest can be made merely on one person’s hearsay, so we need to think a lot more carefully before we throw innocent men like Evans and Sullivan to the wolves. 

Both men are now campaigning for a change in the law to protect men from specious claims. As yet, the only person in Parliament currently discussing anything similar is former culture secretary Maria Miller, who is on the warpath trying to make an obscure internet curiosity called “revenge porn” illegal. (Needless to say, it’s all about the men—not a word about women who, in today’s smartphone-saturated world, are surely just as likely to share compromising images and video of their ex-boyfriends.) 

Slut’s remorse, which is of course analogous to buyer’s remorse, is a specific sort of anxiety that probably indicates underlying psychological disquiet on the part of the supposedly injured party. But, unlike buyer’s remorse, which if left unchecked results merely in hefty credit card bills, slut’s remorse can ruin lives—particularly if the malicious accusations are made about men in public life, or men who are otherwise personally or professionally vulnerable to claims of sexual assault. Which makes sense, doesn’t it, when you consider the motivation behind the claims: self-loathing and spitefulness. 

I can’t account for why the young women who made insupportable claims about Ben Sullivan were moved to do something as serious as calling the police. What had he done to deserve such vengefulness? Perhaps someone better versed in the mysteries of the female psyche can tell me. Nor can I discern why poor Nigel Evans was singled out when there are so many predatory men in Parliament who do deserve to be hauled into a courtroom. (Ask anyone who works in Westminster and they’ll give you a few names.) But what seems obvious from all this is how desperately a change in the law is needed. 

It need not be the case that every allegation of rape would qualify for automatic anonymity: where children are involved, for example, it isn’t obvious why a suspect should not be drawn to his community’s attention. But it’s time to start protecting the men whose lives are destroyed because a misunderstanding turned into malice, because they forgot to text back, or because they simply moved on to someone else. We laugh about women scorned, but it’s no laughing matter when a man is burned so badly he spends a decade trying to put his life back together, all through no fault of his own.

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Thad Cochran Enjoys Long and Profitable Relationship with Trustmark Bank

JACKSON, Mississippi — When a super PAC supporting Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) came under scrutiny for receiving what appeared to be an unsecured loan for $250,000, the bank that issued the loan came to Cochran’s rescue, publishing a high-profile letter clearing the super PAC, Mississippi Conservatives.

But a closer look at the bank reveals it has long maintained a close relationship with Cochran, including donations to Cochran from top officials and assistance to his close aide Kay Webber in purchasing her house.

A series of publicly available Washington, D.C., real estate and loan documents show that the Capitol Hill home that Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) resides in, owned by his executive assistant Webber, was purchased with help from a member of Trustmark’s board of directors.

The documents show that Webber purchased a 99 percent interest in the Capitol Hill home on April 25, 2001. A woman named Betty Shows cosigned with her, purchasing the other one percent of the home alongside Webber.

“She clearly needed a co-signer in order to qualify,” Ken Cummins, the president of CII Title, LLC, and a settlement agent and real estate expert in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, told Breitbart News in a phone interview. “That’s what a co-signer does. You get to use the co-signer’s financial background. She wouldn’t have qualified for the loan without Betty Shows.”

Shows’s husband, William T. Shows, served on the board of Trustmark Corporation at the time according to the company’s 2001 annual report. In one of the documents, signed April 18, 2001, William T. Shows signs over power of attorney to his wife Betty Shows in order to represent him “at settlement or closing to release any spousal interest in real property” at Kay Webber’s Capitol Hill home.

While a cosigner would be insignificant in the vast majority of cases of home purchases, Cummins says what’s unusual in this case is how subsequent real estate documents show that Shows was dropped from the deed and loan a mere year and a half later in October 2002 when Webber became the home’s sole owner and the only signer on a new mortgage.

“The question is what changed in her financial situation during that 18 months?” Cummins asked. “Something had to change.”

During that period, Webber’s taxpayer-paid salary increased from $73,000 to $91,000, public records show.

In 2003, Cochran himself moved into the basement apartment in Webber’s home—paying her rent and listing it on several documents, as previously reported by Breitbart News, as his address on a series of official documents including multiple statements of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The D.C. government’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is currently investigating whether Webber filed the correct paperwork to rent the space commercially, according to an agency spokesman.

“It’s not unusual to see somebody cosign,” Cummins told Breitbart News. “If you can’t qualify, your options for a loan with your own financials—the option is to get somebody to co-sign for you and put your resources at risk. When Betty Shows was doing this for a million dollar property, she was doing it for only a one percent interest in it on the books.”

VIEW THE DOCUMENTS:

Kay Webber/Thad Cochran Home Purchase Documents

Beyond serving as Cochran’s landlord, Webber has accompanied him on dozens of taxpayer-funded trips overseas and often attends evening events in Washington, D.C., with him. Following one trip, a U.S. embassy listed Webber as Cochran’s “spouse” in captions to photos of the delegation’s overeseas trip. Cochran’s campaign has described her as a senior aide who performs essentially professional duties in his congressional office.

Trustmark Corporation is a Jackson, Mississippi-based nationally chartered bank whose officers have regularly financially supported Cochran’s political campaigns over the years. In 1989—a year before Cochran ran unopposed for re-election in 1990 for his third U.S. Senate term—Trustmark chairman Frank Day and president and CEO Robert Gaddis each donated $500 to Cochran’s campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Reuben V. Anderson, the first black Mississippi state Supreme Court justice who also served for a time as a director at Trustmark, donated $1,000 to Cochran when he served in that capacity for Trustmark. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Cochran is the only Republican he ever donated to—spending most of his money donating to Democrats like Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), now Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and former Rep. Ronnie Shows (D-MS). Ronnie Shows is William T. Shows’s brother.

Richard Hickson, a CEO of Trustmark after Gaddis retired in 1996, has donated $3,000 to Cochran’s campaigns over three $1,000-per-piece donations in 2000, 2001, and 2007, respectively. The bank’s current CEO, Harry M. Walker, donated $1,000 to Cochran’s campaign in 2014, and back in 2000 he gave Cochran $250.

Adolphus Baker—who goes by Dolph Baker on FEC records— donated $1,000 to Cochran in January and is listed on Trustmark’s 2013 annual report as a director.

Fred Carl, now of Jackson-based Viking Range Corporation but previously a director at Trustmark, donated $1,000 to Cochran in March, and donated $2,000 to Cochran back in 2001 and 2002 over two other separate donations.

In January, Trustmark’s chairman Daniel Grafton donated $1,000 to Cochran’s campaign, too. Kenneth Williams has also donated $2,000 over two donations to Cochran’s campaigns over the years—one donation in January and another back in 2007. In both years, Williams has served in various leadership and board roles for Trustmark according to those years’ annual reports.

Trustmark received $215 million in bailout funding from TARP in 2008. While Cochran voted against the bank bailout’s final passage, in a statement he provided to press at the time he said, “I will work with the Administration to expedite the development of an acceptable and workable plan for recovery.” Even so, it’s unclear what specific role—if any—Cochran had in directing TARP funds to Trustmark.

At that time, Cochran was the ranking member of the full Senate Appropriations Committee.

Trustmark has become a key player in this 2014 GOP senate primary between Cochran and conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. It is the bank alleged by conservative super lawyer Cleta Mitchell of the American Conservative Union (ACU) and of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund (TPPCF) to have given an illegal loan to the pro-Cochran Super PAC Mississippi Conservatives. Both TPPCF and the ACU have endorsed McDaniel.

On Jan. 29—within days in either direction of many of these late January donations from current and former Trustmark executives to Cochran’s campaign—Trustmark made a $250,000 loan to the pro-Cochran Super PAC, which is run by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s nephew Henry Barbour.

The PAC and the bank argue that the loan was secured by a Certificate of Deposit by a third party, though neither will divulge the identity of the CD’s owner.

Mitchell has alleged that whether or not it was secured by a deposit by a mysterious benefactor, the arrangement comprises an illegal in-kind donation.

Days after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Facebook’s founding president Sean Parker—who still works closely with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as a supporter of Zuckerberg’s FWD.us on that organization’s board—each donated $250,000 to the Barbour-run Super PAC in mid-May, Mississippi Conservatives made, according to the FEC filings, a $220,150 payment to pay off the loan from Trustmark. It’s unclear at this time if the loan is paid in full, or if the Super PAC still owes Trustmark money.

That Super PAC, Mississippi Conservatives, is the group at the center of of efforts to drive black Democratic voters to the polls. The efforts are under increasing scrutiny after a series of allegations from officials in both political parties that illegal tactics are being used.

Cochran’s campaign spokesman did not respond to a request for comment for this article.




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Why There are Too Few ‘Black Bruins’

In “The Black Bruins,” a spoken-word Youtube video that has been viewed more than 2 million times, a group of young African American men express their anger at how few black students are enrolled at UCLA.

Although the video draws attention to a real problem—there are very few black students at UCLA—the video is misleading and filled with hyperbole.  Meanwhile, a data set, which I discussed in the seventh essay in this series, and have posted online, provides some sober facts about why there are so few black students at UCLA.

The video insinuates that UCLA is discriminating against African Americans in its admissions decisions.  For instance, at one point the video’s main speaker says, “We are asking for a level playing field.”  

However, as I argue in my book and in this series of essays, UCLA tilts the playing field in favor of, not against, African Americans. 

At one point in the video, the speaker says, “According to Professor Sander, 3.3% is far too many black kids.”   By “Professor Sander” he means Richard Sander, a UCLA law professor whom I discussed in parts four and five of this series.  

Sander is a critic of affirmative action, and, like me, has conducted statistical analyses showing that UCLA likely grants implicit racial preferences in its admissions decisions.

If a viewer of the video didn’t know any better, he or she would think that Sander is a racist whose sole goal is to minimize the number of black students at UCLA. In truth, Sander wishes there were many more black students at UCLA. However, he does not believe that affirmative action is the proper way to achieve that goal.  The reason, as his research shows, is that affirmative action actually harms the careers of black students.

The 3.3% figure that the speaker mentions refers only to males. Yet among undergraduate female freshmen at UCLA, approximately 5.6% are black. (Moreover, Sander has never referred to the 3.3% figure, much less said or wrote anything like “3.3% is far too many black kids.”)

Nevertheless, the total number of black students at UCLA, male and female, is low, and it reflects a real problem. For instance, among recent freshmen classes at UCLA, only about 4.5% of the students (male and female) are African American.

The video, however, provides no hard facts about why there are so few black students at UCLA.  In contrast, the data provide many hard facts about the issue.

One of those facts is that disproportionately fewer African Americans apply to UCLA.  Specifically, although African Americans comprise approximately 13% of the U.S. population, they comprise only 5.1% of the freshman applicants to UCLA.  

Part of the reason for that is because, in California, blacks comprise only about 6.6% of the total population.  In addition, African Americans are less likely than other races to apply to college.  Once one is aware of those facts, the 5.1% figure is hardly a surprise.

Nevertheless, 5.1% is still higher than 4.5%.  Thus, black students indeed receive less than their proportionate share of admissions slots at UCLA, compared to their representation in the applicant pool.

(Curiously, although UCLA has received more criticism, the discrepancy is less at UCLA than at UC Berkeley or UC San Diego, the other two most selective campuses in the UC system. At Berkeley, African Americans comprise 4.8% of the applicants and 3.1% of the enrollees. At San Diego, they comprise 3.5% of the applicants and 1.5% of the enrollees.)

However, the main problem is not discrimination.  Rather it is because—as the data confirm—black applicants to UCLA tend to have lower grades and SAT scores than other applicants.  

The difference is quite stark. For instance, as I discuss in my book, of applicants to UCLA’s main college, Letters and Sciences, only 15% of African Americans have a “weighted” high school grade point average (GPA) greater than 4.15. By contrast, 37% of the white applicants and 36% of the North Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Pakistani) applicants have GPAs greater than that number.   

A similar result occurs with composite SAT scores. While approximately 30% of white applicants and 36% of North Asian applicants have scores above 2000 (out of 2400), only 6% of the black applicants have scores that high.  

Among North Asian applicants, the median total SAT score was 1920, while the median among black applicants was 1590. The difference, 330, is about the difference between a typical student at UCLA and a typical student at UC Riverside or the University of Arizona.

In fact, as I argue in my book, if UCLA admitted students strictly by SAT scores, then the black admission rate would be about one-third its current number.  Consequently, rather than comprising 4.5% of the freshmen class, African Americans would comprise only about 1.5% of the class.  

If UCLA admitted students strictly by grade-point averages, then the black admission rate would be about two-thirds its current number; that is, African Americans would comprise only about 3.0% of the freshmen class.

Those are the real data behind a very real problem.

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Claudia Tenney Hopes to Ride David Brat Wave to Victory over Richard Hanna

Randolph-Macon economics professor David Brat attributed his stunning victory over Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia in part to the negative ads that Cantor ran on television, which he said boosted his name recognition.

Now, in New York, a similarly outgunned primary challenger says the same thing may be happening there.

New York Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney says she is grateful that political attack ads by her Congressional primary opponent Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) greatly boosted her name ID around the Upstate New York district. Through TV ads and liberal Super PACs, Hanna, who currently has a 52 lifetime ACU rating, is attacking Tenney as a “tax and spend liberal” and as someone who is aligned with the liberal Democratic New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon (Shelly) Silver.

“The only place I’m not well known is Courtland, Broome, and Tioga. That’s where I’m trying to build name ID is down there, but Richard actually built my name ID. Now I have to make it positive and get the vote out,” she told Breitbart News on Saturday.

Tenney, who graduated Colgate University with Monica Crowley, received the big endorsements recently from other Fox News Channel luminaires Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin, Erick Erickson, and Laura Ingraham.

Tenney explained, “I have to counter [the attack ads]. So now that I’ve got Hannity and Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin and some of the others have came out like RedState.com‘s Erick Erickson—a whole bunch of them—so now [the voters are thinking], ‘What’s going on? Who’s telling the truth here?'”

“I have a TV ad that says I never raised taxes. I’m the number one conservative in New York. I’ve got the endorsement of the Conservative Party and he’s got liberal PACs. So I just had to counter it, because people kept calling me saying, ‘You’ve got to do something.'”

Tenney says Hanna’s attacks on her as a liberal lawmaker are absurd. Hanna claims that Tenney voted to raise New York sales and property taxes, for example, but according to Tenney she is unable to raise sales and property taxes in the Assembly.

“They’ve been running an ad that says I’m a tax and spend liberal and that I’m in the tank for Shelly Silver—that I raised sales tax and property taxes. We don’t do sales and property taxes by the state. Those are local governments. [The ads] are just completely fraudulent. [The attack ads say] I’m with Shelly Silver and that I’m a liar. It just goes on and on like they did with David Brat.”

Tenney says Hanna’s ads take advantage of the sparse knowledge many have about how bills are moved from local governments around the Empire state to the state capitol in Albany.

“State government in New York is a lot different than DC. We ratify local bills. If a village wants to use lever voting machines in a local election, for example, we have to approve that. It’s a local bill,” she said. Noting the Democratic majority (108 to 42) in the state’s lower chamber, she remarked, “So every bill that comes out of the [assembly], obviously, Shelly votes yes on. It wouldn’t come out if it weren’t a yes vote, and out of a thousand bills, we do about 850 or 900 [that] are local bills and are non-substantive bills.”

Additionally, Tenney pointed out that she was the first Republican to call for Silver’s resignation as Speaker, when Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez was forced out of office after he was accused of groping and intimidating young female staffers in a 2012 sexual harassment scandal. The New York State GOP, local media, as well as a New York Democratic lawmaker called upon Silver to resign when evidence surfaced the NY Democratic Assembly Speaker appeared to cover up the scandal long before it surfaced. Silver, however, resisted and stayed in his position.

Similar to Virginia Republican candidate for Congress David Brat’s campaign, Tenney’s camp is helped by enthusiastic local Tea Party groups, Tenney says. She attended a number of Tea Party events in 2010 when Hanna ran for Congress a second time and won.

“At that time when I was at Tea Party rallies, 90 percent of them were all Marines or veterans who care about our Constitution—less government, less taxes. There weren’t all these peripheral issues. That’s what they were really interested in, so I don’t know why the national Republicans… just completely maligned and denigrated their base.”

She went further, “Most of the core Tea Party people are not these wacky people. They’re just regular veterans.”

“So [the local Tea Party groups] have been really gangbusters helping me. They’re doing some fun stuff—like tomorrow we’re doing a RINO hunt. They’re having a blast. They love getting people out. They’re really excited. They’ve been great. They’ve been really nice. They helped me get [petition ballot] signatures and making phone calls. They’re going door to door. They’re very motivated, and they haven’t been motivated in a while, because Richard just didn’t do anything for them.”

Although Tenney entered the GOP primary much later than most candidates, an issue that some in the NY GOP think may have hurt elevating her name ID, Tenney nevertheless continues forward with meet and greets as well as telephone town halls.

“I did a town hall the day before. I’m just meeting people everywhere, and a lot of the time the people at the meet and greets are Republican Committee people who are disgusted with Richard, because they didn’t know what his record was.”

Tenney says GOP county chairmen are supporting Hanna, however, and are “doubling down.” She said, “They are trying to intimidate everyone into going out and supporting him. One guy told me, ‘If Obama was a registered Republican, [the NY County Chairmen] would be telling everyone to vote for Obama.'”

Tenney appears unconcerned about a McLaughlin and Associates poll released in March showing Hanna trouncing her with over 70 percent of likely GOP voters supporting him.

“If you look at that poll, they didn’t release the rest of it. I got Mark Weiner to look it up. In that poll, 45 percent of the people were unaware of me, and that was a large reason for the low numbers,” said Tenney. “Last time,” she said, referring to the 2012 GOP primary, “there was less than 15,000 votes out of 160,000 Republicans. There’s so much advertising that’s going into it that wasn’t going into it before.”

Although Tenney continues to challenge Hanna to a debate, the GOP Congressman refuses to not only face her but be near her at public events, Tenney said, noting he has continued an aggressive practice of maintaining several arms lengths from the Tea Party challenger.




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Court Documents: Oregon Gunman Stole His AR-15

Court documents relating to the June 10 murder/suicide at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, show the gunman stole the AR-15 he used to commit the crime.

According to Reuters, 15-year-old gunman Jared Padgett “stole the rifle he used…from his brother.”

He also had a handgun which he had stolen. 

Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said Padgett “had obtained weapons from home and that they were secured,” but “he defeated the security measures.”

President Obama and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) called for the passage of expanded background checks in the wake of the heinous crime at Reynolds High School. But background checks do not stop thieves. 

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