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The Way Liberals Smear Tara Reade Is Everything Rape Survivors Fear

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com:

Former Georgia state congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who is on the Joe Biden running mate short list and making no secret of her desire for the job, said on CNN Tuesday night that she did not believe rape allegations against Biden to be credible.

“The New York Times did a deep investigation and they found that the accusation was not credible. I believe Joe Biden,” Abrams said when pressed on further corroborating evidence that Biden’s accuser Tara Reade had been talking about a sexual assault by the then-senator way back in the nineties.

CNN’s Don Lemon pressed Abrams on the contradiction between her earlier “believe women” rhetoric about conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, to which Abrams responded that Kavanaugh’s accuser was not given a fair hearing but Tara Reade was. Past tense. Over and done with now.

Lemon did not ask why Abrams considers The New York Times the official arbiter of who was and was not raped. He did not challenge her false assertion that The New York Times concluded Reade’s accusation was “not credible”. He did not point out that the investigation by the The New York Times took place prior to the emergence of the corroborating evidence in question. Abrams was allowed to coolly insert a false, baseless narrative into public consciousness and move on.

In reality, The New York Times is not the authority on who has and has not been sexually assaulted. That’s not a thing.

In reality, The New York Times did not conclude that Reade’s accusation is not credible, only that they “found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable” (which they later quietly edited down to “found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden” at the instruction of the Biden campaign, a very blatant act of journalistic malpractice).

https://twitter.com/briebriejoy/status/1255363245566767105

In reality, The New York Times has smeared Reade with a scandalous hit piece dismissing her allegations because she has written approvingly of Russian president Vladimir Putin, implying that either:

(A) Reade is a Russian agent fabricating the allegations to help Trump, or

(B) that it’s okay to rape women if they disagree with beltway consensus foreign policy.

In reality, two new corroborating pieces of evidence have been added to the growing pile since The New York Times published its “investigation” into Reade’s allegations: footage of Reade’s mother anonymously calling in to Larry King Live in 1993 during Reade’s last month of employment with Biden saying that her daughter was considering going to the press with a very serious allegation against a very prominent senator, and a former neighbor saying that Reade had told her about the sexual assault in the mid-nineties.

I have never been in the “always believe all women” camp; it’s a narrative that’s too easy to manipulate once you get enough people believing it. But at this point there are basically only two possibilities: either:

(A) Tara Reade was going around lying to her closest confidants in the 1990s with the very long-term goal of one day thwarting Biden’s third presidential bid decades later, or

(B) a powerful man sexually assaulted a woman. One of these, in my opinion, is a lot more probable than the other.

I’ve been avoiding writing much about Tara Reade, for a lot of reasons. Firstly I’m a survivor of multiple rapes and it brings up a lot of ouch for me, especially since whenever I write about rape as a problem I always get a deluge of highly triggered men (and sometimes one or two highly traumatized women) calling me a man-hater and saying all kinds of nasty things to me. Secondly I’ve been trying not to spend too much time on the details of an election we all know is fake anyway between two establishment candidates we already know are deeply depraved.

But mostly I avoid the subject because it’s just so goddamn gross. It’s gross to watch liberals going around pretending they believe that Handsy Uncle Hair Sniffer would never dream of shoving his fingers into a woman without her consent. It’s gross watching the language of leftism being borrowed to defend pure, relentless victim smearing. It’s gross watching people who’ve built their political identities around pretending to care about women try to spin these allegations as Reade being dishonest for partisan reasons, when in reality that’s exactly what they themselves are doing.

Due to my experiences with and sensitivity to the subject matter, going through this stuff feels kind of like getting punched in the privates over and over again. There are smears everywhere, from the establishment narrative managers to their brainwashed rank-and-file herd.

Yesterday some “KHive” asshole told me that Reade is mentally ill and talking about her experience will probably drive her to suicide, citing a baseless smear by McResistance pundit Sally Albright as his evidence. There’s a Twitter thread with thousands of shares going around right now where some liberal combed through all Reade’s old tweets highlighting typos she made and claiming they show Reade tweeting “in a Russian accent”.

It’s really, really gross.

And it hurts.

And there are definitely a whole lot of rape survivors experiencing the same thing about this story right now.

This is exactly the nightmare scenario that sexual assault survivors imagine when they contemplate coming forward. It’s why so many of them don’t. Especially when their attacker is powerful.

Nobody wants to have their name dragged through the mud by widely esteemed mainstream news media outlets. Nobody wants to have their entire past and entire social media history dug through to find anything that can be spun in the most negative light possible. Nobody wants to be told over and over again that they’re a liar, that they’re crazy, that they’re confused, all because they know they were sexually assaulted and said so. Nobody wants what can easily be the most traumatic experience of their life turned into a weapon to bludgeon them with before jeering crowds of millions all around the country.

And that sucks.

It sucks because if we’re to build a healthy world we’re going to have to get rid of all the people who shouldn’t be in power, and the very first lot we should eliminate are the ones who abuse their power to assault the sexuality of other human beings. If you use your power to rape people, you will with absolute certainty use it to do other unconscionable things as well, so eliminating those who do so is the first step toward health. That’s step one, and we can’t even get there, because blind partisan hackery turns pussyhat-wearing liberals into a bunch of snarling male supremacists.

I was 19 the first time I was raped. The last time I was 39. I never reported my attackers, for reasons the specifics of which I’m not interested in explaining or defending, but let’s just say that there are many messages you get sent by society telling you that if you report your rapist you are ruining a man’s life, destroying his family, career and future over one “mistake”. That it’s better just to suck it up because you’re strong and you can handle it.

You are taught that if you report your rape, you will be treated like the criminal, and the “investigation” that will take place will not put its spotlight on the accused, but on you, the accuser. You will have to defend your life choices and your character when you’re in the process of attempting to recover from a deeply harmful assault. You are taught that if you report these things that it’s you that will be shunned and shamed by members of your own tribe. And if the person is powerful, then you also know that this will likely end your career.

All these things are happening to Tara Reade right now. None of that has changed. Millions of young girls are being sent that message, once again, all across America, on screens large and small. They are being shown that if you accuse someone who has power over you of rape, you will be demonized and attacked, even by people who say they care about you, about a profoundly sensitive matter involving the most traumatic thing you’ve ever experienced.

And the thing is, that message is not a false message. You absolutely can be made the subject of vicious attacks if you accuse the wrong person of raping you. Attacks which press all your most painful buttons. Attacks which will try to convince you that you are insane. Attacks which will try to drive you insane.

And that sucks.

And I don’t know what can be done about it.

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TheDarkMan
May 2, 2020

Tara Reade isn’t a rape “survivor”, she is a head case who embellished a story about an encounter with Biden or someone from nearly three decades ago.

You too claim to have been raped, more than once, and the evidence for this is…believe me, I’m a woman.

Case of the Missing Head
Case of the Missing Head
Reply to  TheDarkMan
May 2, 2020

Takes a head case to know a head case, I guess.

Besides, all of American politics is run and commented on by head cases, so nothing to see here and moving on.

TheDarkMan
Reply to  Case of the Missing Head
May 2, 2020

You guess wrong. When you’ve done as much research on false rape allegations as I have, you’ll understand. The main reason rape claimants don’t report the offence at the time is it didn’t happen at the time. The only place it happened was in the tiny minds. The sexual grievance industry isn’t interested in facts, what they want is convictions.

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  TheDarkMan
May 3, 2020

Rape has been redefined considerably since the 80s and the 90s. These days every instance of bad sex or remorse after sex can be interpreted as rape. In other words, what wasn’t considered rape back then is looked at differently now. With enough outside influence, and the media certainly is such an influence, the opinion about an interaction can and often will change. As someone else mentioned in the comments, I agree that calling that instance rape is a stretch. Sexual misconduct, yes. But not every sexual misconduct is rape except that these days the narrative turns it into that… Read more »

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  TheDarkMan
May 2, 2020

How can you be both “TheDarkMan” and “I’m a woman”?
And looking at all your comments, how can you be anything but a lover of fiction?

TheDarkMan
Reply to  John Ellis
May 2, 2020

You got me with that I’m a woman – don’t know what you’re talking about. Reade is a nutter. Obviously something happened in 1993 but it’s only recently she claimed to have been sexually violated by Biden. She was singing his praised a few years ago, and now he’s ruined her life? Give me a break. Yes, Biden is creepy, that doesn’t mean he is so depraved and so stupid he would have pushed her up against the wall in a public place and do what she claimed. Check out some of the cases on The International False Rape Timeline,… Read more »

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  John Ellis
May 2, 2020

John Ellis, try reading it like this:
…and the evidence for this is: “believe me, [because] I’m a woman.”
That you fail to understand this, is telling volumes about your comments.

penrose
penrose
Reply to  John Ellis
May 3, 2020

RE: How can you be both “TheDarkMan” and “I’m a woman”?

I don’t think he’s talking about himself, but rather making a reference to Caitlin.

penrose
penrose
May 2, 2020

I’m no pro-feminist, and one of my favorite commentators is Karen Straughan. Nevertheless, as with any situation where accusations are made and proofs of guilt are sought, there is a body of circumstantial evidence that surrounds the case. In this situation, from my vantage point, that evidence is strongly in favor of Tara Reade and the analysis by Caitlin Johnstone. As to whether the term “rape” should be used to describe what took place, my view is that it is unfortunate that we do not distinguish more clearly between what can be a very violent form of sexual assault and… Read more »

Hawaiiguy
Hawaiiguy
May 2, 2020

Massive contrast to what was published here yesterday. I think Alex and Alex’s news feed needs a closer eye put to it in regards what gets published here. As the neoleftist drivel I read yesterday made me sick to my stomach.

John Ellis
John Ellis
May 2, 2020

TRUTH — REALITY
1. As Joe Biden has a long record of perverted sexual affection toward women,
surely, commiting rape in private is well within his moral standard.
2. Tara Reade knew that any complaint against Joe Biden would destroy her reputaion and end her career in government, And so, if this is not an act of self-sacrifice on her part, what was her motivation?
3. Among all the liars that suckered America into the Iraq War, Joe Biden is the liar in chief.

Tjoe
Tjoe
May 4, 2020

I bet the old pervert didn’t wash his hand for a week.

Guillermo Fregozo - Yolanda Fregozo
Guillermo Fregozo - Yolanda Fregozo
May 4, 2020

This is how stupid it gets. A rape story from 30+ yrs ago?… why the daughter has to come upfront with the story. How much is she getting paid for this scam?… there should be laws protecting man against this very old stories.. specially when nobody remembers anything…

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