Of Sexual Assault, Possible Lies, and Murder

Could Woman Who Importuned her then-Boyfriend to Kill Her Father for Allegedly Sexually Abusing Her Have Been Lying? As Much Sympathy as I Have For Victims, It’s Possible

By Ken K. Gourdin

A man recently was sent to prison for his role in the murder of his former girlfriend’s father. Generally, I think sexual assault victims deserve a presumption of veracity, but could she have simply wanted her then-boyfriend to do her own dirty work, and to get her father out of her life for good. I think it’s possible. While false allegations against men may not have the same devastating emotional and other impacts that rape has on women who are victimized, that’s no excuse to ignore or to downplay the potential impact of such allegations. See coverage of the man’s sentencing here (last accessed July 1, 2016): http://www.sltrib.com/news/3932179-155/cedar-city-man-sentenced-to-prison. I commented:

I don’t want to be unsympathetic toward the plight of victims: if she really was molested, that’s reprehensible. That said, aside from her word, what evidence do we have that the decedent really was a pedophile? She wouldn’t be the first person or the first woman in history to level an accusation like that in an attempt to goad her significant other into doing her dirty work for her, and that’d be one of the best buttons to push in an effort to do that. What man wouldn’t at least think about doing something like that after being told that his significant other’s father had turned his daughter into “damaged goods”? (I’m not saying that victims of pedophiles really are damaged goods, but, rather, that that’s a heck of a trump card to play to get someone to do what you want him to do. I can hardly think of a better one.)


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Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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