The Boy Who Cried Wolf
There was once a shepherd-boy who kept his flock at a little distance from the village. Once he thought he would play a trick on the villagers and have some fun at their expense. So he ran toward the village crying out, with all his might,--
"Wolf! Wolf! Come and help! The wolves are at my lambs!"
The kind villagers left their work and ran to the field to help him. But when they got there the boy laughed at them for their pains; there was no wolf there.
Still another day the boy tried the same trick, and the villagers came running to help and got laughed at again. Then one day a wolf did break into the fold and began killing the lambs. In great fright, the boy ran for help. "Wolf! Wolf!" he screamed. "There is a wolf in the flock! Help!"
The villagers heard him, but they thought it was another mean trick; no one paid the least attention, or went near him. And the shepherd-boy lost all his sheep.
There is a reason our parents, kindergarten teachers, mentors and anyone else, tell us the story of the boy who cried wolf. It is an important warning, not just a lesson but a warning to us: if you lie perpetually, the day when you really tell the truth no one will believe you.
A couple of days ago, several news sources cited theAP regarding a student who was allegedly raped by 5 men, 4 of which were pictured; all of them “of color”. Of course, upon seeing this story and reading the gruesome details, I was saddened, I RT’d it and then went about my day. How horrible, one young women is strangled to death on campus another is raped by 5 men. Is there no safety for us?
Fast forward to now;the young woman has confessed that the sex was indeed consensual. She made the story up and much worse, of the four men arrested, whose pictures were splashed across America’s televisions and computers under the caption “RAPE”, only two had sex with her.
The impact this has upon every party involved is a very sinister one. First, and most unfortunately, the four young men, all of them of Latino or African-American decent, were wrongly accused; wrongly linked, with one of the world’s most heinous crimes. Their names have been irretrievably tarnished. For the stereotype that lingers that black men are violent, will rape our (white) women and kill our (white) sons, this certainly doesn’t help- even with the knowledge that they are all innocent.
Secondly, this young woman has perpetuated the very unfortunate notion that women who “cry rape” are perhaps not raped at all, just ashamed of their actions. Sex gets a bad name (hey, if you want to have a 3-some, go for it!), women get a bad name, and rape is used in a selfish and nonchalant manner. In this case, everyone loses.
Third, the very serious matter of rape on campus is one of law enforcement’s most difficult issues of late. Women across the country have been fooled by the false sense of security within college campuses and have been taken advantage of. This incident at Hofstra seems to make light of all the serious cases of rape that truly do occur. The media coverage zoned in on the girl’s “activities” to suggest that there is no way she could have really been raped, as she was such a party girl. Regardless of what happened with the Hofstra case, there are millions of women across the country that do enjoy their relative collegiate freedom and are still victims of rape and/or sexual assault.
Lastly, and the most unknown in a case like this, is what really happened. Was she inebriated and coerced to participate in sexual activities? Did she willingly have sex and then regret it? Was she really raped but received so much local resistance and legal pressure that she declined to go ahead with charges?
Four young men have been wrongly accused and a young woman has contributed to a dangerous precedent that rape usually isn’t “rape” but in fact consensual. The media has treated the serious matter of rape on campus not as a serious crime but as a symptom of the hard partying ways of young women and men. Should the young woman be punished for her crime? I believe she should so her lies don’t prevent another young woman from obtaining fair representation and help from law enforcement.