UNTIL recently females were invariably considered the victims of male promiscuity.
From crime reports it appears that women today are as prone to ‘sins of the flesh’ as is the male of the species.
Despite this the law is still heavily skewed against men. When after the event allegations of force are made the man is charged, named and shamed.
The onus is largely on men, charged with offences, to prove their innocence.
I think it was Shakespeare who surmised, ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.’
A woman who, after consensual lovemaking with her ex, was refused reconciliation of her marriage, immediately went to the police to allege she had been raped by him.
Her vengeful attempt backfired when it was revealed her husband had secretly filmed their amorous activities on his mobile phone.
It clearly showed her to be as amorous as he had been; there was no suggestion of coercion.
She has been gaoled for 10 months. Had he not filmed the encounter he would likely be serving 10 years.
Years ago, when single compartments were linked by corridors on New York trains, unscrupulous women made a living out of the law being tilted in their favour.
Finding a man alone in a compartment she would take her seat.
After striking up conversation she would suggest he hand over the contents of his wallet; otherwise she would call the train conductor and claim he had molested her.
One victim of the scam kept his cool and suggested to his ‘assailant’ that she call the conductor. Challenged, she hollered and sure enough the conductor appeared and sympathetically listened to her allegations.
It didn’t look good for the victim. When confronted, her intended victim asked the conductor to note that he was smoking a cigarette.
He asked him to note the length of the ash at its end. In court her victim’s lawyer demonstrated that the cigarette would not have retained its ash had his client held it during the alleged assault, or placed it down, due to he movement of the train.
The woman was gaoled. I suppose most of us have regrets.
Mine is that I didn’t come forward when years ago two young ‘ladies’ alleged rape against two men.
The newspapers heavily quoted the unblemished innocence of the two young maidens, dressed as might be schoolgirls.
I, and no doubt quite a few other sailors, knew the two girls to be notorious for their shameless immorality.
Both men were sentenced. Looking back I wish I had contacted the men’s defence counsel, but I was a callow youth back then.
I reasoned that maybe the two had assaulted those girls. But, the two young ‘ladies’ were far from being the saints they claimed to be.
Is there a free man who can’t say, ‘there but for the grace of God go I’