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Recently, the Edmonton police service started an advertising campaign call "Don't Be That Guy," Which advise that sex without consent constitutes sexual assault.
A group called Men's Right Edmonton started their own campaign called "Don't Be That Girl", which suggests some women lie about being raped and that rape is over-reported.
The poster depicts attractive young women drinking in the company of young men, and has the caption: "Just because you regret a one-night stand doesn't mean it wasn't consensual."
Men's Rights Edmonton says the poster was meant to provoke discussion about false accusations and double standards.
"Nobody wants to see sexual assault happen, nobody wants to see rape happen, but we have to stop thinking of this as a gender problem," says a member, who would only identify himself as Raz.
"What poster like 'Don't be that guy' do is they essentially insert that if men are told not to rape, the rape, which is completely false."
"The presumption is out of the gate that you are probably guilty, and it's because of this misinformation that our society has become saturated with."
Karen Smith, executive director of the Sexual Assault Center of Edmonton, says she was saddened by the posters.
"I'm really disappointed that these people would decide not to recognize that there's a significant problem of sexual assault in our community," Smith said.
The Edmonton police says their campaign was meant to encourage victims of sexual assault to come foward.
"To demean these crimes goes against that and to belittle them goes against that," says acting Insp. Sean Armstrong.
Police says about one percent of sexual assault they investigate are found to have been fabricated.
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The idea, needless to say, doesn’t make for delicate dinner party conversation. The notion of false accusations is often dismissed by rape-prevention advocates as a complete falsehood. Indeed, speaking with the CBC, executive director of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, Karen Smith, was eager to dismiss the message of the new posters as untrue.
“I want to make clear that that is so inaccurate,” she said. “It just doesn’t happen. Nobody would report sexual assault needlessly because it is a grueling process to go through.”
Actually, people would. And they do. Statistics show that false accusations of sexual assaults occur about as frequently as false accusations of other crimes — somewhere between two and four per cent. Granted, two per cent may seem like a paltry figure compared to the number of legitimate claims (and the majority that are left unreported), but to those falsely accused, it is no insignificant matter.
There are countless stories of innocent lives being derailed by illegitimate accusations, including a recent story of a woman who made five false rape accusations in the past few years. One of the most high-profile cases, however, is that of Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks. Banks was poised to attend the University of Southern California in 2002 on a football scholarship when a classmate, Wanetta Gibson, accused him of sexual assault. Faced with the prospect of more than 40 years in prison, Banks took a plea and spent five years in jail. Fortunately, Banks was eventually able to clear his name, but there are undoubtedly other innocent men currently serving time for assaults they didn’t commit. The new posters around Edmonton inadvertently bring attention to their plight.
The concept proved itself in April when Postmedia’s Christie Blatchford wrote about the tragic case of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons, who committed suicide after months of bullying stemming from an alleged gang rape. In her report, Blatchford detailed the prosecutorial challenges that had faced investigators looking at the alleged rape, which included conflicting reports from Parsons, an ambiguous photo of the scene and an eyewitness account that the sex may have been consensual. While the merit of these claims are, indeed, debatable, the mere mention of their consideration was enough to incite public fury. Blatchford was called a traitor to women, a rape-apologist and a slut-shamer — the takeaway being that any and all accusations of assault must be treated as fact, no questions asked.