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Women Don't "Cry Rape"

U.S. News & World Report, January 10, 2018

Even in this groundbreaking #MeToo moment, the age-old myth that a woman who says she was raped is a liar – covering up a regretted act of consensual sex – remains as popular as ever. In Dave Chapelle's new comedy special, "The Bird Revelation," he jokes that if Harvey Weinstein looked like Brad Pitt, he would not have been accused of assault and rape.

But the myth of the woman who falsely cries rape should never serve as a punchline. I've been tracking slut-shaming – when girls and women are labeled "sluts" and "hos" – for over two decades, interviewing hundreds of teenage girls and women who have been ostracized, harassed and assaulted as a result of their sexual reputation. Their experiences show that it is highly unlikely for any woman to lie about being raped.

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