If A Woman Tells You She was Gang Raped...
The call came in response to the morning segment which was about how thousands of women in the U.S. military are victims of sexual assault each year. Marty Moss-Cohane's guest was the producer of a documentary called The Invisible War on the subject.
She said on the night this happened that her roommate was entertaining a male guest in their room so she was in some common area when this really nice, good looking male cadet came up and talked to her. She described him as "Mr. Super Handsome Wonderful" and that she never thought he would pay any attention to her. But he did.
No idea how many? Did she fight? Complain? Had she been drinking? We don't know.
And it was at that point, Marty gently stopped and told her how "sorry" she was for what happened to her and then invited her guest to weigh in. Jean was thanked for sharing her terrible story and told what happened that night was not in anyway her fault and that there were thousands like her who had suffered in silence.
So that was pretty much it.
Now, I get that having a radio show and inviting callers on to tell stories can be a dicey affair. It's not like you or your producer is going to be able fact-check a story from 30 years ago. And when somebody tells you of some horrible assault that happened to them, you're in a sticky place of having to believe them, or pretend to...
But here was a anecdote that fit the narrative of the story Marty and her guest were telling and there was no point actually questioning whether it was true or not. But the lack of skepticism, the accepting of this story at face value is bothersome.
No wonder he didn't get the girl.
(You can listen to the Radio Times segment here. Jean's call come at about the 23:30 mark.)
After listening to the broadcast, I came across this story. It shows why journalists and cops should keep their wits about them when interviewing self-proclaimed victims, who might turn out not to be crime victims at all.