“The idea that a woman could send an innocent man to prison for years solely so she could obtain compensation beggars belief.”
A British lesbian who accused a total of 15 men, some of whom served jail time, of sexual assault on multiple occasions in a bid to garner sympathy from girlfriends – and money from the justice system – had her appeal to overturn a 10-year prison sentence denied, the BBC reported Thursday.
“The idea that a woman could send an innocent man to prison for years solely so she could obtain compensation beggars belief,” Lady Justice Hallett said.
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Hallett is one of the three Court of Appeal judges who rejected 27-year-old Jemma Beale’s appeal to overturn her four counts of perjury and four counts of perverting the course of justice convictions, which resulted in a Southwark Crown Court sentencing her to 10-years in jail in August of 2017.
The West London woman claimed that in a span of three years, she was raped by nine men and sexually assaulted by six. Mahad Cassim, one of the men Beale accused of rape in 2010, was jailed for seven years after being tried twice.
Britain’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority awarded her £11,000 for the Cassim case. The court heard that Beale told a former girlfriend she had lied to get the money.
Beale’s lawyer, Gillian Jones, argued the jury in her case should have been instructed about the “danger of assumptions, myths and stereotypes” regarding sexual assault victims.
His client’s history of claiming she’s been sexually assaulted is lengthy, stretching back to Nov. 2010 when she reported being raped after accepting a ride home from Mahan Cassim. Cassim ended up serving seven years in prison after being convicted on retrial in 2012.
Her next complaint came in July 2012 when she alleged she had been groped inside a pub by Noam Shazad and then gang-raped by a group of men that included Shazad. In September of 2013, Beale reported she had been sexually assaulted by two men. Neither of them were ever identified. She claimed she had been gang-raped at knife point by four men in Nov. 2013.
During her 2017 trial, Beale reportedly stormed out of the courtroom when prosecutors suggested she had consensual sex with a man in a garage. Previously, she had told the court that she was a lesbian and would never have consensual sex with a male. Prosecutors also told the jury that injuries Beale had allegedly sustained during a gang-rape were self-inflicted.
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In a 2017 interview with a British tabloid, Beale’s ex-girlfriend expressed her disgust with the lies told by her former lover. “I felt physically sick, totally disgusted. I had nursed Jemma through her ‘ordeal’ supported her, cradled her in my arms while she wept and it had all been a lie,” Anuska Pritchard told The Sun.
“Jemma had been giving Cassim the ‘evils’ while he sat in the dock. She was delighted when he got found guilty,” Pritchard revealed. “Yet now she was gloating, telling me ‘I made it all up, I did it for the money!”
Pritchard’s mother told The Sun that she’d discovered Facebook posts by Beale, in which she was “basically ‘bragging’ that she’d been raped.”
Beale’s case highlights tensions in the post-#MeToo movement’s admonishment to society to “believe women” when they come forward to claim they have been the victims of sexual assault.
Anyone who has seen the videos knows it’s true. I’m not sure how a woman encouraging others to wait to “see what HE says” can credibly claim she is protecting women from abuse.
— #IStandWithIlhan Woobie🌹Tuesday (@WoobieTuesday) March 30, 2019
Feminists claim that such a norm is necessary in order to fight against years of our patriarchal society’s fostering of a rape culture that is, by default, skeptical of women who claim to be victimized by men.
Critics have pushed back, arguing that such a maxim obvious limitations. Writing in The New York Times in Nov. 2017, Bari Weiss highlighted how the #MeToo movement had moved from “uncovering accusations of criminal behavior” to “criminalizing behavior that we previously regarded as presumptuous and boorish.”
“In a climate in which sexual mores are transforming so rapidly, many men are asking: If I were wrongly accused, who would believe me?” she wrote. Weiss questioned whether the “believe all women” vision of feminism actually benefits women, arguing that it “unintentionally fetishizes” them.
“Women are no longer human and flawed. They are Truth personified. They are above reproach,” she wrote.
“I believe that it’s condescending to think that women and their claims can’t stand up to interrogation and can’t handle skepticism,” Weiss added. “I believe that facts serve feminists far better than faith. That due process is better than mob rule.”
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