“Finally this is over, so I am very happy.”
An Australian woman who accused a 36-year-old man of sexual assault, after he stopped to assist her when her car broke down in 2018, admitted she made the whole thing up, 7News reported.
Surveillance footage captured at the scene shows the Bankstown man attending to the woman’s car for nearly two hours. A Bankstown Local Court threw out the stalking and indecent assault charges against him after the alleged victim confessed to lying about the incident.
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Kenan Basic was merely trying to help 19-year-old Caitlin Gray, who had stopped at a BP gas station in Sydney late last year after crashing her car. The whirlwind of accusations that followed destroyed his relationship, cost him his job and resulted in him spending two weeks in jail.
Gray told police Basic offered his assistance in exchange for sex, before chasing her into the car and assaulting her. According to Gray, the assault took place at a different location. Security camera footage shows the two engaging in what appears to be a friendly manner, and parting ways with a hug.
7News reported that in a recent police interview, Gray broke down and admitted she’d fabricated the allegations against Basic.
Basic’s attorney told 7News that police obtained the CCTV footage which appeared to contradict Gray’s account “by mere luck” after being pressed to investigate the matter further. “Finally this is over, so I am very happy,” Basic said in an interview with 7News after walking out of court. He told the news outlet the last few months had been “terrible.”
Gray will be in court next week, facing charges of fabricating evidence and lying to police and contempt of court. As for Basic, he told 7News it was unlikely that he would ever help out a distressed woman again.
The case highlights tensions that have arisen following the #MeToo movement’s admonishment of society to “believe women” when they come forward to claim they have been the victims of sexual assault.
Feminists allege that such a norm is necessary in order to fight against years of 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 has obvious limitations. Writing in The New York Times in Nov. 2017, Bari Weiss aruged that 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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