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A cynical hot take: #BelieveWomen fails to diagnose the a central problem with testimony about sexual assault cases.

The problem is often not primarily about lack of belief, but about a lack of care. (1/5)
2 error theories:
(1) People often claim there's insufficient evidence for belief as a *cover*.

(2) There's often insufficient evidence for belief in *legal* settings. (Though, of course, that's not a good standard for everyday belief.) (2/5)
The slogan #BelieveWomen misleadingly suggests that issues regarding sexual violence testimony could be ameliorated by fixing the norms of beliefs.

However, the problem is not primarily epistemic, but rather moral. (3/5)
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#AmberHeard is going on Today Show and GMA...they would not be taking someone on their show who they knew is a liar. So why are they taking her on their show? It's not just clickbait & ratings. It's because there is an agenda. Please do not let them get away. Lives matter.
The machine behind #AmberHeard is powerful. They've pushed a narrative for the last few years with Amber Heard and other "ambassadors" to #BelieveWomen to #DefundThePolice to #MeToo etc. Everyone of these is dishonest and lacks transparency. All of them are political. We're pawns
We just cannot, as a society, for the safety of our kids, support role models forced in our faces, like #AmberHeard is on MSM, who are liars. It is a recipe for a divisive society.
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#BelieveWomen #StartbyBelieving
@EvaWi @NHCADSV @ConcordPolice @SurvJustice @NH_DOJ - if you started by believing Chessy Prout, then you would have believed her when she said to her sister & Concord PD recorded it down "I have never said he raped me". Instead you trained her.
You trained her to say what you wanted her to say so that you could prosecute Owen Labrie. You didn't want it to go to trial. You wanted Owen Labrie to plead guilty to something you knew he had not done and that you could not prove that he had done.
And your goal once you had done that was to use the framing of the scholarship student Owen Labrie to install a "compliance officer" at St Paul's School, to get a contract for the NHCADSV, to get the school to use both "Bystander Intervention" Training & maxient.com
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Rape is an act of power & control. It's why rape victims give terrible witness testimony. Often they are unreliable witnesses. Their memories are fractured & if their rapist was a man who groomed them, who they know, they most certainly tried to protect that person at some point.
Usually victims of rape act through rage. Any time someone challenges you about that person in your life at first you will seem strange & defensive but then eventually insane & full of rage. As the memories grow into something tangible you realize how no one will believe you.
You realize how Your Story now sounds exactly like all those women's stories you heard before you. Maybe some who you supported or some you didn't. You probably Didn't support them if the man controlling you convinced you to compete with other women for affection. This is common.
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This #InternationalWomensDay I’d like to remind my doctor colleagues that medicine has an androcentric history that may impact upon women patients. That woman isn’t « difficult », she’s under-researched and we know less (and even less has been translated to practice). 🧵
We can do Better. Women are also represented less in medical and anatomical textbooks. Here are some papers for further information.
Androcentricity in medicine:

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.11…
Misogyny in medical research:

croakey.org/the-unattracti…
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Prince William County VA dad Jeff Darr's voice quivered as he asked his school board for justice for his daughter, sexually assaulted at school. Watch the callous @PWCSNews @BaburLateef: "We won't be answering you but you can certainly keep asking." @armyofparents @defendinged
The way @PWCSNews @BaburLateef treated this gentle dad, Jeff Darr, clearly troubled + distraught, is appalling. Lateef is part of the Democratic cabal of @VAGovernor73 @AtifQarni + is everything @JasonMiyaresVA must clean up. Thank you @NatBrinkman for being a fierce papa bear.
Chair @BaburLateef worked with pal @AtifQarni, both funded by donors in the religiously conservative VA Muslim network, to destroy TJ, in part because too many Indian Hindus, not Pakistani Muslims (like them), gain admission. If sexual assault happened to a patron’s daughter…??
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This makes me so 🤢

The idea that women are automatically “safe” is exactly what creates this “opportunity” for some women to exploit children & monetize their “optics” of “trustworthy” on behalf of predators.

Gender does not predict ethics, integrity, safety.
Why does #GhislaineMaxwellTrial matter to #womeninSTEM?
⬇️federal funding
➡️private donors (Epstein)

“Socialites” open doors to elite spaces, including #academia #science #STEM
Women=“optics” & “reputation management” for these wealthy predator men

theverge.com/2019/9/19/2087…
These same connected women, often daughters of powerful businessmen

are on boards of #WomeninSTEM “empowerment” organizations or on #MeToo (TimesUp scandal)

the very women who are predators of young women are given access to women’s “safe spaces”? (!!!)

bustle.com/entertainment/…
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I've joined colleagues petitioning the FDA to withdraw Biogen's license for aducanumab, a drug that hasn't demonstrated benefit to patients & poses major safety issues (brain bleeds/swelling). Besides being case of regulatory capture, Biogen's marketing has been deeply cynical...
After receiving startling approval last June (again, for a drug that doesn't appear to work & has already been linked to deaths), Biogen set the price at $56k annually, despite initial projections of $3k-$8k. This doesn't even factor in cost of PET scans, clinical infusion, etc.
They then unveiled a direct-to-consumer marketing plan, including a website w/ a memory loss screener. No matter how a user answers they get geo-linked via zip code to provider locations that also happen to be infusion sites for the drug (which is an anti-amyloid antibody).
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🚨 Our sexual harassment at work conference is starting now🚨

🗣️Be part of the conversation by using the hashtag #metooconference and tagging us.

💜We’ll be posting throughout the day and would love to hear from you! conference poster with the title, date and place of the conf
📢"As women we are brought up to accept through our whole lives that we are not safe from sexual violence anywhere."

Powerful words from our first speaker @_HelenMott_ on the importance of being alive to the psychology of bias in sexual harassment cases. #metooconference
.@_HelenMott_ on 🚩himpathy🚩: the inappropriate & disproportionate sympathy for perpetrators, including a reluctance to believe women who report and reluctance to punish perpetrators of sexual harassment.

🛑This creates barriers to women's access to justice. #metooconference
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Everyone calling the #BBC article disgusting, it seems that there are two simple questions you need to ask yourself:

(1) Do you believe that the women interviewed were lying about their experiences?

(2) If not, do you think their experiences are not worthy of being reported on?
If the answer to both those questions are No, then think about your feelings of discomfort and consider where they are coming from.

#kneejerk
#lesbians
#lesbiansilencing
#believewomen
The “issues” with the “survey” are a red herring. The reporter followed up and personally interviewed women who spoke to her about actual experiences they had.

You either believe that they told her the truth and she reported them accurately or you don’t.
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When I was 25, I once brought home a guy after a night of clubbing for a friend’s birthday; they worked together. I told him in the bar that I just wanted to kiss and cuddle. I repeated it. He said he was totally happy just to do that.

He was not totally happy just to do that. 1
I wasn’t raped. But after playing defense for like an hour (moving his hands, shaking my head, saying no (not aggressively of course), I pretended to fall asleep. He felt me up, and I pretended to be asleep. He fingered me, and I pretended to be asleep. He left it at that. 2/
I am a physically strong, smart, outspoken woman. He was not physically overpowering to me. I probably could have given him a good fight. I never asked him to leave; he never refused. So why? Why didn’t I just kick him out when he kept trying to go past where I was comfortable?3/
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Thread.

It’s going to take a while to get this out, so bear with me.

Begin:

Malala Yousafzai has become an international symbol for feminism and female education equality. The political left holds her as a hero.
Malala is the daughter of educational activist, who were determined to see that their daughter get a proper education in a part of the world where women and girls were banned from attending school.
On October 9, 2012, after attending school and taking an exam, Malala and two other girls were shot. Malala herself was shot in the head and nearly died.
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I wrote this article for my own catharsis. I never expected it to be peer reviewed. When @NEJM accepted it, I experienced my first panic attack. 1/
@WomenInMedicine @WomeninOnc @AMWADoctors @womeninmedchat @WomeninAcademi1
My sudden physiologic reaction took me by surprise and was really embarrassing – I was super tachycardic, diaphoretic, and vasovagal. Then had an intense parasympathetic reaction with acute-onset diarrhea. TMI, sorry. 2/
When I managed to recoup, I realized - how dare this system, this culture, make me feel so panicked about being vulnerable, truthful, and righteously angry? 3/
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Each week I receive several DMs from female service members who have been the victims of sexual harassment/assault. Invariably the victims were too scared to speak up or they spoke up & faced consequences. I've never been in the military but I believe these women.
Last week I saw a post from an army public affairs officer w/ a history of degrading women. When a leader publicly tweets something like that from a verified account, it perpetuates the notion that SH/SA victims will not be heard and/or treated fairly when reporting abuse.
I quote tweeted his tweet & it received a fair amount of traction. @ArmyTimes later ran a story that the officer has been suspended pending an investigation. If I held the power to influence @USArmy w/ my tweets a lot of things in my life would be very different than they are.
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In light of the Boston police Union leader child abuse, this is very plausible, even probable. I have 2x, on behalf of someone else, reported, via Title IX - the woman or gay man was not feeling safe enuf to report. Yes, there is blowback when one reports. But we can’t be silent.
I am a mandated reporter as a #pediatrician. I *must* report for my patients or face legal consequences. Am same for staff, students, trainees. But in #EmergencyMedicine who do I call if a child may be unsafe at home? Sometimes, cops. Are cops safe?

boston.com/news/local-new…
I have seen #mentalhealth and entire life paths destroyed by abusers preying on children like: This happened to too many people I know. I have seen institutions intimidate, mislabel, bury stories of the victims. (Some predators wait until 18th birthday.)

nytimes.com/2017/08/07/nyr…
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I thought this preview was bad. Then I listened to the entire interview. This might be the worst single interview from any of the Grievance Hoaxers, and I have put myself through a mortifying amount of content from these people. Let me set out the highlights briefly [1/n]
Here's Peter claiming all teaching programs in the US "participate in some variant of CRT or the Woke ideology..." in ways that lead K-12 teachers not to form beliefs based on evidence, to be unwilling to revise beliefs, to have no semblance of rationality. I have no words. [2/n]
Mask all the way off, he praises the Strongman Fascist Dictator model of addressing the problem of Wokeness, namedropping Viktor Orbán and saying his method is the only way because things like peer review and reason aren't used in Studies departments. (This is just false.) [3/n]
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Thread: We need to address the myths surrounding women in the family law court. The myth that women Make Up abuse to obtain “strategic advantage” in court & that kids tell health care workers they were abused bc their mother is “coaching them” firstly- @MattsJane @AbigailBoydMLC
2/ We cannot tell women they need to leave their violent homes but then accuse them of lying the moment they try. We understand women cannot leave without the family law court. You cannot simply pick up & leave without court orders @Drhutch2011 @BethanyinCBR @kjoh7876
3/ So when we have rates of child abuse & family violence as high as we do- we have to EXPECT that the court is full of family violence...which it is.
@NTVorg @melwojtas @angelo_virgona @ANROWSCEO @MSMWatchdog2013 @RonniSalt @LouiseKNewman @ManjulaOConnor @AustralianLobby @dvnsw
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The man on the left is David Armanasco. He has been doing free public relations for @MCoSheriff Steve Bernal. 🤔

He is best buds with Leon Panetta.

The @mcweekly met with Armanasco as Steve Bernal was poised to enter office (from deputy to sheriff) and agreed to go easy.
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And they have. six years later the sherif stories have a soft touch. They round off the edges

The rigging of American politics is happening in plain sight. We need to pay attention or we will be right back at another Trump.

Armanasco is in the above photo with the sommelier
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from the Sardine Factory. One of his "paying clients".

So is Steve Bernal's public relations really free? @CA_FPPC.

No. It isn't. Steve Bernal's PR is paid for by the same well connected and questionable business men that steered a deputy into the corrupt sheriff slot.
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1. Keeps trying over and over and over and over to cut Social Security and Medicare, raise the retirement age, and gut welfare, all while lying about it and absurdly claiming the video evidence of this is “doctored.”

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I just want to say that those of us who have been working in gun violence prevention are not at all surprised by what happened this week. We have targeted, harassed & threatened by these kinds people for years. 1/@MomsDemand @Everytown @bradybuzz @GabbyGiffords @sandyhook
Many of us have reached out to @Twitter @Facebook @Google and law enforcement because they have threatened us with rape, home invasion, murdering our kids and pets and extended family members. @shannonrwatts has been especially targeted 2/
For those who are survivors of gun violence like @kharyp and @lucymcbath and the families of Sandy Hook, the harassment is particularly grotesque. Claiming loved ones never existed, blaming them for their own deaths.
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Jimmy Dore is Zenkus' new hero. You'd think as a self-proclaimed domestic abuse "expert" Zenkus would know the link between verbal and emotional abuse by men towards women and men who are generally abusers.

Instead it looks like Dore and Zenkus are two bodies, one hideous soul. Image
What happened to #BelieveWomen Zenkus? This woman was verbally and emotionally harassed online by Jimmy Dore. Why are you still defending him? Image
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This is #Salinas' new mayor @kimbleycraig. Craig was endorsed by the so-called "left" @mcweekly in #MontereyCounty. Craig's biggest backers are Trump supporters or non-voters who still give $1,000s.

Craig received 95% of fmr. Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter and @SalinasPD's

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.@SalinasPolice's money.

Ricky Cabrera not only endorsed Craig but he gave her 💰.

Ricky Cabrera's brother, Victor Cabrera, murdered a single mom for insurance money to fund a stolen car ring in Monterey & San Benito County, Mexico. #BelieveWomen

Ricky's other bro

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is a doctor, gives money to Salinas Police and was a named Executive Director of #MontereyDowns - a failed @PotterForMayor pushed horse park, betting and residential real estate project.

County Supervisor @PhillipsForSup (John Phillips) has a special interest in Craig.

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I dated @hackpad (acquired by @Dropbox 2015) co-founder Alex Graveley @orph in 2019.

Things started off well, but after about 2 months he became intensely emotionally abuse and increasingly sexually abusive. These are messages he sent me. #abuse #dropbox #MeToo #Domesticviolence ImageImageImageImage
Alex's "best friend" @natfriedman (CEO of @github) knows about the situation and thinks it doesn't matter.
Alex is also an @ycombinator alumni.
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Six weeks ago @ProjectSouth and @GovAcctProj filed a #Whistleblower complaint alleging horrific medical abuses at #ShutDownIrwin

We’ve asked nearly every day:
How many surgeries did ICE pay doctor Amin to perform?

They won’t tell you. Why?

17 Amin patients remain at Irwin
Since the @ProjectSouth report came out, movement orgs like @SoGA_Support @GLAHR_ @GaDetWatch, immigration lawyers coordinated by @AILANational members @ leaders, systemic change & mass rep experts at @ThinkLawLab, & health professionals at @Doc4CampClosure PHR, CVR assembled.
The record these advocates and professionals built assisted @RepJayapal with building a coalition to introduce, debate, and pass #HRes1153. @HispanicCaucus went to #ShutDownIrwin & heard directly from women. @JacksonLeeTX18 intervened to protect and free an Amin surgery survivor.
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