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  • By Ian Sample

    A leading psychologist whose research on human memory exposed her to death threats, lawsuits, personal abuse and a campaign to have her sacked has won a prestigious prize for her courage in […]

    • Beth Loftus is a true hero: valiant fighter for civil justice and scientific truth in the face of violent threats; clear-headed, honest thinker in the face of pseudoscientific charlatans and mercenary lawyers. Congratulations to her on winning the John Maddox Prize.

      Richard

    • Richard Dawkins #1: Beth Loftus is a true hero: valiant fighter for civil justice and scientific truth in the face of violent threats; clear-headed, honest thinker in the face of pseudoscientific charlatans and mercenary lawyers. Congratulations to her on winning the John Maddox Prize.

      I concur. The process of recovered/false memory has recently fueled the insidious Believe The Victim movement spearheaded by third wave feminists besotted with the delusion of pervasive rape culture and a conviction that men are expendable miscreants in any case. The politically correct ethic demands that women who accuse men of rape, sexual assault, or any conduct that falls under the umbrella of “inappropriate behavior” be believed or at least be given the preponderant benefit of the doubt. Imposition of “progressive” bias favoring the accuser is said to compensate for past injustices where a female accuser was treated with hyper skepticism; sometimes deplorably blamed for enticing her attacker and therefore held materially responsible for her own rape. In our Brave New World, the possibility of convicting an “innocent” man who denies the charge in dubious cases is fashionably dismissed with statistics that “prove” that women seldom lie about sexual assault. “Trials” are not limited to the courtroom. They are also held in mainstream media, social media and the blogosphere.