ALLEGED RAPE VICTIM IN COAST GUARD CASE
"CAN'T REMEMBER" SO-CALLED ATTACK BECAUSE
SHE WAS DRUNK - COURT-MARTIAL TESTIMONY
REVEALS SHE WENT TO CONCERT WITH CADET
WEBSTER SMITH NEXT NIGHT AFTER CLAIMED
"DATE RAPE" - EVEN HAD SEX WITH HIM AGAIN
ANOTHER  FEMALE ACCUSER ADMITS POSING
FOR NAKED PIX - GAVE "ATTACKER"  MASSAGE 
BUT PROSECUTION  STILL PUSHES FOR 
"POLITICALLY-CORRECT" TRIAL DESPITE
DAMAGE TO GENUINE CASES OF SEX ASSAULT

Let's switch things around for a moment.  How  about this? A female cadet at the Coast Guard Academy is accused of  "raping" and "assaulting" a minority-member male at the New London, Conn service  school?  We know, highly unlikely. But stay with us for a few paragraphs.  Please. We'll get to our point, soon enough.

The male "victim" can't remember much.  He was  admittedly drunk because he downed two bottles of wine and "blacked  out." At least that's what he says. And the accuser admits under  cross-examination that he did go out on a date with his attacker the very next  night. In fact, he admits they had sex again, after the so-called  rape.  In addition, he acknowledges that he posed for nude pictures taken  by another female "attacker." The poor, helpless cadet even  testified he gave his "attacker" back rubs, and she him. Followed by mutual oral sex. [That's what the military likes to call, hold on to your hats, gang,  "sodomy." Let's bring down the fire and brimstone, now! Amen, brother.]

Next, the (let's say) Caucasion male says his  African-American "attacker" had "date raped," him, at least he "thinks" she  did. Duh! Well, that's what his pals and military investigators told him,  anyway. In light of all this, what would be the accuser's  credibility?  Right. Close to zero.

WHAT'S REAL REASON FOR COAST GUARD'S  FIRST-EVER COURT-MARTIAL?

Now, let's switch the genders and races around and  what do you have?  The first court-martial in Coast Guard history. Could it be that certain brass hats have their noses out of joint that a big,  black male cadet cut such a wide sexual swath with the white females at the  Academy?

Did they reason that, hiding behind the cover of  "political correctness," they could teach Webster Smith, and others like him, a  lesson, and make themselves look like enlighted feminists in the process?

In the Smith case, it's important to pay attention  to the testimony of his female accusers, one who admitted the following: that on  the night of the "assault," she went to Webster's room (not the other way around)  on three separate occasions.  First, to take a naked photo with him. Then to give and receive a body massage. And third, to have sex. To wit, he  performing oral sex on her and she reciprocating on him.  Wow!  That  was a brutal crime! Sound the alarm bells!  Call out the National Guard and  the KKK!

The woman lamely claimed that she felt "pressured"  to do all that because Smith was supposedly keeping a "secret" for her -  something that could have "damaged" her Coast Guard career.  She claimed he  told her he needed "motivation" to keep the secret.

"I didn't know what he would do," moaned the female  cadet. But during cross -examination, she didn't come off quite so innocent  and naive. No "Rebecca from Sunnybrook Farm" is she. No way.

The woman acknowledged she never resisted, even  verbally, when the nude pictures were taken, the backrubs given, and the mutual  oral sex exchanged.

"He didn't force you to do anything, did he?" Navy  Lt. Stuart Kirby, Webster's defense attorney, probed.

"No, sir, " she replied.

CREDIBILITY PROBLEMS WITH OTHER FEMALE ACCUSERS

The other accusers have similar, shaky  recollections.  One rape victim, the "on-again, off-again" girlfriend of  Webster, says she can't recall any alleged sex with the cadet on a class field  trip to Annapolis, Md. because she was "passed out" from drinking booze.

Ah, but the prosecution contends the female cadet  was too drunk to "consent" to sex. However, other testimony indicates the  amount of alcohol allegedly consumed was greatly exagerrated by the woman and  that the sex was "consensual" between the then-girlfriend and boyfriend.

What a terrific, iron-clad case these brilliant  Coast Guard lawyers have brought forward!  In any civilian court in America  they'd be tossed out on their ear.  But we know that for uniformed service  members, "innocent until proven guilty" is actually "guilty until proven  innocent" in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of military injustice.  Common  sense and credibility count for little in the Webster case.  It's the  prosecutors who should be on trial.  But we know that won't ever happen,  don't we?

And this is why a court-martial has been convened,  the first one in the Coast Guard's 130 year history?   Whichever way  these proceedings come out, the Coast Guard is going to get a black eye.   Way to go, guys!

HURTING THE CASES OF GENUINE SEXUAL ASSAULT

It's cases like the above that  seriously damage prosecution of genuine cases of rape and assault.  The  credibility of the accuser is always questioned in these types of trials. What  does it do to help stop the very real problem of sexual assault against females  in the military when those who would try and ignore such crimes can point  to a farce like the Webster court-martial?

We know of a retired Navy petty officer first class  in Maine who would like to get a little justice.  She deserves it.   But she never got it. Not from the Navy or the VA, who rate her at only 50%  disabled from trauma (a form of PTSD) related to her Navy service.

This highly-competent sailor, a cinch for promotion  to "chief" if the playing field had been level, left the Navy after more than  twenty years with nothing but horrible memories of how her real attacker got  away while she was retaliated on for blowing the whistle.

When JM was new to the Navy, she underwent a  physical examination by a male doctor who decided he was going to do a pelvic  exam that wasn't according to regulation.  The frightened young woman knew  one thing. Her word against an officer back then - the 1970's - wouldn't  count for much. She just wanted to get away from him. He'd warned her when  she complained that it wouldn't be a good idea to "accuse" him of  anything.

Fast forward to years later. Her attacker is now a  lieutenant commander and lo and behold this PO1's new "boss."  She begged  the Navy to transfer her, for obvious reasons, but they wouldn't.  In fact,  despite her many accomplishments and excellent performance evaluations prior to  coming under control of her former Navy doctor, JM never got her deserved  promotion to chief petty officer.  Could it be because she dared complain  about being thrown together with this creep again?

It's situations like the Webster case that  undermine and erode the credibility of truthful complainants like the  above-mentioned PO1.  She has to live the rest of her life knowing the Navy  denied her justice.  Specious and flimsy cases like the Coast Guard one we  have reported here do nothing to help people like JM, a genuine  victim.

 

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