Bright Eyes singer/songwriter Conor Oberst filed a lawsuit last Thursday seeking $1 million in damages from the woman who, in the comments section on an xoJane article, accused him of raping her over a decade ago.
So, obviously they’ll go to court; simple, right?
Without question Oberst has a right to his day in court — but a domestic violence advocacy group is asking him to drop the suit, even if he’s innocent.
According to Spin, Right to Speak Out contends that his lawsuit contributes to the culture of silence surrounding rape:
According to Right to Speak Out, the lawsuit will hurt victims. “It is offensive to imply that filing such a lawsuit is a respectable way to procure money regardless of what he declares he intends to do with it,” the group said in a statement. “Even if Ms. Faircloth was not truthful, vilifying discussion of sexual assault by filing such a lawsuit only adds to the problem of under-reporting that enables sexual assault to proliferate at alarming rates.” Only 21 percent of rapes are reported, according to the nonprofit, with only 7 percent of those ending in convictions.
So, Right To Speak Out finds it “offensive” that a man would sue to clear his name. To these morons the ‘right’ of false accusers and defamers to “speak out” trumps a man’s right to vindicate himself in a court of law — because proving that a woman violated the law equals “vilifying discussion of sexual assault.”
Justice for the falsely accused “only adds to the problem of under-reporting” crime. Conor Oberst should just roll over and accept that the damage to his good name is collateral damage.
This is what fanaticism looks like. Sue her ass off, Conor.