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Alaina Woodford False Rape Accusations? 6/7/16 “Before I start, I want to say that this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. I understand that I am setting myself up to be attacked in more ways than has already been done to me. People may accuse me of lying and may try any tactic to protect him because they don’t know who he truly is…Throughout the five years of knowing him, I have been mentally and physically abused… by Toby Turner.”
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  Alaina WoodfordFalse Rape Accusations?6/7/16 “Before I start, I want to say that this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. I understand that I am setting myself up to be attacked in more ways than has already been done to me. People may accuse me of lying and may try any tactic to protect him because they don’t know who he truly is…hroughout the five years of knowing him, I have been mentally and physically abused… by oby urner.!  These are the words that begin April Fletcher’s post “The truth about Tobuscus! where she recounts her #e$%ear histor% of e&otionalabuse rape and drugging at the hands of a fa&ous 'ouTuber Tob% “Tobuscus! Turner( Fletcher herself is a 'ouTuber a ga&er and a “l%ingwhore(! That last one isn’t self$professed or e#en true) it’s *ust one of the &an% insults hurled at her since she ca&e out with her accusation( As thousands of bra#e +nternet trolls rush to the aid of a popular abuser Fletcher is tra&pled and it’s not unintentional( ,he recei#es hate&ail on e#er% social &edia account she owns fro& the #ein$throbbingl% angr% -“T.+, +, 0,.+T! “'20 +3R! “4RA5A 033!8 tothe cruel -“+ honestl% belie#e that %ou were so *ealous of Tob% being in lo#e with 2lga %ou couldn’t stand the thought of hi& being happ% with an%one but %ou((!8 to the see&ingl% reasonable -“this stor% doesn’t  add up!8( o &atter the state of their capsloc9 thousands scra&ble o#er the&sel#es to po9e holes in the stor% of a rape #icti&(  This case isn’t re&ar9able) it’s *ust another he said/she said in which e#er%one grants the “he! &uch &ore credibilit% than the “she(! ut + chose this case because it’s happening right now( 2n April : th  ;<16 Fletcher posted her account of the rape and abuse on Tu&blr and nearl% two &onths later the hateful co&&ents still =ood in at a rate too high to be &oderated( 4on’t be &ista9en> this is a for& of #iolence against wo&en( The deep &istrust reser#ed for wo&en who report rape and abuse is designed to discourage reports di&inish #icti&s and abo#e all protect the &en who perpetrate that #iolenceenabling the& to do e#en &ore har& in the future( To get plent% of conte@t + want to spend so&e ti&e la%ing out the response to Fletcher’s post all of it fro& the close 'ouTube co&&unit% that Turner is also part of( lare ourdes A&elia Talon Bate3lliott 5elanie 5urph% and Cacl%n Dlenn all bac9ed up Fletcher’s accounts of lies &anipulation and cheating although the latter two were deepl% reluctant to #alidate Fletcher’s accusations of abuse or rape( Dlenn in particular a pro&inent e@ of Turner’s threw out plent% of #icti&$bla&ing state&ents insinuating that it’s not Turner’s fault for doing so&ething a wo&an doesn’t li9e if she didn’t sa% no to it( All of those wo&en had dated Turner or been his #icti& rst$hand( on$#icti&s li9e 5a@ andis Ehilip 4eFranco Ti& a9er 4aniel ,ulbach  and aci Dreen threw their support to Fletcher or told their own accounts of witnessing Turner’s bad beha#ior( All of these responses could be categoried as at least &ostl% positi#e in Fletcher’s fa#or(While negati#e or neutral responses are o#erwhel&ing a&ong the co&&ents and fans and trolls there are onl% four fro& pro&inent  'ouTubers> 2lga Ba% ,eth .endri@ Cac9ie Turner and Tob% Turner( 2lgaBa% is neutral a fairl% recent e@ of Turner’s who refuses to answer an% Guestions and has &ade onl% one state&ent> that she is o9a% and ne#er “felt unsafe in an% wa%! -Ba%8( The other three are negati#e starting with ,eth .endri@ who atte&pted to debun9 Bate 3lliott’s account b% re#ealing &uch of her personal infor&ation( -.owe#er 3lliott responded to describe how this new info still supported her stor%(8 Cac9ie Turner Tob%’s &other &ade se#eral posts on Fletcher’s Faceboo9 and Tu&blr pro les clai&ing that Tob% “has ne#er touched an% drugs! that Fletcher &ade up their relationship and that Fletcher is onl% *ealous and bitter because Turner ne#er li9ed her -Turner  Cac9ie8( 3#en those who side partiall% with Turner agree that he has so&e drug proble&s so + would assu&e that nearl% all in#ol#ed would consider 5rs( Turner’s response uninfor&ed(And nall% Tob% Turner hi&self &ade a one$&inute response #ideo clai&ing that the accusations are “absolutel% false(! .e &onetied the #ideo and carefull% ne#er na&es Fletcher which se#eral  ha#e speculated is due to his law%er’s ad#ice to dodge an% potential defa&ation charges(5an% of Fletcher’s nastiest detractors ha#e spread the ru&or that her allegations are based on the plot of  Jessica Jones  the co&ic$turned$et=i@ show( Although both the show and Fletcher’s post deal with e&otional abuse it’s a =i&s% co&parison( 5% belief is that this association is being &ade b% so&eone who’s unfa&iliar with e&otionalabuse and subseGuentl% draws parallels between the two accounts that are actuall% o#erwhel&ingl% co&&on in e&otional abuse such as conditioning the #icti& not reporting to the police and sta%ing with anabuser despite being &iserable(Di#en the entire conte@t it see&s highl% li9el% that Fletcher is telling the truth( .er stor% has been #alidated at least in part b% the &a*orit% of the indi#iduals close to the situation) she and se#eral other wo&en are wor9ing on a case with the police) and the onl% people directl% in#ol#ed who co&pletel% den% the accusations are the accusedabuser his &other and his best friend( ut then there’s the swar& of anon%&ous and angr% &en hastening to bog Fletcher down in endless iterations of unhealth% s9epticis& *oined b% not an insigni cant nu&ber of wo&en( i9e &en these wo&en are drafted b% their culture to hound delegiti&ie and bur% rape #icti&s( +n one of our class readings Russo called for fe&inists to create a societ% that “holds
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