PZ Myers was accused of rape by a student. Myers claims the rape allegation is false. Yet rather than call the police to perform a rape kit and conduct a thorough investigatin, Myers used his institutional power and privilege to silence the girl. Read more about PZ Myers treatment of an alleged rape victim.
PZ Myers rape victim was never heard. I have training in psychodrama, a technique that allows a person to develop empathy with and tell the story of victims:
Psychodrama is an action method, often used as a psychotherapy, in which clients use spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their lives. Developed by Jacob L. Moreno, M.D. (1889–1974) psychodrama includes elements of theater, often conducted on a stage where props can be used. By closely recreating real-life situations, and acting them out in the present, clients have the opportunity to evaluate their behavior and more deeply understand a particular situation in their lives.
In fact, I attended psychodrama courses taught by none other than famed lawyer Gerry Spence. The course was also supervised and taught by psychologists.
PZ Myers rape allegation offers a great insight into the challenges of rape cases. They are he-said-she-said. PZ Myers has told his story.
Myers' version of the story concerning his alleged rape is self-serving.
Every sentence he types is framed to make him appear sympathetic and to discredit the alleged rape victim.
It is time for the alleged victim to be heard!
Using psychodramatic techniques, I will tell the story of PZ Myers' alleged rape victim, as best as I can. (I have not spoken to the alleged victim. Rather, I am imagining and channeling what she might have felt, said, and experienced.) TRIGGER WARNING: This will be very disturbing.
His alleged victim might begin:
I went to Professor PZ Myers' office to discuss a serious matter. I was shaking when I confronted him. I told him he had raped me.
I wasn't sure what exactly to expect. Looking at a rapist eye-to-eye is chilling. PZ has the eyes of a predator. He has the smirk of a man who knows he can commit crimes with impunity.
When I told him he had raped me, I had hoped for an apology. Maybe he would call the police or turn himself in. Instead, he stormed out of the office. He had a student come in to hold me hostage.
I was so afraid. I didn't know what to do. The student didn't want to let me leave. She kept stalling for time. I didn't feel like I could leave.
PZ Myers returned. He did not have a police detective with him. Rather, he dragged me into his boss's office.
I was horrified. Was I about to be expelled?
They badgered me until I recanted my accusation. They said the problem would "go away" if I took it all back.
I claimed the rape accusation against PZ Myers was a lie to avoid getting expelled from school.
I was robbed of justice.
What really happened? Is PZ Myers a rapist?
There is no way to tell. PZ Myers did not inform the police of the allegation. No criminal investigation was conducted. There is no witness statement describing the alleged rape.
The rape accusation was all handled "in house" in a tidy, convenient way.
Here is what he did. These are his own words:
A female student came into my lab when I was alone, unhappy about an exam grade, and openly threatened me — by going public with a story about a completely nonexistent sexual encounter right there. Zoom, I was right out the door at that instant; asked a female grad student in the lab next door to sit with the student for a bit, and went straight to the chair of the department to explain the situation. I had to work fast, because I knew that if it turned into a he-said-she-said story, it wouldn’t matter that she was lying, it could get dragged out into an investigation that would easily destroy my career, no matter that I was innocent. I was in a total panic, knowing full well how damaging that kind of accusation can be. Fortunately, I’d done the right thing by blowing it all wide open at the first hint of a threat, and getting witnesses on the spot.
What really happened in the PZ Myers he-said-she-said rape allegation? The truth may never be known.