Monday, November 23, 2015

Juanita Broderick Rape Allegation

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This news story gives us a unique opportunity to see what the passage of time does to language in a sexual assault allegation.

Sexual assault victims sometimes have their own language.  A rape is the most up close and invasive crime against a woman and the language used, at times, needs specific classification.  This is different than an adult victim of childhood sexual abuse, since the abuse took place:

During language development or even pre-speech.

What can we expect from the passage of decades from the language of a rape victim?  What of her original claim?  Does it show veracity (experiential memory) or deception?

In the following article, we are able to see the language in italics added for emphasis.

Some basic principles:

In rape allegations, pronouns are key.  The word "we" indicates unity, cooperation and closeness.  In genuine statements, the victim will use the word "we" but not after the assault:  the "we" is 'broken' between them.  Whenever the word "we" is found after the assault and close to the assault, the investigator should consider that the allegation is false and look for the word, "left", which so often follows a false accusation signaled by "we" in the statement.  There are examples here on the blog from which to search.  That the victim was "left" is so important and often the reason for the false allegation, she will aim her language at the point of departure signaling that at the time he "left", there is an entire missing story to be told.  This is so powerful that we actually teach investigators:

"If the word "we" enters the victims language after the assault, always look for the word "left" in correlation to it. "

Jameis Winston is such a case.  He may be vile, misogynistic, and difficult to listen to, but he did not rape the accuser.  Please note that his statements are disgusting to read.

The victim often uses sensory description and will connect herself with the pronoun "I" and the past tense verb to the assault.  In PTSD like symptoms where a lack of resolution is noted, we sometimes see the verb tense show continuing suffering on the part of the victim.

We look at how the victim views the rapist before and after the rape.  There is often a consistent "downgrading" or "contempt" that comes into the language.  In a truthful statement from one of Bill Cosby's accusers, she used the word "we" to describe herself and "Mr. Cosby" and "Bill", but after the assault, he was no longer "Bill" nor even "Mr. Cosby" but "Cosby."  She even struggled to use his name after the assault. See Barbara Bowman.

Pronouns often tell the story, by themselves.

Many rape victims report a measure of suffering for life, though intervention mitigates the suffering.  The suffering also includes loved ones.

Bill Clinton's language confirms that he was sexually abused in childhood and that this impacted both his relationship to his mother and to his wife, Hillary.  His language has, at times, mirrored the language of one of LoToya Jackson daughters, who claimed to have been sexually abused in childhood, confirmed by her own wording.

                                                     This is a news article.

Italics have been added, along with underlining and color coding with Statement Analysis, itself, in bold type.

EXCLUSIVE: Bill Rape Accuser Blasts ‘Evil’ Hillary: ‘Shame on you!’

In one of her first media appearances in nearly a decade, Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who famously accused Bill Clinton of rape, is now speaking out against Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president.

“Shame on you, Hillary, that’s disgusting,” Broaddrick said of Clinton’s attempt to run for high office in part on women’s issues. “Shame on you, Hillary. It’s time to be truthful,” she added.

We look, even after many years, for anger to remain.  Rape is something that is never "understood" or "accepted" by the victim.  We find this in the language consistently.  It never "makes sense" to the victim. 


*The following is not analysis, but something I write for your consideration.  

The rape victim suffers but so will every person who loves her and the impact is generally far wider than most of us will ever understand.  It is an assault and intrusion in the most intimate and defining portion of the body.  
  Professional intervention and especially journaling through the trauma has saved victims from suicide and has mitigated suffering.  The specific form of journaling that I recommend is:

1.  To write out everything that happened; every possible detail that you can remember.  No commentary and no emotion.  This is very painful and takes considerable time.  

2.  Once complete, the victim then reviews the entire event but now writes about each emotion and reaction to the events. 

Depending upon the individual, this may be done under the guidance of a trained professional as it can trigger depressive episodes, especially during part one.  

There are some professionals who do this same thing, verbally, which is aimed at the same result:  getting the brain to process trauma to 'move it forward' and lessening the suffering, including nightmares, hyper vigilance, depression, anxiety, (which may lead to a suppressed immune system and a myriad of illnesses, some of which are unexplained), suicidal ideation, self destructive behavior, including substance abuse, promiscuity, putting oneself in dangerous situations, and so on.  

Please consult your medical professional if considering this.  The success rate of this has been known for more than 50 years.  

Broaddrick was speaking in an interview set to air Sunday night on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” the popular weekend talk radio program. An advanced copy of the audio interview was obtained exclusively by Breitbart.
During the exchange with Klein, the notoriously media-shy Broaddrick accused Clinton of complacency in covering up her husband’s alleged sexual crimes and indiscretions.

“I think she has always known everything about him. I think they have this evil compact between the two of them that they each know what the other does and overlook it. And go right on. And cover one for the other,” she said.

She recalled a personal meeting with Hillary in 1978, in which, Broaddrick believes, the future First Lady strongly implied the alleged rape victim must stay silent about her traumatic experience.

Broaddrick said she “almost died” two months ago when she saw a Clinton campaign ad in which Hillary insisted all women must be sided with if they accuse men of sexual assault.

You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We’re with you,” Clinton said in the video, which she addressed to “every survivor of sexual assault.”

We have covered the rape case in which Hillary Clinton ridiculed a child rape victim and did "whatever it took" to free her guilty client.  Some excuse this as part of the job, but the job of a defense attorney is to protect her client against malicious prosecution and force the state to prove its case: not to lie, nor to re-victimize rape victims; especially children.  The audio, itself, is shocking.  

Broaddrick responded: “Aaron, the only thing that I would like to say is I hope that someday these two people, these people that I feel like are so evil, will be brought to justice.”
You know, if I can help in that, I will. But these are not good people for America,” she said of Bill and Hillary.

the anger continues over years...

Broaddrick said she was prompted to speak on Klein’s show after she saw Clinton’s Benghazi testimony last month.  The show airs on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM.

The only thing that made me consider coming forward again at this time at my age is when I saw her on that Benghazi hearing. Which was really hard to look at. I always turn the channel when either one of them are on TV. But when I saw that look on her face. It was the very same look back in 1978. That lying look.”

Note a small detail from years ago served as a trigger recently; from 1978 to 2015

Broaddrick said she fears for a Hillary presidency because “she lies. Just like she did in the Bengahzi hearing. She lies. She covers up. Just to imagine her in that position would not be good for America.”

Rape allegations. Bloody lip.

Broaddrick’s story begins when she was a nursing home administrator volunteering for then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton’s 1978 gubernatorial bid.

She said Clinton singled her out during a campaign stop at her nursing home. “He would just sort of insinuate, you know when you are in Little Rock let’s get together. Let’s talk about the industry. Let’s talk about the needs of the nursing homes and I was very excited about that.

The question to answer:  is this grooming?
Do 'social rapists' (those who meet their victim versus stranger rape on the street, for example) use language to:

a.  Gain the victim's interest?
b.  Gain the victim's trust?

c.   Rapists will use sexual language to gauge the reaction of the victim. This is often in the realm of a joke to see how she will react.  

Will she like the joke?
Will she turn angry at the joke?

Some have used television ,movies, etc, to introduce the topic.  I had one rapist who used R movies to gauge his victim's reaction.  This is often the tool of those who rape young girls, including teens and pre teens.  

Pornography is used to desensitize as well.  

Broaddrick said she finally took Clinton up on that offer in the spring of 1978 when she traveled to Little Rock for an industry convention along with her friend and nursing employee Norma Rogers. The two shared a room at the city’s Camelot Hotel.

It would have been helpful to hear what she said to cause the journalist to write the word, "finally" here. 

Broaddrick phoned Clinton’s campaign headquarters to inform her of her arrival and was told by a receptionist that Clinton had left instructions for her to reach him at his private apartment.

I called his apartment and he answered,” she recounted. “And he said ‘Well, why don’t we meet in the Camelot Hotel coffee room and we can get together there and talk. And I said ‘That would be fine.’”

Note "we" is the language of Clinton being quoted. 

Clinton then changed the meeting location from the hotel coffee shop to Broaddrick’s room.

A time later and I’m not sure how long it was, he called my room, which he said he would do when he got to the coffee shop. And he said ‘There are too many people down here. It’s too crowded. There’s reporters and can we just meet in your room?’”
“And it sort of took me back a little bit, Aaron,” she said of Clinton’s request.
“But I did say okay, I’ll order coffee to the room, which I did and that’s when things sort of got out of hand. And it was very unexpected. It was, you might even say, brutal. With the biting of my lip.”

Broaddrick said she did not want to rehash the alleged rape scene, explaining those painful details are fully available in previous news reports.
She told NBC’s Dateline in 1999 that she resisted when Clinton suddenly kissed her:
Note the verb change:  
We d0 not now expect to hear "we" in her language regarding the two of them:  
Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip … He starts to, um, bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. And then he forces me down on the bed. And I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen but he wouldn’t listen to me. … It was a real panicky, panicky situation. I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to ‘Please stop.’ And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip. … When everything was over with, he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses. And before he goes out the door he says ‘You better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.”

This is more than 20 years later, with more than 2 decades to process. 
1.  She is still impacted (verb tense)
2.  There is not "we" ever used as the disgust continues
3.  Note emotion and date 
4.  Note "I was crying"

In the interview with Klein, Broaddrick recounted the aftermath of the incident, when her friend Rogers came back to the room after Broaddrick failed to show up to the convention.

“I was in a state of shock afterwards,” an emotional Broaddrick said, clearly still impacted by the event.  “And I know my nurse came back to the room to check on me because she hadn’t heard from me …She came up and it was devastating to her and to me to find me in the condition that I was in.

Here "we" enters quickly as the victim needs to bond with someone:  

We really did not know what to do. We sat and talked and she got ice for my mouth. …It was four times the size that it should be. And she got ice for me and we decided then I just wanted to go home. I just wanted to get out of there, which we did.”
The detail about Clinton allegedly biting her lip is instructive. One woman who would later say she had a consensual affair with Clinton, former Miss America pageant winner Elizabeth Ward Gracen, would also reveal Clinton bit her lip when a tryst became rough.
Hillary encounter: ‘She knew!’
Broaddrick initially said that she shouldered the blame since she allowed Clinton up to her room.

Three weeks after the incident, Broaddrick says she was still in a state of shock and denial about what she said had transpired. She said she attended a private Clinton fundraiser at the home of a local dentist, where she had an encounter with the Clintons and was directly approached by Hillary.

Broaddrick said a friend of hers who had driven the Clintons to the fundraiser from a local airport informed her that “the whole conversation was about you coming from the airport. Mostly from Mrs. Clinton.”

She recalled: “And so then about that time, I see them coming through the kitchen area. And some people there are pointing to me. He goes one direction and she comes directly to me. Then panic sort of starting to set in with me. And I thought, ‘Oh my God, what do I do now?’”

Broaddrick told Klein that Hillary approached her “and said ‘It’s so nice to meet you’ and all of the niceties she was trying to say at the time.”

“And said, ‘I just want you to know how much Bill and I appreciate the things you do for him.’ And I just stood there, Aaron. I was sort of you might say shell-shocked.

And she said, ‘Do you understand. Everything you do.’’’

“She tried to take a hold of my hand and I left. I told the girls I can’t take this. I’m leaving. So I immediately left.”

Broaddrick said that “what really went through my mind at that time is ‘She knows. She knew. She’s covering it up and she expects me to do the very same thing.’”

‘I felt responsible until Bill came back’

Broaddrick said the climate of women’s issues in 1978 was such that “I felt responsible. I don’t know if you know the mentality of women and men at that time. But me letting him come to my room? I accepted full blame.”

“And I thought ‘This is your fault and you have to bear this. There’s nothing you can do. He’s the attorney general. And this is your fault.’””

She said all that changed in 1991, when she said she was at a meeting at the Riverfront Hotel in Little Rock and Clinton approached her there.

Clinton found out she was at the hotel “and they called me out of the meeting and pointed to an area to go down around the corner by an elevator area. And I walked around the corner and there he stands.”

“And he immediately comes over to me with this gushing apology. Like, ‘I’m so sorry for what happened. I hope you can forgive me. I’m a family man now. I have a daughter. I’m a changed man. I would never do anything like that again.’”
Broaddrick said she thought Clinton was sincere until he announced his run for president the following week.

Here is a statement typical of rape victims: 

“But still I have to thank him for that day because the blame then went off of me and on to him. And I knew that it wasn’t my fault. I knew that I didn’t use good judgement but I knew that the incident was no longer my fault.


Juliet said...


“Though it does not undo the pain we are feeling, I was extremely relieved to get the news of the arrest made last night of Amanda’s killer. The investigators have assured me they have a solidly-built case to ensure justice is levied and the process is expedited. The family and I couldn’t be more thankful for the level of compassion and professionalism the IMPD and investigators have shown us through the last couple of weeks. My hope is for three things in the weeks and months to come:

That the court system would have wisdom on how to prosecute this man, so that no one else endures the pain Amanda and our family have had to endure because of his actions.
That through all of this and although there will be great consequences for his actions, he would become truly sorry for what he has done and would even begin to experience the life-transforming power of the Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ.
That Jesus would give me and our family a heart of forgiveness.
Though everything inside of me wants to hate, be angry, and slip into despair I choose the route of forgiveness, grace and hope. If there is one thing I’ve learned from Amanda in the 10 years we were together, it’s this: Choosing to let my emotions drive my decisions is recipe for a hopeless and fruitless life. Today I am deciding to love, not hate. Today I am deciding to extend forgiveness, not bitterness. Today I am deciding to hope, not despair. By Jesus’ power at work within us, the best is STILL yet to come. Even when I don’t see it, I believe it to be true.”

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting Juliet. However, I STILL cannot see how "The Best is Yet to Come". How's that? Amanda is dead, her unborn baby girl is dead, both brutally slaughtered; her baby boy Weston has no mother. Pray tell; SOMEBODY please tell me how is the best yet to come?

IFF there is any best, it is in the next life, definitely not in this one. It can ONLY be in our heavenly home. Even Jesus himself said there is no peace on this earth, in this life you will have troubles and tribulations. We have only sickness and death and every other evil thing upon us, we never know what lies in store for us even for the rest of the day, much less in tomorrow. This life IS "the valley of the shadow of death" just as it is written in the 23rd Psalm.

We have ONLY the hope for the best that lies beyond, and only then if we chose to reach out and take it. Our ONLY hope is in Jesus. They need to clarify this otherwise stop saying it! Just my opinion. ABB

Anonymous said...

The think that I question in the Broderick statement is why Bill would go home and tell Hillary what he had done? Now, this makes no sense at all. Not saying it didn't happen, but WHY? ABB

Statement Analysis Blog said...

He knew Broderick was not going to be silent.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and it is because of the scripture others take up arms to terrorize people with constant death, disruption of sleep, and non-stop criminal harassment and death threats.

Stupid Girl said...

"Broaddrick said the climate of women’s issues in 1978 was such that “I felt responsible. I don’t know if you know the mentality of women and men at that time. But me letting him come to my room? I accepted full blame.”"

This is the thing young women today don't understand about us "old women" in our 50s. When I was in college, there was no word for "date rape". In fact, I don't think people really thought of it as being a "thing" at all.

I met a guy in one of my lecture hall classes who was a few years older, very attractive, and active in a fraternity. When daylight savings time ended, it was starting to get dark by the time our class let out. We had occasionally stood around and talked after class for a few minutes, and he asked me if I'd like to see a movie with him on campus on Thursday (this was Tuesday). I was over the moon. We talked a few minutes more, before he mentioned that it was getting dark and asked where I had parked.

Because I had not arrived on campus until after 10am that day, I was parked quite a ways from the main campus, near the stadium. He seemed concerned about me walking to my car alone and offered to walk with me, provided I would drive him back to the dining hall afterward. I agreed.

I was interested in him. I liked the idea that he was concerned for my safety. I figured we would have another 20 minutes together if I agreed, so I did. Once we reached the car, I explained that the driver's door was stuck, and opened the other one so I unlocked the passenger side and entered first.

He pushed me inside, and was on top of me before I knew what was happening. We were alone in my car in a dark parking lot, and he started pulling on my clothes. He tore some of the buttons off my blouse, pinned my head under the headrest on the driver's side and raped me. It hurt like crazy and when he saw all the blood he said "Well, there had to be a first time".
(more to come)

Stupid Girl said...

I was crying and humiliated and ashamed and knew I could not tell anyone. My mother would never have believed I did not consent, so I snuck into the house and changed clothes before she saw me. Because I had accepted his invitation to the movies, I felt as if maybe I had sent some kind of mixed message that justified his action. I even thought that, as a frat guy, he might not have had a lot of experience hearing "no" from freshmen, and that it was "expected" of me when I agreed to the date.

I did not tell anyone. I just got this crazy idea that it was a misunderstanding, that we were going out on a date in 2 days, at which time I'd tell him we needed to slow things down. I still thought we liked each other, and although I had not wanted to have sex with him right away, I would have EVENTUALLY consented if we had begun dating steadily.

I know I am using the term "we" a lot "after the event" but at the time, I guess I was still hoping to salvage a relationship from this disaster, and it never occurred to me that he'd known all along that he had forced himself on me. I even drove him to the dining hall as he had requested.

That Thursday, the teacher had scheduled a test. I finished fast and waited outside the room on a bench for him to finish. When he came out, he had his arm around a girl who appeared to be about 6+ months pregnant and they walked past me as if I was invisible. He did not even cancel the "date," nor did he ever speak to me again after that.

A few weeks later it dawned on me that I could be pregnant. And I was. Because I had not told anyone about the non-consensual sex, it didn't seem likely that anyone would believe me a month later, and the pregnancy was only proof I'd had sex (something I had been raised to believe was NOT something I should do outside of marriage), not the nature and circumstances of it. I then had to sneak to a clinic and have a procedure I'd never anticipated needing. In fact, I had previously dated a guy for 6 months and we had NOT had sex because he refused to accompany me to the doctor to get birth control, which I figured was the least a committed partner would do if he wanted the relationship to become physical.

To this day, I know it was NOT consensual. I believe he knew it too, and used the "movie date" to gain my trust, and put himself in a position to offer to walk with me to a dark, deserted area of the campus. It is pretty clear that he never intended to go on a date with me, as he was clearly involved with another girl, and had a child on the way, and because, obviously, the date never materialized.

Would I still be upset if he had been single, sincere, and it actually HAD been a misunderstanding? If we had entered into a monogamous relationship? If we had ultimately gotten intimate under other circumstances? I think I was desperate to believe I had not just lost my virginity in a car to a stranger, and did not think anyone would have sympathy. I thought I'd be labeled a "slut" (and maybe even a "homewrecker" once I realized he was in a relationship with someone else). I think I hoped that if we became a "couple" all the negative "stuff" I was feeling would go away and we'd just be a couple who had sex too soon.

A few years later, the term "date rape" was coined and I knew that was the term that described best what had happened. At the time it happened though, I felt like the fact that I thought he was "cute" and wanted/planned to date him would have made ANYONE believe the sex was consensual.

Anonymous said...

New details:

-- Davey Blackburn was on the phone with a friend when he returned home from the gym that morning, but remained in the car talking for nearly an hour before he went inside and discovered Amanda suffering from gunshot and other wounds.

How does this change the timeline, he was actually home an hour earlier than he discovered her. This could be another source of guilt as he didn't enter the house sooner. I would question what type of conversation with a friend would not allow him to walk into the house while still talking to the friend.

-- Amanda Blackburn was found nude with her underwear next to her and her shirt pulled up "as if someone tried to pull it off." But police say "it was not clear" she had been sexually assaulted. At this point there are no charges being filed related to sexual assault.

-- Prosecutors say Blackburn died from a gunshot wound to the head. She also had a gunshot wound to her lower left arm which traveled up her biceps, and another gunshot wound that entered and exited her upper back. Blackburn had scratches on her left cheek, a split lip and a lower tooth knocked out.

They released this level of detail but still no information on the 911 call or if Davey drove her to the hospital himself.

Anonymous said...

Quote: "I felt responsible until Bill came back."
The alleged victim used Clinton's first name. This is not expected after a rape, is it?