A woman in South Carolina says she was raped by a Marion city cop and later forced into recanting the allegation by the two police lieutenants who investigated the assault.

The 27-year-old woman didn’t want to identify herself to Carolina Live, a local news station, asking to be called, “M.”

The alleged rape survivor said she first met the officer when he responded to her car accident report in September. “He handed me a card and I just seen Marion police on it. I threw it in my pocketbook.”

M tells reporters that the 23-year-old officer came to her home an hour and half later wanting to discuss the ticket he gave her after the accident. “He was in uniform and he came in and he started telling me about the tickets.” M then stated that the cop asked her to come into another room. The cop raped M and proceeded to leave her apartment. M says, “I’m thinking, how do you call a police officer on a police officer? Who can I call?”

M said she called her boyfriend, who then called 9-1-1. A female officer came with a male officer, they advised her to have a rape kit facilitated at the hospital. After M returned to her home, she says the police returned and read her rights. “They didn’t make me feel like a victim because they told me I don’t look like a rape victim and you don’t have a case because rape victims be balled up in a corner or scared to talk.”

She stated the cops demanded her to recant her statement and threatened her with prison time if she did not. “They kept saying if it’s not rape then don’t say it’s rape. Then I said if I don’t agree to it or I didn’t consent to it, what do I call it?”

M says, “Made it seem like if I didn’t put rape at the end, SLED wasn’t going to take me to prison.” M says she wrote in her statement that she didn’t agree to have sex with the cop, but that it wasn’t rape.

According to the report, The State Law of Enforcement Division (SLED) is now investigating. No agencies outside of the police, like the mayor’s office, were called in to investigate which is the proper protocol in this situation.

The officer who allegedly raped M has been identified as Tyrone Reed. He has been under a pending investigation but has not been charged with a crime.

The Women’s Rights blog at President Obama’s Change.org site has started an online petition to move the Marion police department to suspend all of the cops involved.

Sign the petition here!

20 Comments

  1. oknow

    how bout he shouldn’t have went back to her house to supposedly discuss a damn ticket.. that’s what court is for.. discuss it there.. why did he have sex w/her? you just wrote this woman a ticket, you give her your card, and then you go back to her house.. are you kidding me.. then the other cops threaten her.. it’s just sad when the ppl who swear to uphold the law are the 1st to break it.. if he did rape her i hope he goes to jail and the other officers involved in the cover up do to..

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  2. Brotherman

    It’s ironic how everybody jumps on my case, but completely ignores my whole point in the first place. I’m not defending this cop. I said she was probably telling the truth. If you took the time to read my complete post, you’d realize this. My point was this. The women who lie about rape (not speaking about this particular woman) have to bear some responsibility for creating an aura of doubt surrounding rape cases. Why is it no one wants to deal with that? That was NOT a rhetorical question. I’d like somebody to answer me. However, I don’t expect an answer, and the reason is this. The truth hurts. You’d rather spend your energy bashing ALL men, then to deal with contributing issues within your own gender.

    Jen, I’m well aware of all of the statistics, so don’t waste your time quoting them. You should also know that the definition of rape varies greatly from state to state, so let’s not play semantics. You also missed the part where I said in the cases I mentioned EVERY WOMAN ADMITTED THAT SHE’D LIED. This includes the 16 year old at the party. You’re making all kinds of assumptions about this case and you weren’t there. I was. All parties involved were thoroughly interviewed. There was no coercion. I only mentioned those five cases, but it’s been a similar story in approx. 80% of the cases I’ve been involved in. I never said none of the rape cases I investigated were true. Stop putting words in my mouth. Of course there are legitimate rapes, but you make it seem like some women never lie about rape. Even after I told you they admitted lying, you’re still siding with them. What kind of cop are you that you ignore the truth even when it slaps you in the face? I really don’t care who believes me or not. Those are the facts, not my opinion. Deal with it!!!

    Sloane, who the hell are you to tell me what happened in the cases I handled? You don’t know anything about these cases, as you weren’t there. “Trying to protect the reputation of men”? What the hell are you talking about? I think you’re reading from your own imagination, because I never said anything of the sort. I say one thing and you hear what you want to hear. As far as my statistics go, I’m not speaking about other areas of the country or other police departments. I’m talking about what I’ve personally witnessed in my region. You don’t know where I worked, so don’t question what you don’t know. Urban and rural crimes/victims involve a drastically different demographic. Everybody doesn’t behave like the people in NY or LA. Believe it or not. I really don’t care. Keep your head in the sand. Ignore the truth if you like. Doesn’t bother me one bit. I know what I know.

    Oknow, you’re really generating a lot of sympathy for rape victims with your ignorant ass insults. Do you think that’s the way to increase empathy for rape victims? Maybe you’ve been raped yourself, and this issue is way too personal for you to remain unbiased. I don’t know. How would you like it if I said, “Maybe the problem is YOU need a dick up your ass and that’s why you’re so bitchy”? But I would never say that. I’d never stoop to your level. Besides, I have way too much class.

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    • Jencendiary

      Sit the hell down. You are talking directly out of your ass.

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    • sloane

      wow, you are COMPLETLEY oblivious. i’m glad you think you know what you know, but only TWO TO THREE PERCENT of rapes reported were were completely fabricated, which is NO MORE than any other crime reported. there is no way in hell that if you were a real cop, that MAJORITY of rape cases you handled were false. unless maybe all the false reports of rape in the united states happened in your “region”, which i highly doubt. http://alina_stefanescu.typepad.com/totalitarianism_today/2009/05/stop-being-soft-on-rape.html

      this is why what you are doing is wrong :

      http://news.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-rape-remains-underreported-under-prosecuted-in-us-sk-06 and http://www.911rape.org/impact-of-rape/self-blame-and-shame:

      “Victims do not report because they fear that their report will not be taken seriously, they will not be believed or they will be seen as responsible for their own assault,” said Carol Tracey, director of the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia.

      Experts said a range of factors make rape difficult to prosecute, including the way it is defined, victims’ fear, their desire to avoid humiliating witness testimony, and UNSYMPATHETIC or INCOMPETENT policing.

      and

      Feelings of guilt and shame are common reactions following a sexual assault. Because of misconceptions about rape, some victims blame themselves, doubt their own judgment, or wonder if they were in some way responsible for the assault. Feelings of guilt and self-blame may be reinforced by the reactions of others, who, because of prevalent myths about rape, may blame the victim or criticize his or her behavior.

      you even BRINGING UP (the few and far between) cases of men being falsely accused in a discussion of women’s sexual assault and stating that as a law enforcement officer (an assertion that’s specious at best considering what you have to say) that the MAJORITY of rape cases that you handled were fabricated and that most of the women “in your region” who accused men of rape were liars contributes to the insurmontable atmosphere of shame and fear that many female rape victims have to face when they report their rapes. many rape victims already feel as though they are somehow at fault for being violated, now they have to be interrogated as though they did something wrong when reporting a sexual assault?

      why go to the police, (apparently) like yourself, if they won’t even believe you, and you’re going viewed as guilty until proven innocent. whether know it or not you this is an arguement often used to protect the reputations of men. why even it report it if you’re not completely sure what happened, or if you somehow feel ashamed or at fault about it. why should someone be openly accused if they are not convicted? it doesn’t matter that only 6% in the u.s. ever spend a day in jail, so openly accusing your attacker and reporting the assault are the only thing approaching justice most rape victims get.

      and what you said to oknow was beyond insensitive. women don’t have the LUXURY OR PRIVILEGE of being emotionally detached from this issue. honestly, fear of sexual harassment and assault concerns me on some level everyday. it’s why i don’t walk around alone outside at night, or run in the gorgeous park near my home alone at night, which plenty of men feel free to do. or how i worry about what i’m wearing when i walk out of the door, or have to look around for strange men when walking to my car. it ain’t easy being a woman in a rape culture.

      like jecendiary said, sit the hell down. and might i add, drink a huge cup of STFU.

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    • sloan e

      wow, you are COMPLETLEY oblivious. i’m glad you think you know what you know, but only TWO TO THREE PERCENT of rapes reported were were completely fabricated, which is NO MORE than any other crime reported. there is no way in hell that if you were a real cop, that MAJORITY of rape cases you handled were false. unless maybe all the false reports of rape in the united states happened in your “region”, which i highly doubt. http://alina_stefanescu.typepad.com/totalitarianism_today/2009/05/stop-being-soft-on-rape.html

      this is why what you are doing is wrong :

      “Victims do not report because they fear that their report will not be taken seriously, they will not be believed or they will be seen as responsible for their own assault,” said Carol Tracey, director of the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia.

      Experts said a range of factors make rape difficult to prosecute, including the way it is defined, victims’ fear, their desire to avoid humiliating witness testimony, and UNSYMPATHETIC or INCOMPETENT policing.

      and

      Feelings of guilt and shame are common reactions following a sexual assault. Because of misconceptions about rape, some victims blame themselves, doubt their own judgment, or wonder if they were in some way responsible for the assault. Feelings of guilt and self-blame may be reinforced by the reactions of others, who, because of prevalent myths about rape, may blame the victim or criticize his or her behavior.

      you even BRINGING UP (the few and far between) cases of men being falsely accused in a discussion of women’s sexual assault and stating that as a law enforcement officer (an assertion that’s specious at best considering what you have to say) that the MAJORITY of rape cases that you handled were fabricated and that most of the women “in your region” who accused men of rape were liars contributes to the insurmontable atmosphere of shame and fear that many female rape victims have to face when they report their rapes. many rape victims already feel as though they are somehow at fault for being violated, now they have to be interrogated as though they did something wrong when reporting a sexual assault?

      why go to the police, (apparently) like yourself, if they won’t even believe you, and you’re going viewed as guilty until proven innocent. whether know it or not you this is an arguement often used to protect the reputations of men. why even it report it if you’re not completely sure what happened, or if you somehow feel ashamed or at fault about it. why should someone be openly accused if they are not convicted? it doesn’t matter that only of rapists in the u.s. ever spend a day in jail, so openly accusing your attacker and reporting the assault are the only thing approaching justice most rape victims get.

      and what you said to oknow was beyond insensitive. women don’t have the LUXURY OR PRIVILEGE of being emotionally detached from this issue. honestly, fear of sexual harassment and assault concerns me on some level everyday. it’s why i don’t walk around alone outside at night, or run in the gorgeous park near my home alone at night, which plenty of men feel free to do. or how i worry about what i’m wearing when i walk out of the door, or have to look around for strange men when walking to my car. it ain’t easy being a woman in a rape culture.

      like jecendiary said, sit the hell down. and might i add, drink a huge cup of STFU.

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    • sloan e

      * i meant-it doesn’t matter that only 6 % of rapists in the u.s. ever spend a day in jail, so openly accusing your attacker and reporting the assault are the only thing approaching justice most rape victims get.

      sorry (to everyone BUT brotherman) for all the typos but you get my gist.

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