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!

  • R.

    So what was the results of the rape kit? I believe her, but Clutch mag, without proven edvidence you keep saying he raped her. For your safety on reporting this, I would have thought you should use the word alleged in there somewhere. The whole time I’m reading it I’m waiting for the rape kit to come back identifying Tyrone Reed as the rapist because you said he raped her. But I believe it. I hate police and don’t trust them. Something similar happen like that here in baltimore city at the southwest district office. Especially young police my age 20-39. They preverts and they out there dealing with he streets where young girls are prostituting and drugs and money and take advantage or a cut of the situation. I believe in dirty cops ala “Street Kings”, “Traing Day” and “Brooklyn’s Finest”. and add Baltimore City police to that.

  • Yoyoyo

    I agree. Please brush up on your journalism. The accused is not been proven guilty so he is an alleged rapist. Also, it’s “rape kit not rap kit”.

  • Yoyoyo

    Aw lard….pot calling the kettle black. “has not” not “is not”

  • Clnmike

    I would think they would wait till they invesitgate the allegations before they start suspending someone.

  • Shauna

    I’m disappointed at the comments. Look right here if you want to see why the majority of rape victims don’t report the crime. I don’t hear people complaining about the us of “alleged” or an officer getting suspended when the story is about a man “allegedly” beaten or killed by the police.

  • Brotherman

    I know I’ll catch a lot of flak over this, but here it goes anyway. Unfortunately, when it comes to rape, women are their own worse enemy. As a former law enforcement officer with of over 25 years experience, I remember when I first came on the job. I thought all of those skeptical of rape victims were nothing more than male chauvinists. As the years rolled by I began to see with my own two eyes that the majority of rape accusations were eventually PROVEN to be false. I’m not talking about a bunch of male cops determining that a woman was probably lying. I’m talking about women admitting that they made the whole thing up for a multitude of reasons.

    I discovered my first rape victim curled up in a fetal position, crying hysterically outside of a convenience store late at night. Utilizing my rookie police instincts, I was 100% convinced this was the real deal. She claimed to have been gang raped at a hotel during a party in which she was the only female. I did everything by the book. She was interviewed with a female volunteer from the rape crisis center present. This is done to console the victim and provide empathy from a female perspective. She gave a harrowing account of the brutal crime. She then asked to speak to a male detective in private. Turns out she was embarrassed to tell the “real” story because of the other woman in the room. She admitted voluntarily participating in an orgy and didn’t want this to be known because she was in the midst of a custody dispute with her soon to be ex-husband. This case was my first wake up call. Things aren’t always what they appear.

    Then, there was the case of the 42 year old mother. Her 19 year old daughter’s boyfriend came to visit late at night not knowing the daughter wasn’t home. Mom invites him in. They both begin drinking, laughing and having a good time. Next thing you know, they’re having consensual sex. The next morning mom sobers up and realizes what she did. How does she explain this to her daughter? “I know. I’ll say he raped me.” She files a rape report. She subsequently admitted that she made the whole thing up to cover her indiscretions.

    Next was the housewife who claimed to have been abducted and taken to a remote location whereupon she was robbed and raped. Even her own husband didn’t believe her, and with good reason. She finally admitted she’d spent the rent money gambling and needed and excuse to tell her husband. Of course, once she’d told him she’d been raped, she had to follow through with the story and make a police report.

    After that, there was the 16 year old girl who claimed she was raped at a party, crashed there and woke up the next morning to have “consensual” sex with the same guy she accused of raping her. Who has consensual sex with someone that just raped them the night before? Some young girls have a very cloudy interpretation of the definition of rape. They’ll tell their girlfriend they had sex, but they really didn’t want to. Then the girlfriend says, “You mean you had sex and didn’t want to? You were raped.” By definition rape is having sex by forceable compulsion or threat of forceable compulsion. If someone uses “strong persuasion” to convince you into having sex, that is NOT a rape.

    Only months from retirement, I had my final “alleged” rape. This time it was an 18 year old girl who said she’d been raped in the park late at night. She said she willingly went along with four guys to party in the park. When they got there, they raped her. I get to the scene and the whole area is littered with used condoms. It was a bitter cold December night. I’m really feeling sorry for this victim. What an awful thing to happen to her. Well, the next day she realizes the seriousness of her accusations and fesses up. She admits the whole thing was consensual. Turns out all of the guys used a condom….except for one guy. Him being behind her, she didn’t notice this until the deed was done. Frantically worried he may have impregnated her, she devises the cover story of rape.

    Keep in mind, these are only a few of the many rape cases I’ve personally investigated. Fortunately, all of the investigators involved were more intent on getting to the truth than just making an arrest. Had they been lazy and just accepted the victims’ stories on face value, there would have been several innocent men falsely imprisoned. All of these investigations took countless hours of manpower to investigate. Sometimes weeks would go by before the truth was finally uncovered. This is time taken away from legitimate criminal investigations. Every time a woman makes a false accusation of rape it does a disservice to legitimate rape victims. It also creates an air of doubt for future actual rape cases.

    I guess by now you’re probably thinking I don’t believe this alleged rape victim’s accusation in South Carolina. That assumption would be wrong. Actually, I do believe her and the reason is simple. Who in their right mind would make up a story that they know will be almost impossible to prove and no one will believe them? That doesn’t make sense. For this reason, I believe it’s more likely than not that she is telling the truth. Just because I was a cop doesn’t mean I automatically support the assertion of every other cop. Personally, I hate cops who do that. I never supported that “Blue wall of silence” bullshit. Law enforcement is no different than any other profession. You have the good and the bad. I’ve never been naive enough to believe that all cops are honest and law abiding. There are some cops who are nothing more than gang members with a badge. That happened in LA…..literally! There were known Bloods Gang Members who were active LAPD police officers. It makes you wonder who the hell did their background investigations.

  • Jen

    Oh, yes, please think of the innocent men. Women are raped every minute of every day in every country on earth. The problem isn’t them being raped, it’s the innocent men! Let’s concentrate on that! Many victims choose not to report because of people like you. You actually believe that “rape is having sex by forceable compulsion or threat of forceable compulsion. If someone uses “strong persuasion” to convince you into having sex, that is NOT a rape.”

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. That’s not even how California penal code defines rape. Maybe if you had so much integrity and history, you should have already known that. CA penal code also classifies someone under 18 as a minor, and the age of consent for CA is 18 – something you should have also known. Plenty of women have consensual sex with men who have raped them in the past, it happens in a lot of abusive relationships. You’re right that maybe this girl was confused, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t raped. It means that maybe she was persuaded again to have sex with the guy, only she figured it didn’t matter as much because she had already had nonconsensual sex with him. Do you know for a fact that he didn’t coerce her into the second sexual act but she just saw it differently?

    If there is no consent, it’s rape. If a woman has to be “strongly persuaded” to have sex against her better judgment, it’s probably because she’s afraid of what will happen if she doesn’t give in. That’s still rape. A lot of women recant because of pressure directed at them by their rapists and the rapist’s family or friends. Women also recant when faced with unhelpful cops and hospital staff because it’s even more of a violation for them on top of being raped. I’m surprised you don’t know this, but I also feel sorry for the women you could have helped had you not been stuck in this antiquated attitude about what is and isn’t rape.

    You have a lot of male privilege and some strange notion stuck in your head about what the perfect rape victim looks like. You’ve obviously never been raped or coerced into having sex. It’s not fun, it’s not pretty. Sometimes you just give in because you know you can’t get away or there will be other repercussions. Most women don’t ever tell because they’re ashamed or afraid or because they know cops and doctors will treat them like shit. False accusations are a red herring that distracts people from taking rape seriously. It doesn’t matter how many cases you say you had where false accusations, it was you job to do your best for every woman whose case you investigated.

    Can you give some better evidence? You mention five cases where you alleged that the accusations were false, but you don’t mention how many you investigated that were true. You act like all the cases you investigated were false, but obviously they weren’t. Women aren’t our own worst enemies, the way society trivializes rape is our worst enemy. The way society places the burden on women not to to be raped, rather than expecting rapists to not rape is our worst enemy. People like you, who are supposed to be advocates for victims, are our worst enemy.

  • sloane

    @brotherman- you have some kind of nerve to come on this website purport that most rape accusations (that you have seen) are false and try to legitimize that kind of inflammatory and untrue statement by saying that you were in law enforcement. ( i mean, COME ON, were you really in law enforcement? if so, was it in never-never land? get real.) why is it more important to you to protect the reputation of men then it is to discuss and bring awareness to the sexual assault of women? what do you REALLY think is more important in the scheme of things?

    1 in 4 women have reported being sexually assaulted since they were 14, and those are JUST the ones who reported it.

    1 in 5 have reported being sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.

    NINTY-NINE PERCENT of rapists are men.

    8% of men admit committing acts that meet the legal definition of rape or attempted rape. Of these men who committed rape, 84% said that what they did was definitely not rape. More than ONE IN FIVE men report “becoming so sexually aroused that they could not stop themselves from having sex, even though the woman did not consent.” 35% of men report at least some degree of likelihood of raping if they could be assured they wouldn’t be caught or punished.

    http://www.oneinfourusa.org/statistics.php

    if you want to stop this rape culture:
    1. stop being a part of the mob that shames and silences women because a man “might be innocent” by referring to most women who accuse men of rape as liars and coming up with the FEW stories of innocent men being accused. concentrate on helping women in the many crimes in which men ARE NOT INNOCENT. the atmosphere of fear of sexual assault is not the fault of women. we live a patriarichal society which encourages men to be sexually aggressive and women to be sexually submissive.

    2.hold other men accountable for their misogynistic and sexually aggressive behavior with women they do and do not know.

  • 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..

  • oknow

    maybe someone should rape you.. let someone force a dick up your asss and see how u like that..

  • 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.

  • Jencendiary

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

  • 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.

  • 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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