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Woman allegedly lied about 2 sexual assaults at Stanford campus last year

Original post made on Mar 15, 2023

A 25-year-old Stanford University employee is facing charges that she lied about being raped twice on campus last year, apparently in an effort to target a co-worker, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 5:52 PM

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Posted by Ben Z.
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 15, 2023 at 7:01 pm

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"Our hearts go out to legitimate sexual assault victims who wonder if they will be believed."

I'll believe it when I see it. Legitimate reports concerning my kids are just being ignored.

Posted by Michele Dauber
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 16, 2023 at 8:28 am

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Hey Weekly, I see that you did not identify the person accused of beating a woman with a heavy metal object, per your policy of not identifying people who are merely charged but not convicted. That makes me question why this woman is identified by name. False allegations in rape cases are extremely rare -- research shows only 2-10 percent of such allegations are false, which is the same rate of false crime reporting for other crimes. These allegations are troubling, but are they more troubling than beating someone with a pipe? Use one standard for this practice, please.

Moderator response: Our policy is to wait for the DA to file charges before naming a suspect, not do so after an arrest (nor wait until a conviction.) In this case, charges were filed, thus she was named.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2023 at 8:46 am

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False accusations of rape make it hard for those who are sexually assaulted. Especially dealing with blaming the victim. If you're angry with a co-worker, seeking revenge in this way is criminal. What did she think would happen when no male DNA showed up in a rape exam - twice. And she applied for financial assistance for rape victims, up to $70K in eligibility. Pregnant with twins and a miscarriage. It makes me wonder if there is more going on with her than false accusations.

Posted by Barron Parker Too
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 16, 2023 at 11:01 am

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Thankfully we're somewhat beyond the Me Too ("always believe the woman") insanity. This case is a perfect illustration of why a person must be presumed innocent. Jennifer Gries attempted to ruin the life of an innocent person, and in the process did him immeasurable harm. She did it with a sequence of lies over an extended period of time.

A bail of $25K is far too small. This pattern of lies is likely to be a constant and long-standing feature of Ms. Gries's behavior, just as it is with, for example, George Santos. I hope the police are thorough in investigating Ms Gries's past, particularly including whether she has used aliases in other locales.

Posted by Seer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 16, 2023 at 11:26 am

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Never “believe the woman”. Believe the preponderance of evidence instead, whichever way it points.

There is a claim of 2-10% false rape claims but this is bad interpretation of data. Most false rape claims fall apart during consideration of prosecution so they never come to statistical light. The rate is unknown, but one could say at best that 10% is a lower bound only and it is likely higher. The same thing on the other side of supposedly huge sexual assaults against woman is definitional and misinterpreted.

This leads to biases that rape is extremely common and never false, both untrue. If on a jury, carefully weigh the facts for truth and not ideology.

Posted by Kbomar
a resident of Nixon School
on Mar 16, 2023 at 11:32 am

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My heart goes out to every Black man on campus who was made a criminal on the flimsiest of details. Dragged from her car— she didn’t recall where— to a bathroom inside a building—she didn’t recall where— and raped— around 5pm, broad daylight, as people were getting off work? This story was not credible from the beginning and police authorities should do basic investigation before falling for this “raped by a Black man” tune again. She needs to be prosecuted for this crime against more people than just the coworker.

Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 16, 2023 at 11:33 am

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The name of the assailant in the beating case referenced by Michel Dauber was disclosed in the news release link provided in the article. His name is Damian Michael Perez.

Posted by ndn
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2023 at 5:18 pm

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Gries actions are particularly vicious because she called for the prejudice related to black and brown man. In the location she mentioned (which I frequent as a patient periodically) to the police I know only a black employee and he is a model of kindness, professionalism and good disposition.

Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 16, 2023 at 5:51 pm

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