This is always a painful topic to bring up, but as this story has begun to make its rounds across the internet, I feel it is important to have some kind of discussion here on this story. Apologies to the mods in advance, I feel like this topic we're gonna be in for a rough ride. The TL;DR: version is quite simple: this is your classic "he said, she said" situation where two people have grossly different viewpoints on an event that happened 10 years ago. And as unfortunate as it is, this event was an accused rape. Max Temkin is (internet) famous for creating the "Cards against Humanity" card game, a very vulgar game with lots of inappropriate jokes in it.
The accusation started on twitter. Max Temkin has officially responded in a blog post. And now roughly 5 or 6 days later, it seems like this story is beginning to reach critical mass and hitting the internet by storm. (its come up in multiple websites that I frequent... just not here quite yet).
Without going into the drama, Max Temkin's argument goes no further than:
We spent a few nights in each others’ rooms, but we never had sex and neither of us pressured the other into doing anything we weren’t comfortable with.
Which is a very different story than what the accuser claims: http://humanityagainstassault.tumblr.co ... 6355/truth
Since the event took place a long time ago, we will never know the truth. I don't really know what to discuss on this matter, because there is literally nothing I can say that would deescalate the situation. If the rape accusation is true, of course Max has to be punished. But if it is false, then this is a very damaging piece of slander that must also be punished. And in the absence of facts, the citizens of the internet will react angrily as they pick sides and assume realities that they have no proof for.
I don't know what to make of this. But perhaps there's a more productive discussion at heart here than what is going elsewhere on the internet. If a rape victim feels as if he / she were mishandled by someone, then it needs to be brought up as soon as it happens. Letting these issues simmer for years leads to long-term landmines and an inability for justice to ever be served. Its hard though, because rape is one of the hardest crimes to report. But if there is a lesson to be learned here, its to seek justice when it is still possible to seek justice.