Signal Boost: Official Georgetown statement on false accusations against Arianna Pattek

I‘ve written several times about the campaign of false accusations and harassment directed at Georgetown University alum Arianna Pattek by Men’s Rights activists, white supremacists, and assorted internet trolls. While some of Pattek’s false accusers have retracted their claims, others continue to peddle false information about her and still  others, including some of those who’ve retracted their claims about Pattek, continue to make vague accusations against Georgetown.

And so I would like to draw attention to the following official statement from Georgetown University spokesperson Rachel Pugh.

In response to inquiries regarding Georgetown University alumna Arianna Pattek and the Admissions Office at Georgetown University:

Georgetown University confirms that Arianna Pattek graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a bachelor’s degree in 2012. On April 18, 2013 she was mistakenly identified as the author of an anonymous blog, and as a result became the target of threats on several Internet discussion boards. Out of concern for the safety and well-being of our alumna, the university removed information about Ms. Pattek from the university’s website. Georgetown University further confirms that Ms. Pattek is not now, nor has she ever been, employed by any of the admissions offices at Georgetown University. The unethical admissions practices described in the anonymous blog post do not reflect the careful and comprehensive admissions procedures at Georgetown University. Ms. Pattek has confirmed that she is not the author of the blog in question. Further, the blog in question does not reference Georgetown University.

You can find the statement online here, and can direct any questions about Georgetown’s handling of this whole surreal incident to them directly.

Though I really have to wonder at anyone who pretends to  be shocked or surprised or mystified that university officials might remove information about a recent graduate after receiving word that this person is being harassed by white supremacists.

You can find more details about all this in my earlier posts on the subject.

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Posted on April 28, 2013, in a voice for men, doxing, false accusations, harassment, hate, literal nazis, misogyny, MRA and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. “Though I really have to wonder at who pretends to be shocked or surprised or mystified that university officials might remove information about a recent graduate…”

    From what I’ve seen, the majority of extremist MRA bloggers aren’t pretending to be confused about this. They honestly seem to think that school officials removing info that could possibly lead to legitimate physical dangers directed towards a former student is suspicious. Which leads to my own confusion on the matter…Why are these particular MRAs so in love with conspiracy theories that they must create them where none exist?

  2. I did notice that AVfM’s original story on this is still up on their FB page, neither deleted nor retracted there. Even when they almost do the right thing, they manage to fuck it up, the shitweasels.

  3. Also, in before “This just shows how deep the coverup goes!”

  4. “Why are these particular MRAs so in love with conspiracy theories that they must create them where none exist?”

    Because it’s the only glimmer of originality they have?

    Mind you they’re not a patch on Slavey.

  5. Off topic … ish … but I’m hoping you all saw this little animated video making fun of MRAs/redpills. Only forty seconds and so so good! http://vimeo.com/m/64941331

  6. Further, the blog in question does not reference Georgetown University.

    Wait, so how was the Georgetown connection made then?

  7. It’s too bad we have such weak libel laws in the U.S. I’d like to see Elam held liable. Although he probably doesn’t have a pot to pee in, he should be held accountable.,

  8. @Ms. Getta Lode: “.Off topic … ish … but I’m hoping you all saw this little animated video making fun of MRAs/redpills. Only forty seconds and so so good! http://vimeo.com/m/64941331,”

    I’ve watched it half a dozen times since yesterday. Amazing how much an artist can say in less than a minute, isn’t it?

  9. Worth reading also the animator Scott Benson’s answers to questions and comments about his short.

    http://bombsfall.tumblr.com/post/49106219582/some-concluding-thoughts-and-answers-to-questions

  10. La Strega – I love it!

  11. I’m so glad you posted his tumblr, where he describes our daily experience so well:

    And really, arguing with misogynists, men who primarily see women as alternately parasites/ fascists / whores, and dudes who spend their waking hours trying to unlock the intricacies of using women for sex holds about as much interest to me as arguing with a racist or a homophobe. While pushing my face slowly into a belt sander. And being menaced by lions full of wasps. On a humid day.

  12. I hope Ms. Pattek is okay. :-/

  13. Nerdypants, the process by which the blog was connected (at least in the minds of the harassers) to Georgetown is known scientifically as “‘jumping to conclusions.” You can see the steps Elam et al took to get there in some of my older posts on the subject.

  14. Wow, it says something… when…. yeah.

    Just… wow.

  15. Now I can’t get the phrase, “Feminazi stole my ice-cream” out of my head

  16. “And I can’t get it out of my head
    No, I can’t get it out of my head
    Now my old world is gone for dead
    ‘Cause I can’t get it out of my head”

    Been a while since I had an ELO moment!

  17. Nothing like an ELO moment

  18. My absolute favourites when I was a teen! :)

  19. Jeff Lynn, what a champ. I denied loving them for ages, but now I’m past being cool, have embraced them

  20. I even bought Bev Bevan’s (doubtless ghost-written) “The ELO Story.” And regularly bawled my eyes out listening to Telephone Line and Shangri-La.

    Mind you The Moody Blues did give them a run for their money on occasion. “Nights in White Satin,” sigh, bawled to that, too.

  21. “Nights in White Satin” forms one of my earliest memories. It’s not an interesting one, so won’t go into it here. It is a good song.
    Did you know Jeff Lynn has produced at least one Tori Amos record?

  22. No, I didn’t know that!

  23. Are we to use the name Ariana Pattek as much as possible to help this signal boost then?

    RE: ELO

    My local council used “Livin’ Thing” in an ad for a recycling program when I was very young, and I knew it as “the recycling ad song” before I knew it as an ELO song. Good band, though. They tend to end up on cheesier mixes I make for people.

    @Archaeoholmes

    And the drummer on the first Tori Amos record is best known for his work with post-1991 Guns N’ Roses!

    (I used to be a real G N’ R obsessive for whatever weird reason)

  24. He’s (Jeff Lynne) also worked with every Beatle post-Beatles except John – I think he might be the only non-Beatle that applies to.

  25. @lowquacks thanks for music facts! Slightly unrelated, I’ve noticed Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), has been involved in a few things my kids watch – Yo Gabba Gabba, Hotel Transylvania

  26. You’re welcome! MOAR ELO FACKTSZ: “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” was written about Yoko Ono. So I remember, anyway. Could be entirely wrong. Check it yourself.

  27. Yoko Ono is very memorable

  28. I’m wondering how much identifying information there could have/should have been about Ariana posted on the Georgetown site anyhow, given FERPA and all. “Jumping to conclusions” indeed; the MRAs are track stars in this event. If she had really been staff, it would’ve been obvious, on the other hand. Either way, the MRAs stumbled badly. And Benson’s video is gorgeous, because it’s such a perfect little vignette of history. The way the laws used to be framed in the West, most property automatically went to or fell into the hands of men, for them to consume or distribute pretty much as they pleased, for centuries. See Salic Law, primogeniture, coverture, etc., which never seems to bother MRAs, especially when they are accusing women of never inventing or accomplishing anything. I’m old enough to remember separate help wanted columns for men and women.

  29. I wonder if typhonblue will concede? I’ll bet not. The delay, yo see; and the lack of immediate response, just shows Georgetown has “something to hide”.

  30. I recently discovered Jeff Lynne also did a couple tracks for the “Electric Dreams” soundtrack. One of those obscure movies that wound up a family favourite.

  31. Has this become a music thread? Because my fellow plague rats / Emilie Autumn fans should check out Abney Park.

  32. Feminists want presumed guilt for rape. They say that no one EVER lies about rape. Now, they are suddenly against false accusations.

  33. I love ELO.

    I doubt any of the MRM shitweasels will apologize to Ms. Pattek.

  34. If it’ll stop the harassment of this woman (hah!), then I’m all for it, but I hate that the school was pressured into meeting these non-allegations with a legitimate response. Ugh, now the MRM is gonna think they’re actually accomplishing things. Nice activism, guys.

  35. They say that no one EVER lies about rape.

    Nope. We say false accusations of rape in the US are about 4%, which is no higher than for any other crime. I suspect it’s similar in other countries.

    You might be thinking of the feminists who avow that we will always believe people who say they’ve been raped, which is a position a lot of us have adopted in order to counteract the way most rape victims are dismissed and ignored (and which, going back to my other point, has a 96% chance of being the correct assumption).

  36. neuroticbeagle

    Feminists want presumed guilt for rape. They say that no one EVER lies about rape. Now, they are suddenly against false accusations.

    What? Feminist (and statistics) claim that lies about rape do not occur as OFTEN as mras and misogynist would like to believe and are in fact rare. Much more rare than actual rape. In fact, most feminists are really pissed off when a false allegation occurs because it damages the credibility of real rape victims. Unfortunately, society does not give real rape victims much credibility to begin with (nowhere near what they deserve) so I am not sure how much damage these liars actually do, especially when mras and buttmans are looking for any way to discredit them.

  37. Buttman lies. In other news, Rain is wet, snow is cold, and I’m making chicken with curried butternut squash for supper.

  38. As to the claim about rape… Nope. I treat rape reports as I do those of shoplifting, robbery, car theft, etc. True statements until proven otherwise.

    If someone says, “I was robbed”, I believe them. Same for rape.

  39. He calls himself buttman.

    And no.

  40. It’s too bad we have such weak libel laws in the U.S. I’d like to see Elam held liable. Although he probably doesn’t have a pot to pee in, he should be held accountable.,

    Although I’d like Elam to face some real consequences for this, I’d still vastly prefer the libel laws we have than have the truly nasty legal bullying that comes with the strong libel laws in places like the UK.

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