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Why Do Some Falsely Claim to Be Victims?
discovery.com ^ | Dec 5, 2013 01:27 PM ET // | by Benjamin Radford

Posted on 12/06/2013 9:50:14 PM PST by BenLurkin

Dayna Morales, a New Jersey waitress, made national news last month when she claimed she was left a hate-filled, anti-gay note instead of a tip. Last week, she came under fire when she was accused of faking the incident.

Morales has since been accused of making other false claims as well, including telling her friends and family she had brain cancer and claiming to have seen combat when she served in the military. Morales has been suspended from her job at the bistro while the restaurant completes its investigation into whether her story was a hoax.

Why would someone lie about being the victim of discrimination, assault or even a hate crime?

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False report claims typically fit widely accepted cultural narratives, such as a gay waitress being the victim of homophobic slurs, or a young black woman being targeted by racists, or a young white woman being attacked by a black man. Many false reports are committed as a way to bring attention to legitimate social problems such as racism, sexual harassment, sexual assault and hate crimes. By adopting the public image of a victim and a social justice crusader, the hoaxer not only enjoys the sympathy and public support of others who support their cause, but also the attention. By implicitly aligning the false claims with a larger, valid social issue, the hoaxers discourage a close examination of their claims.

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1 posted on 12/06/2013 9:50:14 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

It is the Barry syndrome. Narcissism.


2 posted on 12/06/2013 9:52:42 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (Government shut down? Call me when the government shuts UP!)
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To: BenLurkin

..Because you are a victim of the victim mentality (endless loop error)


3 posted on 12/06/2013 9:58:43 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

what is worse are the ones that believe the lie


4 posted on 12/06/2013 9:59:03 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: BenLurkin

Why? The usual reasons - money, and/or attention, and/or status within their little twisted world.


5 posted on 12/06/2013 10:01:42 PM PST by Paulie
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To: BenLurkin

Manchausin syndrome?

Whoa, Whoa pitiful me....


6 posted on 12/06/2013 10:05:17 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: montanajoe

Because you are a victim of the victim mentality and then tell yourself a third world shithole is better than this


7 posted on 12/06/2013 10:07:55 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: BenLurkin

Attention whores / camera whores.


8 posted on 12/06/2013 10:08:01 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (Democrats are Cruz'n for a Bruisin' in 2016. / Obama=Unspeakable Audacity)
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To: BenLurkin
Pick a Disorder Any Disorder real or man made or imagined from the great minds that gave you the field of Psychiatry
9 posted on 12/06/2013 10:08:55 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (I'm not afraid to say what i mean nor should you be afraid of what you know to be true !)
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To: BenLurkin

Same reason the healthcare pools are going to be contaminated by hypochondriacs.


10 posted on 12/06/2013 10:09:16 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

These people are predators. It is a way of crying wolf and letting people hang dry. I believe they are not so much interested in hurting the persons they accuse, but in screwing the system. Their target of exploitation are those believing them.


11 posted on 12/06/2013 10:13:37 PM PST by lavaroise
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To: BenLurkin

How many claims of “young white women attacked by black men” have turned out to have been faked? I wonder if Tawana Brawley or Crystal Mangum would know? Those are just two cases that immediately come to mind of the reverse happening.


12 posted on 12/06/2013 10:20:37 PM PST by Bob
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

Narcissism, according to Freud, and in accordance with the Greek myth of Narcissus, describes self-involvement or self-satisfaction, a completely passive tendency. Freud gives the example of a tiger, or a beautiful lady, each of whom may attract the attention or devotion of others, but without any overt effort to do so. Recall John Belushi’s ladder scene in Animal House. Very instructive.

Now, in the case of Obama, yes, I think you could see it that way. “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them” as Malvolio said, and Obama qualifies for the last of these, and his passive tendencies are evident.

However, contriving and perpetrating schemes to thrust oneself into the spotlight is not part of this syndrome, as I see it, and I’m firm on that point.


13 posted on 12/06/2013 10:21:23 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: BenLurkin

What makes them think they won’t be caught?


14 posted on 12/06/2013 10:24:16 PM PST by This I Wonder32460
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To: Paulie

And to advance a pro(re)gressive agenda.


15 posted on 12/06/2013 10:25:06 PM PST by hughesm1 (The Tree of Liberty is thirsty.)
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To: BenLurkin

A lot of them have the same “objective” morality that the early Bolsheviks had in the USSR, the same revolutionary generation decimated by their hero Stalin fifteen years later.


16 posted on 12/06/2013 10:27:35 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Bob

Yeah, saw that, too. The article actually managed to cite a case where a white woman faked being attacked by a black man. Haven’t verified its authenticity, but why bother? When a journalist has to be PC, they’ll hang their world view on the thinnest reed...


17 posted on 12/06/2013 11:57:54 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Paulie

To advance their cause even if they have to lie
Mental illness
Attention...it’s all about me, me, me
Money


18 posted on 12/07/2013 2:01:28 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: hughesm1
And to advance a pro(re)gressive agenda.

I think that's the primary reason. The vast majority of racism/sexism/"homophobia" claims that make the news turn out to be hoaxes, leaving only very mild complaints such as the elderly gays in nursing homes who complain that they don't get as many family visits as those who had children get. The far left would have no evidence at all to support their agenda if they didn't make it up.

19 posted on 12/07/2013 3:43:02 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: BenLurkin

They miss the obvious: homosexuality is a mental disorder. Of course homosexuals and other perverts are going to deceive, obfuscate, falsify. They are as far from reality is any group of individuals can be and busy trying to present themselves and their acts as “normal”.


20 posted on 12/07/2013 3:44:39 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: BenLurkin
Simply stated, there is a commodity in victimization. In fact it is one of the few thriving industries in the US.

Take a poll of the billboards on your drive in to work today. You'll find the common thread in all of the businesses and organizations’ success requires a victim. My drive includes; personal injury attorneys, behavioral counseling (whatever that is), medical research charities, counseling for servicemen and women, medicare/medicaid application services, sinkhole litigation (I live in FL) and (still) BP oil-spill settlement assistance. There is, of course, the prolific billboard ads for the Lottery. They're followed closely by those providing gambling addiction therapy.

Very few ads for anything manufactured. Sad.

21 posted on 12/07/2013 4:27:25 AM PST by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: piytar

Well, there was Susan Smith.


22 posted on 12/07/2013 5:32:17 AM PST by az wildkitten (8 years 'til I retire)
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To: piytar; Bob
I remember when "Susan Smith, the woman who drowned her children in a South Carolina lake, claimed that a black man had taken them...."

At around 8 p.m. Susan put her barefooted sons in the car, strapped them in their car seats and began driving around. In her confession she stated that she wanted to die and was headed to her mother's house, but decided against it. Instead she drove to John D. Long Lake and drove onto a ramp, got out of the car, put the car in drive, released the brake and watched as her car, with her children sleeping in the back seat, plunged into the lake. The car drifted out a ways then slowly sank.

Susan Smith ran to a nearby home and hysterically knocked on the door. She told the homeowners, Shirley and Rick McCloud, that a black man had taken her car and her two boys. She described how she had stopped at a red light at Monarch Mills, when a man with a gun jumped into her car and told her to drive. She drove around some, and then he told her to stop and get out of the car. At that point he told her he wouldn't hurt the kids and then drove off with the boys who she could hear were crying out for her.

http://crime.about.com/od/murder/a/susan_smith_2.htm

23 posted on 12/07/2013 6:46:17 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Irony is that they even make the act of crucifiction in which they partake a good act. They want their leaders to crucify them because they want it to be not a bad thing in their eyes, per say.


24 posted on 12/07/2013 7:05:25 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: BenLurkin

I think it’s because all of today’s heroes are victims. We used to praise and admire the strong, the brave, the noble...the guy who rushed into a burning building to save lives, the cowboy in the white hat fighting the bad guys, the plucky widow who worked two jobs to support her kids, etc. Now we praise and worship supposed “victims” of homophobia, sexism, and racism. So today, if someone is not a victim naturally, they will do something that they know will result in disapproval from others...then claim to be victimized.


25 posted on 12/07/2013 8:19:34 AM PST by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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