Police: Student Faked Rape Threat Against Herself

A student at the University of Wyoming who claimed she was targeted for a Facebook rape threat because she “runs her liberal mouth all the time” faked the threat against herself, police say. Meg Lanker-Simons, 26, has been charged with interference with a police investigation by giving false statement.

The phony threat, posted on a Facebook page called “UW Crushes” was cited as “an example of rape culture” by Lanker-Simons in an April 24 item on her Tumblr blog, where she urged readers to tell the administrators of the page that “this kind of misogyny is not okay.”

However, UW police said, they interviewed Lanker-Simons and searched her computer, and ”obtained substantial evidence verifying that the offending Facebook post came from Lanker-Simons’ computer.” Lanker-Simons “admitted to making a controversial post on UW Crushes webpage and then lied about not doing it,” according to the citation for a misdemeanor, which can be punished by up to a year in jail.

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Lanker-Simons has been an outspoken activist on the UW campus. In 2009, she helped lead protests against former Vice President Dick Cheney’s appearance at the university and, in 2010, went to federal court in an attempt to force university officials to permit former Weather Underground terrorist leader Bill Ayers to speak at UW. “Look at Bill Ayers — he made something of himself,” Lanker said in a newspaper interview at the time.

Lanker-Simons’s “Cognitive Dissonance” site was recognized for an award last year by the Center for American Progress’s Think Progress site. She also hosts a weekly talk-radio program on Laramie’s KOCA-FM.

The anonymous threat on the Facebook page was written to make it appear that it came from a conservative Republican. “I want to hatef–k Meg Lanker Simons so hard. That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and shes gonna be a good Republican b–ch.”

Even after the threat was exposed as a hoax, a University of Wyoming spokesman cited the “progress” resulting from the “discussion” Lanker-Simons’s fraud had provoked.

“This episode has sparked an important discussion reaffirming that the UW community has no tolerance for sexual violence or violence of any type,” university spokesman Chad Baldwin said in a statement. “The fact that the Facebook post apparently was a fabrication does not change the necessity for continued vigilance in reassuring that we have a campus where everyone feels safe. It’s important that this event does not undermine the progress that has been made in this area.”

Katherine Timpf of Campus Reform reported that Lanker-Simons “is a member of the University of Wyoming Gender & Women’s Studies group as well as the school’s chapter of The Nonviolent Communist.” Defenders of Lanker-Simons have created their own Facebook site  where they proclaim their belief in her innocence.

One of her defenders, Pamela Kandt told the Laramie Boomerang that the charge against Lanker-Simons police is a “classic case of blaming the victim,” and said: “This is the worst episode of ‘Law & Order’ you can imagine.”

 

27 Comments

  1. May 1, 2013  2:42 pm by Steve Reply

    I work at UW. She is a career student and most of the student population is having a good laugh at her expense. She has been pulling this crap for years and I am so glad it blew up in her face. In the immortal words of Peter Griffin, "Shut up Meg!"

    • May 1, 2013  5:58 pm by McGehee Reply

      All she needs is a stocking cap and the resemblace would be spot on.

      • May 1, 2013  9:02 pm by Ron Reply

        Don't insult Meg Griffin

    • June 11, 2013  12:49 pm by Thomas Weiss Reply

      Yes I thought she looked pretty old to be a student, how long has she been there?

  2. May 1, 2013  2:50 pm by Finrod Reply

    She didn't even do a credible job of imitating conservatives or Republicans; she produced the liberal version of how they think conservatives talk, which is way far afield from reality.

    • May 1, 2013  9:03 pm by Ron Reply

      Come to AZ, yes they do use that term, but it is usually reserved for the likes of attractive Lib females and not butter gollums

      • May 2, 2013  4:44 pm by Nate Whilk Reply

        Remember when a columnist on Playboy Online gave a list of 10 conservative women and his "hatefuck rating" for them? Salon called it merely "vile" and "Trying to mask a degrading fantasy behind a thin sheen of would-be cool, liberal kidding around isn’t anywhere near convincing. And, ultimately, not really that funny, either." http://www.salon.com/2009/06/01/playboy_conservababes/

  3. May 1, 2013  7:06 pm by Neal Scroggs Reply

    Gawd, what a fat toad she is. This whole faked rape threat is simply her fantasy sex life run amok. She must realize that rape is the closest her obese monstrosity will ever come to wholesome normal sex.

  4. May 1, 2013  8:58 pm by joe@schmoe.com Reply

    I'll bet the cops just took one look at her and knew she was lying about a dude saying he would have sex with her

    • May 1, 2013  11:16 pm by J(@japan_johnny) Reply

      But...Joe...Look at those glasses! Those bloated cheeks and lips .....the middle part that screams ....SEXY!

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  6. May 1, 2013  9:58 pm by Dave Reply

    MOO

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  8. May 2, 2013  12:21 am by Liz Thatcher Reply

    So, she's 26 and was in college in 2009... why is she still there?

  9. May 2, 2013  5:35 am by Charlie Reply

    I can see lots of women flocking to this Marxist group now! Maybe Meg is a right wing plant that was sent by W to destroy this group. That is how she afforded 10 years of college, It's those rich (employed) republicans! I hope she moves from radio to TV.

  10. May 2, 2013  7:46 am by datechguy Reply

    If the Black community or the Muslim community had been targeted would the university be talking about the "progress from the discussion"

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  15. May 4, 2013  5:12 am by AnonymousDrivel Reply

    University spokesman Chad Baldwin is pleased with the progress being made on events that didn't happen? Curious.

    I hope the university debates the merits of thwarting all the Marsians and Venusians that didn't invade its campus. They'll need to maintain vigilance against other, even more significant non-threats.

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  19. May 5, 2013  5:28 pm by Count Yob Reply

    This type of hate-hoaxing misandry is not ok, but it's a laugh when it's exposed.

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