Talbott, 18, reappeared in a Texas church later that day, interrupting the service by appearing in only a shirt, bra and underwear with scratches visible on her skin. She claimed that she had been abducted by “three black males” wearing ski masks and that she had been taken to the woods near the church and was gang-raped.
However, according to police, medical examiners “were unable to corroborate that Talbott had been sexually assaulted.”
In a statement released Wednesday, Denison Police admitted that they had growing doubt about the Texas teen’s story until on Tuesday night, Talbott admitted to having made the whole thing up. She admitted that she staged the church entrance and that she had cut herself.
“Breana Harmon Talbott’s hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax,” police said. “The anger and hurts caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary.”
For her actions, Talbott is charged with a misdemeanor for making a false report to an officer. But the criminal charge may not be her only punishment, as her community at large is looking at her with disdain for creating conflict where there was none, taking valuable resources away from individuals truly in need of help. While the case was under investigation, white nationalist hate groups used the case to allege that the media does not care about the plight of white people.
“Her initial story received a lot of attention on social media. The alleged assault was of particular interest to white nationalist groups who cited the story as an example of a perceived double standard in the media for white victims of crime.”
— Philip Schuyler (@FiveRights) March 11, 2017
The question of Talbott’s intentions behind the fraud can only be answered by Talbott herself, and for the time being she has chosen to keep that a mystery. As for the far reaching consequences to her actions- a state like Texas is the last place the fear and hate for people of color need to be encouraged or validated, here is hoping that Talbott’s will be convicted and held to account for the damage she has done to her community. What are your thoughts on the matter? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
(Article By Tasha Sharifa)