Thursday, August 21, 2008

Another motiveless false rape claim exposed

Another in a seemingly endless cavalcade of false rape claims. Once again, the accuser is young -- a teenager. And once again, it seems she didn't want the lie to go as far as it did.

False rape accusers are often oblivious to the fact that sometimes a rape lie is akin to opening proverbial Pandora's Box. Or to put it in modern terms, it's like trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube. As shown repeatedly on this Web site, even when the accuser doesn't mean for the lie to go as far as it does, men and boys victimized by such falsehoods are often targeted as persons of interest; it is not uncommon that they are arrested and held in a terrifying jail cell for hours, days, weeks or months; and sometimes they are wrongfully convicted. Often, their lives are destroyed to the point that they will never be returned to the way things were before the lie.

To underscore how serious this particular kind of lie is, sentencing for false rape claims needs to be tougher. Much tougher. Only then will the liars be deterred.


Police: Lynnwood rape report was a hoax

The woman who told Lynnwood police a man broke into her apartment and raped her lied about the entire incident, department spokeswoman Shannon Sessions police said.

Detectives noticed inconsistencies in several subsequent interviews, and the woman admitted she lied.

The 18-year-old told detectives she didn't want the story to go as far as it did, police said.

The woman claimed the incident happened in an apartment in the 18500 block of 36th Avenue West in Lynnwood. The Seattle P-I and other local news media reported the case.

"Detectives are unclear as to why she made up the story," Sessions said. "We have forwarded the case to the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office for review to see if they want to file a false reporting charge against her."

In this case, the charge would be a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $5,000 fine, police said.