Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Inexplicable, senseless rape lie

In some ways, a motiveless false rape lie is of greater concern than a lie with a clear motivation -- such as a desire to cover up an illicit sexual relationship or revenge. It is akin to a senseless murder, psychotic in nature and completely baffling.

Innocent persons are wholly incapable of conforming their behavior to guard against such lies. A victim of such a lie is targeted at random, so there is nothing that can be done to prevent it.

Thankfully, no innocent person was victimized by the false rape claim that is the subject of the following story. But many victims of false rape lies have been unjustly targeted as suspects in cases where lies were every bit as senseless, and some such victims have been charged and convicted.


Lynnwood rape victim recants story

By KOMO Staff

LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- Police here said the woman who claimed she was raped by an intruder on Monday has recanted her story.

Investigators said they discovered inconsistencies in the story of the 18-year-old woman, who later admitted she had not been sexually assaulted.

The woman told detectives she did not intend for things to get this far and that the incident had not taken place. It is not known why she made up the story.

The woman initially told police she woke up early Monday morning and saw a man standing inside her apartment. She was sexually assaulted moments later, she said.

After the attack, the victim said her attacker "spent a significant amount of time in her apartment before he left" after the sun came up.

The case has been forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review of a false reporting charge.