In the news story below, a woman falsely cried rape when she believed the men she lied about were going to tell her family about their illicit sexual relationship. This is probably the most common motive for a false rape claim.
This is consistent with Professor Kanin's landmark study of false rape claims. Kanin determined that the majority of false rape claims in his study "served the complainants' need to provide a plausible explanation for some suddenly foreseen, unfortunate consequence of a consensual encounter, usually sexual, with a male acquaintance."
While motive is not an element of the crime of false reporting of rape, it is helpful to underscore motive to demonstrate that, indeed, women do have reason to lie about rape -- just as people do have reason to lie about everything under the sun. Motive does not excuse the lie, but it helps explain it, and it helps refute the disingenuous assertion that false rape claims are a myth.
HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:
Woman is held over 'fake rape'
A BAHRAINI woman has been arrested for reporting a false rape case to police in Isa Town.
The 28-year-old married woman claimed that three of her friends, also Bahraini, kidnapped her and raped her, a Public Prosecution spokesman said yesterday.
"She said that she has been in a relationship with one of the defendants for the past 14 years, but he and his friends took advantage of her and then stole two of her mobiles after they raped her," said the spokesman.
She later changed her story, saying she was out with one of the men, when the other two turned up and all three raped her. But the told prosecutors during questioning that the woman had actually been in a relationship with all three of them and that they never had sex with her against her will.
"When the woman was confronted by the men's statement, she later confessed that she had reported the incident to the police because she was afraid that the defendants were going to speak to her family when they stole her phone," said the spokesman.
Two of the men confessed to stealing her phone, but the rape allegations have been dropped.
"Apparently the woman was said to have been seeing the men for money but there were no charges filed as there was no evidence against them," sources told the GDN.
The woman has currently been detained on charges of reporting a false case to the police, while two of the men have been charged with theft. All defendants will remain in custody until their case goes to court next week. firstname.lastname@example.org