Friday, September 19, 2008

Another inexplicable false rape claim

As a society, we need to adopt a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to false rape claims. A false rape claim is akin to shouting "fire" in a crowded theater. Regardless of the motivation, the possible harm to innocent persons is far too great, and every false rape claim should be intolerable.

To evidence a zero tolerance policy, we need to punish far more severely any person who makes a false rape claim, regardless of the motive.


Police charge woman with false rape report

Investigators charged a 28-year-old Athens woman for falsely reporting that she was raped Saturday morning outside her home on Cedar Shoals Drive, Athens-Clarke police said.

Carolyn Patricia Schutz told police she was walking to her car at about 3:30 a.m. when a stranger grabbed her from behind, beat and then raped her, according to police.

The woman admitted when interviewed by a detective that she made the story up, but didn’t say why she did it, police said.

Schutz was charged Wednesday with false report of a crime and released on a $1,000 bond.