Wednesday, September 3, 2008

False rape accuser avoids jail

The news story below is another case where a false rape accuser avoids imprisonment despite the very serious harm she inflicted on a young man. This is another case where a young woman has nearly destroyed the life of a young man by re-characterizing (more accurately, mischaracterizing) their consensual sex as rape -- a thing that is frighteningly easy to do. It is easy to do because the very physical act that constitutes the alleged crime is precisely the same act that has been performed countless times every second of every minute of every day of every year since the beginning of time the world over -- as an act of love that is welcomed by women, not a crime. But a woman can transmogrify this most fundamental human act of love into rape merely by branding it as nonconsensual, and that lie can, and does, destroy the life of the man or boy with whom she made love.

In the story below, the young woman was not given jail time, the judge said, because she was not 18.

Did you get that?

Does anything think that a 16-year-old boy who commits rape, or for that matter any other crime, would not get jail time? In fact, a boy charged with rape would be tried as an adult and sent away for years.

Please, Your Honor, please don't tell us it is proper to treat a young woman as an infant simply by virtue of the fact that she is female. Are not those days long over? I suppose not. The fact is, 16-year-old females are generally physically and emotionally more mature than their male counterparts.

She should have gone to jail. Period.

And once again, we have a police detective who seems to think the real harm of a false rape claim is to hypothetical, phantom, possible, could-be, even unborn rape victims who might be, possibly will be, may be dissuaded by such lies from coming forward. Excuse me, officer, but the principal victim of a false rape claim is the man or boy who is lied about. We've dealt with this strange and all-too common phenomenon previously: HOW WOMEN BECAME THE 'VICTIMS' OF A CRIME THAT ONLY TARGETS MEN: FALSE RAPE CLAIMS IN THE FEMINIST 'RAPE CULTURE'

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

Teenager narrowly escapes jail after false rape claim

by Helen Wagstaff

A teenager who falsely accused a man of dragging her into his home and raping her has been told she has escaped jail because of her age.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was instead given a 12-month referral order which will include counselling sessions to stop her reoffending.

The chair of the bench at Maidstone Magistrates told the girl, who pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, she would have been sent to jail had she been 18.

The case was the second in a few days in which a woman falsely cried rape. Read the recent case.
The court heard how the girl had concocted the story of rape after having consensual sex with the young man she accused while she had a boyfriend.

She told the court she did so because she was "panicking so much, which turned to confusion."

The prosecution read out a victim statement from the man she accused.

It said: "This has really affected my life. People look at me like a rapist. That sort of accusation sticks."

A police spokesman said the allegation had been one of a number of recent cases in Maidstone and they were sending out the message that it must stop.

Detective Inspector Susie Harper comments: "Rape is a very serious offence which can have a huge impact on the life of the victim.

"It often takes considerable bravery for a rape victim to come forward to report the crime and we always sensitively and thoroughly investigate all reported rape allegations.

"On rare occasions where false rape allegations are made, it wastes not only the police's time, but causes untold grief for the accused, having the potential to ruin their reputation forever. In these instances we will seek to prosecute those who make false claims, as these people undermine the courage of real victims who seek justice

Link: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kol08/article/default.asp?article_id=47303&commented=1