In the following news story, a girl lied that she was raped because she was with her boyfriend when she shouldn't have been. This prompts a question: One must wonder if there would be fewer false rape claims if the parental-daughter relationship were healthier -- if a daughter thought she could be honest with her parents (think Juno) without fear of something terrible happening. And when I say parents, I don't just mean "father." Often the mother is much harsher with a daughter than the father.
This is not to excuse false rape claims under any circumstances. But a 15-year-old is not a mature adult, and is more prone to do foolish things when she feels her back is up against the wall.
SEE THE NEWS STORY HERE:
Tembisa girl held for perjury
A 15-year-old girl was arrested on Tuesday in Tembisa for perjury, after she allegedly opened false kidnapping and rape cases, Johannesburg police said.
Captain Manyadza Ralidzhivha said the girl reported to the police on Wednesday that she was kidnapped by three men who took her into the veld where they gang raped her.
"She came to the police station on Tuesday in the company of her mother and confessed that all she had said about kidnapping and rape was not true."
Ralidzhivha said the girl told the police that she had gone to see her boyfriend.
"She did not know what to tell parents because she did not sleep at home and did not go to school."
He said the teenager would appear at the Tembisa magistrate's court soon. - Sapa