Thursday, September 4, 2008

"The more women falsely cry rape, the more likely juries are to look at rape claims with suspicion"

We previously reported on the story of Amanda Lang, whose wicked false rape claim caused a man to be jailed and to face the prospect of years in prison. The editorial below should be required reading for all persons interested in rape and in achieving justice for rape victims and for victims of false accusations.

False rape accusations need to be addressed by the sexual assault industry -- young women need to be taught not to make false accusations. As the editorial states: "The more women falsely cry rape, the more likely juries are to look at rape claims with suspicion." Pretending false rape claims are a "myth" doesn't help the problem. We must address the actual lies -- we must not lie about the lies by saying they don't happen.

Editorial Comment: The price of a false rape claim

Amanda Lang fully deserves the one-year jail term she was handed at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.

She also deserves Judge Julian Hall's description of her lies - "wicked".

Lang falsely claimed she had been raped and kept up the pretence for months, putting her alleged attacker, soldier Phillip Trowell, through agony.

Later, she admitted that she had consented to sex, and pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

It is not difficult to imagine the trauma L Cpl Trowell suffered while the allegation hung over him.

Lang has not only done a grave disservice to him, but to victims of rape in general.

The more women falsely cry rape, the more likely juries are to look at rape claims with suspicion.

And it could also mean that women who have been raped will be reluctant to report the crime, thinking that their story might not be believed.

We have come a long way from the days when there was a general assumption that women were lying in rape cases.

Now they are treated with much more sympathy and sensitivity at all levels.

We mustn't let despicable people like Lang destroy that progress.

Link: http://www.oxfordmail.net/news/comment/display.var.2159881.0.the_price_of_a_false_rape_claim.php