Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Rape is a terrible crime, but equally terrible is the false accusation of rape."

Ian Robson said it better than I could in the Sunday Sun, a regional Sunday newspaper for North East England, Cumbria and the Scottish Borders.

Bravo, Mr. Robson!

Accusation is far worse than crime

Sep 21 2008

by Ian Robson, Sunday Sun

RAPE is a terrible crime, but equally terrible is the false accusation of rape.

No one can know the hell Terry Harrison went through when he was maliciously accused.

In 11 months, this innocent man was subjected to one ordeal after another.

He was grilled by police who did not believe he didn’t do it.

He was ordered out of his home town, lost job opportunities and was vilified and spat on by the public.

All because lying Shirley Price made it all up.

If a rapist is the scum of the earth, what does that make people like Price?

A criminal, certainly, as she starts a lenient three-month sentence for perverting the course of justice.

But she is much more than a mere criminal.

This evil woman used her sexuality to trap a man who had simply rejected her advances at a party.

He did the decent thing, and for that he was subjected to a living hell.

Yet, when Price is released, I doubt she will be assaulted in the street or attacked by vigilantes.

Women’s organisations will not paint her as a villain and she will be given every help to put her life back on track.

Nor should men feel safe about the police involvement in rape allegations.

Terry, of Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, said he began to feel guilty because he was relentlessly told he was guilty during his interrogation.

Durham Police say they thoroughly investigate any allegation of rape.

They have reassured victims they will be treated with sensitivity.

It’s not enough . . . at a time when women are prepared to cry rape, the alleged perpetrator should be treated with sensitivity as well.