The following news reports deal with the same incident. Note the first says the rape report turned out to be "unfounded" when, in fact, the girl lied about it -- so we know it was more than "unfounded," it was false.
Note that the false accuser gave a detailed description of the purported assailant. Imagine if you were a man who just happened to fit that description. Hence, the need to treat every false rape claim seriously -- with some appropriate punishment -- because even false rape claims that are not intended to hurt a particular man or boy often do so.
HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:
Report of rape found to be false
A report of a rape on a Vacaville bike path last month turned out to be unfounded, police announced Wednesday.
The girl, whose age was not released by police, had told officers that she was sexually assaulted around 9:20 p.m. Sept. 13 in the area of the 800 block of Davis Street.
She admitted to investigators on Wednesday that "she had, in fact, made up the assault story strictly to keep from getting into trouble with her father for being out too late that evening," police said.
The young woman reportedly is on active probation through the Solano County Probation Department for a misdemeanor. Police said they plan to forward a request to her probation officer for complaint for filing a false police report.
ANOTHER NEWS REPORT OF THE SAME FALSE RAPE CLAIM:
VACAVILLE: GIRL'S RAPE REPORT DETERMINED TO BE FALSE
Vacaville police said today a juvenile girl made up a story about being raped near Davis Street last month because she wanted attention.
Sgt. Charlie Spruill said the girl also was concerned she would get into trouble for coming home late that night.
The girl told police she was walking on a bike path near the 800 block of Davis Street around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 when a man pulled her into a brush-covered area and sexually assaulted her.
Spruill said the girl was treated for minor scrapes.
The girl gave a detailed description of the assailant, including the clothing he was wearing. Spruill said there might have been a person fitting that description in the area, or the girl could have described someone she knows.
During a follow-up investigation, police determined the girl's statements didn't match the physical evidence. When police confronted the girl, she said she made up the story because she wanted attention, Spruill said.
The girl is on probation for vandalism, and police will refer her false police report to the county probation department, Spruill said.
The probation department will decide whether to pursue the case in juvenile court and the girl could be fined, ordered to receive counseling or her family could be held responsible for the cost of the police investigation, Spruill said.