From reading the quotes of police officers and sexual assault advocates in news stories about false rape claims, as in the news story below, one would think that the only harm caused by this crime is to: (1) the hypothetical, phantom, possible, could-be, even unborn rape victims who might be, possibly will be, may be dissuaded by such lies from coming forward, and (2) the police forces that expend resources in trying to solve a crime that never happened. Rarely do they mention the class of citizens that is victimized by these lies.
Let's repeat after me: the primary harm of false rape claims is to men and boys who are targeted by police in their investigations, and often wrongly arrested and sometimes wrongly convicted. All other victims, all other harms -- are secondary.
HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:
Woman pleads guilty to false rape claim
By Nancy Bowman
Monday, November 24, 2008
TROY — A Wapakoneta woman pleaded guilty Monday, Nov. 24, to felony making a false alarm for filing a false rape report in May.
Melissa Turner, 40, could received up to one year in prison at sentencing Jan. 12 in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
She reported May 19 to the sheriff's office that she was raped on the banks of the Great Miami River under the Eldean Bridge north of Troy.
Prosecutors said three detectives were called in on overtime to investigate the claim.
Turner admitted she had lied about the alleged offense on May 21, according to court documents. The sheriff's office spent $892 on overtime investigating the claim.
She answered questions from Judge Robert Lindeman on Monday, but made no comments specific to the case.
She is free on a recognizance bond.
Sheriff's Capt. Dave Duchak said the department does not receive many false reports.
When a false claim is made, it not only costs investigative time but can cause questioning of others' whose claims are legitimate, he said