Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Woman who made false rape claim for revenge against ex-boyfriend gets three month sentence

In the news story below, a woman lied that her ex-boyfriend had raped her because he dumped her for another woman.

"I just wanted him to be hurt because of what he’d done," she said.

And she chose a vile weapon that might have sent him to prison for years and destroyed his life. A weapon that is used almost exclusively against men. The story furnishes no details as to whether the victim was arrested and jailed, or how long the false rape accusation hung over his head, or how badly the claim turned his world upside down.

But there is often nothing worse that can happen to any human being than a false rape claim.

And three months in jail is not a sufficiently serious punishment. It merely underscores that our society does not adequately protect victims of false rape claims.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

False rape claim earns three months in prison

THE 23-YEAR-OLD daughter of murder victim Lizzie Roussel has been jailed for three months for making a false allegation of rape.

Emma Roussel did so to get back at her then boyfriend, who had dumped her for another woman.

In the Royal Court, Roussel, of 42, Old Mill Estate, St Martin’s, admitted perverting the course of justice, criminal damage and failing to comply with bail conditions.

‘I just wanted him to be hurt because of what he’d done. He’d broken my heart,’ she told police.

Her advocate, Andrew Ayres, said that as well as being affected her mother’s violent death, she had been sexually abused at the age of five or six and again at 12.

The rape claim was made after the man ended their relationship of more than a year on 24 April.

Link: http://www.thisisguernsey.com/2008/10/24/false-rape-claim-earns-three-months-in-prison/