Comment: Read the story below and imagine if you were a local man who matched the description given by the false accuser; imagine you were picked up by police and weren't sure if anyone would believe you weren't a rapist. Far-fetched? It happens a lot. And note how the law enforcement officials might not charge this young woman because her crime might have been a "cry for help." I wonder if any law enforcement official would ever say that about a similarly-aged young man accused of sexual assault. (Somehow I doubt it.)
Robbery and sexual assault incident false, police say
Date: 2009-03-19 By Mary Riley
Kawartha Lakes Police say an attempted robbery and sexual assault reported on March 15 is fictitious.
Police say a 22-year-old woman said she was attacked by two men who approached her from behind while she was walking along the Scugog River in Lindsay.
Police are currently investigating how the woman sustained the minor injuries she reportedly sustained in the 'attack.'
After the incident, police issued a description of two suspects, including details about the suspects' hats.
Inspector Will Herbert said the woman recanted her original version during a second interview after the crime was reported.
"There was definitely no robbery or sexual assault; it appears the two men don't exist," Insp. Herbert said. "But, we don't know what caused her injuries, so we are still investigating how (she got hurt)."
The inspector said that when a report of a crime proves to be false, a police can charge the complainant with public mischief. But, he said each case is dealt with individually; sometimes, concocting such an incident is a cry for help.
"You have to look at what the cause is (to report a fictitious crime). If it is someone reaching out for help, you have to [consider] that."