Monday, May 25, 2009

Woman recants story after saying man met on MySpace raped her

Another day, another false accusation. At this point, it is unknown if the woman in the story below will face any charges for her false accusation.

Something caught my eye while reading this:

Afterward [following the alleged rape], the woman went to her child's father's house and told him about the incident. That's when she called police.

A couple of things jump out from those 2 sentences:

1. She isn't married to the child's father.
2. She told him about the incident and that is when police were called.

Those two things would suggest she might have been attempting to use the alleged rape incident as a means to get back together with her child's father. Unfortunately, we have seen this type of situation before. Again, she isn't named, but at least in this case, no one was arrested.

Also note the extremely forgiving tone of the news article -- she first was "allegedly raped" but "now says the sex was consensual." Moreover, she simply told police she didn't want to press charges against the man. The article doesn't say she made a false rape report despite her admission that she had. Put it this way: ask yourself if a news article reporting on an admitted rape would write the article as follows: "A man who had sex with a woman later told police the sex was not consensual." We all know that no such article would report the news in that fashion. More likely the news article would say, "Man admits he raped woman." But for some reporters and editors in the news media, reporting that "Woman admits false rape claim" simply doesn't fit their female-as-victim metanarrative.

Woman admits sex was consensual, and not rape.

A woman who was allegedly raped by a man whom she met on MySpace.com now says the sex was consensual, according to Orlando Police.

The woman told officers earlier this week that the man raped her when she went to his apartment on Westgate Drive.

The 21-year-old woman told officers she met the man, 25, on MySpace.com on April 20 and began talking to him on the phone and via e-mail.

According to a police report the woman went to the man's apartment on Tuesday afternoon to hang out there and eventually leave to go hang out somewhere else together.

The man told the woman to follow him to his bedroom so he could show her something there. Once inside, he threw her on the bed and began kissing her. He then took her clothes off and raped her, she told police.

Afterward, the woman went to her child's father's house and told him about the incident. That's when she called police. Later that afternoon the woman told police she didn't want to press charges against the man.

Police are no longer investigating.

Link:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/orl-bk-myspace-rape-043009,0,741794.story