Comment: Three innocent men were arrested on the basis of a woman's rape lie.
One lie, three men.
While the police officer interviewed for the story acknowledges that innocent men were arrested due to the fabrication, he goes out of his way to urge rape victims to come forward and to assert that "we deal with all allegations of rape very seriously."
And what about the men and boys falsely accused, sir? Do you deal with false allegations of rape seriously? Decide for yourself. He says: "In instances where the evidence proves malicious allegations are made then consideration will be given to prosecute."
Did you get that? Only if the evidence proves that the rape lie was "malicious" -- which means arising from a desire to cause pain, injury or distress to another -- in that case, "consideration will be given to prosecute."
What of the rapist who did not intend to cause pain, sir? What of the rapist who has sex with a very inebriated woman solely for a desire to climax? Would anyone suggest he should not be prosecuted because he did not act out of malice?
And even if he did act out of malice, would anyone suggest that "consideration" should be given to prosecute?
So this is what it comes to: in our zeal to be sensitive to possible rape victims, we think we must be insensitive to the falsely accused.
Contrast this police officer's concern for future, unknown, hypothetical, phantom, possible, could-be, even unborn rape victims who might be, possibly will be, may be dissuaded by such lies from coming forward -- with the three flesh and blood falsely accused men in this case.
Thank you very much, sir, for your politically correct, grudging, equivocal support of the falsely accused. It is men like you who perpetuate the false rape epidemic.
'Gang rape' woman admits she lied
"I would always urge all genuine victims to come forward and report any cases of sexual offences." Det Insp Marc Nasser
A woman has admitted falsely accusing three men of raping her after video footage on a mobile phone disproved her claims.
Victoria Salter pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old's false allegations of rape led to three men being arrested. But one of the men filmed the incident and provided mobile phone evidence.
Det Insp Marc Nasser said the allegations were "malicious".
She made false report in September, when she said she had been followed home by four men, three raped her while the fourth watched.
The court heard that Salter had been filmed by one of the men during the sexual encounter and she had been partaking "enthusiastically".
Det Insp Nasser added: "All sex-related offences are investigated thoroughly.
"In instances where the evidence proves malicious allegations are made then consideration will be given to prosecute.
"In this case there was clear evidence that Victoria Salter had agreed and willingly participated in sexual activity.
"Innocent men were arrested as a result of her allegations.
"I would like to assure people we deal with all allegations of rape very seriously.
"I would always urge all genuine victims to come forward and report any cases of sexual offences."
Salter is due to be sentenced on July 31.