Tuesday, August 4, 2009

To illustrate the double-standard in the way false rape claims and rape claims are treated, we've rewritten a news story

Read the following stories.

The first is a real news story -- another false rape accuser gets a slap on the wrist.

The second story -- which is unthinkable -- is fake. It reverses the genders and shows how absurd it would be to treat a male rapist the way female false rape accusers are treated. Even though men and boys falsely accused of rape often suffer as much as or more than rape victims, false accusers are treated as almost non-criminals.

To drive home the point, ask yourself if the second story would be possible? After you've truthfully answered "no," then ask yourself, why do we tolerate this awful double standard?

THE REAL NEWS STORY:

Mother spared jail in false rape claim

A young Shropshire mother-of-three, who falsely claimed she had been raped by her partner, has been spared a jail term.

Kirsty Smith, 23, was given a suspended prison sentence yesterday after the court heard she had been involved in an abusive relationship. Judge Robin Onions told Smith that custody was the normal sentence for this type of offence which undermined the cause of true rape victims.

However, he said he could take an exceptional course and suspend the sentence due to the failure of the prosecution to provide a full background, the delays in the case and because of Smith’s three young children.

OUR REWRITE:

Father spared jail in rape claim

A young Shropshire father-of-three, who raped his partner, has been spared a jail term.

Kevin Smith, 23, was given a suspended prison sentence yesterday after the court heard he had been involved in an abusive relationship. Judge Robin Onions told Smith that custody was the normal sentence for this type of offence.

However, he said he could take an exceptional course and suspend the sentence due to the failure of the prosecution to provide a full background, the delays in the case and because of Smith’s three young children.
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Comment: If our rewrite strikes you as unfair, over-the-top, or simply not a fair analogy, then it is clear you do not read this blog. Victims of false rape claims very often suffer more grievous harm than actual rape victims. Yet the crime of making a false rape report is barely considered a crime at all (as shown by the actual news story here). Men and boys falsely accused of rape have been beaten and killed and have killed themselves; they've been fired from their jobs and lost their businesses; they've lost their wives, their girlfriends and their long-time friends. Rarely do they ever come out of it whole, and for many, the ghost of a false rape claim trails them for the rest of their lives since, unlike their false accusers, they do not have anonymity.

If the second incident actually occurred, it likely would be world-wide news and large segments of the world population would be calling for the judge's impeachment. It is tragic and patently unjust, by any measure, that the actual news story does not elicit such a reaction.