Saturday, August 15, 2009

20-year-old woman destroys teen's life with false rape claim for money

COMMENT: Before you read the news story below, it is important to consider several things. The next time someone tells you that women don't lie about rape, that a woman wouldn't put herself through the ordeal of the criminal justice system for a rape lie, or that some of us pay entirely too much attention to victims of false rape claims, remember Grant Bowers, 19, pictured here. Just an ordinary looking kid, right? Could be any number of guys on any number of college campuses.

In fact, Grant Bowers was just an ordinary teenager when a 20-year-old woman named Sarah-Jane Hillard decided his life didn't mean as much as the £7,500 she would collect from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority if she claimed he raped her.

Destroying a young man's life is relatively easy for young women in the UK and the US. Young men do not have that power, and even when women are found guilty of false reporting of rape, they generally suffer little for their malefactions: the chances of Ms. Hillard serving a significant sentence are remote. In contrast, Mr. Bowers has been put through eleven months of hell. His life literally has been threatened, he's been chased through town with a knife, his confidence has been shattered, he was physically sick through worry. As is typical of these cases, he is unable to trust women and, really, who can blame him?

We have previously written about how UK women have a monetary incentive to lie about rape. The problem has been festering for years. The UK compensates purported victims of even non-forcible rape, and even inappropriate touching over clothing. In contrast, until just this year when a judge ordered it, the CICA refused to compensate victims of false rape claims. That ruling is being challenged. So, you see, in the UK, the CICA compensation scheme tells men falsely accused of rape that their injuries, no matter how great, simply are not as important as the injuries suffered by rape victims, no matter how slight. Grant Bowers deserves compensation, beyond any doubt.

If one wanted to do a study of the false rape problem in the UK, he or she could use the CICA’s Compensation Scheme as a microcosm: the government enables women to destroy men's lives by giving them incentive to lie about rape, and then it wonders why the conviction rate for rape is so "low." The rate is so low because women lie about rape, with apologies to Liz Kelly.

Thanks to Paul P. for bringing this to our attention.


Cry-rape girl, 20, dragged man into toilets for sex to claim £7,500 compensation

A woman faces jail after luring a man into having sex with her and then crying rape in a plot to claim thousands of pounds in compensation.

Sarah-Jane Hilliard, 20, applied for £7,500 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority days after falsely accusing Grant Bowers, 19, of raping her.

Yesterday, the telesales employee was told she faced a jail term, after her web of lies was exposed in court in May.

Hilliard told police she met up with Mr Bowers, whom she regarded as a friend, at Liquid nightclub in Basildon, Essex, on July 26 last year.

She said he joined her and a friend in their taxi home, but when she stopped in a public toilet by the railway station he came in and attacked her.

In reality they had met at another club and walked to the station, and it was she who lured him into the toilet - even telling him he 'better be there for the baby' if she became pregnant.

Mr Bowers was arrested and bailed. But eight days later, after police failed to find CCTV images of the pair outside Liquid, Hilliard's friend confessed that they had actually been in the nearby Colors nightclub all night.

CCTV footage from there clearly showed Hilliard and Mr Bowers, both from Basildon, kissing and holding hands before leaving.

Officers contacted Mr Bowers and told him he would not be charged and instead arrested Hilliard for perverting the course of justice.

But this did not save him from being made a hate figure. 'The last 11 months have been horrendous,' he said.

'I've lost all my self- confidence. I don't know why she did it but her lies have ruined my life.'

Mr Bowers's father, Tony, 48, said his son had to move out of Basildon because of threats against him. He said: 'After the court case people started kicking the door of his flat in and shouting "rapist" though the letterbox.

'He moved into temporary accommodation but he heard that people were offering £100 to find out where he was. He's been threatened and chased through town with a knife too.

'He's petrified. He's left Basildon and is staying with friends because he's worried about what's going to happen.'

In Hilliard's trial at Basildon Crown Court in May, Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, said: 'This incident has changed Mr Bowers.

'He speaks of his lack of confidence approaching young women, not trusting them and having trouble sleeping.

'He was physically sick through worry, constantly teary and feeling like he wanted to cry.'

Jacqueline Carey, defending, said Hilliard had an 'extremely difficult period in her past' which she had discussed with a psychiatrist.

Hilliard was found guilty and was due to be sentenced yesterday but that was adjourned until next month to wait for further psychiatric reports.