Thursday, October 22, 2009

False accuser 'had no idea the English authorities would take the attitude they did' and punish her

As you read the false rape news account below, please notice three things: First, the judge correctly honed in on the precise problem with the false claim: its effect on the falsely accused man. Too often we must listen to judges spewing political correctness about how rape lies hurt hypothetical rape victims. That is true, but such hurt is secondary to the injury inflicted on the primary victim of a rape lie. Second, notice that once again we are subjected to defense counsel's excuses stemming from the perpetrator's personal life. Do you think a newspaper article would print similar excuses proffered by counsel for a young rapist? Third, and most interesting: the false accuser "had no idea the English authorities would take the attitude they did." Specifically, she didn't know that rape lies are taken seriously (well, my dear, they usually aren't, but at least sometimes they are). Bingo! If it were well-publicized that false rape claims are taken seriously, I suspect we'd see far fewer of them. I would like to erect a sign in Times Square: "Making a false accusation of rape is a serious crime." I'm serious.

Here is the news article:

Waitress jailed for inventing sexual assault after sacking

A waitress at a fashionable London restaurant, Gema Revelles, has been jailed for nine months for inventing a sexual assault allegation against her gay boss after he sacked her.

Revelles, 21, made up the story because she was too ashamed to tell her family she was jobless. But her sister was so outraged at her apparent ordeal she insisted she tell police.

However, having ''started the ball rolling she didn't stop'' until it was too late, London's Southwark Crown Court was told.

Charles John-Jules, prosecuting, said unfortunately for the Spanish national she got her dates mixed up, reckoned without CCTV and was apparently unaware of her alleged attacker's sexual orientation.

The barrister said despite some of the inconsistencies being drawn to her attention she persisted with her story during a second interview.

According to Revelles - a Malaga ''hotel school'' student on a six-month work placement scheme to the City's Coq D'Argent restaurant - her ordeal began when operation manager Gerhard Jacobs tricked her into entering a downstairs office by claiming someone wanted to see her.
Mr John-Jules said she alleged once there he asked her ''to do him a favour''.

''She said she didn't know what that meant. He then moved towards her and placed his hands on her bottom. She says after she slapped him round the face, he put his hands on her shoulders and forced her down on her knees directly in front of him.''

She claimed he then pulled down his trousers.

''Revelles told the officer she punched him in the stomach and ran out of the office and told two female employees what had happened. But that account was not true,'' said the barrister.

Eventually, as problems with her story continued to mount, she admitted she had lied. Yet by that time a distraught Mr Jacobs had been spoken to by police.

Protesting his innocence, he told officers: ''Everyone knows that I'm gay at work and elsewhere.''

Revelles, of Maltby Street, Bermondsey, south-east London, admitted a single count of perverting the course of justice on August 4.

Wearing black trousers and a black jacket, she stood with her head bowed and her hands clasped in front of her as Judge Stephen Robbins told her: ''People who make false sexual accusations and cry rape, or, as in your case, a serious sexual assault, leading to individuals being questioned by police and/or arrested and sometimes remanded in custody, may expect to receive immediate custodial sentences because these sort of allegations are all too easy to make and very difficult to refute.

''In your case the allegation was somewhat less serious than rape, and as far as I can understand Mr Jacobs was not formally arrested, let alone remanded in custody.

"He was able to refute the allegations with the assistance of his colleagues at work, a combination of that and CCTV evidence, and he pointed out his own sexuality.''

The judge said while he accepted she first lied to her sister, ''thereafter not only did you substantiate your false allegations but you changed your story when confronted with matters by the police which tended to undermine your account.

''I bear in mind the massive effect this has had on Mr Jacobs, the shock and anxiety he suffered.

''I have come to the conclusion my public duty requires me to send you immediately to prison,'' he added.

George Grace, defending, said his client's problems began when her mother fell ill and she took time off to help her.

When she returned to work ''she was told she was not pulling her weight and had to go.

''Miss Revelles was angry she had not been given a chance to explain ... why she had taken time off.''

Having lost her job, she was then evicted from her flat and ended up staying with her sister.

''Her sister demanded an explanation for what was going on. Desperate, she came up with this unfortunate story.

''She started the ball rolling and didn't stop the ball rolling anything like quickly enough.''

Mr Green said the defendant now ''realised what she did was wrong, that it had a massive impact on Mr Jacobs and on the investigatory process and the process of justice as a whole.

''In addition, she had no idea the English authorities would take the attitude they did and believes in Spain nothing like the steps that were taken here would have been taken there in response to such an allegation,'' he added.