Monday, December 14, 2009

A tale of two victims: rape victim's close friend falsely accused cop of sexual assault

Here's a case out of  Massachusetts that may belong in Ripleys Believe It or Not -- but we'll let you decide that for yourself. The case is Commonwealth v. McIntyre, 2009 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1278 (Dec. 9, 2009).

Kenneth McIntyre was convicted of rape in a Massachusetts trial court, and last week, the conviction was affirmed by the Court of Appeals of Massachusetts.

At the the time of the rape, the victim (name unknown) was a close friend of a woman named Theresa Jefferson.  Fast forward several years.  While Mr. McIntyre was awaiting his rape trial, Theresa Jefferson made what she later admitted was a false allegation of her own that she was sexually assaulted -- by a police officer during a routine traffic stop (because what better way to avoid the consequences of the traffic stop than to falsely accuse the male cop of rape?).

At his trial, Mr. McIntyre tried every argument he could think of to get Jefferson's false accusation admitted into evidence.  The court found no connection between the incident for which Mr. McIntyre was being tried and Jefferson's false rape claim, so it wasn't admitted. Mr. McIntyre's conviction was affirmed.

I am not suggesting the court made an improper ruling.  But here we have a case that underscores the reality of our culture.  We have two victims -- an actual rape victim, and a police officer falsely accused of rape.  Both types of victimization are too common, and there is no inconsistency in asserting that.  The irony here, of course, is that the rape victim was a close frined of the false accuser.  What are the odds that a woman who actually was raped has a close friend who lied that she was . . . . wait, wait, wait.  Hmm.  Come to think of it, it's really not so incredible, is it?  There is nothing at all weird, odd, or unbelievable about this, is there? 

This case doesn't belong in Ripley's after all.  In fact it's just business as usual in our false rape culture, where every one of us probably knows someone who has falsely accused a man or boy of rape.  Even rape victims, like the rape victim here, probably know a false accuser. Both rape and false rape claims are too common.