It is open season on young men in one American city. The police department there has given women license to destroy any man they want by falsely accusing him of rape. When that happens, the police have suggested, they will sit back and do nothing. The falsely accused will be treated as collateral damage in the more important war on rape.
Richmond, California, is a small city near San Francisco with a population of approximately 100,000. Last October, it was the scene of a brutal gang rape that is still prominent in the news. What is not much in the news, and what you might not have heard about, is that the gang rape seems to have inspired two other girls to falsely cry rape. Richmond police have taken exactly the wrong approach: they have openly announced that they don't charge females for making false reports for fear of discouraging legitimate rape complaints. Armed with immunity from prosecution, young Richmond women will have free reign to falsely accuse their boyfriends, husbands, fathers, teachers, brothers and male classmates if any of them does the slightest thing to anger the young women. Without any deterrence, young men in the Richmond area ought to be prepared for more false rape claims against them.
The first false claim involved a 17-year-old girl whose rape lie landed the suspect -- the accuser's boyfriend -- behind bars for three days. She was angry at him for something. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a gang rape is a terrible thing. So is being jailed for three days and not knowing if you are going to spend years in prison for a crime you didn't commit -- where you likely will be the victim of the very thing you did not do.
The second false claim occurred just last week when a 15-year-old girl falsely cried rape. Fortunately no one was jailed for that one. According to an initial news report shortly after the incident: "A 15-year-old girl was raped by two men Friday night after the assailants and two other men forced her into a car at gunpoint in Richmond, the same city where a high school student was gang raped after leaving her homecoming dance in October, police said Saturday." See here Note the news report does not say "police say a girl claimed she was raped." The entire article is written as if a rape definitively occurred -- and it attributes the certainty to the police. It ends with this: "The worst thing for a student to feel," [teacher Jessica] Price said, "is that they're not safe in their community." (It seems that the young men in the community also have reason to feel unsafe.) Another article on the same incident again quotes police as saying a sexual assault had definitely occurred. See here. "Obviously we're saddened by the fact that this has happened yet again and that it involves several suspects again," said a female police sergeant.
So what is the reaction of the police? Their reaction is to somberly note that some poor guy's life might have been destroyed by the rape lies, and then to tell the news media that the Richmond Police Department has never charged a person for a false report in an effort to avoid creating an environment where people with legitimate claims hesitate to report crimes.
Because, we all know how women are in fear of being jailed for making a false rape report. Right.
Richmond is Exhibit "A" for why false rape claims are America's taboo epidemic.
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Two False Rape Reports in Months After Brutal California High School Gang Rape
In separate incidents, two California teens reported rapes that never really happened and which, if proven true, could have landed the accused in prison for life. Once again, to cover up why she she didn't come home. And once again, we see she isn't named.
And once again, worries about rape victims not coming forward, takes precedence over the fact that innocent people could have been arrested and jailed over her lie.
The false police reports were filed at the very same police department that, just three months earlier, handled the now notorious gang rape of a 16-year-old high school student at her homecoming dance.
Now police in Richmond, Calif., say they have spent tens of thousands of dollars investigating the supposed crimes before the accusers admitted that they made them up.
A 15-year-old girl told police last Friday that she had been kidnapped at gunpoint and raped by four men.
Lt. Mark Gagan of the Richmond Police Department in California said the teen offered detailed descriptions of her assailants, including tattoos and hairstyles, before confessing that she'd fabricated the rape to avoid punishment for missing her curfew. The sex, she said, had been consensual.
"She called police Sunday and recanted the story, explaining that she had left school early and had been with a few people consensually," said Gagan. "She explained she had made up the whole scenario to cover up why she was not home on time."
Gagan said that the teen initially made the police report by flagging down a bus operator at around midnight Friday wearing only her underwear. She later told police where she hid her clothes to make her story more believable.
"Fortunately, no one was detained or harmed because of this teen's false report," said Gagan.
Three weeks earlier, one suspect in an alleged rape spent three days behind bars after a 17-year-old girl claimed that he had raped her, according to Gagan.
That rape, too, ended up being a false report, said Gagan, who told ABCNews.com that the teen later told police the suspect was her boyfriend and the sex was consensual, but that a fight had led her to lie and accuse him of rape.
Gagan declined to speculate whether these teens were inspired by October's gang rape that attracted national attention.
On Oct. 24, 2009, a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by at least seven males ranging in age from 15 to their mid-twenties outside her school's homecoming dance. The assault lasted for two-and-a-half hours while onlookers did nothing to help her and some took pictures.
The six suspects who have been charged have entered "not guilty" pleas.
Gagan said it is frustrating to pour resources into crimes that never really occurred.
"Our detectives put a lot of time and energy into trying to determine who these men were," he said, adding that a special team was assembled to take DNA from the teen who lied this past weekend.
"We put so many resources into this case and we are a small organization," he said. "This cost us 100 hours of staffing and tens of thousands of dollars."
Gagan said that the teen in this past weekend's incident "was not apologetic," despite how seriously her lie could have impacted another person's life.
"DNA could have seriously implicated these people," said Gagan. "The exposure for the crime she's alleged is life in prison. If someone's DNA had come and she stuck to her story, they could have been looking at life in prison."
The Richmond Police Department has never charged a person for a false report, Gagan said, in an effort to avoid creating an environment where people with legitimate claims hesitate to report crimes.
"It's a complex situation and there is still a lot of work to be done before the criminal justice system has a way to deal with these types of cases," the lieutenant said.