Thursday, April 8, 2010

Want to jump to the head of the line in the ER? Just cry 'rape'

Comment about news story below: The news story below provides few details but it does reference a specific "suspect" who was falsely accused. We don't know if he was arrested, or questioned, but this is another disturbing case of a young woman blithely playing the false rape card, with all the possible attendant dire consequences to a man's life, to achieve some petty, selfish end.  In Schenck v. United States, Justice O.W. Holmes, one of the most revered of all American jurists, famously wrote: "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic." 

Falsely crying "rape" needs to be treated as a public calamity.  Shouting fire in a crowded theater is no worse than shouting "rape" in a roomful of men. The "r" word needs to be regarded as a sacred shibolleth, reserved for actual rape with the most severe penalties for its misuse. Police would in no manner discourage rape claims by arresting those who turn out to have lied, and they would not be punished until their falsehood is proven beyond a reaonable doubt. Instead of discouraging rape claimants, this would have the opposite effect: far fewer women would lie about rape, and the credibility of rape victims would be enhanced.  Our system does no favors to rape victims by refusing to punish rape lies with much greater severity, and it does a grave injustice to innocent persons falsely accused.

Police: Rape story told to get quicker ER service

Police investigating a rape recently found that the complainant made up the story so she'd get quicker service in a hospital emergency room.

On March 30, Clarksville Police were called to the Gateway Medical Center ER to investigate a rape, according to a news release Wednesday from spokesman Officer Jim Knoll.

The complainant, Krystalynn Nicole French, said she did not want to have sex with the suspect and told him several times to stop, but he would not.

Police Detective Heather Boyce determined that no rape occurred. French had gone to the emergency room for a medical problem and was afraid the ER staff would "blow her off" and make her wait a long time, so she made up the allegation, the release said.

French, 20, of Clarksville, was charged with false report and booked into Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.