Friday, January 28, 2011

Police probe false rape claim

The following story is astounding. It's believed to be a false rape claim, but the reporter and his or her editor couldn't resist writing it up as if a rape had occurred. The story asserts that "The schoolgirl, from Tilehurst, was attacked...." Meaning, what?  That there was a rape, of course. And the only fair conclusion from that is that the young man arrested is a rapist. It doesn't matter that it is believed to be a false claim: she was raped -- not she "reported" or "alleged" she was raped -- and he did it. Period. And yet the title of the piece plainly states, that it was a false claim.

Is there no proof reading/fact checking at our major dailies anymore?

Here is the news story:

Rape claim false, but girl was "Attacked" and "Raped"

A teenage boy arrested on suspicion of rape has been released without charge.

The 17-year-old, from Slough, was arrested in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old girl in Tilehurst in November.

The schoolgirl, from Tilehurst, was attacked inside a car in a car park after accepting a lift as she walked along Northumberland Avenue, in Whitley, on Tuesday, November 16.

Det Sgt Elton Evans, from Reading CID, said: “Thames Valley Police now believes this incident to be a false report of rape and an investigation into the circumstances is continuing.”