As you read the news story below, which is an update to the second story we reported here, notice the reaction of the college woman to news that a fifteen year old girl made a false rape claim: (1) It must have been a cry for help; and (2) It's a reminder that we must always be on guard about rape (not false rape claims).
That reaction is typical, and it is a manifestation of the "rape culture" we live in -- where rape is not rampant but rape hysteria is. It's the hysteria that keeps funding the sexual grievance industry.
The proper reaction to news of this false claim is this: (1) The girl should be severely punished for her vile lie to deter other false accusers; and (2) This should serve as a reminder to men and boys to always be on the watch for false rape claims.
Here is the news story:
Update: Conway teen who made up rape story could face charges
Conway, Ark. (KTHV) -- Brooke Harton is one of the thousands of UCA students that got an e-mail alert Saturday about a teen rape near campus.
She says, "It's scary; you're like, 'Man, someone got sexually assaulted.'"
The teenage girl was home alone just a few blocks away from UCA. The security alarm went off and the girl went to check it out.
Latresha Woodruff with Conway Police says, "Her story was, there was this person ransacking the house and eventually that person raped her."
The teen went to the hospital for a rape kit. Police stepped up neighborhood patrols and conducted interviews.
Woodruff explains, "People were frankly scared, thinking some rapist is on the loose and police have no idea who this person is."
About 72 hours later, there was a break.
Woodruff says, "She did, after sometime, admit she wasn't telling the truth."
Several detectives worked the case, forcing other cases to the backburner. That's hundreds of hours of man power and hundreds of dollars now gone.
But Woodruff says filing a false report doesn't happen often. From January 2009 to December 2010 Conway police had at least 12.
"In the end you could be held responsible for making a false police report and having these investigators looking into something that you already knew was untrue," Woodruff says.
As for UCA sophomore Harton, "It's like a cry for attention I guess," she explains.
Still, Harton is thankful for the campus alerts because next time it might be for real.
Harton says, "It helps you realize that you always need to be on edge. Always watch for yourself, walk with somebody, carry a cell phone, and just take care of yourself."
Detectives are still trying to figure out why the girl made the story up. The case has been turned over to the Faulkner County Prosecutor for review. Filing a false rape report carries a fine of up to $10,000 and six years in jail.