Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rash of False Rape Claims in the News Today

George Fox University
An unnamed student at George Fox University in Oregon claimed that at about 8 p.m. on April 13, 2010, she opened the door of her campus apartment overlooking Hess Creek Canyon expecting a friend, but was instead assaulted by a slim man about 6 feet tall, wearing dark clothing, gloves and a ski mask.

It turned out to be a lie. The police had their doubts from the start that the woman was telling the truth. Newberg-Dundee Police Department chief Brian Casey said the department may consider criminal charges against the young student who filed the rape charges. The young woman could potentially be charged with providing false information to a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Otterbein University
Police have determined that there was no sexual assault involving a student at Otterbein Unviersity, in Westerville, Ohio. A 19-year-old female met a man online and arranged to meet him in person.  The two had sex and afterward the student claimed that she had been raped late Tuesday morning inside Davis Hall, a dorm on the university's campus. A man was taken into custody afterward but no charges were filed, police said. The student will likely be charged with filing a false police report, police said.

Martinsvilled, Virginia
A 17-year-old female in Martinsville, Virginia claimed that on February 28, 2011 at 9:00 am, she was raped in Jack Dalton Park. The Henry County Sheriff's Department issued a statement: "From the beginning of the investigation there were statements that did not agree with the facts in the case, and through interviews of other people at the park who remember seeing the complainant. As a result of our investigation we were able to ascertain this morning that this incident did not happen! The complainant (reported victim) has admitted that she “made whole thing up”. She was at the park that day but the rape never happened. Due to the complexity of this investigation and the eventual cooperation of the complainant no charges will be issued at this time." 

The Sheriff's department was especially concerned about the panic caused by the unsubstantiated claim: "The Internet can be a wonderful tool as we have seen recently in the global community – it can also be a source of fear, panic and undo tension when used to propagate unconfirmed accounts/reports to the public at large." 

Woman with Learning Difficulties
A Shinfield, England woman with learning difficulties  and a borderline personality disorder made an unspecified false rape claim.