Thursday, April 21, 2011

If Crystal Mangum's rape lie had been properly punished, Reginald Daye likely would be alive today

Crystal Mangum was charged earlier this week in Durham with first-degree murder and two larceny charges in connection with the stabbing death of Reginald Daye.

Mangum is best known for falsely accusing three Duke lacrosse players of rape in March 2006. The charges hung over the heads of the innocent young men until April 2007, when North Carolina's attorney general Roy Cooper declared them "innocent."

Mangum previously was arrested in February 2010 on charges of attempted murder, arson and child abuse. She was convicted only of misdemeanor charges in connection with that incident and was sentenced to time served.

Mangum had made false rape accusations similar to the Duke lacrosse allegations in 1996 that were never prosecuted. See  here.

Despite all this, incredibly, some still insist on calling her a victim.  How many people must this woman destroy before she loses that label?

Here's the reality: if Ms. Mangum had been properly punished for her rape lie in the Duke case, she likely would have been in prison at the time she stabbed Mr. Daye.

Professor Alan Dershowitz once said this: “Rape is such a serious crime that deliberately bringing a false accusation of rape should be an equally serious crime and women are not being punished for those crimes. I believe that being falsely accused of rape is as traumatic as being raped.”

Yet, women like Melissa McEwan, commenting not about Mangum but about the woman who was wrongly charged with filing a false rape report, wrote this "Well, what do you want the police to do—just let women who make false reports GET AWAY WITH IT?! Yes. That is exactly what I want."  And Lisa Longstaff of Women Against Rape, and Dr. Kim McGregor, director of Rape Prevention Education, and many others, have made it clear they don't want rape liars charged.

The evil attendant to that position is self-evident.

Wouldn't it have been fitting to require those women to attend the viewing of Reginald Daye -- to see the sorrow on the faces of his family and friends, to learn about his life, his hopes, his dreams, his struggles? 

Because if  false rape claims were treated the way the "equally serious crime" of rape is treated, Mr. Daye likely would be alive today.