Monday, June 6, 2011

Innocent man is jailed solely because his wife claimed he raped her

Do most men understand that the only thing standing between them and a cold, smelly, inhumane jail cell is the good will of their wives or girlfriends?  And trust me, that's not hyperbole.

Jessica Perry, 28, called the police and reported her husband, Anthony Perry, had forcibly raped her.  Police acted quickly and arrested Mr. Perry based on his wife's word, and booked him into county jail.

In Louisiana, where this incident occurred, Mr. Perry faced a possible maximum prison sentence of 40 years.

Mr. Perry languished in a jail cell from Saturday afternoon until early Monday morning.  But then, Mrs. Perry changed her story, and the forcible rape charge was dropped.  According to the City Public Information Officer: “Mr. Perry is being released from jail because his wife, who made the allegations, told us she made up the story today and she was subsequently booked in jail for injury to public records.”

Now Mrs. Perry faces a possible five year sentence.

Isn't this a microcosm of everything wrong with our system when it comes to alleged acquaintance rape?  Police act as little more than muscle for angry women. They deprive men and boys of the most cherished thing they possess aside from life itself -- their liberty -- based on nothing more than the say-so of a woman or child who cries rape.  And then, just as quickly as the males are jailed, they are released, not because of a police investigation, but because they woman or child deigned to admit she'd told a rape lie.

The police mantra should be, "investigate first, arrest later."  We have handed women and children too much power to destroy the lives of presumptively innocent men and boys. And hardly anyone gives a damn.