Monday, June 20, 2011

"Rape Culture" - What exactly are we teaching our kids?

Eleven-years-old, and she's making a false allegation of rape. While there is no mention of why she made the allegation, it seems obvious that she knew the kind of response she would get.

Based on the results of what I can only assume was a rape kit/SANE exam, that there was no DNA evidence, or any other indication that a rape took place. When the girl was brought back in and confronted with that information, she admitted to making up the story. Why she did this is still unknown.

This is the second false report in the area in the last couple of months. A 15-year-old girl made up allegations in March, and was charged with filing a false police report.

The question that this leads to is, what type of punishment would be appropriate to deter these girls from claiming rape in the future? Because if they get a slap on the wrist, it will drive home the point that they can get away with it. So does anyone have an idea of an age appropriate punishment that would both get the message out that false accusations of rape will be punished, but will also deter future false claims?