Friday, September 30, 2011

Couple tried to divert cops from burglary with rape ruse

A false rape report didn’t divert police from stopping a burglary in progress Monday morning.

Police said they received a 911 call about a rape in progress at the Tri City Plaza on High Street, about three miles outside of downtown.

Alleged high school gang rape apparently didn't happen, prosecutor says

A rape case against five boys, 15 to 17 years old, has been dropped. The boys were accused of gang raping a 13-year-old girl. The initial complaint to police claimed the young alleged victim was dragged kicking and screaming into the side room of a distance learning lab on the lower level of a high school.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Feds hand small university hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight rape problem there is no evidence exists

Your federal goverment has just handed a small university in Pennsylvania hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight a rape problem there is no evidence exists.

Cleared of Rape but Lacking Full Exoneration

RICHMOND, Va. — One Sunday morning in February 1984, Thomas Haynesworth’s mother sent him to the Trio supermarket to pick up some bread and sweet potatoes.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DSK seeks diplomatic immunity from civil action; Diallo already has de facto immunity from a counterclaim because she is judgment proof

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a motion claiming diplomatic immunity in the civil suit filed against him filed by Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused him of raping her in Room 2806 of the Sofitel Hotel on May 14, 2011.

College paper takes college to task for sexual assault training video that presents males as crass, offensive caricatures

Email to Maria Tsikalas
Maria Tsikalas
Marquette University

Dear Ms. Tsikalas,

I founded the Web site devoted to giving voice to persons wrongly accused of sex crimes, False Rape Society. I am forwarding a copy of this email to FIRE because it is the authority on the issues raised in this note, and the matters referenced here might be of interest to it.

I write regarding your thoughtful editorial titled "Sexual violence videos make mistakes, but don’t give up on them," found here:

In your editorial, you explain that Marquette is sponsoring online videos to train student leaders and incoming students on sexual assault. A previous article in the Marquette Tribune noted: "All first-year students and many student leaders are partaking in a sexual assault awareness program as part of a new initiative against sexual violence on campus." 

I am assuming that the program referenced in that previous article is the same one you discuss in your editorial, but I am not sure that this assumption is correct. I am also assuming that the program you discuss is mandatory for first year students. Would you be able to verify?

In your editorial, you state the following:

"While the videos provide a lot of good information addressing what sexual assault actually is and how to recognize and prevent it, the valuable parts are juxtaposed with off-putting moments and absurd ideas.

"The 'typical male college student' played by an actor is offensive and completely unaware of the issues and why they are important, which seems unfair to males in general. One has to wonder why the videos could not have portrayed the character as a normal college student looking to learn more about sexual assault instead of a crass and willfully ignorant male needing to be set straight.

"Do we need such an overtly negative image of college guys? The clips describing different ways men try to pressure college women into potential assault situations, while fair and comprehensive, seem to do the job.

"If we want college men to take these videos seriously and realize the immensity of the issues, it is questionable whether this caricature is the best way to depict them."

Sex assault claim teenager fined for wasting police time

A TEENAGER has been fined after making a false report that she had been sexually assaulted. The 19-year-old, from Bolton, told police she had been sexually assaulted while on a night out in the town centre.

Monday, September 26, 2011

U.S. Military, D.C. and Washington state now put the burden on the accused to show consent

There is a gradual, but indisputable and disturbing, trend to engorge the definitions of rape and sexual assault in order to snag more convictions.  All of these changes, which typically occur beneath the radar, are initiated at the behest of victims' advocates, and there is rarely ever more than cursory and superficial consideration given to insuring that innocent men and boys are not punished with the guilty. While everyone with a passing interest in this area knows about this trend, few are able to articulate exactly what is happening.

One of the most important, and startling, efforts to engorge the definition of rape has been to shift the burden of proving consent from the state to the accused.  This is both important and starting because the very essence of rape law is the absence of consent, and shifting the burden of proof to the accused about a matter that goes to the essence of a criminal offense raises a host of due process concerns. To put it in plain English, shifting the burden of proof enhances the risk that the innocent will be punished with the guilty.

Few readers probably know that the U.S. military, the District of Columbia, and the state of Washington have already shifted the burden of proving consent to the accused. More about each below.

No evidence in alleged police sexual assault

A year-long internal investigation into allegations of sexual assault by police officers has been concluded after police say no evidence was found to support the victim's claims.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Court: daughter's dream that father raped her 12 years earlier was inspired by true memories; father convicted of rape

A 26-year-old Israeli woman, living in New York, claimed she had a dream four years earlier, when she was 22-years-old, that prompted her to recall that her father had raped her when she was 10-years-old. It took four years after the purported dream before the woman supposedly summoned the courage to return to Israel and submit a police complaint about her father.

Man cleared of sexual assault allegation to seek compensation

We’ve discussed this on our site before. How exactly do you defend yourself from a claim when that claim is made years after the fact, and any evidence, or even eyewitnesses, wouldn’t be possible to produce?

Court: unwanted sex does not necessarily equal rape

In People v. Sojka, 2011 Cal.App. LEXIS 733 (2011), a case decided in June but, apparently, not reported by the news media, a California appellate court reversed John F. Sojka’s conviction for attempted rape by force. The court's opinion is "must reading" for anyone who follows these issues because it illustrates a fundamental and crucial principle: there is no rape if the defendant reasonably believed the woman consented.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

False rape accuser is in trouble again -- this time, for raising money for daughter's fake disease

Northampton County’s district attorney is warning the public about a 22-year-old woman who has raised at least $10,000 in numerous fundraisers on an allegedly false claim that her baby girl has juvenile leukemia.  Arielle Lucinda Brooks -- who also goes by the name Arielle Odom, Luci Brooks and Arielle Lucinda Poor -- has been raising money for her daughter, Myah, since shortly after Myah was born in July 2010, District Attorney John Morganelli said. Brooks, 22, claims Myah suffers from juvenile leukemia, but Morganelli said “it is our belief the baby is perfectly healthy.”  The district attorney announced he will be charging Ms. Odom/Brooks/Poor soon.

It turns out Ms. Odom/Brooks/Poor has been in trouble with the law before.

'Not a rape culture, just a PC one'

A woman states some things that are so obvious, it's astounding anyone found the need to say them: here

Before he was hanged, the boy cried and called for his mother

Amnesty International said 17-year-old Alireza Molla-Soltani had acted in self-defense during a fight over a driving accident with a popular Iranian athlete. The boy so testified in a trial this past summer.

That didn't stop Iran from publicly hanging the teen before a large crowd this morning. The execution was widely condemned in the world community.

News Roundup

▲A bizarre case. It only took the jurors two hours to acquit Ruben Bunn of one count of sexual assault. Prosecutors argued the woman was too intoxicated after a day of drinking to consent to having sex with Bunn, but the jury obviously had a reasonable doubt. Bunn, testifying in his own defence, told jurors he asked the woman three times if she wanted to have sex with him and she said yes each time. "I'm not a sexual predator," he told jurors. The woman's aunt broke down a bedroom door and found Bunn on top of the woman with his pants around his ankles. Here's where it gets bizarre: the woman's aunt and mother beat the man with a coin-filled "Texas mickey" bottle and kicked him out of the house. He returned a short time later to "apologize" and was attacked again. Police found the man a short time later at his home, seriously injured. Bunn was taken to hospital for treatment and then arrested.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

State suppresses evidence that might have cleared man of sexual assault charge

This post raises important issues. In DeSimone v. State of Iowa, No. 09-0844, 2011 Iowa Sup. LEXIS 68 (2011), the Iowa Supreme Court ordered a new trial for David R. DeSimone who was convicted in 2004 of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl. The girl is referred to in the court's opinion only as "Samantha." The court granted a new trial because prosecutors withheld evidence that would have impeached the testimony of a prosecution witness and could have led to a different verdict.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Troy Davis denied clemency

I am reminded of a story related by the late Michael Musmanno, the flamboyant, controversial, and brilliant Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice. In his dissenting opinion in Washington Park, Inc. Appeal, 425 Pa. 349 (1967), Justice Musmanno related the following, about one of the most famous injustices ever perpetrated by an American court:

"Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two workingmen in Massachusetts, were sentenced to death after a trial admittedly saturated with error. As one of the attorneys in the case I filed a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States. The date of execution was set for August 22, 1927. The Supreme Court was not to meet until the following October. A stay of execution was imperative if the Supreme Court was to pass on living litigation. I applied to the Chief Justice and two Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, all of whom refused to grant the stay. I made application to the Governor of Massachusetts, he refused the stay. I turned to the President of the United States because by this time the Sacco-Vanzetti case had taken on international significance and the heads of many governments had indicated they feared a great injustice would result if the two doomed workingmen went to the electric chair with half of the world believing them innocent. The President declined to intervene.

"On August 22, 1927, the men, who were undoubtedly innocent, were executed. Two months later the Supreme Court met and one of the first items of its business was consideration of the pending petition for writ of certiorari, the one I had filed. The Court was formally advised that the petition was now moot because Sacco and Vanzetti were dead."

We will never be able to undo what is going to happen tomorrow.  "In the end, I am not concerned so much with whether or not Davis is guilty or innocent. I am concerned with the uncertainty of his guilt."

Suggested reading

On the right side of this site is a section called "Links: Information about false rape claims."  It is a clearinghouse of information about false rape claims. We are constantly adding to it, and we will be providing better ways of describing the content. It is the most comprehensive listing of such information available.

If you are really serious about understanding the area, and aren't just here to confirm some pre-existing belief -- or to find something to criticize -- I strongly suggest you read this article, written by Prof. Richard Klein: AN ANALYSIS OF THIRTY-FIVE YEARS OF RAPE REFORM: A FRUSTRATING SEARCH FOR FUNDAMENTAL FAIRNESS

Sometimes it seems that the entire public discourse about rape revolves around rape culture and related theories taught in women's studies programs.  Missing from the discourse is a fundamental understanding about how the corpus juris, the body of law related to rape, is being transformed without consideration for the effect on the wrongly accused.

This article is written by an expert, not a professional blogger-agitator. It is a magnificent primer on the subject.  It is also a stark, depressing piece that will leave anyone truly interested in the subject shaken.

Woman recants assault claim, but she's still a 'victim' to newspaper, police, and women's studies chair

▲A woman recanted her claim that a knife-wielding man, between 25 and 35 years old with a tattoo on his left hand, grabbed her from behind, and reached under her shirt, ripping it in the process before she got away. The news report says: "The victim eventually admitted that the assault was fabricated." First problem: she's not a victim; she lied about the assault. The story proceeds to quote, at length, a police officer, who fears "re-victimizing the victim," and a university's women studies chair, who opines, with no supporting basis: ". . . there's obviously something particular to this person's case that the pubic doesn't know about."  (Down the rabbit hole we tumble . . . .) 

The story continues: "A fabricated sexual assault could lead to a culture of fear, said Staff Sgt. Rick Waugh. 'In this case, first of all, it's a waste of police resources. That's the secondary reason you shouldn't do it. The primary reason is the fear it creates in the community and the impact it creates,' he said . . . ." Notice that the presumptively innocent who are targeted in false rape claims are not even mentioned.

Monday, September 19, 2011

College nixes "preponderance of evidence" standard for non-sex offenses

Pipe Dream, Binghamton University's student-run newspaper, published an editorial last week applauding the fact that the Office of Student Conduct will not be reducing the the standard of proof in all cases of alleged student misconduct to "a preponderance of the evidence," as previously announced.

Trucks with testicles are illegal; bulls are still legal -- for now

Hot on the heels of last week's major testicular grab story comes this important news: the trial of the truck nuts lady has been postponed until November 2. (Thanks to Jason for the heads-up.)

In case you don't know the story, a 65-year-old woman was fined $445 for outfitting her pickup truck with big red fake testicles hanging from the trailer hitch.

Proposed law would punish men accused of rape before trial

Republican Anchorage Assemblyman Dick Traini is big on "public safety." He's proposed a change in city law that would ban men who've merely been charged with rape -- no need to be convicted -- from driving taxicabs.  If adopted by the Assembly, the new rules would allow the city to suspend the licenses of drivers charged with rape while they wait for their cases to meander, creep, wheeze, and crawl through the system toward trial. The ban would apply to any alleged sexual offense committed in a driver's cab or against an alleged victim the driver gained access to as a cab driver.

Friday, September 16, 2011

By law, persons accused of sex crimes are afforded fewer rights than persons accused of other crimes

We often mention Federal Rule of Evidence 413 as an example of a grave institutionalized injustice to presumptively innocent men and boys accused of rape (even the very mention of a court rule sounds boring --stay with us, it isn't).  Some would twist our concerns about this rule as the overblown hyperbole of a "rape apologist." It is anything but that, but -- and this is the crucial part -- we don't want you to take our word for it.

There is a report written by the United States Judicial Conference, quoted below, that spells out the possible injustices of this Rule to the presumptively innocent in words so chilling, that we need not characterize it, all we need do is quote it.

Women Behaving Badly: Teacher statutorily rapes boy, then lies that he raped her/Man claims woman burglarized and attacked him, then cried 'rape'

Today, two news stories about women who victimized a boy and a man respectively, then cried "rape" to escape the consequences of their wrongdoing:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sheriff's spokeswoman: Deputy used reasonable force to subdue man by grabbing his testicles, and 'the same rules would apply to women'

In Mesa County, Colorado, Sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said that grabbing a wanted man's testicles to subdue him constituted "reasonable force." 

A 22-year-old man, sought on various charges, initially resisted arrest, but spokeswoman Benajamin said "he may have had an epiphany" when a Sheriff's deputy reached between his legs and grabbed his testicles. The man quickly became compliant.

Spokeswoman Benjamin "said the same rules would apply to women, though she noted it probably would not work for a woman."

(Add this to the "for your amusement" file.)


The Psychological Effects of Being Falsely Accused

By Allison Gamble*

Criminal incarceration is considered a necessary measure in virtually all parts of the civilized world, particularly for western countries such as the United States. Removing individuals from society for crimes committed is supposed to deter future violations, or so the theory goes. However, the benefits to society of prison systems don't apply when the falsely accused fall through the cracks of the judicial process.

In fact, imprisonment is not only a potentially harmful environment in terms of forensic psychology forensic psychology and physical harm for guilty and innocent inmates alike, but it's most definitely damaging to the latter whose relationships in outside society may never fully recover.

Bessbrook woman denies making false claims of rape

A young woman who claimed she was raped in a County Armagh wood in front of her children has appeared in court.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Breaking News: Heidi Jones Pleads Guilty to False Reporting

This is an update on this post and this one about Heidi Jones, the New York TV meteorologist who claimed she was the victim of an attempted rape last September 24 at the hands of an unnamed Hispanic man. The incident supposedly occurred while she jogged in Central Park. She also claimed that the same man showed up near her Manhattan apartment almost two months later, and allegedly told her: “I know you went to the police.” 

None of it happened. Ms. Jones today pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of falsely reporting an incident. The judge says she will be sentenced to three years' probation and 350 hours of community service.

Dan the Streakin' Man awaits school's punishment for puerile football game prank

Daniel Thew, a sophomore at the University of Montana, now known as "Dan the Streakin' Man," became a minor Montana celebrity for doing a stupid thing at U of M's football game against Cal Poly last Saturday: he got very drunk and obliged the chants of his fellow students by streaking on the field (the student body had somehow been tipped off that Dan was inclined to strip down to his birthday suit).

Soldier hero aquitted of raping Facebook friend/Couple accused but not charged in horrific rape sees business plummet/Man wrongly imprisoned for 35 years marries

News Round-Up:

▲It took a jury only one hour and six minutes to clear 21-year-old soldier hero Sean Spooner of raping an 18-year-old woman he met on Facebook.  Spooner, who had saved a captain's life in Afghanistan, said: “I have no idea why" she cried rape, but he thinks “she felt guilty about having sex with me because she had a boyfriend." Spooner describes the terror of awaiting the verdict: "I never felt so scared in my life as when the jury gave the verdict."  Spooner spent seven months behind bars: "They refused to give me bail because I live less than ten miles away from her.” His mother does not like the fact her son is named but his accuser can't be identified: "She cannot be named, but everybody knows about Sean and that is not right. It has to change."

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A man is set to be executed even after multiple prosecution witnesses have recanted, and jurors who sentenced the man to death say 'don't do it'

At a time when the leading Republican candidate for president is literally cheered for executing 234 convicted felons under his watch -- a body count far in excess of any governor in modern times -- and the two leading Democrats in the last presidential election, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, support the death penalty, it is difficult to be heard over the cacophony of tough-on-crime-blood-lust, even when it appears that the death penalty is going to be used to kill an innocent man.

When rape lies tap into racial stereotypes

"It appears that we really haven't put the days of the Scottsboro boys behind us," said fellow FRS blogger E. Steven Berkimer about the case of 21-year-old April Buffkin Alabama. Buffkin faces a charge of false reporting to law enforcement after claiming she was raped by two black men. Full story here.  Buffkin, who is white, resides in Somerville, Alabama, see here, a very small town whose racial makeup is 91.35% white and 5.76% black.  See here.

It is not uncommon in false rape cases reported in the United States for white accusers to claim they were raped by black men. Mr. Berkimer, for one, marvels at the "pervading belief" in this country, especially in the Southeastern portion, "that blaming black men for crime is seen as automatically believable."  Or, as W.S. Gilbert might put it, it is "merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative."

When white accusers falsely claim that a rape was perpetrated by a black male, it raises troubling issues.

Anniversary of the most important false rape case since Duke lacrosse: the Hofstra case

Today marks the second anniversary of the Hofstra false rape claim. The following is the lengthiest piece we've ever written for this blog, and also the most important: Lambs to the slaughter: The Hofstra False Rape Case.

It is a primer on the false rape problem in America, and must-reading for anyone interested in the subject.

Monday, September 12, 2011

False rape claim woman could face jail

A WOMAN who falsely claimed she had been raped in the back of a bus in a car park could face a jail term.

Charlene Keilty (23) of Eildon House, Union Street, Inverness, ended in the dock of Inverness Sheriff Court charged with wasting police time with her allegations.

A clearinghouse of information about false rape claims

FRS's new links section, listed on the right side of this page beneath "Followers," is the most comprehensive listing of information about false rape claims found on the web.  We hope that it proves to be a valuable resource for the community of the wrongly accused. Many young men and their families experiencing a false rape claim are entirely unfamiliar with the field, and these resources are intended to both enlighten and comfort them, to let them know they are not alone, that this is a problem affecting many others.

The shameful treatment of a deputy sheriff accused of rape

Last September, Deputy Michael Canizales was acquitted of "he said/she said" rape charges brought against him after a colleague claimed he raped and sodomized her in her home. Now he is suing the Pima County Attorney's Office, his accuser, and others, for the harm inflicted on him.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

More and more criticisms of the Dept. of Education's 'preponderance of the evidence' standard -- and a chance to add your comment

We've updated our listing of criticisms of the Department of Education's April 4 "Dear Colleague" letter here. I have never seen an issue in this milieu engender such outrage, and for good reason.

There is a great piece about it in the Washington Times today, and I urge you to add your comments to it: Sometimes, women lie about rape. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

So, you never met a false rape claim? Meet the women who say they were raped by ghosts

TV legal commentator and adjunct law professor Wendy Murphy once famously proclaimed, "I never, ever met a false rape claim, by the way. My own statistics speak to the truth."

Woman charged with perjury after false rape claim

A 36-year-old woman is expected to appear in court next month after she laid false charges of rape against her former husband.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mom and daughter admit they lied to police

A mother and daughter who made a false sexual assault report were placed on a year's probation in Sarnia court.

New DNA Laws Make Innocent Men Automatic Suspects for Future Crimes

Aaron Tobey, 21, believes that the Transportation Security Administration’s enhanced airport screening procedures violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. Last December 30th, before Aaron flew to his grandfather's funeral, he anticipated that he might be randomly selected for enhanced secondary screening at the airport. Before he left for the airport, Aaron took a black marker and wrote words on his chest -- words that he thought would be an apt protest.

Sure enough, Aaron was selected for secondary screening, and true to his plan, he stripped down to his running shorts to reveal the message he had written on his chest. It wasn't a terrorist threat; it wasn't a call for violence of any kind.  It was the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution: “The right of the people to be secure … against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated.”

So what did security screeners do when they saw those words? They immediately called the police. Aaron was led away in handcuffs, held for 90 minutes, and charged with disorderly conduct. His personal items – his toothbrush, deodorant, writing utensils, and the t-shirt he had removed – were discarded. The campus police of the college Aaron attended were contacted. An Air Marshal questioned Aaron about his "intentions and goals," as well as his involvement with terrorist organizations.

Instead of treating Aaron like a criminal, they should have read his chest.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The revised FRS is launching

In an effort to be a more potent voice for the community of the wrongly accused, FRS is redoubling its efforts to make this site a clearinghouse for all things pertinent to the topic. 

Ours is a very serious topic, and we need to treat it with equal seriousness.

Our new approach will be obvious to careful readers. Aside from telling the stories of the wrongly accused as we've always done, we will also devote our attention to topics that other sites don't have the time to deal with, often with painstaking posts.  As our audience continues to grow, we need to help raise the discourse on this subject as much as possible, to do it justice. We need to acknowledge that these are complicated issues, and that the solutions aren't simple. There is no more time for venting: there is a story out there about a gravely important issue that is not being told on other sites, and it is our mission to tell it.

One obvious difference most of our readers will notice immediately is the links on the right side of the page. The links section is a work in progress. Links are selected based on whether the material raises matters of significance about wrongful rape claims and related subjects. The inclusion of an article or site in this list does not imply blog owner agreement with the content. Readers are encouraged to submit links of significant articles or sites.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Breaking News: College Found Liable for Expelling Male Student for Rape, But Jury Awards Minimal Damages

Story here: and here:

Top ten most popular FRS posts ever: stellar examples of injustice

The ten most widely read posts this site has ever run are also illustrations of gross injustice -- outrageous misconduct and inexplicable double-standards.  As FRS joins the rest of America celebrating the Labor Day weekend, we leave you with this trip down memory lane.  Next Tuesday, when we return, you will notice some important changes about this site. As our audience grows bigger and bigger, we are redoubling our efforts to be a potent voice for the community of the wrongly accused.  But first, to get your blood boiling, keep reading:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

If you knew there was only a 51% chance it would open, would you jump?

The Obama Administration thinks being 51% sure is good enough to expel young men from college.  Read about it here.

Woman claims phantom stranger raped her, police say claim was false

Woodbury jogger made false report of sexual assault, police say

The reported assault of a jogger that shocked Woodbury residents in the spring was a hoax, the Woodbury Police Department said Tuesday.

Racehorse trainer Vicky Haigh coached her daughter to falsely claim her dad was a paedophile, High Court rules

 A seven-year-old girl at the center of a custody battle was coached by her mother to make fake claims that her father was a paedophile.

Woman accused of false rape claim in Bessbrook

A 24-year-old woman has been charged with wasting police time and perverting the course of justice. 
The charges were made in connection with an alleged rape at a park in Bessbrook, County Armagh, in March.

Accused serial adoption-seeker gets suspended sentence for police report fraud

A follow up to our story HERE.

Alleged False Rape Reported

Woman admits false rape claim

Rebecca Howard of Prince of Wales Terrace, Deal, pleaded guilty to a charge of wasting police time for a false claim of rapem she made in February.