Last year, Lisa Wright, 20, of Inverness (a city in the Scottish Highlands), asked a man if she could stay at his house for reasons the newspaper account doesn't explain. The man made up a bed on his couch for her in the living room. Apparently, she had other ideas. Wright had made a "sexual advance" on the man, which he twice rejected.
The spurned Ms. Wright stormed out of the house and later told two female police officers that the man had indecently assaulted her and forced her to smoke heroin.
Police officers had concerns about her claims, the newspaper account reveals, and Wright confessed to making them up four days later.
Sheriff Neilson said the offence had no doubt led to significant distress and upset to the accused man, and cost to the public purse. Her sentence? 210 hours of community service. Apparently the "significant distress and upset" doesn't warrant a serious sentence.
Men are constantly told that "no means no." Women should hear the same message. And when a man says "no," they shouldn't think it is their right to make a false rape claim to get even with him. Unfortunately, the sentence imposed here won't deter women from lying about rape.