Thursday, February 6, 2014

Woman who made false rape allegation is fined £90

£90 (or about $146 U.S.). That is the punishment for a rape claim that resulted in three men being arrested. So that means that the punishment for falsely crying rape works out to less than $50 per person arrested. And yet people question what would someone have to gain by falsely claiming to have been raped? My question is, what do they have to fear? It's obvious that the level of punishment, regardless of the damage the claim may cause to those accused/arrested, doesn't mean much to those making the claim.

Perhaps the charges should be equal to those being claimed. A false charge of a felony level crime results in a felony charge of false reporting, with a higher level of punishment attached, and a false charge of a misdemeanor level crime results in a misdemeanor level charge.

Regardless, the damage to the falsely accused needs to be taken into account when levying charges to those who level the false accusation.