Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Whirl Around the World of Wrongful Rape Claims in the UK

Jason, 21, was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend. "It was devastating," he said. "I was getting harassed outside of work, harassed in work, it's just terrifying. "Someone approached me and told me to stay away from my ex or basically he'd come back and finish me off completely. He punched me twice in the face and once in the stomach."

Rosie Dodd, 20, was embarrassed that she'd slept with three men in one night, so she accused each of them of raping her. She was jailed for two years.

In the UK, the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) confirmed that details of an accusation and the fact it was proved to be a lie, would remain on a police record for six years. They claim it would not be revealed to anyone doing a background check.

Dianne Whitfield from Rape Crisis England & Wales said this: "There is a difference between 'false accusations' and 'not enough evidence'," said Dianne. "False accusations account for only 5% of all reported cases."

COTWA notes: Ms. Whitfield doesn't mention the fact that most rape claims fall into that gray hole where no one can say whether it was a rape or a non-rape. She seems to suggest that the 5% is the totality of false claims. What she fails to mention is that, for all the claims that law enforcement can state definitively were either rapes or non-rapes, the wrongful claims constitute a significant percentage. That's a fact.