Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Op-eds urge that false claims be taken seriously

. . . rape is such a serious and difficult crime to determine, any and all possible cases need to be looked into. On the other hand, someone accused of rape, even if found innocent, will forever be stigmatized. 
Further, by insisting that some regrettable one night stand was rape, the legitimacy of those actually raped is called into question. To suggest that situations where an alleged rapist had no good reason to think that rape was occurring are equivalent to situations where a person was intentionally and maliciously forced into a sexual act is the ultimate form of disrespect to victims of rape.

Filing a false police report, especially for something as serious as sexual assault near a college campus, shouldn’t be taken lightly. In fact, it should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. 
It not only dictates that local authorities spend countless man hours investigating the report and trying to find a suspect that never existed, it also causes an unnecessary panic. How many young women, parents, friends and families were affected by the alleged attack? 
Crying wolf should never be tolerated. And when it comes to fabricating a sexual assault, it’s just plain wrong. 
Sexual assault is a serious, serious matter, and should be treated as such. There should be no sympathy for someone to falsify a report of sexual assault, the time the police spent on this investigation could have been put to much better use.