Friday, June 7, 2013

Woman picks out two random men on Facebook and falsely accuses them of rape

Linsey Attridge claimed that two men broke into the home she shared with her boyfriend, Nick Smith, and raped her.

Attridge's relationship with Mr. Smith was on the rocks, and Attridge thought she could get Mr. Smith to be more caring towards her by claiming to be a rape victim. So one day, while Mr. Smith was playing football, Attridge punched herself in the face, ripped her own clothes, then pointed out two random male strangers on Facebook to police as the alleged rapists.

The two random men were detained, questioned, and forced to undergo forensic and medical examination. The rape lie hung over their heads for two months before police dropped the case against them because there was no evidence to support the allegations.

Attridge has been sentenced to do 200 hours’ community service. Mr. Smith was upset that she wasn't jailed.

“I think the sentence was ridiculous. I actually walked out of the court as soon as I heard it. I think the justice system has let us all down," Mr. Smith said. "I also feel sorry for the two guys on Facebook. I don’t know who they are, she just picked them off Facebook. They didn’t deserve that, no one deserves that. These poor guys were tormented. They won’t get any compensation for this." He added: "She should have been locked up."

Mr. Smith is correct that the two falsely accused men will not be compensated. Britain pays crime victims, including women who claim they've been raped (some false accusers have been paid), substantial sums of money as "compensation." The alleged rapes need not have involved violence to trigger the payments. Britain does not compensate men for the harm they suffer after being falsely accused, no matter how egregious. We examined this stark double standard here: