In Norway, an unnamed, 37-year-old woman has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison after she admitted to falsely accusing an innocent man of rape. The woman's lawyer, Linda Ellefsen Eide, said that the penalty was "too high," stressing the serious impact it would have on the woman's children.
The false accuser contacted police on September 30, 2011, claiming to have been raped next to a church by an unknown man. Then on December 1, 2011, she went to the police again and claimed she had been raped again, this time naming the alleged perpetrator.
Rudolf Christoffersen, the prosecutor in the case, said it was important for the courts to deal stiffly with such false accusations: "If it had not been for a thorough police investigation, this case could have had grave consequences for the man who was unjustly accused of rape," he said. "In cases of sexual abuse cases, it is of the greatest importance that the police can give credence to the information submitted."