The story below has all the earmarks of stories we've been writing about here for years: a woman lies that she was raped to cover up a consensual affair. Prof. Eugene Kanin's much unfairly maligned false rape study said this is the most common reason for false rape claims. Even feminist gadfly Amanda Marcotte once wrote that "the idea that it's shameful to just have sex because you want to" is "the reason that you have false rape accusations in the first place."
Beyond that, the only reason the woman in the story below recanted was because the guy had videotaped the encounter. What did wrongly accused men do before videos?
How many stories like this must we report--yet still we are forced to endure the sexual grievance cartel trivializing the importance of due process for young men accused of sexual assault. And they justify their hostility to fairness by insisting that women essentially never don't lie about rape.
It happens, and it happens too often. And that's why we need to be vigilant in insisting that men and boys accused of sexual assault be afforded due process.
Girlfriend charged with perjury, filing false report
FARMINGTON – A 38-year-old Shiprock woman is accused of perjury on allegations she falsely accused her boyfriend of rape. The boyfriend told detectives he was able to disprove the allegations because he videotaped the encounter, according to a police report.
Dana Woodis was charged Thursday in Farmington Magistrate Court with perjury — a fourth-degree felony — malicious criminal prosecution and making a false report, both misdemeanors.
She has not retained an attorney, according to court records. Woodis is set to make an initial court appearance on March 28.
Farmington police detectives interviewed Woodis on Jan. 26 at the Farmington Police Department after she allegedly reported she was raped by her boyfriend, Malcolm Thompson, at his residence on Alpine Avenue in Farmington, according to the police report. Woodis reported the rape at the department with her ex-husband, the report states.
Woodis told detectives she met up with Thompson, whom she had known for approximately a month, on the night of Jan. 25, and they kissed, but she told him she was not ready to have sex with him.
Woodis then claimed Thompson stripped her pants off and sexually penetrated her against her will, according to the complaint. She said she told him to stop, but he choked her and slapped her face, the complaint states. Detectives noted in the report Woodis did not have any markings on her face or throat, the report states.
Thompson told detectives the sex was consensual, but Woodis became upset when he told her afterward he was not ready for a relationship, according to the report.
During the investigation, Thompson further told police he filmed the entire sexual encounter with Woodis, the report states.
Detectives told Woodis about the videotape, and she then allegedly backtracked and said the sex was consensual, according to the report. Woodis said she lied because she did not want her ex-husband to know she was having sex with Thompson, the report states.
San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said the public should be aware that false rape reports are not typical, despite the charges against Woodis.
"You don't want something like this to have a chilling effect or to make a jury believe that false reports are common, but they do happen," O'Brien said.
The FBI stated in its Uniform Crime Report in 1996 that approximately 8 percent of rape claims were determined to be false or baseless after further investigation.