False Rape Accusations

JAMES WAMPLER/STAFF WRITER

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There are some women falsely claiming that men have raped them for one reason or another. According to research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, false rape accusations are usually filed for personal gain or to get back at somebody who wronged them. In fact, in a shocking 20% of cases of false rape accusations, the accuser said when asked that they had no idea why they filed the false rape claim. This kind of stuff needs to be stopped. And it could be fairly easily stopped by more harshly punishing women for falsely claiming they have been raped.

As of right now, the punishments women can get for falsely claiming rape are the civil charge of “Wasting Police Time” or the criminal charge “Perverting the Course of Justice.” The punishment varies based on how far the accuser took the claim. For instance, if someone says they were raped but provides no evidence, then they just get punished for wasting police time. However, if they forge evidence or do something else along those lines, then they get the more serious punishment.

In the case of “Perverting the Course of Justice,” you get sent to prison with the maximum sentence being for life. “Wasting Police Time” is punished with up to six months in prison and/or a fine. According to “What kind of person makes false rape accusations?” by Quartz, however, the accuser only went to jail in only 6 out of 216 cases of false rape accusations. It is incredibly rare for a false rape accusation to lead to jail time for the accuser, despite how serious most of them are.

False rape accusations are very often punished with nothing more than a fairly small fine despite how big of a negative impact it can have on the life of the person being accused. This needs to change. False rape accusations need to be punished with actual jail time much more often than they currently do.

One of the only issues with more harshly punishing those who falsely claim rape is that people who were actually raped may be afraid of coming forward about it due to the risk that their claim is thought to be false. According to “False Allegations of Sexual Assault: An Analysis of Ten Years of Reported Cases” from SAGE Journals, however, a rape claim is only determined to be false after a very long and thorough investigation in which police interview multiple people multiple times and do a thorough search for evidence.

As well, if the case is ambiguous as to whether it is real or not, investigators always lean towards it being real. This means that, while a few false claims may slip through and be thought to be real, it is incredibly, ridiculously rare for a real claim to be mistaken as false.

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