Originally posted by bill718
Rape is a serious crime that carries with it long jail sentences, but what (if any)
penalties do those who falsely accuse someone of rape face? Usually a fine, and not
much else. Should those who falsely accuse someone of rape be jailed?
"Rape is a serious crime that carries with it long jail sentences."
Not necessarily. My original post in the thread "Rape apologists need an exercise in empathy"
describes a recent case in which a convicted rapist (he confessed) was sentenced to no time in prison.
Recently, a 13 year old girl (Russian immigrant) in Berlin claimed that she had been
abducted and gang-raped by men of 'Middle Eastern or North African' appearance.
Many Islamophobic people instantly jumped to the conclusion that Muslim men have raped
her, and they exploited her accusation as a further opportunity to demonize all Muslim men.
The Russian government and media completely swallowed her story, and the Russian
government accused the German police of covering up the crime by not hastening out to
arrest some men (I guess that any suspect would do) of 'Middle Eastern or North African' appearance.
In fact, after some questioning by the police, the girl admitted that her accusation was false.
She had fabricated her story because it seemed a plausible excuse for her not going home on time.
So who believes that this 13 year old girl should be jailed for making a false accusation of rape?