I know that people say rape crimes go unreported and few get prosecuted but rape is still viewed by society as only second to murder in nearly all places.
So when someone makes an allegation that is appears to have no basis in reality, should they get punished for perverting the court of justice, preventing real rape victims from being taken seriously and more importantly ruining the lives of those accused?
A rape accusation which is false can have devastating consequences on the accused’s life. They often are alienated from family and lose friends, They can be threatened by others in their community, And if convicted get on the sex offenders list.
Here are some stories of deaths relating to false accusations:
And I’m sure you can find plenty of stories on the web
The other question is, how common are these? Are you more likely to be hit by an asteroid that be falsely accused of rape? I’m sure for men the odds are much higher than for women.
What do you think?