Falsly accusing someone. Should you be punished?

April 30, 2007 11:17am CST
I have a very close friend that was accused of rape a year ago. He and his friend both lost their jobs due to the situation. His frined was not involved in the alleged rape but it was at his house and the alleged victim was under age and drinking.Well it came down to it neither of the guys knew she was under 21, they had seen her at local bars drinking, in fact her friends stated that the conversation of age never came up, which contridicts the alleged victimc statement. The alleged vitim was given a throrough rape kit at the local hospital and it came back negative. So why was she not charged with filing a false police report? Both of these men have lost their careers due to an honest mistake on their part. They shouldn't have had the girls over there but they didnt know they were minors.The prosecutors dropped the case in Dec but there is a chance they will reindict them. They have no credible evidence to go on. They are just going on the testimony of the alleged victim and she lied about the rape. One of her friends told investigaters that she has tried to do this before to a guy in the military but it was also unfounded.Its just not right she gets to walk away scott free and these two men have had their futures ruined. What are your thoughts? Its much like the Duke cases that was dropped a few weeks ago. Why is she not being charged. Both of these men and their families were publically humilated due to the media coverage why hasn't she had to deal with the same thing.
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5 responses
• United States
1 May 07
due to having no evidence with doing the rape kit, their attorney can counter sue for their reputations. Give it time. When it's gone as far as it can go, they can counter sue. I don't know why they haven't done it anyway. They can get in trouble for contributing to the delinquency of a minor though just for the girls being in the house. They need to be very careful and get a good attorney. Maybe they need to call the news media to give their side of the story if the attorneys will allow it. They need to mention the no evidence part. They were wrong for not checking for age, but maybe this is a wake up call.
• United States
1 May 07
Sad how the media turns any news into a circus event. Instead of innocent until proven guilty, they turn it around and it becomes guilty until proven innocent. Many people suffer as a result of how the media handles so called news. Of course, they never apologise for their actions.
• United States
1 May 07
If it was indeed slander, it looks like several should be punished for this. First, yeah - the so-called victim should be proscecuted for filing a false report. Being that everything was completely unfounded, the company that fired the two should also be made accountable. I could go on & on, but I'd probably get myself banned if I go any further.
@jacki3 (137)
• United States
1 May 07
well thank god for rape kits and DNA testing, now we don't just take a woman's word. i sound harsh, but reality is many women cry rape just because they want to get even. or worse, they just want money. best to keep your hands to yourself now, especially with more and more men coming up with stories of being raped. i just hope rape kits are soon available for men.
• Philippines
1 May 07
There was a time when a woman cries rape and accused a man people would believe the girl. The assumption is this "That it is a woman's shame if she is rape, and why publicly put your self in the watchful eye of the media if its not true". I guess that was in another era when real rape victims show courage in the face of unsurmountable odds. Now its quite different. Some women (i'm talking about fake rape victims) used this rape thing as a means to an end. And somehow the law does not go after them. Somehow the falsely accused men just don't want to pursue another lawsuit. They had had enough of it and would rather not face the courts again.