Invitation To Discuss: False Rape Claim Law

Rape is No Joke
January 12, 2012

In response to recent false allegations of “Rape” by attention-seeking miscreants, RINJ Campaign has opened a discussion on the creation of a new amendment to nation states’ criminal conduct statutes. The new law would make it a separate crime to make a false allegation of rape. Punishment would be similar to that given to a rapist.

RINJ dot Org has invited all interested parties to participate in a Facebook discussion in which RINJ has advanced the argument that there should be a separate law that allows for the prosecution of false allegation of rape.

Early in the open discussion, RINJ dot Org issued a statement in which it noted “In the incipient stages of this discussion of creating a false-allegation-of-rape law that makes a criminal offence of a false allegation of rape, we see the emergence of some of the reasons victims are reluctant to report a crime against them. If false allegation of rape were implemented in the Criminal Code of the commonwealth of nations, prosecutors would not need to find such “tricky” roundabout methods to prosecute these crimes. Moreover, defence attorneys for alleged rapists will not be able to invoke some airy-fairy urban legend about false allegations but instead, both sides of the court and the jury will have bona fide statistics based on a statute’s implementation.

We submit that the number of false allegations of rape is small compared to the number of rape cases but that in each case the consequences are horrific and create a victim who in some minds is no less damaged than a rape victim. We further advance that the penalty for a person convicted of making false allegations of rape be commensurate with those issued to actual rape offenders.

RINJ has stated in the discussion that it has two goals in mind.

“We want juries to be more free to convict rapists in a comfort zone, without bias, provided by law and case law with strict maximum penalties for false allegations and good litmus tests for fact finding.”

“Because the method for dealing with false allegations is wishy-washy at best, providing a good law will alleviate the ambiguity. Too many people throw the word around like it was a swear word. That must end. Don’t scream “fire” unless there is a fire. Don’t scream “rape” unless there is a “rape”. We want all rapes reported and hence need to to remove the fear victims have that they will not be believed.

In a preamble to the discussion, RINJ dot Org advanced that, “Because it is so easily done and because there are no statistics available about false rape allegations, creating law to deal specifically with false allegations will benefit our mission in ending rape. We will all have useful statistics that will likely show false allegations to be rare and done only by easily identifiable character types. Rape is no joke. The word should never be used unless in the case of a “Rape”. ”

Additional information:
1. Anyone wishing to participate in the discussion may do so on RINJ’s “Sex Assault Is No Joke” Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/rape.is.no.joke

2. Any person or organization wishing to submit a brief may do so in MS Word format to RINJ@RINJ.org .

Source: http://rinj.org/release/jan12_2012.htm