Two Women Charged in Unrelated False Rape Claims Solicited their ‘Attackers’ on Craigslist for Fantasy Assaults

April 1, 2013
On Sunday, March 24, 2013, Mary Kate Gullickson, a 20-year-old junior majoring in psychology at North Dakota State University, arranged for a man to pretend to rape and kidnap her to satisfy her “rape fantasy,” but then she told police she was actually abducted in a campus parking lot by a man in a ski mask and that the man took her elsewhere where he sexually assault her. Then he returned her to the parking lot.
Campus police launched a hunt for the attacker while warning other female students to be on their guard.
It turned out Gullickson’s claims closely matched a Craigslist ad that Gullickson admitted posting. When her fake “attacker” heard about the assault and the fear that had spread among other students he went to police and told them he answered the Craigslist ad by Gullickson who was seeking sex in a role play fantasy that involved her being kidnapped and raped. He related that he was instructed to grab her off the street, bound her with duct tape, force her to have sex, and then drop her off.

On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, Gullickson was arrested by campus police and pleaded guilty to filing a false police report.

Police said that Gullickson’s iPhone contained so many responses to the ad that she was unable to say which response came from the man she eventually met. Guillickson also allegedly asked some of the responders to pay her $100 for the privilege of participating in the fantasy with her.

On Thursday, March 28, 2013, Gullickson pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to a single count of false information to law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor. Prosecutors in the case asked for Gullickson to be sentenced to time served for the Class A misdemeanor, with a year of supervised probation during which she was set to receive a psychiatric evaluation and to follow through with the treatment recommended for her. Judge Douglas Herman approved the recommendation. She will also have to pay restitution, covering the cost of investigating the bogus rape claim. Prosecutors have 60 days to provide the bill to the court.

Gullickson blamed the false rape report on her boyfriend. He “forced” her to make the false claim, she alleged.

After Judge Herman noted that the initial report attracted a great deal of public attention, Gullickson said, “I don’t think that should be taken into consideration in my sentence.”

Writer Kiri Blakeley at The Stir said that “one of the saddest parts of this story” was that “there were so many texts from men responding to her ad that she couldn’t even tell which reply came from the dude who had fake-raped her!”

It is not clear if Blakely thinks the men who responded to the request for consensual sex are “sadder” than the young woman who actually placed the ad, asked for money for sex, panicked the university community by lying about it, diverted precious police resources looking for an imaginary rapist, blamed her own boyfriend for her actions, and didn’t think the publicity of the rape lie should be a factor in her sentence.

Personally, Ms. Blakely, I don’t think that the “men” deserved a mention in this story. Their acts pale in comparison to a twisted rape lie told by a woman who does not appear to have accepted responsibility for her own misconduct.