Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hamilton girl made false rape complaint

On February 27th, a fifteen year old girl claimed that as she was walking home from school, she was forced into a car and raped. The allegation turned out to be false. 

A police officer stated that the girl was re-interviewed, and "as a result of enquiries made into the allegations a number of inconsistencies in the girl's account were identified and when confronted with these the girl admitted to police that she had made up the story and that she had not been raped as she had earlier reported.''

The girl will be referred to the Hamilton Police Youth Aid Section.

Link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/6608142/Hamilton-girl-made-false-rape-complaint-police



  1. Just a question, know I'll take heat for it, but, the synopsis of the article suggests that the girl did not identify an perpetrator. Does posting articles where no perpetrator was identified serve the purpose of "rais[ing] awareness about the injustices suffered by the wrongly accused?"

    No one was actually accused. Isn't a false rape accusation by someone who doesn't identify a perpetrator the same thing as falsely claiming to have been robbed? Other than being a waste of police resources it's not of any significance... If not, how is a FRA different?

  2. Anonymous - "Does posting articles where no perpetrator was identified serve the purpose of "rais[ing] awareness about the injustices suffered by the wrongly accused?"

    This might seem a reasonable question, in light of the new title of the forum.

    However, I believe that it is still a valuable endeavor to continue to demonstrate just how often, and based on just how little motivation/provocation false rape allegations are still being made.

    In any case wherein such a false allegation is made, any number of innocent men can still face the consequences of being considered as possibly a rapist - even if they are never identified and arrested by police, nor named in the press.

    Any guy who happens to resemble a published or broadcast description of an alleged rapist could well come under the suspicions of his fellow citizen, and even his own friends and family.

    And, ultimately, getting the public to change it's perception of the rape vs. false rape issue, it remains important to clearly establish the fact that false allegations of rape are not so rare as many would try to deceive the public into believing.

  3. Anon at 6:18, you raise a very important issue. I am new to writing on this blog, but I have played a behind the scenes role and, truth be told, this blog would not exist without me (long story, not pertinent here). I am writing here now because I believe this has the chance to become an important blog, and not just a place to rant and complain. I am not interested in gender politics except as it might effect the wrongly accused.

    The comment by slwerner is valid in that some false claims ultimately get an innocent person in trouble. This was not one of them.

    I am going to speak with the other bloggers, but we need to think carefully about whether we water down our product by including cases where there is no wrongly accused person.

  4. Anon,

    That actually IS a great point. With the switch, we'll need to change the point of view of every story we run, and only run those where someone is accused.

    Thanks for the thought. Sometimes we get a little too set in our ways and don't change when we need to.


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