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Raping the justice system

Another possible false rape claim

Raping the justice system

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There are few things worse than a rapist.

One of them is a person, male or female, who cries rape.

For the longest time, well before three innocent Duke Lacrosse players were made into latter day Scottsboro Boys, I’ve been a fierce critic of anyone-and it’s usually a woman-who falsely accuses another person of forcing them to have sex.

A lot of people disagree with what that means, of course.  In the age of ‘date rape,’ we’ve been conditioned to believe that a woman who has five beers and some ecstasy has been ‘raped’ when she doesn’t remember agreeing to have intercourse with that dude she met at the frat party.

In the “no means no” world, unless a woman signs a legally-binding release, in blood, with caveats in Latin about breaching its terms, we are supposed to take the woman’s word for it that a rape actually occurred.

Which means, obviously, that if the woman is not credible, the case against the accused can crumble.

Ironically, that seems to be happening in the case of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss Kahn.

Before we got sidetracked grilling Anthony’s wiener, the big story on the sexual misconduct front was the allegation that the Frenchman had raped an immigrant hotel maid before running off to catch a plane to Paris.

Most Americans were willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the accuser (as I was,) while a majority of his countrymen saw this as a set-up by either his political enemies, or Yankee prudes.

Now, it’s come out that the accuser has profound credibility problems, including the possibility that she lied on her application for asylum and had an avowed relationship with an imprisoned drug dealer.  At the very least, her character has been impugned to such a degree that her word-which was once considered gold-has been tarnished.  And since that word is the only actual evidence of a crime, given that any forensic evidence shows there was intercourse but not necessarily force, prosecutors are considering dropping felony charges against Strauss Kahn.

I’m angry that, once again, a rape case may go south because the alleged victim has a problem with telling the truth.

I’m incensed that, once again, a man may have been hauled into court because he had poor judgment and bad morals, but not because he committed a crime.

And I’m outraged that, once again, people are going to be able to question the story of the next woman who says she was violated.

Just as everyone was ready to lynch Dan Rottenberg for implying that women who dress like sluts deserve what happens to them, I’m rooting for a law that mandates imprisonment for women who lie, for whatever reason, about a good time.

Just so they can make sure someone else gets hard time.

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