In the news story below, the police reaction to a teenager's rape lie is sadly typical: they are baffled as to her motive, and no charges are filed.
Sometimes these false rape claims are frightening because the degree of detail used to tell the lies renders them so credible. Here the teen claimed it was supposedly four men in costumes.
And what, pray tell, might have happened if the police had nabbed four men matching this teen's description? What if four men had been arrested? Convicted?
Only when women and girls are sufficiently punished for these lies will they stop.
HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:
Petrides student spins rape tale
After big police response, 13-year-old admits she made the whole thing up
Saturday, November 01, 2008
By PHIL HELSEL
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Police descended on the Petrides School yesterday after a student there claimed she'd been taken to the basement and raped by four men in costumes -- but the account was a fabrication, she later admitted to cops.
Parents were panicked and rumors flew through the Sunnyside complex after the 13-year-old reported she'd been raped at about 12:45 p.m. She was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, and later confessed that she'd concocted the whole thing, police said.
"None of what she said happened actually occurred," said a police spokesman, who was baffled as to the motive for the tall tale.
The allegation sent rumors flying through the school, and some students sent their parents text messages that a student had been raped by Bloods street gang members as part of an initiation.
"People were definitely talking about a Bloods initiation," said one 10th-grade student yesterday afternoon. "Basically, teenagers do what they do; you heard all kinds of things."
Police said that as of last night, the girl had not been charged with any crime.