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Actually it's common for children to explore sexually with each other at ages as young as five as part of normal development. Most animals do, humans not excluded.There was evidence of intercourse, her accounts were very detailed and very consistent, and that's very hard for a child to fake. My feeling is that she either (1) had been abused by someone and subbed in her dad's name or (2) another child who had been abused was teaching her. Second graders who grow up in healthy environments aren't having sex, that is quite alarming and a red flag of abuse somewhere.
"In March of 2001, Cassandra was examined at a Vancouver clinic where she told a doctor about the alleged abuse. "She looked at me and said, 'Are you telling the truth?" Cassandra said this year of her appointment with the doctor. "I lied to her and said, 'Yes.' "
The doctor found trauma in Cassandra's groin area, according to a report."
"Kennedy was brought from Stafford Creek to the Cowlitz County Jail in late February, Baur said. During a hearing last Monday, Judge Warning ruled that Cassandra's statements to police this year are credible. He also found that the physical trauma reported by a doctor in 2001 may have been caused by a sexual experience that took place before the dates of the alleged abuse, Baur said."
I don't care how you spin it, she needs to pay in some way or another. Hell, the city that convicted him should pay.
It's not enough that he was put in prison, he was put in prison with the tag of Child Molestor. That immediately relegates him to the lowest rung of the totem pole in prison and fair game for beatings by other inmates. Unless he writes a book, we'll likely never know just how much he really suffered, especially for those first years.
This guy deserves some form of justice.
The confusion caused when one's mind
overrides the body's basic
desire to choke the living shit out of
some jerk who desperately needs it
The problem is that the jury did not see that there was reasonable doubt. This is a problem with society, the evil child molester is very much a part of the public consciousness, and we don't really see stories of men who are falsely accused and how their lives are turned upside down. Even I have only relatively recently come to take that problem seriously. I would say this perception, this automatic presumption of guilt, is just as important to correct, as the assumption that rape victims must have been "asking for it." Too many jurors don't take their role as an unbiased arbiter of justice seriously.
http://www.theforensicexaminer.com/archive/spring09/15/ Recomend to read.
Now based on these FBI studies around 41% of all reported rapes are proven to be false even before they reach the court. Now if you would add to this those disproven in court and a number that the police simply drops off their statistics due to a variety of reasons you would end up to a NEAR HALF OF ALL REPORTED RAPES TO BE FALSE.
I agree probably there is a problem of under reporting but most likely false accusations are much much more rampant.
If you consider costs of all these unneeded investigations, wasted time, plus the fact that every time the police will run into a false accusations they are a tiny bit less likely to consider the real ones real, False reports do more damage then under reporting to the women themselves.
And now I dont even want to go into the part where we consider the possible damage done to the accused. To his reputation, his life etc. The possibility of imprisonment, sometimes time spent in detention, loss of social standing etc. etc. Plus this is one of those things, even if you clear you name in many cases suspicion lingers in the minds of people.
The damage caused can be massive. Like the exemple in the OP. 9 that is NINE year's in jail. Being considerd an incestuos pedophile. Being locked up with the scum of society and even them probably considering you the scum of the earth as often those people have children themselves. The damage done to that man, his life is beyond repair.
I'm sorry but on this one I must say that false accusations should be as strictly prosecuted as Rape itself, with equal sentences and strong social campaining against such things occuring. Jail time should be proportional to the damage done to the falsly accused person's life and reputation.
Why are you posting something from April? Seems like you'd have a more objective understanding of the situation after six months.
I'm sorry, but i just have to tell you that you are an ignorant, closed minded fool, and you need to chill out, think more, and quit being such a douche. Your responses are shrill, closed minded, and ignorant. You need to think outside the box sometimes, and realize its blizzards game and you are not ghostcrawler.
I didn't say the myth of false accusations. I said the myth of rampant false accusations.
Something like what? 3%?