The tough thing about rape is it's almost always his word against hers (most rape victims are the female claiming the male raped). It's unfortunate that this kind of thing happened, but do you just not believe the females who come forward? Tricky business considering it's one of the malum in se crimes.
That is some bullshit. I would have pressed charges like it was no ones business and brought the court down on her into hell and beyond. You don't send someone, especially your father, to jail for 9 years as a rapist because you're upset your parents got a divorce.
That mans life is now most likely ruined. How the hell do you come back from being in prison for 9 years even if you are released with your record clear? Our legal system needs some hard reworking and needs to quit favoring women in so many cases to throw someone in jail for years. I'm so freaking happy that police are extremely hesitant about rape charges now because women abuse the hell out of the "rape" charge. Boyfriend breaks up with you? One night stand? Rape.
Why do I insist that said perjury goes unpunished? Probably the same reason why courts grant immunity to individuals. Because sometimes its better for the greater good to let such things slide away. That said, I could easily see a lawsuit being filed against someone over this.
“…the whole trouble lies here. In words, words. Each one of us has within him a whole world of things, each man of us his own special world. And how can we ever come to an understanding if I put in the words I utter the sense and value of things as I see them; while you who listen to me must inevitably translate them according to the conception of things each one of you has within himself. We think we understand each other, but we never really do.”
XKCD is always relevant. Always.
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As stated, there should be a lesser sentence for coming forward on your own, but you shouldn't be absolved of a crime for doing so. The reason they grant immunity is in a quid pro quo for testimony to take out more important criminals.
This instance, in particular, involves someone fabricating a scenario out of thin air and, in effect, being granted amnesty for their crime by simply admitting they were full of shit despite having stolen 9 years of an innocent man's life.
Being a minor shouldn't even be in question now... 11 + 9 = 20. That's quite a number of years beyond the age of "Adulthood" and for most cases it starts at 16 so with that being known she had plenty of years to rationally understand her mistake. Did she tell anyone during those periods of time when she was an adult? Nope. She should be charged for crimes then.
So I take it you couldn't find where I said she should get a free pass and chose to instead address posts from like 10 pages ago instead.
Having a chance of entering in jail as a rape victim would be much worse.
Maybe there should be more evidence to put a man in jail than just a girl confessing, if the system put in in jail just because one lie, we should blade the system for being tricked so easily. You know, more evidence, like traces of semen on her clothing, etc etc...
We are talking about deciding about a bad and worse consequences, I am just choosing the minor of two evils.
we shouldnt imprison people for telling the truth, The jury and the judge failed in this case - the lawyer that stood against the man should be liable - But obviously a little girl who didnt know any better was allowed to let this spiral out of control, her life is already ruined, I imagine she will be estranged from her father, and possibly her mother for life, her childhood most likely ruined, the rest of her life will be burdened with guilt, with her whole family treating her like crap - so just let her be, the father will be happy enough that he is no longer being called a rapist/pedophile
Not prosecuting because it may cause people to not report lies is such bullshit, maybe if there weren't so many fake claims of rape they might not get discouraged.
Look at someone the wrong way?
Be within 20 feet of someone?
And people wonder why 1 in 2 males wouldn't help a lost child for fear of being labeled a pedo/rapist.
This thread reminds me of that woman that claimed a guy raped her, got over a million dollars from the school the "rape" happened at, then later admitted she lied. And didn't even have to give the money back.
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Also it's a whole different process to be removed from the sex offender registry.
We should absolutely imprison people for telling the truth. Just less so than if we find out the hard way.