Woman sentenced for false rape report
Dayton Daily News, Florida, USA
By Nancy Bowman
Monday, January 12, 2009
TROY — A Wapakoneta woman will be paying authorities $892 for the overtime detectives used to investigate her false claim of being raped.
Melissa Turner, 40, told the sheriff’s office May 19 she was raped on the banks of the Great Miami River, under the Eldean Bridge north of Troy. She admitted May 21 that she had lied, according to court documents.
She pleaded guilty to the felony charge in November and was sentenced Monday, Jan. 12 to community control and order to reimburse the Miami County Sheriff’s Office….
She was ordered to complete two years of community control, fined $1,000 and ordered to make restitution [$892]. If she violates condition of the probation, she faces up to one year in prison….
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F4L: Never mind that she committed a crime that could have brought a man to prison for 25 years to life, her little lie that is so “out of character” cost her for all intents and purposes practically nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
In the US, there are an estimated 520,000 false rape allegations a year — 98.1% of all reported cases. (Eeva Sodhi, Debunking Domestic Violence Statistics; Rape)
There would be far fewer false allegations of rape if the women who lie about having been raped would be sentenced so that it will truly hurt them.
To use false rape allegations to hurt men is violence by proxy.