Crying Wolf: How Should Society Punish False Rαpe Accusers?

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School district sues woman 750000 for falsely accusing Brian Banks of sleeping with her against her will. Should false accusers be sued.


Reported by Krystle Crossman

It is an unfortunate fact that there are women that lie about being rαped and end up having innocent men sent to jail. In 1931, a group of nine black men dubbed the “Scottsboro Boys” were convicted and put in prison for the supposed rαpe of two white women on a train. They were all 12-19 years of age at the time of their conviction. During one of the trials, one of the alleged victims stated that she and the other alleged victim had made up the false accusations. The jury still convicted all nine men. Eighty years later, Alabama pardoned the last three of the nine men posthumously.

In 2012, the FBI estimated that 2-8 percent of the 87,000 yearly reported rαpe cases were actually false claims. It is hard to accurately track these numbers because there are so many inconsistencies with rαpe cases and lack of investigations. There are also many cases that do not get reported either out of fear or shame.

One of the most recent cases was in 2002 when a 17-year-old high school student named Brian Banks was accused of rαping a 15-year-old girl. He was a star football player with a bright future ahead of him; however, he spent five years of  his life in prison as a result of the accusation. Upon his release from prison, he had five more years of probation. Fortunately, he was able to record a conversation with the alleged victim in which she admitted that the accusations were false. He was exonerated; and the school district that awarded the accuser $750,000, sued for her to pay the money back.

The school district’s response to the revelation of the false accusation is a developing trend among those who are wrongfully accused. They will sue their accuser for the damage that they have caused. An attorney stated that this is not something that he recommends clients do and tells them that they should just move on and rise above the drama instead of continuing to feed it. On the other hand, those who wrongfully accuse someone completely ruin the accused person’s life in the process. The accused often lose jobs, time with families and friends, and could possibly even lose custody of any children they may have.

Where do you stand on this issue? Do you believe that those who falsely accuse someone of rαpe should be sued?



  1. Marco

    June 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This is by far unexeptable. What’s going on in our society is that we’ve allowed the law to habe more power over us then we should. Human nature is no longer at the driver seat. There are to many issues in this article to pinpoint then just what do we do with the one that lies. First off if the prison system wasn’t a halfway house we would have done whst people in the centuries long ago. You still cutt off your hands you lie cut your tongue off you rape cutt that off. Then our society would be a well wouldn’t have this kinds of crimes going on. However looking our own society now it has to do with money politics and color. We the minority don’t stand against the accusers simply because we do not habe the proper funds to fight in court against all odds. I believe if the accuser falsely or fabricated a story and now they are recanting their story. They also need to be put in jail and also pay loose their job privileges. Like I said if you kill or shoot someone. You must be put to death or get shot. We wouldn’t be building more prisons. However the truth remains unseen. It is a big market here in the U.S.of A. To build more prisons to house more minorities to irraticate our population.

  2. Pernell Parham

    June 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    It’s a very sad story. Five years taken away, and he was lucky. It could have taken more time to prove his case. What hurts is the fact that society already has made a business of putting us in jail, we don’t need our sisters assisting them. And look at how many cases, not just rape, but all sorts of crimes where the accused has later been exonerated. What can we do to get fair justice? What they do to us is wrong, ruins lives, and shows how deeply racism is in this country.

  3. Chris40

    June 8, 2014 at 9:12 am

    False rape accusers should be prosecuted!!!! Also, they should be identified in the press.

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