My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, September 29, 2006

She deserves a lengthy prison term....

False accusations of rape should be dealth with harshly.
A woman who falsely cried rape against her former husband was facing jail yesterday after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Sally Henderson, 40, a mother of two, described by the prosecution as a "wicked liar", claimed Richard Cooke, 39, had repeatedly raped her during their year-long marriage.

But police discovered her claims were almost identical to false allegations she had made five years earlier against a previous boyfriend, Mark Rowe, 42, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

Lifting an order preventing her identification, Recorder David Lane, QC, said: "The public has a right to know the identity of a person who makes such allegations and who seeks to use the system of justice for her own, unscrupulous ends.

"These two men were put through the extreme anxiety of facing the most serious and most grave offences that can be brought against a man."

Neither man was charged but Henderson's plea of not guilty meant that they had to give evidence to the jury.

The judge told Henderson she had "forced the two men to appear in a public court, face complete strangers and give evidence and be cross-examined about painful, embarrassing and intimate details".

Henderson reported the false rapes only after both men left her. Mr Cooke was held in a police cell for 36 hours following his arrest.

Mr Cooke told the court: "It was quite shocking to have three or four police officers arrest you, manhandle you and take you away for something you've never done."


Blogger SUZANNE said...

I couldn't agree with you more. When people just hear you're accused, they think the worst of you.

And these false accusers ruin it for the true victims, making it harder for them to be believed.

11:31 PM  
Blogger SouthernTory said...

I agree 100% too. I'm not sure if you've heard about this but back in 1991/92, Laurencia Bembenek who
story is featured in the movie 'Run
Bambi Run' as well as books shows a woman, Judy Zess who made up that
she was pregnant. She called up a bunch of former boyfriends (gives you an idea of the woman eh?)and said give me the money so I can get
an abortion. She was never pregnant
and used the money for other things. Sexual assault is a horrible crime but these women deserve to go to prison.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anne (happier in Ontario) said...

I have thought this over seriously for quite some time. The only conclusion I can come to is that when a woman is found to have done something like this that the punishment should be as harsh as what the rapist would have received, no special treatment.

11:58 PM  
Blogger hunter said...

This seriously damages women who really are raped. When we hear about a rape we are more likely to say, sure and what does she want??

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Erich said...

I think a stiff monetary fine would be in order as well. The court process isn't cheap and making false accusations of serious crimes is no trivial matter.

3:37 AM  
Blogger jw said...

There is a VERY serious extension to this problem of false accusations.

There are a few men in Canada who have lived through very violent female offender rapes: Of those, a few have also been hurt by other efforts to help women. For those men, a false accusation can be a death sentence.

Males in Canada are not allowed protection from female police officers and guards. This is one of the female only rights. As these men (I know of six) are hyper-sensitive to females, putting them into a jail is so severely stressful that it can (and has) cause death.

Thus, a female Canadian has the right to murder these men using the tool of a false accusation. Worse, under current law she can only be charged with a misdemeanor.

Rare, I know. None-the-less, extremely serious and deeply dehumanizing.

5:45 AM  

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