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It seems more than obvious that whilst rape is a very serious crime, being accused of rape is just as serious. With rape, the stain of being accused does not wash away with the verdict, it stains a character and prevents an equal footing guarenteed by law, especially since until the verdict is given, the accused is innocent.

There is no plausible argument for releasing the name of the accused as this does nothing to further justice, but only serves to punish them outside of the judicial system. The only punishment for rape, should be passed down by a judge, not by newspapers, their peers, or their employers. Therefore revealing their identity is an unjust punishment without basis in english law.

We therefore request that ALL parties to a rape case are anonymous, until a verdict is reached. You have to be a British citizen or resident to sign.

Please comment in this thread: Petition To Treat The Accused And Accuser With The Same Anonymity

Also, Hawaiian Libertarian has a very good post about young women’s sexual behaviour, here. ( Also put HL on my links, I don’t know why he wasn’t there already…) Continue reading

False rape accuser given 4 months

A young mother who tried to frame a secret lover for rape after her boyfriend found out about their one-night stand has been jailed for four months.

Stacey Challoner, 20, falsely claimed John Mullholland had attacked her in woodland before forcing her into intercourse.

Police later arrested Mr Mullholland, a 27-year-old married father-of-two and he was given a grilling about the incident.

But officers began investigating Challoner herself after he insisted he had a fling with her and described fully the inside of her house.

Manchester Crown Court heard Challoner of Moorfield Avenue, Denton, had told her long-term boyfriend she had been raped by Mr Mullholland after he suspected she had been cheating on him.

The mother-of-three broke down and confessed she had made up the rape and has since claimed to have produced a child due to the encounter with the victim.

Mr Mullholland later told police he’d been subjected to a hate campaign and considered killing himself.

He had been referred to as a rapist in the area and locals had spat at him in the street.

He has had to have CCTV fitted and he is considering moving away. His marriage is now under threat.

Challoner admitted perverting the course of justice.

Passing sentence, Judge Iain Hamilton told Challoner: “An allegation of rape is one which is very easy to make and can be difficult for anybody who is falsely accused to refute.

“Rape is a very serious offence and those who are accused of rape are often vilified or shunned by friends or acquaintances within their community.

“The reason that you made the allegation was to dispel any suspicion that your partner had that you had been unfaithful to him. The allegation you made is of such seriousness that any person should be put off making such a false allegation.

“Mr Mullholland is a married man with two children and the facts of the allegation created significant difficulties in his marriage.

“According to his statement, he even reached a stage where he had considered suicide. All these consequences came from the lie that you told.” Continue reading