CPS latest ‘false rape’ report laughable
March 20, 2013 2 Comments
by Robert Whiston FRSA March 2013
The Director of Public Prosecutions, often referred to as the DPP, has launched a report written by the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service), called ‘Under the Spotlight’.
In it the CPS suggests that only 35 people were prosecuted for making false allegations of rape and six for domestic abuse in a 15 month period between January 2011 and May 2012.
This ludicrously low figure has attracted the attention – not unnaturally – of FASO, the False Allegation Support Organisation (FASO), a charity which for 12 or more years has run a support service for those falsely accused of rape and domestic abuse.
FASO has accused the Crown Prosecution Service of deliberately failing to tell the whole story about this subject following the publication of their Report last week – and many would have to agree with FASO.
Let’s first look at the arithmetic.
For what seemed like decades Whitehall and the Home Office were insisting that rape conviction rates were only 10% and falling to 6%. What they actually meant – as the Stern Review highlighted – was that the “attrition rate” of claims of rapes and sex offences accounted for over 80% and only 10% or 6% of cases had enough merit to go to trial.
Doesn’t this tell us, if obliquely, that the figure of only 35 cases of false allegation is preposterous, even comical, given that there are allegedly tens of thousand of rape claims alone made every year and over 300,000 claims of domestic violence.
Even if one takes the discredited (because it is factious) rate of 2% false rape allegations then 10,000 rapes claims per annum would result in 200 false rape claims and the 300,000 claims of DV would result in over 6,000 false DV claims.
- NB. The source for the 2% rate of false rape accusations was feminist Susan Brownmiller in her 1974 book “Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape.” Brownmiller simply relayed the unscientific and alleged comments of a New York judge concerning the rate of false rape accusations in a New York City police precinct. They have never been corroborated.
The table below is an abridged version of those women who are brought to trial for making false rape allegations. They are usually charged with “perverting the course of justice”, which carried only a maximum tariff of 2 years.
A total of 10 may not appear to be a significant number but one has to bear in mind that a). such cases are not always reported, b). this list is only for the period Jan to Aug 2012, and c). such cases are often administratively halted at the police station stage – meaning the police prefer not to press charges when a confession or full retraction is made.
In addition, there is a cosy relationship between the local police and the local CPS when deciding whether to proceed with perverting the course of justice. And, although all meeting are recorded and logged, data is unobtainable as to how many cases there are nationally, and how many are quietly ‘ dropped’.
Using the same method of trials reported in local and national newspapers up and down the country (and from Jan 2011 to Dec 2011) there were over 55 reports of prosecutions for making a false rape assault claim to the police. Not all resulted in custodial sentences, frequently suspended probation or community service was the forfeit exacted
Time and again the extenuating circumstances put forward by the defence is the woman’s or girl’s desire to ‘get even’ with a boyfriend for having jilted her or moved on to a new girlfriend or oddly enough t to make him love, care or pay more attention to her ! !
However, the 6 overriding categories given as excuses to the court for making false rape or sexual allegations are as follows.
- the effect of drugs
- the effect of alcohol / drunk
- suffering from depression
- suffering from mental health problems, medications etc
- a vulnerable personality (i.e. low IQ), and or having experienced a “difficult” / traumatic childhood.
- desire for spite / revenge (see text above)
- seeking financial compensation (circa £7,000 to £22,000) from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)
Monitored over a 10 year period there are very few instances of legal defence teams claiming anything other than the first 6 excuses, with the final one (financial compensation) rarely mentioned overtly but an obvious unspoken reason in other instances where the subtext is not too opaque.
It is this very opaqueness exaggerated by poor levels of journalistic reporting that lends a darkness to the subject and not for the first time, casts a long shadow over the accuracy of a CPS report.
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|2011 – False Rape Accusers brought to trial – reported in local and national newspapers (UK). (not complete)|
|Month||Town of alledged offence||Victim, name if given||Age if given||Age of alleged assail-ant||Offence||Date of trial||Punishment, if known||Trial Comments|
|2011 Jan||Bolton, Gtr Manchester||X||17||X||Rape||June 2011||Detained 12 mths Pervert justice||Examined by specia list at St Mary’s Hospital Man’ester|
|2011 Jan||West Lothian||X||24||22||Rape||Single mother paid £11 k by CICA||Footballer False allegation|
|2011 Jan||Widness||Chelsea Hough||19||X||Rape||Sept 2011||4 month sentence suspd’d, supervi’n order, + wasting police time £780 fine||Ordered onto an alcohol course|
|2011 Jan||Nottingham||Aisha Mather||19||X||Rape||April 2011||Jailed for 2 yrs for pervert justice||Ashamed she failed Uni exam|
|2011 Jan||West Lothian||A woman||24||22||Sex asault||July 2011||Charges dropped|
|2011 Jan||Fen Ditton||Christine Jordan||25||27||Rape||March 2012||Guilty of pervert’g justice. Pregnant by another man Jailed for 2 yrs||Claimed ‘No’ ½ way thru had been bullied at school … vulnerabl in prison.|
|2011 Jan||Weston-super- Mare||A woman||X||75||Rape. Alleged rape committed 35 yrs ago||July 2011||X||Man committed suicide|
|2011 Jan||Nottingham||Aisha Mather||19||X||Rape||June 2011 ?||Found guilty of pervert justice|
|2011 Feb||Seaburn||Miss X||33||x||Sexl asault + knife||March 2011||None. Admitted falsehood||Big search by police -hoax.|
|2011 Feb||Deal, Kent||Rebecca Howard||20||Rape & Abducted||Aug 2011||6 mth supend’d sentence 200 hrs unpaid work + £1,000 fine||Plead guilty to wasting police time|
|2011 Feb||Merthyr Tydfil||A woman||22||20s||Sex assault In a hotel||April 2011||No action taken||NFA|
|2011 Feb||Frome||X||X||X||Rape||Feb 2011||£80 fine wasting police time||CCTV showed it was false|
|2011 Feb||Walmer Kent||X||20||x||Rape & Kidnap||Feb 2011||None||Did not happen|
|2011 Feb||Oldham||7 school boys, 20 charges||x||25||Sex asault||April 2012||Man found not guilty||School/t accused interfere with 7 boys|
|2011 Feb||Newmarket||Woman||62||40||Rape,3 charges||Aug 2011||Man found not guilty||Custody since Feb – no fixed address|
|2011 March||Taunton||Miss X||25||27||Rape||April 2011||None||NFA -Made it up|
|March 2011||Newry||Natasha Louise Doherty||24||X||Rape||Sept 2011||Wasting police & pervert justice.||Request for anon-mity was rejected by magis-trate|
|2011 March||Teesde||Hannah Byron||20||X||Rape. Tried to win back b/friend||May 2012||Suspend 12 mth jail + 150 hrs work||Pervert course of justice|
|2011 March||Reading||Emma Chaston||21||X||Rape||March 2011||9 mths Pervert justice||Borderline Personl’y disorder claimed &learning difficultie|
|2011 March||Maidstone||Kirsty Sowden,||21||X||Rape||April 2012||Jailed 14 mths Advertised for “bondage” Felt guilty as had b/friend||Wasted £14,000 and 376 police hrs|
|April 2011||Hanley||X||X||25||Rape||Dec 2011||No comment||Former soldier found not guilty|
|2011 April||Milton Keynes||Kelly-Ann Ferguson||23||X||Rape.||April 2012||Jailed 9 mths for Pervert Justice||Spurned housewife|
|2010 May||Birmingham||School girl||17||34||Rape||Man found not guilty|
|2011 June||Peterborough||A woman||X||42, 19||Rape||June 2011||Police drop inquiry||Two men arrested released|
|June 2011||Cupar||Dorothy Russell||20||X||Raped||Dec 2011||6 mths detention||Difficult childhood claim rejected|
|2011 June||Mildenhall||A girl||16||Rape||Aug 2011||Admitted false hood|
|2011 June||Maidstone||School girl||17||44||Rape||July 2011||Arrested|
|2011 June||Suffolk||A girl||15||Rape by Ski mask Hoodie||Aug 2011||Charges dropped|
|2011 July||Wick||Jane Steven||41||X||Rape||March 2012||Sentence pending||Cost police 5 figure sum|
|2011 Aug||Ipswich||A woman||20||Sex’l asault||Aug 2011||False claim|
|2011 Aug||Ipswich||A woman||X||30||Rape||Aug 2011|
|2011 Aug||Doncaster||Victoria Haigh||Paedo phile claims||Aug 2011||Baseless.Mother lost custody for 2 yrs Nothing||Mother manipu- lated 6 yr old girl in custody battle|
|2011 Aug||Southampton||Jennifer France + Kelly Weston,||24 27||30||RapeThreesome||Aug 2011||Each jailed for 20 mths||Had b/friend & felt guilty about having sex|
|Aug 2011||Walsall||Jess Cooper||17||40||Rape||Dec 2011||Fined £80||1st man jailed for 3 yrs and2nd man beaten up|
|2011 Sept||Carlisle||Chloe Fox||20||x||Rape. CCTV showed her walking at wrong time||May 2012||180 hrs Comm. Service +4 mths jail suspend||Wasted 650 police hrs. fined £85.00|
|2011 Sept||Isle of Wight||Girl||15||21||Rape||Oct 2011||NFA||Music festival|
|2011 Sept||Plymouth||A Man||50||Male Rape||March 2012||No trial||Man commited suicide|
|Sept 2011||Huddersfield||X||30s||53||Sex asault||Dec 2011||No action taken against woman||Man commited suicide|
|2011 Sept||Teeside||Two women||X||30||Sex asault Sunderland footballer||No mention||Drunk She regretted kissing|
|Oct 2011||Cambridge||Miss X||x||x||Sex asault||Oct 2011||No action||NFA. CCTV showed no offence|
|2011 Oct||Carlisle||Takara Harding||18||x||Rape. Wanted to worry b/friend||May 2012||Pervert justice 100 hrs Comm. Service||+16 wk suspend prison sentence|
|2011 Oct||Blackley||X||X||19||Sex attack alleged in Manchester||March 2012||Released.Lab taintsDNA evid||CPS relent. Had never been to Manches ter|
|Nov 2011||Leeds||A girl||14||X||Sex’l asault||Nov 2011||Totally ficticious||Police dismiss case|
|2011 Nov||Wisbech||Girl||16||52||Grope breast||May 2012||Ma found not guilty|
|2011||Devizes||Sharon Broadley||X||A||Sex offence||July 2011||Admitted fabricated 4 charges against him.||Man found not guilty as 4 day trial collapses|
|2011||Tiverton||X||X||50||Rape||May 2011||Case dismissed||Juror told of Pltf’s reason|
|2011||Ardgay, Scotland||Heather Bremner||38||X||Rape. 1st Rape claim in Feb 2002. then March 2008, then July 2008,||Jan 2010||45 mths. wasting police time||Had alcohol problem|
|2011||Telford||X||X||19||Rape||April 2011||Phone 3G coverage or not|