Long Island Libertarian Examiner
Half of all rape accusations turn out to be unfounded. Two recent events on University campuses demonstrate this; Duke and Hofstra.
"The 2006 Duke University lacrosse case was a scandal that started in March 2006 when Crystal Gail Mangum, a black student at North Carolina Central University who worked as an exotic dancer and escort, falsely accused three white Duke University students, members of the Duke Blue Devils men's lacrosse team, of raping her at a party held at the house of two team's captains in Durham, North Carolina, USA on March 13, 2006. Many persons involved or commenting on the case, including prosecutor Mike Nifong, called the alleged assault a hate crime or suggested it might be one. On April 11, 2007, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dropped all charges and declared the three players innocent. Cooper stated that the charged players - Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans - were victims of a "tragic rush to accuse." The initial prosecutor for the case, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, who had been denounced as a "rogue prosecutor" by Cooper, withdrew from the case in January 2007 after the North Carolina State Bar filed ethics charges against him. That June, Nifong was disbarred for "dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation", making Nifong the first prosecutor in North Carolina history to lose his law license based on actions in a case. Nifong was found guilty of criminal contempt and served one day in jail" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Duke_University_lacrosse_case
"A prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges against a Hofstra University freshman who falsely said that she was gang-raped in a dormitory bathroom. The prosecutor, District Attorney Kathleen Rice of Nassau County, said on Friday that the freshman, Danmel Ndonye, 18, must undergo mental health treatment and community service in exchange for not being prosecuted. Ms. Ndonye, previously described by the prosecutor as "a deeply troubled woman," had claimed she was attacked after a dance party at a Long Island nightclub. Four men were arrested and a fifth was being sought when she recanted the story three days after making the charges." http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/26/nyregion/26hofstra.html
There are thousands of other examples where men were released after their innocence was proven. Thousands of others remain in jail, often without trials, because they can not "prove" their innocence. In any other crime, the burden is on the government to prove guilt, not on the accused of proving his innocence,
Numerous studies have shown that at least half of all rape accusations turn out to be false. http://www.falserape.net/
. VAWA encourages women with psychological problems or feminazi political agendas to make up claims to get revenge on men for real or imaginary injustices that they arbitrarily feel justify punishing men in general. Police are required to automatically take accused men into custody and hold them indefinitely without ever seeing a judge.
Even when cleared, these men are usually destroyed for life. They may have spent days or years in jail before being released. They will always have to report that they were arrested on every job application and e denied opportunities they would have otherwise had. Many are put on sex offender lists despite their innocence. In an attempt to avoid long jail sentences, many will take a plea bargain despite being innocent because the odds are so greatly stacked against them. In a rape accusation, only the so-called victims testimony is sufficient to obtain a conviction. The so-called victims sexual history and previous false claims are usually inadmissible.
There is no penalty for making a false rape allegation, Under VAWA, there is usually an incentive to make such claims. Even if a man were able to prove his innocence, the so-called victim can still seek civil damages which is even easier than obtaining a criminal conviction.
Prosecutors such as the DA in Nassau County even reward the accuser by putting them into tax-payer funded programs.
VAWA is unconstitutional and someday, in several years, will be overturned by a sensible court. In the meantime, the lives of thousands of men are being destroyed by the feminazi mentality. VAWA can be repealed much sooner and sanity can be restored to our legal system. http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-in-long-island/vawa-creates-false-rape-allegations