I've tried many rape cases on both sides of the aisle. In my most recent, a college-aged female prospective juror indicated that she would automatically believe the alleged victim because "women don't lie about rape." (The actual jury thought otherwise and fully exonerated my client.)
I'm amazed at the difference in perception and reality when it comes to charges of rape. False rape claims are horrible, but not rare:
"A student at Millersville University in Pennsylvania reported late Saturday night that two college-aged men on campus had raped her.
The woman made the report to campus police and was then taken to a hospital for treatment and testing. Campus police called in extra officers to assist in the hunt for the suspects and sent a text alert to the entire campus warning them of the incident and requesting they use a buddy system.
On Sunday, the police held a press conference about the incident and offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the suspects.
But when investigators spoke to the woman again on Sunday, “she indicated that the assault didn’t happen,” according to the Harrisburg, Pa., ABC affiliate."
Read the whole thing.