Random832 wrote:With any other crime we say that sending even one innocent person to jail is a problem and will do anything to prevent it. Using a term like "underreported" when even one false accusation is known to have occured demonstrates this is treated as an exception - that there is considered be an acceptable cost in innocent lives destroyed to make sure everyone who should go to jail does. By that logic, maybe this should have been covered up.
The problem of fear of persecution by the victim is a difficult one, but is the solution really to make it so that a false accuser has no consequences to fear? 18 months is a slap on the wrist.
Oh, yes, only
18 months in jail. We should just start shooting them instead, right?
And yes, rape is underreported, and we know this as a fact
. I'll tell you why.
You know how earlier in this thread I described a US military policy that allows for unprosecuted cases of rape, in order for the victims to get the proper therapy and such? A substantial amount of those are never
prosecuted. They are thus obviously not false accusations, as no accusation is ever made. They are cases in which people who have been raped, come forth and ask for help but never press charges
Rape is an underreported crime. It is an underreported crime because
rape victims are afraid to come forth and face their accusers, and the stigma of even making the accusation from people more inclined to think they're lying than telling the truth. I'd rather not add in, 'and because they're afraid of getting decades in prison if they don't have an airtight case' to that list.