Here’s a tip, if you’re going to make false rape claims, don’t laugh about it to your friends on Facebook. Also, don’t make false rape claims. It cheapens the horror of people who have actually been raped, and makes it harder for them to find justice. Also, regretful sex, which you regret ten months later, is not rape.
But lets get to the story:
George Owen, 21, was subjected to a two-year ordeal after the woman, now 20, said he forced himself on her in an alley.
Mr Owen was this week cleared by a jury at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court after it was shown the woman’s Facebook messages.
Writing to a friend about her allegations, she said: “OMG hahahahaha my mum knows.
“She wants to hold my hand to go through it all with me. I was only raped chill the **** out.
“Going to ring police tomorrow. My mum wants to come so I’m going to do it while she’s on holiday. It’s going to be so fun.”
After a week-long trial the jury took just over two hours to unanimously clear the ex-public schoolboy, a keen golfer, to cheers from the public gallery.
So the outrage over Betsy Devos’ recent policy changes (see Betsy DeVos Tossing Out Obama Campus Rape Policies and Betsy Devos Set to Return Due Process in Campus Accusations) and how “due process” is just a right-wing, pro-rape talking point? This story and many like it are WHY we need due process.
Note also the woman here derived humor from possibly running this young man’s life. It doesn’t matter what this woman’s history is with men. It doesn’t matter if “well maybe this case was false but others happen!” What this woman did was wrong, and this young man had to pay for it.