Wednesday, February 24, 2010

At Last--I hope this is a new trend... Consequences for lying about rape

Via Drudge, an article in the New York Post:  Biurny Gonzalez has been sentenced to one to three years in jail for lying about being raped by William McCaffrey and being integral to his conviction and four-year incarceration.  The reason that she lied:  she went with McCaffrey and her girlfriends were angry because she 'ditched them' so she made up the rape story.  According to the article, she "had recanted her story last year after new DNA evidence proved she'd been lying and a priest to whom she'd confessed urged her to come clean."  So she only came clean once the lie was proven.

She could have stopped the proceedings any time but preferred to send a man to jail for four years rather than admitting to a lie.  She probably will only serve a year, if that, and will then get out on probation.  Not nearly enough punishment, but at least it looks like they are starting to take that "do you swear to tell the truth" stuff seriously since she's being put away for perjury.  If this happens more, then hopefully women will think twice before lying and undermining the cases for those who really were raped.

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