False rape accusations refer to a situation whereby one is falsely accused of rape, yet there was no rape in any case. The report on these allegations is made to the security forces or any other person. These false accusations make those with real accusations to suffer in that they cannot be helped because society is used to the false reports. The evidence carried along on the false accusations fails to support the public’s anxiety concerning the very many cases (Demarchi 16). Most of the false rape victims are women who put their men counterparts into a fixed situation of them being the suspected rapists. In this case, the dilemma emerges in the question regarding how the falsely accused protected against such accusations. It is also not strange to find women who have been accused of raping men. This essay will explore and justify if the victims really need to be punished for carrying out false accusations.
To begin with, it is worth noting the reasons why victims have to accuse others of rape. Most of them are in a revenge mission whereby they think of doing something that will, in turn, hurt the other person. Typically a rapist is always punished by law where one can serve a jail term or even pay some bond (Obe 58). When one tries to avenge the other by giving false rape accusations, he or she thinks that maybe the accusations will be accepted by a court of law, and the victim will be helped. They think of having the accused punished and hence gaining revenge. It turns out not to be the way one thought because it is found out to be a false accusation and may turn back to the accused.
In addition to that, one may decide to build a false rape accusation on the other in order for him or her to gain sympathy or attention from the public. Mostly, it happens when something happened, like disagreements or divorce between two partners (D’Souza 34). The other partner might accuse the other of rape so that the public, relatives, or friends might sympathize with him, hence being accommodated by others. Another person may accuse one falsely of rape because they want to gain attention from the others and be listened to so that they may not be victimized of the earlier mistake.
In some other cases, one would want to create a false rape accusation because they are trying to cope with personal or social stress. Not that they would love to accuse the other, but they find it a better way to relieve themselves from the stress they may be going through. To them, that is actually a better way to relieve themselves. The accused may even be in a consensus with the accused, but later on, the accused changes the story to blame the other partner of rape, which is not always the case (Rumney and Kieran 499). The accused suffers mostly in their victims’ hands, thinking that actually, it was rape and evidence might be provided against them. For example, partners who have had a great relationship and even video record all their activities, and once the other partner feels endangered and gets into stress, he or she might threaten the other of rape with exact evidence from the recordings.
Moreover, most of these false rape accusations in most cases tend to be believed by the public. When the public believes in such, it causes tremendous effects to the victims. Once a person is accused falsely of rape, they will suffer stress that may lead to depression. This is going to be detrimental to the accused. Such false accusations may lead to the victim committing suicide, which in the long run will leave the family in so much pain. The victim will not be able to carry out along his or her daily activities as earlier because of the psychological disturbance that one will be suffering. It is the accused who will suffer, and the family and the community at large (Demarchi 50). The person will not be able to undertake their normal activities as usual hence affecting so many people who depended on them. The people depending on them include their children, spouse, the family at large, and even the people at their workplace who need their support always.
Another impact that the false rape accusations cause to the victim is the loss of employment. When the false accusations are believed to be true, the person most probably is going to be jailed. And when in jail, one cannot go on with the normal life activities that a person was used to. The people who depended upon them for survival will suffer, and hence their life will completely change. The children might stop going to school because there will be no one to pay their fees and meet their daily needs (Hail and Katie 67). Even though some will not be jailed, they will not be taken back at their workplaces since no one would want to employ a person who can rape others. They will be considered as not being good role models to others in society, and therefore no one would want to associate with them in any given way. It is such a sad state considering that the accused was accused of falsely and not rightly. Therefore, the courts need to find a better way to find the truth about these allegations in order to prevent any harm associated with such in society.
Talking about being falsely accused of rape, the victim will have a strained relationship with people close to them. The social network that is the relationship between him and the friends will be affected. They will lose very many friends, and even though the psychological disturbance that one goes through, they will suffer from withdrawal symptoms. They will never want to be close to people but rather prefer being alone all the time. The victim will also suffer a strained relationship with the spouse. One will want to be alone, and even some partners will not understand but cause more psychological torture to the other partner. The relationship between the victim and the children will also be affected (D’Souza 54). The lives of the children will be tortured, knowing that their parent is facing rape charges. The children will never want to associate with the parent at any point since they will also be in fear of their father or mother being a rapist who can, in turn, rape them.
In most cases, the accuser is always heard and is given the benefit of the doubt unless when the evidence stipulates otherwise. The majority of the false rape accusation favors the accuser, and the accused is victimized. These accusations, as discussed above, are always devastating regardless of whether they were real or not. Even after charges have been taken then dropped along the way, it is still minded disturbing to the accused. It is worth punishing when a rape accusation is found out not to be true because of the so much damage it has caused to the other person (Obe 50). The accusers need to be punished so that they may know it is not right to speak falsely of the other person.
It is a great mistake to make a false accusation to the police or any law enforcement agencies against someone in a state like Illinois. It is punishable by law whereby criminal penalties are made against the accuser (Obe 59). The penalties include jail terms and paying fine. It is right to punish any false accuser of rape because it causes so much pain to the accused both mentally and economically. Keeping in mind that the accused was innocent and the accuser had the guts to go ahead and create false accusations to the accused, they need to get these punishments equally the way the accused faced initially. If the accused was given ten years’ jail term, he or she is to be relieved when the accusations are found out to be false and the charges be transferred to the accuser by awarding him or her the ten years’ jail term.
False rape accusers need to be punished by law because of causing the strained relationships between the accused and his or her family and friends. The accused’s name is already tainted to be a rapist, and the damage it has caused to the affected parties is too much. Therefore, one who is found to have given any false accusation as stated by ethical laws in the constitution one is to be subjected to punishment that will act as a lesson to him or her in order to avoid a reoccurrence of the same in the future (Hail and Katie 34). The relationship between the accused and the children, as stated earlier, will already have been destroyed, and punishing the accuser will help a great deal to create the once a good rapport between the children and the parent and also the parent and the other spouse. The social network together with the family needs to be counseled and talked to about the false accusations. They need to be clearly explained how it happened, and even the accuser should talk to the friends and family and also take an oath that everything he or she mentioned earlier was false.
In addition, remember that the accused’s employment was affected; the accuser needs to be punished because of the harm it caused to that family by denying their kin to work through having false accusations. By being punished, the accuser will help the accused regain his job position and even be able to provide for the family that was once depending on him or her. When the accuser is punished, it will help the accused get back to their normal way of life (Rumney and Kieran 500). The employer will be made to understand that all were false accusations and that his or her employer was not, at any point, a rapist. It will greatly help the accused’s image and name be recovered from the wrongdoings and even considered back as a good role model. Punishing false accusers of rape will, in a much bigger way, help to reduce the reoccurrence of such instances in the near future where others will be afraid of accusing others falsely so that they gain something such as sympathy or attention.
False rape accusations should not go unpunished because of the many impacts that it causes to an individual. Others go to the extent of attempting suicide because of the depression that it causes to the accused. The psychological disturbance level that one goes through will require proper counseling to save the accused from getting into depression-related disorders. If the accused went to the extent of committing suicide, then the family and friends have to be compensated by the accused because of the damage and the gap that the accusations have caused to the family (Rumney and Kieran 512). Therefore, it is worth noting that accusers of false rape accusations should be punished because of the many damages that it causes to the affected skin of the accused and the accused themselves.
In conclusion, we can see that cases of accused rapes are on the rise in the current generation because of the many causes that one would want to accuse the other of. In the long run, these accusations cause so much damage to the families of the affected and the accused. It is, therefore, worth punishing anyone who is a victim of accusing others of false rape. Doing that will immensely help society and prevent society from having more people who would want to accuse others of false rape.
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