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June 07, 2005

Woman jailed for false rape claim

While they may have screwed up gun laws, the Brits certainly seem to be ahead of the curve on us when it comes to dealing with women who falsely accuse men of rape...

An unfaithful wife who accused a man of rape to cover up a one night stand with him was jailed for 12 months yesterday.

Merete Underwood, 32, disappeared with the 34-year-old interior designer after chatting him up* during an evening out with her husband and two-year-old son last February, Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court heard.

When she realised that her husband, Toby, had reported her missing, she claimed that she had been dragged off the street and raped.

She told police that she had left the pub for a breath of fresh air when a stranger bundled her into a car and drove her to a hotel room where he and another man raped her.

The man she had spent the night with was arrested and forced to spend 24 hours in a police cell after she identified him as one of the rapists. For three months he endured the prospect of court action despite protests of innocence.

Even after being charged with perverting the course of justice, Underwood stuck to her story, telling the truth only last May when the jury was to be sworn in.

*“chatting him up” seems to be Brit slang for “chatting with him”

We are still dealing with the hidden scourge of an alarmingly high rate of false rape charges in the US. For some reason, it doesn't seem to get through to some women, that when they falsely accuse a man of rape, they are traumatizing him just as much as she would be were had she been raped. If he goes to prison, then it's a continual, long term rape of an innocent person. Rarely are women prosecuted in the US for victimizing men in this way.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 7, 2005 07:38 AM

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