In the blogpost “Outrage!” I reported on a case in the United Kingdom in which a man was accused by a BBC “personality” of raping her 40 times. He claimed innocence and she eventually recanted the allegations. His name is known to UK police as a suspect in a rape case. As such, he cannot get a visa to travel to the United States. He has lost job opportunities because of her slander.
Under British law, her name may not be revealed, she has borne no consequences at her job and no criminal charges will be filed against her.
In my previous post on this case, I encouraged the wronged man to file civil charges of libel, slander and defamation against his abuser, stating that these at least were still actionable in the UK.
And they are, just not in this case. It turns out that, in addition to there being no criminal penalties for this woman’s outrageous behavior, there are no civil penalties either. Who knew? So, even more than I originally thought this woman and every other woman in the UK get a free pass. Don’t believe me? Read about it here (Daily Mail, 2/1/09).
Women of the UK understand that, if you choose to do so for any reason or no reason, you may, safely, anonymously and without fear of any form of consequence, accuse any man of rape. What about that guy at the fish and chip shop who was rude to you? The teller at the bank who closed the window before you got to the front of the line? The boyfriend who forgot your birthday? They’re all fair game. If you get caught in your lie, just recant and walk away. If they go to jail for 20 years or so, that’ll teach ‘em.
Men of the UK understand that any woman, any time can claim you raped her. If she’s caught in her lie, there is absolutely nothing anyone will do to punish her wrongdoing in any way, shape or form. Realistically, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. And into the bargain, she’ll remain anonymous, just in case she wants to do it again. And again. And again.
That’s the way it is.
Thanks to John for the heads-up.