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Student Who Falsely Accused Man Of Raping Her Learns Her Fate

A hot-button issue these days is the rape culture that plagues college campuses and puts many women at risk. Victims even today are afraid to come forward for fear that they won't be believed, and that they will ultimately be blamed for their own rape.

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Though false accusations are rare, they occasionally do happen, and they are to the detriment of real rape victims everywhere. One woman who falsely cried 'rape' is now heading to jail, but the damage she has done will not be erased by her sentence.

Sophie Pointon called police one night and told officers that she was molested in the back of a cab by her taxi driver. The alleged incident happened on April 22 in Leeds, West Yorks in England.

The 22-year-old signed a sworn statement with the cops that outlined the attack.

The police descended upon the taxi driver and detained him for six hours, questioning him. For the next four weeks, the father of five was unable to work.

He tried to explain to police his own version of events, but he remained under a cloud of suspicion.

The driver said that when Pointon got into his cab, she was very intoxicated. When he reached the destination, the woman threw money at him from the back seat.

He refused to accept the money because it was soaked in oil from a kebab that the student was eating when she got into the car.

The driver says that Pointon became abusive, then opened the car doors and ran. He had brushed off the incident by the time police found him and he was stunned when he heard she reported that he raped her.

When the truth came out, the tables were turned, and it was Pointon who found herself on trial for filing a false police report. A recorded conversation between the driver and a dispatcher at his office helped support his case.

A GPS tracker on the car also conflicted with Pointon's claims about the taxi ride.

When the police began challenging Pointon's version of events, the student broke down in tears and begged the police to just allow her to drop the charges. She ended up pleading guilty to perverting justice.

The student, who was studying criminology at the university and who had hoped to become a police officer, was sentenced to 16 months in jail. “Your malicious complaint has done a huge disservice to those seeking justice through the police and courts,” the judge told her.

Pointon says even worse than the jail sentence is the fact that she's ruined her career aspirations.

The driver claims that the allegations endangered his livelihood and family, as well as caused him emotional stress.

A lasting impact of Pointon’s lie is that she’s going to make it that much harder for the next woman who calls the police after actually being molested or raped. Despite the fact that few rape reports are proven false, people will turn and use Pointon’s story for years to come as an example whenever another woman seeks justice.

Source: Yahoo
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