I've thought about this in the past. No, but they should at least get a reasonable punishment. There are very serious consequences of false rape accusations even when the complaint becomes obviously false to the police, but by that time the press has tried and convicted the poor man of rape. The punishment should fit the crime: A false report is a false report and should be charged as such. The problem is that in the US almost no *person* ever gets charged for that even when it is glaring obvious that there was malicious intent in file the false accusation. This gives unscrupulous women the message that it's fine for them to try to get men thrown in prison for 20 years for something they did not do. The reason I am against charging women who make false claims is that giving someone 20 years for that is cruel and unusual punishment, and it could possibly get some genuine victims imprisoned for a very long time -- I'd rather let 20 of these rotten women go free than to see one actual victim be subjected to the same injustice that false rape accusers try to subject innocent men to. Also, rape is a very difficult crime to prosecute, so we have to be meticulously careful on how we handle all aspects of rape, the alleged victim and accused included. If true victims of rape are worried that they may get sent to prison if the police decide she is lying when she is not, that would prevent many victims coming forward to report the crime. So what needs to be done is to seek a balance between the rights of the accused and the rights of the victim, which is absurdly swayed in the favor of the victim right now. By actually ENFORCING existing laws against making a false police report, that would be enough to dissuade the vermin attempting to abuse the legal system, while at the same time would not prevent justice from being served. It should also be left to the discretion of the police as to whether a claim that appears to be false warrants a charge to be filed against the offender. As I said, rape is a crime in it's own class, and misidentification of an assailant or confusion over the event that transpired may not justify charges being pressed, but an obviously calculated and blatant attempt to pervert the justice system should be punished accordingly. As it stands right now in the US, almost none of the false accusers ever stand trial for their crimes, let alone even charged. This needs to change, but we must be careful how we implement such procedures so as not to impede justice or punish *people* when there may be doubt as to any malice being intended.
There should also be "rape accusation shield laws" that state that men's names who are accused of rape should not revealed to the public until which time they are convicted of a crime in a court of law.
· 1 decade ago