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Yes. No, there shouldn't be.
Debate Score:37
Arguments:26
Total Votes:44
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Should there be a charge for false accusations of rape?

Hello there, after seeing in the news the allegations around Prince Andrew, it caused me to start wondering about the punishment for falsely accusing someone of rape simply for the spotlight or in some instances a handsome amount of compensation. Now, I am in no means discouraging rape victims from coming forward, it is important that they have the right to bring the suspect to the attention of the justice system if the instance wasn't consensual between both parties. However, in some instances, members of the public both men and women have been falsely accused of rape and sent to jail only to have their name cleared however many years later when evidence comes to light. However, the distressing thing about this is the fact that the people who falsely accused a person of rape often suffer no punishment. Is this a good thing as it means others who were actually raped aren't scared they might face unjust consequences for coming forward? Or is it a fair retribution for those who accuse others of rape when in fact it is not the case. All constructive and related arguments are welcome.  

Yes.

Side Score: 30
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No, there shouldn't be.

Side Score: 7
7 points

The basis for such charges is already well established under slander and libel law. False allegations of any nature that are damaging to the character of a person or other entity which meet the minimum requirements for a slander and/or libel suit are prosecutable, and that includes cases concerning sexual assault.

Side: Yes.

Absolutely. The consequences of rape are quite substantial.

The punishment for lying about rape should be whatever the penalty is for kidnapping. After all, they are taking someone against their will and locking them up.

But that's just me ;)

Side: Yes.
2 points

Isn't there a jail time for false (felony) accusations ?

Side: Yes.
ProLogos(2794) Clarified
1 point

Why don't you just google that.

Side: Yes.
2 points

Yes, there should most definitely be a charge for false accusations of rape. People's lives are upturned by accusations of a rape. Their community shuns them, their employer shuns them and many times dismisses them. Their own family many times turns against them. The motto of innocent until proven guilty is a legal standard but most definitely not a social standard. People are judged by their communities and the public even before a verdict is issued. Now, if the person if convicted of rape and it is proven that they truly committed the rape, then they deserve to be excommunicated from their community for the heinous and atrocious act which they have communicated. However, if the person has not committed the act and is innocent but yet they are subjected to all the emotional and sometimes physical trauma of being accused of rape, then they deserve retribution for they too have been wronged. It is the job of our justice system to provide justice and right injustices. So the person who accused falsely should have charges incurred upon them, either financial, criminal or both at the discerning of the jury and judge. My opinion is that any money spent because of the false allegation of rape should be paid for by the accuser as well. Any money spent by the accused on an investigation of the false allegation or on an attorney should be incurred upon the accuser. If there is a court trial for the case, the accuser should also reimburse the accused for loss of pay from missing work and also a hefty fee for emotional damage as determined by the judge. Depending on the level of media coverage of the false rape accusations, there should be libel and slander charges against the false accuser as well.

Side: Yes.
1 point

Of course! Not only is it injurious to the extreme for actual victims, it ruins the life of an innocent man. It is not much different than murdering someone by lying on them saying that they tried, or did, rape you. True justice would require that you do the same time that he would have received.

Side: Yes.
1 point

As long as it has been thoroughly proven that all accusations were false, yes. Rape is a very serious crime and even being accused without conviction can turn someone's life upside down. There needs to be reprocussions for people who make a joke of it or falsely accuse someone out of spite. However, I can see certain negative consequenses of enforcing this, particularly if there was a rape that cannot be proved. The system could end up unknowingly sending an innocent or a victim to jail because of a law enforcing this.

Side: Yes.
1 point

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Side: Yes.
1 point

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Side: Yes.
1 point

Yes if and only if the accuser knew for a fact that the rape never actually happened.

Side: Yes.

Telling a lie of this nature should be a felony. It equates to perjury in court.

Side: Yes.
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Atrag(5553) Disputed
1 point

Trolling again? :/

Side: Yes.
ProLogos(2794) Disputed
1 point

If you're going to say something that isn't pertinent, please use the "clarify" option as to avoid any future misconception of the debate's actual score.

For the cause of reestablishing an honest score, I am disputing your argument.

No. I am not "trolling". Try to control your paranoia whilst in the midst of a debating environment.

If you have any actual arguments against my view point, I'll welcome them with an open mind.

Side: No, there shouldn't be.
Amarel(5284) Disputed
1 point

Wouldn't a false accusation of this kind qualify as slander?

Side: Yes.
ProLogos(2794) Disputed
1 point

Well, Obviously.

You disputed, so I'll assume that you have a point.

Side: No, there shouldn't be.