A prosecutor in Longview, Washington, has declined prosecution in a case where a woman named Cassandra Kennedy admitted that she lied about her father raping her when she was 11 years old, sending him to prison for nine years. Evidently, she was upset that her father and mother divorced, and made up the story to punish him.
The prosecutor, Sue Blair, said charging Ms. Kennedy might discourage other girls from reporting rape. Thomas Edward Kennedy, her father, who was serving a fifteen year sentence, was released last week. All charges were dismissed. It has not been reported whether he now owes years of child support arrears due to imprisonment.
Although it’s possible that there may be some problems with prosecuting someone who was eleven when they committed a crime, she left her father in prison for long after that. As for the prosecutor, her excuse would be laughed away in all but sexual assault cases where females are involved. There is no other crime for which people receive a break for making a false accusation. For example, it would be in the public interest to encourage reporting embezzlement by public officials, so should those who make false accusations be exempt from prosecution if they falsely accuse, say, a county prosecutor of stealing from public funds? Why not? If making false rape accusations is OK because it creates a climate in which women feel comfortable accusing men of rape whenever they want, then all false accusations in matters of crime should be protected.
Or, maybe it’s simply that when it comes to crimes against women, women are more equal than others. Not only are crimes committed against them more serious, but when they commit crimes themselves it is not such a serious matter. Of course, this violates the equal protection clause, but since when did feminist prosecutors care about the Bill of Rights? I’m sure Ms. Blair learned in school that anything written by “dead white males” is invalid, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with her.