Rhiannon Brooker accused her former boyfriend of rape and assault. Her accusations against Paul Fensome landed the man in jail for 37 days. While imprisoned, someone claimed that he was a pedophile and he had to be placed in protective custody.
However, the evidence showed that Brooker’s accusations were false:
Alibis, evidence from Fensome’s phone and his work shift patterns undermined Brooker’s accounts. Injuries were judged to have been self-inflicted and the police dropped their investigations into Fensome and turned their attention on Brooker.
Brooker initially told police she had made false accusations. But when she was charged with perverting the course of justice she retracted her confession. She was found guilty of 12 offences relating to false allegations of five rapes, six assaults and one false imprisonment.
The judge sentenced Brooker to three and a half years, which prompted outrage from feminists:
The support and campaign group Women Against Rape (WAR) was among more than a dozen organisations and lawyers who wrote to the judge arguing that a harsh sentence would put women off coming forward to report rapes for fear they would not be believed.
They wrote: “The prosecution was not in the public interest. A prison sentence will put even more women off reporting, enabling even more attacks from violent men. The resources spent on prosecuting Ms Brooker should have been put into prosecuting rapists and other violent men.”
How was the prosecution not in the public interest? Brooker not only falsely accused her boyfriend of several crimes, but her accusations landed him in jail for over a month. It was only because of evidence did not support Brooker’s accusations that Fensome was released. How is imprisoning an innocent man in the public interest?
Likewise, how does this case deter rape victims from coming forward? Feminists routinely make this claim, yet they never present any evidence supporting it. Where are the studies and reports showing that prosecuting false accusers stops real victims from reporting their assaults?
Finally, since when is a three-year sentence harsh? Feminists do realize that Brooker will not have to serve the whole sentence, right? She may serve a year and a half, maybe two years and go free.
Instead of looking at this as the crime that it is, feminists turn it into an attack on women and a failure to punish “rapists and other violent men.” Fensome was not a violent man or a rapist. Brooker lied and wasted the police’s time and money in the process. She ought to be punished for doing that. Three years is the least she deserves for trying to steal her former boyfriend’s freedom.
Yet feminists do not see that, and as a result they embarrass themselves by supporting a false accuser.