Recently an investigation into rape accusations by a 13 year old girl in the UK was halted when the girl admitted to lying. After costing the local tax payers quite a few quid, she will not be charged for this time-wasting nonsense. Sussex police drop investigation costing thousands of pounds
So, where's the lesson here? The accountability? The responsibility? What message does this little escapade sent? You tell me.
We're up in arms about defending the 'victim', but if you look at the laws as written, they are also about defending the rights of the accused. There is no more powerful term than "Jailbait." Most boys get advice from their fathers or peers about the lure of the sirens. In Europe nobody carries a photo i.d., and even if they did, like here in the US, forged documentation abounds if you can pay the freight. And not too sexy to ask for i.d. I guess.
So, what is it about age 13 for girls? It's well known that girls mature sexually faster than boys. 13 year old boys are of little or no interest to 13 year old girls - older men are - that's from 17 to what-have-you.
So, gentlemen, you have been warned. You know the law. Proceed at your own risk. I know biology is working against you.
Going back to the witch-hunts of the 1600s, the most celebrated is Salem. But in England, the Pendle Witches were a very big case of the same era. Both these cases involved accusations by minor girls.
There's a fascination with witchcraft that continues to this day, certainly through music. Witchy Woman - Eagles. Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac. Black Magic Woman - Santana. And the super-succesful musical, "Wicked," celebrating the Witches of Oz.
I hadn't heard about the Pendle Witches before, but did some research today after a heads-up. You have to wonder why this motif keeps up through the ages. The Pendle Witches.
I guess when you're angry with parental or authoritarian restrictions, and you have the law on your side, then just go ahead and make false accusations. Happens all the time. It's up to the 'authorities' to make a mature judgment call, and realize that just 'giving victims a voice' in a willy-nilly fashion is NOT the answer.
Give them a voice by all means, but that voice should speak to professionals in law enforcement and mental health, not the public via television producers, dodgy 'journalists,' fee-seeking lawyers, or other parties looking to make a buck or reputation.
This is a private matter, and any 'victim' reporting for duty with a gaggle of glory-seeking opportunists at their back should be subject to extreme scrutiny. So far, I have yet to see any mental health professionals render an opinion, even in a general sense, when it is patently obvious that some of these 'accusers' have their genesis in institutions serving those with mental illness.
And complainants should stand ready to defend their case; don't bring it when you're in your 50s, over something you allege happened when you were only 13 and knew just what you were up to.
Great BBC4 documentary here. Pendle Witch Child.