According to this view, and consistent with the material outlined in previous chapters, a woman lying is perceived as more reprehensible than a man raping. Subsequent media reports alleged that Samuels had been ‘cleared’ of wrongdoing, and the strong impression given portrayed the politician as an innocent man who had been wrongfully accused (e.g., The Age, 8 August 2000).
I find the offence of rape or sexual abuse of women and children abhorrent and repugnant. There is only one offence more abhorrent, repugnant or contemptible, and that is for a person or persons to fabricate the allegation of rape knowing that the person being accused is completely innocent. (Quoted in The Dominion, 26 July 2000)
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