College student says classmate used Facebook post to falsely accuse him of rape

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'A man who says he was defamed on Facebook by a fellow college student filed a lawsuit Friday against the woman in Los Angeles, alleging she falsely accused him of raping her.

The plaintiff in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit is identified only as John Doe and the defendant as Jane Roe. He lives in San Diego County, and she resides in Los Angeles County. Both attend Westmont College near Santa Barbara, according to the complaint, which seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

The suit states that on Thursday, Roe wrote on Facebook, “Only a few people know this, but almost two years ago I was raped. I was at a party with people I thought were friends and I was even kind of friends with the guy who did it.”

She posted the plaintiff’s full name, and her allegations are false, according to court papers.'

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we are going to need some new terms for describing all the degrees of potential victimhood. might I (a retired eng.) suggest a mathematical based system where each instance of alleged abuse (rape, molestation, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and so forth) is followed by a number? I will attempt to explain w/ some simple examples:

* if a man and woman date, and she later has buyer's remorse, maybe we call that rape I. if they have fully consensual sex, maybe while sipping sherry (alcohol), that could be called rape II. by the time the act actually involves some type of force, well that could be discussed as maybe rape viii, or whatever. a very brutal and damaging attack could be rape x. it might make everybody more knowledgeable and understanding about what really happened, and maybe take the stigma away from just calling everything under the sun rape, and thereby ruining so many lives. might help the cops/courts to prioritize things as well.

* then there is domestic violence (dv) against women, and men. a heated argument or a false allegation to achieve a goal might be called dv I. one or the other throws something or takes a poke at the other, that's dv II, and right on down the line.

the use of these new terms is not meant to trivialize serious attacks against men or women, only to make things clearer and more easily understood. we already do this in the courts - ex: murder I. second degree murder. manslaughter and on and on. also, when you forget to attach the gender of the alleged victim and just use a number, maybe it would cut down on automatically judging someone based solely on their gender/sex. remember this, today's courts are far from the paragons of equality they were designed to espouse. any genuine attempts to put them back on track can't be all bad.

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