In the N.Y. Post online, Laura Italiano talks about a young mother who falsely cried rape, sending an innocent man to prison for nearly four years.
She was then send to jail for perjury
“I wish her the best of luck,” said William McCaffrey last night of Biurny Peguero Gonzalez.
“Jail isn’t easy.”
McCaffrey, 33, of The Bronx, was locked up after Gonzalez accused him of raping her at knifepoint on a Bronx street back in 2005.
It was a lie she repeated to doctors, cops, prosecutors, a grand jury and the jury that convicted McCaffrey.
All is clearly not forgiven.
A person who would “lie and paint somebody as a rapist is worse than a real rapist or a real murderer,” McCaffrey said
He also blamed “the arresting officers, the prosecution.” Everyone, he said, “wanted to believe the lie, the ADA [assistant district attorney] first and foremost.”
Judge Solomon said, “It’s hard to imagine why anyone could have done this.”
It turned out Gonzalez robbed McCaffrey of four years of his life for the most trivial of reasons.
She’d been hanging out with a group of girlfriends when she accepted an invitation to get into his car.
After she returned, her pals were furious that she’d ditched them — so she made up the rape story to gain their sympathy.
In an online article “Wrongful Accusations of Rape” Karen Stephenson says that: “it can be stated that when men are falsely accused of rape, they become a victim of rape. Their reputation and life as they once knew it has been forcibly seized and emotionally, they have been abused and violated.”
She cites a study that spanned nine years, where sociologist Eugene J. Kanin found that in the United States, 41% of rape allegations are false. Kanin discovered that most of the false accusers were motivated by a need for an alibi or seeking revenge. Kanin was once popular and highly praised by the feminist movement for his groundbreaking research on male sexual aggression. His studies on false rape accusations have received very little interest. The air-force had a study too, with similar results.
This also makes a point that books on crime and evil often make – and that is that to the perpetrator, what he or she does is no big deal, but from the victim’s point of view, it is a really big deal. For a very trivial reason, to escape the anger of her girlfriends, Biurny Peguero Gonzalez accused a man of a disgusting and serious crime, and robbed him of four years of his life. Now, as she goes to jail, she claims she is sorry.