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April 28, 2005

NOW & MoveOn "Professional Activists" File False Rape Claim?

Under investigation by police... so of course they're alleging that their right to dissent is being "chilled:"

A 23-year-old Brevard County woman was charged with making a false police report at Rollins College in Winter Park last year.

Prosecutors on Thursday filed two misdemeanor charges against Desiree Nall of Palm Bay. The charges of making a false police report and making a false official statement are each punishable with up to one year in jail.

Desiree Nall's husband, Jeff, said Friday that his wife will contest the charges.

As RiehlWorld reports, both are "professional activists." Desiree Nall is President of the Brevard County NOW chapter, and her husband is a communication director there. And both are "associated" with MoveOn, according RiehlWorld.

Nall told Winter Park police in November that she was raped by two men in a Rollins College bathroom, authorities said.

"The college was on high alert, and the neighborhood was in confusion because there was a lot of fear," Winter Park police spokesman Wayne Farrell said.

The rape report was made during rape-awareness week on the Rollins campus, Winter Park police Sgt. Pam Marcum said.

As Instapundit asked the other day (IIRC): if hate-crimes are to be punished severely, shouldn't false claims of hate crimes be punished equally severely? The effect on society seems similar; if we're increasing penalties for bringing fear to minority groups, shouldn't we also increase penalties for false claims of hate crimes which likewise bring fear to minority groups?

And if rape is a serious crime -- which, of course, it is -- we can hardly treat false claims of rape as a minor matter or college prank.


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