It's been one of those mornings. The first thing that caught my eye was an article from CNN about the Justice Department doing an investigation in Montana. Apparently there's a concern that 80 rape cases weren't investigated thoroughly. Whoa! 80? Unfortunately, the article doesn't give a time span for the allegations, but I thought that 80 was awfully high. That got me to thinking, and I did a quick search for the University with the highest allegations of rape. And this jewel was #5 in the results. I started with a quick scan, and it became apparent that this gem needed some careful reading. Especially when I saw this: Did you know that sex offenses are the only crimes where corroborating evidence is not required for conviction? It invariably becomes a case of "she said, he said", and hinges on the credibility of the accused and accuser. There are very few studies that try to determine the actual validity of rape allegations. But the few studies that have been done, it was found that nearly 50% of all rape allegations turn out to be false. And even worse, very little is done to the accuser when the allegation is proven to be false. At most, the false allegation is a misdemeanor and the accuser is given a slap on the wrist. Yet the accused will most likely be irreparably harmed in the process. And even if the accuser drops the allegation, many will believe the retraction was "pressured," and not true. Sound familiar? Even after the allegations in the Duke rape case were proven wrong, Nifong still thought the players were guilty. Heaven forbid if you question the validity of a rape charge. The howls of outrage will come from all quarters. Even when the evidence shows that the accused couldn't have possibly been responsible for the crime, you have the usual suspects crying about how unfair it is that the individual was able to get off. It has become politically correct to crucify anyone accused of virtually any sexual offense, regardless of the evidence. Any bets that the 156 exonerations are but a tip of the iceberg? And what about the accuser in those 156 cases? Think they feel any remorse? Obviously not, considering they allowed an innocent man sit in jail for something they knew didn't happen. It's time that some serious questions be leveled at the very system that is supposed to protect both accused and accuser alike. The laws need to be changed regarding false accusations. No more misdemeanors. Make a false allegation about rape? You should face the same punishment that the accused would get if found guilty.