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The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is Army Pvt. Shavonte Hampton. She gets the award for the following-

A 2nd Infantry Division soldier, who after missing formation claimed she was raped, was found guilty on two charges and sentenced to six months in prison at a Camp Casey court-martial Friday.

Pvt. Shavonte Hampton, 19, of the 302nd Brigade Support Battalion's Company C, was convicted of filing a false official statement and failing to report to formation.

Military judge Lt. Col. Thomas Kulish also sentenced Hampton to a two-thirds forfeiture of pay for six months.

Hampton had consensual sex with another soldier at the Camp Casey Lodge on July 23 and failed to report to duty on time the next day, prosecutors said.

Because it wasn't the first time she had missed formation, Hampton concocted an elaborate rape story that quickly proved unfounded after the story changed several times, prosecutors said.

Although Hampton did not receive a bad-conduct discharge, she could be subject to administrative separation from the Army, officials said.

A false rape or child abuse can have huge ramifications for a person even when the charge is shown to be untrue. GI at ROK Drop writes-

I have to wonder why she wasn't given a bad conduct discharge as well considering the damage that would have been done to her male companion's life if he was convicted of rape? I feel that whatever punishment the soldier would receive for rape the false accuser should receive as well.
Someone may say the harsh penalty would discourage victims. Would it really? You were raped, there shouldn't be anything to fear. There is room to agree or disagree on this, but I think their is a consensus that Army Pvt. Shavonte Hampton deserves every day she gets in jail, plus being named today's Knucklehead of the Day.

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My guess is that the Army d... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

My guess is that the Army doesn't want to open the door to accusations that it's 'going to have a chilling effect on women reporting rape'.

It's a bullshit excuse, but in these politically correct times the brass want to cover their asses.

This kind of crud goes on i... (Below threshold)
epador:

This kind of crud goes on in the military all the time. I saw particularly nasty cases in the USCG. They treat women the worst in some ways, but the social worker types they have running the sexual harassment program (strangely named Work-Life) act like all men are guilty and all women victims before and after they do their investigations. I saw more than one case of a women about to get into trouble calling rape or harassment on her supervisor to try to dodge the case. In the USCG, this worked more often then not.

"Someone may say the harsh ... (Below threshold)

"Someone may say the harsh penalty would discourage victims."

Funny that whenever the discussion of the crime of false rape reporting comes up, we invariably end up talking about an entirely different crime, rape. Let's all repeat after me: the primary victims of false rape claims are the innoent men or boys wrongly accused or targeted by police in response to a rape lie. False rape reporting is a crime, just as rape is a crime, and criminals need to be punished. Innocent men and boys should not be treated as unfortunate but necessary collateral damage in a war on rape. My Web site is devoted to raising awareness about the politically incorrect and inconvenient truth about false rape claims. http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/

The sentence sounds fair. ... (Below threshold)
Synova:

The sentence sounds fair.

It's true that we wouldn't want to discourage rape victims from reporting rape, but there certainly should be discouragement from making false claims.
She'll be polishing her boots and putting sharp corners on a wool blanket for six months... she'll be fine.

Just sort of random here... I think this is why we hear of rape victims in Iran or Saudi getting stoned to death... the sentence for rape is execution. A false accusation is a murder attempt, in essence. It's an entirely screwed up system that would prefer to unjustly kill a woman than unjustly kill a man... but that's the twisted choice... and if she hadn't been where she wasn't supposed to be... so it's her fault anyway.

That's an extreme extreme, of course.

But so is believing that a woman told the truth just because she told it and destroying a man's life on that basis... and these days, there *is no* getting out of jail and going on with your life. A sex-offender conviction is a life sentence.

On second thought... I thin... (Below threshold)
Synova:

On second thought... I think I'll stand by bringing up the injustice of executing rape victims in Saudi as a sort of warning to those (and yes, definitely on this blog) who feel that no punishment is too harsh or too permanent for a person convicted of a sex-crime.

I had a brother accused of ... (Below threshold)
JoeC:

I had a brother accused of 'abuse' by a step daughter.... amazingly that came up when his wife was divorcing him. The alleged abuse only came up after she had moved out, after 10 years of marriage. It cost him in the neighborhood of $5000 in lawyer fees just to defend himself against the Child Protective Services... who eventually concluded that it was unfounded and false (after another year of 'investigations'), just a ploy in a nasty divorce. So what was his recourse? Absolutely none. He just ate the cost.

So that strawman aside, I can imagine how much worse it could be for the falsely accused in the military.... where even when found unjustified, the cloud of suspicion could end a career.


Actually I think the Army i... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

Actually I think the Army is clever not to have discharged her. Her life will be much more . . . interesting . . . for having to put up with the type of work the Army will assign her.

. . . and her treatment will be a warning to any other soldier about the penalty of filing false statements. Who knows? She might even learn something about the value of honor if she remains in the Army under these circumstances.

While Pvt. Hampton clearly ... (Below threshold)
M Rahman:

While Pvt. Hampton clearly deserves punishment for her misdeeds, it is silly to seek the same punishment for a false allegation of rape as for rape itself. The punishment should fit the crime. And we do not seek the death penalty for prosecutors or law enforcement officers who sometimes [although not often] stretch the law or even conspire to convict innocent people. Most of the time, they keep their jobs!

As the circumstances seem to show, Pvt. Hampton more of a knucklehead than a perp. Of course, had someone else been seriously affected by her accusations, the punishment would have had to been commensurate.




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