Brock Turner vs Sophie Pointon

I’d like to get the opinions of my audience on this issue. I think there needs to be a mandatory minimum sentence for both rape and those who falsely accuse of rape. Where I tend to get stuck is how we could come up with a “fair” minimum sentence that serves justice for both crimes.

False accusations of rape are most definitely just as serious and cause just as much damage to innocent men and their families as the crime of rape itself. But how can you punish a physical crime and an emotional crime with the same severity? Thoughts?


If you’ve followed me for a while then you know what I think of Brock Turner, his case and how despicable our justice system can be. If not, read this.

Any form of sexual assault is vile and perpetrators need to be punished for their crimes. On the other hand, I also believe that anyone who makes false claims of sexual assault should also be punished.

Most people know who Brock Turner is, if not please read the post linked above.

Now, I would like to introduce you to Sophie Pointon.

Sophie is a 22 year old student in the UK who falsely claimed that a cab driver raped her  because he refused to accept money that she spilled food on and then threw at him. Intoxication is not an excuse for being disrespectful and sexual assault is NOT something that you lie or joke about. Sophie cost this man…

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2 thoughts on “Brock Turner vs Sophie Pointon

  1. My thoughts, considered but not having been involved with the case on any real level:
    1- California’s law is another case of liberal good intentions vs the law of unintended consequences. They needed beforehand to figure out that this law NEEDED to have exceptions. I believe this should have been one of them. So what if he “just fingered her”? We all know he’d have not stopped there had he not been interrupted. His sentence should have been the standard for rape, perhaps with a greater probationary period for the reasons the judge sated. Although, being a vindictive sort in this case, I would say his attitude at apprehension, the fact that even the judge thought his claims were BS, and the inference that he learned his callous disregard for human rights from his father, I’d have let the standard sentence be fulfilled.

    2- What makes a standard sentence? Depends on where you are. If you are Ivy League, it seems he got it. If it happened in a Muslim countries, he’d be licking his wounds from a court ordered beating and both Sophie and Emily Doe would be in their graves after their Sharia law stonings.

    In Sophie’s case, how about taking the amount of money he would have earned in his profession during the court debacle, add on a percentage of future earnings based on the extent of his defame-ment, figure out how long it would take her to earn that at her salary at the time, and sentence her to THAT time frame? I bet that, if you look at it the way described you might find it fair, but would cringe at the amount of time that actually added up to. Looking at it that way, perhaps her sentence was fair.

    For Emily, though, that same “emotional damage” might never be erased, depending on what she may remember and how much the court deal affected her. For sheer damage, the rape- let’s not mince words- was FAR more damaging. What was the standard sentence, 6 years? Almost 4 times the sentence for the accusation. Fair? The only real answer you can give that is, “relatively”.

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  2. 8-10 years for rape if convicted with the possibility of parole and less time for good behavior. But the percentage of people who ever get/see/serve that sentence is appalling to put it lightly. There really are so many factors that go into each case it’s nearly impossible to impose one sentence for everything across the board. Just wishful, idealistic thinking I guess. It always seems that women who are caught making false accusations receive much harsher sentences than even those convicted. Brock’s case was a joke, but it was highly publicized. Most other cases never get the attention they deserve and it sets a dangerous precedent. In my case, if I had been convicted of falsely accusing my assailant I would have served about three years, which isn’t as harsh as the 10 years he was looking at but the case never even made it past the prosecutor. That’s a bigger problem than the length of sentencing I think… I don’t even know anymore. It’s all a mess of red tape and politics. Victims get lost in the shuffle no matter what the criminals receive as punishment. It makes me sick.


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