Elizabeth Wilkinson, 21, has been sentenced to a year in jail after ruining a man’s life with a false rape allegation after he spurned her advances. Wilkinson resides in Foulridge, England, and had had a consensual relationship with David Lord, 23, and decided to make the rape allegation after he told her that he did not want to see her again.
The two had known each other in high school and had sex after reuniting over Facebook. Wilkinson then sent 80 text messages to Lord in one weekend and finally told him that she wanted to punch him in the face. He told her that he did not want to see her — for pretty sound reasons.
The father of two was eventually accused of rape and subjected to a full criminal investigation. He became clinically depressed and tried to hang himself. The case has increased calls for anonymity for not just rape victims but accused rapists.
The government recently abandoned plans to extend those protections to people accused of rape — a position long advocated by many civil libertarians. Those plans, however, were dropped under pressure from women’s groups and other organizations.