Student Will Spend Only 45 Days in Jail for False Rape Claim

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21-year-old Mary T. Zolkowski will spend only 45 days in jail for her decision to falsely claim that she was raped on her college campus.

A Michigan student who falsely accused her peer of rape will face only 45 days in jail. Breitbart News has been covering the story of 21-year-old Mary T. Zolkowski since August 2017, when initial reports came out that she was charged for making a false rape claim.

In an exchange with the judge, Zolkowski explained what led to her decision to make the false rape claim. Zolkowski explained that her mother made the original call to Delta College and she took the phone and completed the report, provide details for an encounter that never happened.

“I called Delta College and falsely reported the rape on their campus,” Zolkowski told the judge in March. “My mother made the initial call and I took the phone and continued to report.”

Sheeran asked Zolkowski why her mom called the college in the first place.

“She was concerned for me,” Zolkowski replied.

“Had you told her something that made her call?” the judge asked.

“Yes, I told her I was raped,” Zolkowski said. “I told them it happened in the back parking lot. I didn’t say who by.”

“Did you ever name or accuse any individual?”

“No.”

“Why did you do that?” the judge continued.

“I was assaulted previously, not at Delta’s campus,” Zolkowski said. “And because I was ashamed of circumstances of that, when my mother called, I vented through Delta, which was very wrong of me. I should have been truthful from the very beginning, and I used Delta.”

Breitbart News reported in April 2018 on the findings of ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight. A report published by the blog based on public U.S. Sentencing Commission statistics revealed that women of all races receive lighter sentences than men who commit the same crimes. More specifically, women of all races receive lighter prison sentences than white men who commit the same crimes.

Many have argued that false rape claimants should receive the same sentence that their alleged attacker would have received had the claim been legitimate. Rapists face up to 10 years in prison depending on the jurisdiction.

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