@Benjamin, it is not counterproductive. I would say that it is counterproductive NOT to prosecute people who make false rape accusations. The Young Turks recently did a piece about how the FBI CONFIRMED that 8% of rape accusations were false. These 8% were proven, beyond a doubt, to be false. Some studies indicate that this number could be as high as 70%-80% (and hard to prove as true or false, like rape, because most of the time it falls down to hearsay and it’s impossible to rule either way). False rape accusations ruin lives, even if they are determined to be false. That being said, the justice system should strive to make every effort only to punish a woman making a false claim when it can be proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, that it is a false rape claim, not simply because the local police station has suspiscions that it is one. Your argument is similar to saying that we shouldn’t prosecute those who falsely pull fire alarms heavily because those who would be legitimately pulling fire alarms would be scared of legal prosecution. You may say “well, there’s more likely going to be evidence of a fire, unlike a rape!,” but that doesn’t change the fact that like with the false fire-alarm puller, the false accuser should not be charged as guilty unless she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I’m a humanist, not an MRA, but it makes me sick at the pathetic attempts of people to defend those who cry wolf because they don’t like their partner, or they don’t like someone in their neighborhood, or whatever. People who are falsely accusing other people of committing a crime are committing a crime themselves, and those who are victims of said crime truly are said victims. In both cases, the wrong-doer should only be punished if there is valid evidence that the wrong-doer did the wrong-doing. And in all of this, why is it that the well-being of the false accuser takes precedence over the falsely accused? The falsely accused is shunned by their community as soon as someone utters the word rape, even if it never happened, and people go up in arms defending the despicable human who falsely accused another. Is this not worth stopping? Does the livelihood of the falsely accused not matter? Why? If I falsely accused you of physically assaulting me, should I not be prosecuted, or would that be threatening to those who were actually physically assaulted and wanted to report the crimes done against them? Maybe someone can come along and shed some light on how the defending of false accusers (which, I would imagine that feminists would want to fight because defending false accusers of rape only trivalizes rape and makes it somewhat of a game, even!) is not pathetic bullshit and how I am the most misogynistic bastard alive. Or perhaps I’ll just get seven thumb-downs instead, because argument pales in comparison to the gut instinct of the people.