A Pennsylvania woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted is now on probation for lying about the incident — all thanks to her fitness tracker.
The woman claimed she was wrenched out of bed and raped, but her Fitbit tracker shows otherwise. Law enforcement agencies can use a warrant to check out fitness trackers, many of which have GPS apps installed in them. The data on the woman’s Fitbit shows she was actually taking a leisurely walk at the time she claimed she was assaulted.
The damning evidence by the Fitbit tipped prosecutors against the woman, who is now on probation for lying about such a serious issue.
Even as victims of sexual assault are blamed for the crime, this case also sheds light on the fact that some people will stoop to lying about rape.
According to FBI reports, the annual percentage of false rape accusations only ranges between 2 to 10 percent; however, the few women who fabricate these stories negatively affect the cause of actual rape victims as well as the people they accuse of raping them.
In fact, entire communities, even diplomatic relations between countries, can be affected by a single lie about such a big issue.
In February, an Australian journalist wrote a false story claiming a woman was brutally beaten up and raped by a group of people speaking Arabic.
Another 13-year-old girl falsely claimed she was abducted and sexually assaulted by “Arabic and North African” men — a lie that resulted in a major feud between Russia and Germany, not to mention the impact it had on the innocent refugee community.