The usual standard for CHARGING someone with a crime is "clear and convincing evidence". This is not a terribly hard standard and as you can easily verify many innocent people are charged under this standard.
The new standard in rape cases is "proponderance of evidence". This is the "51% standard". It means that if you have a case where the female says it was rape and the male says it never happened and there is the smallest piece of even circumstancial evidence (ex. motive or opportunity) then the person gets charged.
The bigger problem here is that a rape ACCUSATION (and worse a CHILD RAPE accusation) is almost the same as a conviction.
Would you really treat a neighbor the same if they were charged with such a crime? Would you treat a co-worker fairly (and not make them the butt of jokes and worse) if they were charged? How could you ever "take it back" when they were cleared?
Remember Richard Jewell (the man accused of the Atlanta Olympic bombing with NO evidence other than some idiot FBI profiler) How can he ever regain his life.
We need to make the bar HIGHER not lower in these cases.
Further, we need to INCREASE the sanctions for people that make false reports of rape. At present, except for a small misdemeanor, there is no risk to someone who makes knowingly false accusations.
Finally, Gov. Gray Davis who signed this law has his own skeletons. If I revealed certain facts about his background and political dealings, he would be finished as a politician, if not as a free man. He is the last person who should be signing laws like this