False Accusations Category

The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused: Victims’ Voices

The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims’ Voices highlights the lasting harm caused by wrongful allegations, more likely in a current social and legal climate committed to correcting past and preventing future injustice. Careful not to undermine the credibility of victims of abuse or diminish their confidence to report, Carolyn Hoyle, Ros […]

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Here’s the truth about false accusations of sexual violence

Why didn’t these women speak up sooner? This was asked time and time again during the recent public furore around sexual harassment, violence and abuse. Underlying the question is a persistent uncertainty about the credibility of victims – a concern with identifying what is true and what is false. As women speak out, some have […]

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Wasting Police Time

When wasting police time is being considered as the appropriate charge, a prosecution is more likely to be required where: public / police resources being diverted for the purposes of investigation for a sufficient period; where a substantial cost is incurred – for example, where expensive scientific examination has to be undertaken; considerable distress is […]

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Perverting the Course of Justice

Perverting the Course of Justice Perverting the course of justice is a serious offence. It can only be tried on indictment and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The offence is committed where a person: does an act (a positive act or series of acts is required; mere inaction is insufficient); which has a […]

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Revenge is sweet

Past research has found that neural activity associated with feedback processing is enhanced by positive approach‐motivated states. However, no past work has examined how reward processing changes in the context of revenge. Using a novel aggression paradigm, we sought to explore the influence of approach‐motivated anger on neural responses to feedback indicating the opportunity to […]

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That harms report

True, courts do not often make positive findings that allegations have been fabricated, more often they are left in that hinterland of incompatible experiences and memories. But as a matter of law a non-finding means that the allegation was false – even though it may not have been dishonestly made – if I consider all […]

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False Allegations in the Family Courts

In my book, The Empathy Gap, section 19.6, I discuss false allegations of rape and the difficulty of obtaining a secure estimate of the rate of false allegations due to the extremely wide spread of reported data. However, I also show in that section, using only data from National Statistics, that 77% of allegations of rape […]

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Domestic abuse or allegations of domestic abuse?

The data analysed is about how many allegations are MADE, not admitted nor proven. In most places the report is very careful to distinguish between allegations and abuse, though there are a few slips, and when the report is talking about the impact on children it talks as if a) abuse is established and b) […]

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False allegations against the target parent

Fifth, when there are (and this is very common) false allegations against the target parent then, According to Anthony Douglas of CAFCASS “you can’t oversimplify it into punish one parent because generally the punishment of a parent rebounds on a child” There are several problems with this. Firstly, the use of ‘oversimplify’ implies a value-judgement that has not […]

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False Allegations

False Allegations of Rape and/or Domestic Abuse, see: Guidance for Charging Perverting the Course of Justice and Wasting Police Time in Cases involving Allegedly False Allegations of Rape and/or Domestic Abuse The Decision Making Process As with all offences, prosecutors must apply the Full Code Test as set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. The […]

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