If you have just been wrongfully accused read ‘I have been falsely accused, what happens next?’ and phone our HELPLINE on 0843 289 2016
FACT abhors abuse of children and adults whether sexual, physical or emotional. However not all allegations of abuse are true, false allegations may be made for a variety of reasons and are not necessarily made maliciously. Wrongful allegations have a devastating effect on the falsely accused and their families. The accused can lose their reputations, their careers, their health and even their freedom. When an allegation of child abuse is made there is always a victim, either the complainant or the accused.
‘I have never visited the GP so many times in my life. I went into a state of shock for some weeks after my arrest… I suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harming, fear, immense anger against the police and my accuser and anger at the lack of support from anyone in authority … I suffer stress-related physical pain and shaking. Nightmares. I was very close to suicide on at least three occasions.’
From The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims’ Voices
WHAT WE DO
We are here to offer support to people who presently or have previously worked in positions of trust and who are victims of wrongful allegations of abuse. There are many ways in which we provide this support, you can find out more about what we do here.
508 calls taken on our helpline in the 12 months to Feb 2016
45% of new contacts were made by teachers
21% of new contacts were related to fostering or adoption
KEY REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS
Here you can access important material concerning the background to wrongful allegations and how to cope with them.
BACKGROUND TO WRONGFUL ALLEGATIONS
Here are some articles that provide further information concerning the phenomenon of wrongful allegations.
Why it is too easy for innocent people to be wrongly accused of sexual abuse (originally published by the Justice Gap, written by Dr Ros Burnett)
RELATED ORGANISATIONS AND SOURCES OF INFORMATION
You do not need to suffer alone, call our HELPLINE on 0843 289 2016