After the conviction of Jemma Beale for making false allegations FACT have issued a press release, as follows.
Friday 25th August 2017
The outcome of the recent Jemma Beale case is to be applauded. At last we see one of the hundreds of liars who pervert the course of Justice named, shamed and punished. This case is just the tip of the iceberg. FACT can show that many other false allegations have led to individuals and their families going through years of agonising despair because of a wrongful arrest and or conviction. The police policy to believe all and everything told to them in historic or current sexual cases is wrong and if investigations into claims of abuse were carried out diligently and with impartiality then these grave injustices would be much less frequent.
The current investigative process does not quickly discount the allegations of people who, possibly through mental health problems, feel emboldened by their initial support, leading them to make further and more bizarre allegations. Cases such as this are far from rare.
Additionally, the current process encourages police, in order to bolster a weak case, to seek out out other people who are prone to making false allegations. In our opinion the police confuse the legal principle of “similar allegations” with that of “similar facts”.
At FACT we have been supporting people for over 20 years who have suffered an injustice through a false allegation and in many cases when their innocence is proven the original perpetrators of the lie are not prosecuted and go away scot free and often richer having ensured that they have claimed compensation.
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FACT (Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers) was formed in 2000 in response to police operations in the 1990’s that led to the trawling for allegations against members of the two professions.
FACT is staffed by volunteers and has hundreds of members who pay a small subscription.
FACT has a widely read and referenced website (https://factuk.org/). This received over 58,000 hits in January.
FACT is seeking charitable status and hopes to achieve this shortly.
FACT is able to provide a representative to present FACT’s position on radio, TV and in the written media.
FACT can be contacted as follows
General Inquiries and FACT business
83 Ducie Street
President: Sister Frances Dominica OBE, DL, FRCN
FACT is a member of the NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations).
Also, read Matthew Scott’s and excellent article on this subject on his award winning site at BarristerBlogger