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A New Zealand Campaigner for Victims of Wrongful Sexual Allegations

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Of course, wrongful allegations of sexual abuse and assault are not limited to the UK. These are a world wide problem and Peter Joyce from New Zealand has written many meticulously researched articles about the subject. His website is called Blackstone’s Drum, after William Blackstone who famously said “it is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” This is often quoted as the origin of the principle of the presumption of innocence in our legal system. Tragically, for many, this principle seems to have been reversed. Now that a person complaining of a sexual assault is called a ‘victim’ as soon as they report to the police, it is left to the accused person to prove that they are innocent. The result is that there are many wrongly convicted people in prison who seem to be ‘acceptable collateral damage’ in the ongoing war against sexual abuse.

Sir William Blackstone

“It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.”  

William Blackstone, 1723-1780

Wrongful allegations are not extremely rare

How frequently do we hear that wrongful allegations are ‘extremely rare’? Many readers of our site will be only too aware that their own experience is that this is definitely not the case. In his article, ‘A Lesser Tragedy‘, Peter explains in great detail why this oft repeated mantra is false. He has helpfully provided us with a condensed version for those that don’t have time to read the full article.

We are extremely grateful to Peter for his website and for his tireless campaigning on behalf of the wrongfully accused.

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