Archive of General News

Member of our advisory group makes submission to Justice Committee ‘Inquiry on Disclosure of Evidence’

July 15, 2018:

Chris Saltrese is a solicitor specialising in the defence of those accused of sexual offences. He is a member of our advisory group. He has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee ‘Inquiry on Disclosure of Evidence’. The full submission is available here. The following are extracts from his submission summarising the problem and his […]

Disqualification by Association – One Teacher’s Account

The following is an account of the damaging effect the recently abandoned policy of ‘disqualification by association’ had on one of our members who had served in the teaching profession for 20 years On 2nd July 2018, the Department for Education (DfE) quietly published its consultation response to the call to scrap its controversial ‘disqualification […]

End of “guilt by association” for teachers?

July 12, 2018:

Some of our members whose spouse or partner has been wrongfully convicted of abuse have found themselves unemployable. This is a particular problem in the teaching profession; so called “disqualification by association” has caused many to lose their jobs according to Unlock. From August 31st 2018 schools will no longer be able to ask staff […]

The Tyranny of Rape Myths Dogma

July 9, 2018:

This article is by Peter Joyce, one of our members from New Zealand who was wrongfully accused of raping a child. He wrote about his experience in a book titled ‘Dry Ice’. You can download the article as a PDF file, or continue reading below. “No no no!” said my lawyer, as if it would […]

“Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards…”

The following is a blog from one of our committee members, the BBC Suffolk Radio presenter Simon Warr, who himself suffered a wrongful allegation and was found not guilty. He wrote a book about his experiences titled “Presumed Guilty”, find out more about his book here. Just when it seemed as though public attitudes might […]

Historian Andrew Chandler addresses FACT at our annual service of fellowship and encouragement

April 29, 2018:

Andrew Chandler is an historian who has written a biography of the late Bishop George Bell. When the Church of England investigated an allegation that the Bishop had abused a child some sixty years earlier they made an out of court settlement to the complainant. Andrew Chandler was dismayed in the way this was handled […]

“Victims” may no longer be automatically believed by the police

Many FACT members have been deeply hurt by the police policy of “believing the victim”. Someone facing a wrongful allegation of abuse may well feel that they start at a serious disadvantage when the “victim’s” account is automatically believed. They are dismayed to find that the normal presumption of innocence is reversed and they are […]

Behind The Blue Line! My fight against racism and discrimination in the Police

April 6, 2018:

‘Behind The Blue Line My fight against racism and ediscrimination in the Police’ By Gurpal Virdi, is now available from Biteback Publications here. Use the promotion code on this flyer to get a discount. Detective Sergeant Gurpal Singh Virdi’s exemplary career in the Metropolitan Police Service ended when he spoke out against racism within it: […]

The results of FACT’s questionnaire on coping strategies used by the wrongfully accused

March 3, 2018:

The Oxford University research paper ‘The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victim’s Voices’ describes the terrible suffering of the falsely accused and their friends and family. The effects of a wrongful allegation are long lasting or even life-long. With this in mind I wanted to find out how people […]

False allegations of child abuse in order to gain compensation?

March 2, 2018:

False allegations of child sexual abuse (CSA) do happen. Nobody knows for sure how many are false, because there are serious problems in knowing who is factually innocent. The majority of people accused of this dreadful crime are not convicted. Between 2012-14, 17% of those accused were convicted, read more here. Cynics, and victims of […]

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