How to Cope
A wrongful allegation is so destructive to the accused, their families friends and communities, that FACT decided to add a special section to the website on how to cope. It is hoped that the strategies here will be helpful. Much of the material is the result of a survey of members of FACT which asked what helped them in the aftermath of a false allegation.
The information concerning the suffering of the falsely accused comes from the research paper ‘The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims’ Voices‘ written in 2016 by the Oxford University Institute of Criminology and from the results of the survey of FACT members.
This section is written by a doctor who was wrongly accused of non-recent sexual abuse. The doctor was not charged, and the General Medical Council revoked their suspension without the need for a hearing. By then the allegation had caused untold damage and suffering to the doctor and their family.