Retain All Your Records in a Safe Dry Place even when you think Your Case Is Closed This may be especially pertinent to those whose case has been deemed NFA, no further action. The Helpline regularly experiences calls from Falsely Accused people who believed all was over. Callers are being informed by police that their […]
Anyone who has been wrongfully accused of child abuse will know how difficult it is to convince others, whether police, social services or their employers, that they are innocent. One reason for this may be that everyone is subject to cognitive biases. These are very common thinking errors which influence the way we make decisions. […]
What follows is a shocking story of how a wrongfully accused teacher lost everything. His career, his home, his reputation and of course his happiness. It tells how he contemplated suicide as the only way to escape his suffering. Simon Warr taught O level languages. He was, and is an innocent victim of the febrile […]
A new FACTsheet has been prepared based on the experience gleaned by some members who were falsely accused of historic sexual abuse in a work setting. It lists 22 very practical steps that you can take to help in your defence. These steps not only help you to gain some sense of control when your […]
It is understandably tempting to think that after 4 years it might be safe to dispose of documents which are closely connected to the trauma of being falsely accused. A word of caution. We are finding that the records you hold may, at some point, be the only records which exist. Even the most important […]
May 2016 saw the online publishing of Oxford University’s study, The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims’ Voices This much awaited report revealed the devastating impact wrongful allegations have on the lives of those wrongly accused and their families. “In our view, the cumulative impact of these interviews is […]
This new book, Wrongful Allegations of Sexual and Child Abuse, is edited by Dr Ros Burnett (Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford). It contains 21 chapters by criminologists, psychologists, legal scholars and other experts, discussing policies and practices that impact on people who are falsely accused of sexual and physical offences against adults and children. […]
Today we remember all those who suffer the long-lasting pain, anxiety and consequences of wrongful allegations. For every story told there are families and friends who are deeply affected by the injustice of a false accusation against a loved one.
The Perfect Scapegoat is the true story of a naive twenty-year-old girl unwittingly caught up in an investigation into alleged child sexual abuse.
Saint Gerard is one of many patron saints of the falsely accused. His story is even more relevant now than it was in 1754 when the events leading to his sainthood took place. At the time he was only 28, he belonged to a religious community and was known as Brother Gerard. He had recommended […]