Posts tagged with  " investigative practice "

Justice Select Committee Reports on Disclosure Failings

July 21, 2018:

The wrongfully accused may feel heartened by two items of good news in the last week. First there was Judge Mann’s judgement in favour of Cliff Richard who had his reputation, health and income trashed by the actions of the BBC. You can read Simon Warr’s views on this judgement here. Secondly the Justice Select […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

April 29, 2018:

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 […]

An opportunity to submit evidence concerning disclosure failures

February 28, 2018:

Thanks to Dr Ros Burnett, Oxford University Criminology Department, for bringing the following news items to our attention Some FACT members have suffered injustice due to failures of disclosure. We now have a very welcome opportunity to submit evidence to the Justice Committee. We believe that contrary to the view previously expressed by the DPP […]

Trawling and Trickery

The following is a blog from Simon Warr reproduced with his kind permission. Simon was himself the victim of false allegations of child abuse and his horrific experience is described in his book Presumed Guilty. Although there is mounting public concern about disclosure failures by police and prosecutors – especially when allegations of a sexual […]

FACTion, Winter 2017-18 now available

February 19, 2018:

Our latest edition of FACTion is available here This issue has articles on a university innocence project, the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice, the results of FACT’s questionnaire on coping strategies used by the falsely accused and one peron’s experience of being wrongly accused. There is an article reviewing 20 years […]

The importance of Bishop George Bell

January 25, 2018:

Bishop George Bell (1883 – 1958) is famed for being one of the first to speak out against the dangers Hitler posed in the 1930s and for saving many lives during these years by guaranteeing refugees from Germany. He was one of the few to condemn our government’s obliteration bombing of German cities during the […]

Wrongful allegations of sexual assault are not extremely rare

January 22, 2018:

Those who have suffered a wrongful allegation of child sexual abuse will know how hurtful it is to hear the often repeated statement, ‘false allegations are extremely rare’. This seems to be the automatic response whenever a false allegation of sexual assault is uncovered. The intention no doubt is to reassure genuine victims that their […]

Appalling failures of justice by both church and state

December 15, 2017:

“Judge slams police after man cleared in rape trial” and “Bishop besmirched by the Church” were the front page headlines of The Times and The Daily Telegraph today. Liam Allan, a criminology student, according to the report in The Times was charged with six rapes and six sexual assaults. He was warned that he faced […]

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