Hold false accusers accountable

Well-known entertainer Bill Cosby has been accused by multiple women of indecent assault and the world is watching it unfold.

Here it is, proof that misfortune can pay anyone an unexpected visit.

What if some of us were to believe one or more of these women have fabricated these stories? Must the allegation be true? False rape allegations are uncommon and are estimated between 2 to 10 percent, but the fact is they happen, and another fact is they can damage the lives and reputations of the falsely accused.

Could it be? Is it possible that the general public can be manipulated into plausible-sounding narratives? Are we to believe these women are so thoughtless that they would accuse innocent men of this wrongdoing? Perhaps they are attempting to alleviate conditions of personal or social distress? Fame and money are two very common motives and rape allegations give rise to several contradictions.

We try not to assume a man accused is a rapist but we are not trying to assume the woman accusing is a liar.

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Cases of malicious fabrications by people who are unstable or mentally ill exist in today’s world; it is difficult, if not impossible to identify the right kind of non-victim even if allegations are later identified as baseless and not credible.

In a study completed by Dr. Tim Grant of the University of Leicester and Russell Norton of HM Prison Channings Wood, it was discovered that “rape myths constitute stereotypical beliefs about rape … which may arise through media amplification of sensational cases of rape.”

It is high time our law and order realize that hordes of misguided women are fabricating sexual assault charges that lead to innocent men being arrested and prosecuted. The police need to consider carefully the circumstances in which claims of sexual assault are made, and discussions on false allegation narratives and the proper approaches to the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences needs to take place.

Consideration of how to handle false accusers has to better managed; otherwise, seemingly credible victims will unfortunately continue to point fingers at “guilty-looking” targets.

Authorities make the decisions about whether charges could be dismissed or if prosecution of the accused should continue.

There are possible markers for distinguishing between true and false rape allegations, but in the interest of the public, we deserve better, and more effort has to be made. Otherwise, we can expect a prolonged waste of time for the police and the justice system and false accusers will continue to ruin lives.

M. Anderson

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