A very comprehensive article by barrister Matthew Scott on whether or not those who make false allegations should be prosecuted.
A truly extraordinary story. Geoff Long was accused by his own daughter of sexually abusing her from the age of 8 until 16. Sentenced to 5 year’s imprisonment, his case seemed hopeless. Then his wife began to gather evidence that showed many of the claims against him were false, until…
Professor Christopher French provides a measured an illuminating commentary about the traumatic impact of historic sexual abuse allegations on the falsely accused. The article was originally published in the Guardian newspaper in 2009. Professor French is a member of the BFMS Advisory Board and a fellow of the British Psychological Society.
This article was first published in The Independent newspaper on 7 December 1995. It is worth re-visiting because it serves as a useful reminder of the harrowing experience of the falsely accused.
Another extraordinary case has recently surfaced after a woman received psychotherapy and then claimed she recalled being raped 40 years previously. The jury rejected her accusations after hearing more of the background facts and of the extensive nature of the therapy she had been given.
One man’s fight to clear his name of accusations of historic abuse. Gathering together information for his own defence, Simon Warr fought through an adversarial legal system that presumed him guilty before he’d even gone to trial. On bail for 2 years, he was finally able to prove his innocence…
On the 30th of September 2015 a second inquest was held into Carole Myers’ death. Recovered memory therapy – and the indisputable damage it did over a 20 year time period – was a central part of the treatment she received. New Scientist magazine reported on the case, and sought…
A detailed and meticulous essay about false memory published in the Pacific Standard.
Charles Moore, in the Daily Telegraph, assesses the collapsing police investigations into historic child abuse. To what extent are the police prejudicing their own investigations when they start with the belief that all accusations are true?
What has happened to the system of criminal justice in the United Kingdom?