It’s understood that an allegation of rape is easy to make, and sometimes difficult to disapprove. In spite of this fact, only five percent of rape allocations end in a conviction. Because of how rape allegations are levied, it is usually one person’s word against another’s. DNA may prove there was intercourse, but there is always a question of consent. Often, the only witness is that person who filed charges.
Rape Allegation Causes
While not ruling out a reality that rape occurred, there are numerous cases where charges are flippantly made without any real consideration of possible consequences. Alleged victims could simply be angry, or they could have been, unknowingly, coached into making an accusation.
How Rape Allegations Travel
Often, rape allegations travel when a disclosure is made to a third party. Then, events gain momentum as people ask more questions. This attention can cause that person to fabricate even more stories or lies to justify their original statement. When law enforcement conducts an interview, details may have been blown completely out of proportion. A falsely accused person must expose any lies, or risk being imprisoned on a false rape charge.
What Can an Accused Person Do?
It goes without saying that legal representation might be a wise route to take. A person being accused of rape should always try and maintain a sense of calm and balance. They should be consistent in how they relay their version of events. Try and find out what might have been happening in that person’s life to cause such a false allegation. It may not be wise to adopt an attitude of empathy, especially if an accusation is false. Finding out the reason for a lie can often help expose a truth. These questions matter.
Were they mad at someone else? Was that person under stress? Is there some reason that person might want to remove you from their life? Are they out to realize a big payday?
It’s up to each person to determine his or her next step. There is nothing wrong with taking the necessary steps to protect you. If the next step for you is contacting an attorney, call 215-735-3326 or contact us online today.