We were contacted about a week ago by someone who had been a victim of a false allegation of rape. They were devastated by the impact that the delay in the police investigation had had on them. This was almost seems a punishment in itself, in the absence of any crime. Having been called into the police station, he was informed that there was no case to answer against him.
The question is, what should happen to people who make false allegations of rape? It’s just a few days since the inquest into the death of Eleanor De Freitas, who killed herself after making allegedly false allegations of rape about her former boyfriend. She ended her own life shortly before she was due to go on trial.
Should people who have allegedly made a false allegation of rape also be granted anonymity during their own prosecutions? Would this lessen the chances of deaths such as Eleanor’s?