I’ve been falsely accused of a sexual crime. What should I do?

False allegations of any nature are a serious matter but even more so where it involves a sexual element. They can have devastating consequences for the falsely accused person.

If you have been falsely accused of a sexual crime, it is important to take immediate action to protect your rights and reputation. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Seek legal advice: The first thing you should do is consult with a criminal solicitor who has experience in defending clients against false rape allegations. They can guide you through the legal process and help you build a strong defense.

2. Collect evidence: Gather all evidence that supports your defence. This may include text messages, emails, social media posts, or witnesses who can testify on your behalf and keep them safe.

3. Stay calm: It is important to remain calm and composed throughout the legal process. Avoid making any statements or taking any actions that could be used against you. Listen to your solicitor. What you think is important may not be important in law but equally things you may not have even thought of may be vital. Stay focussed.

4. Cooperate with authorities: If you have been contacted by the police, get a solicitor quickly and cooperate with them fully. Provide them with any evidence that supports your defence under the guidance of your solicitor. You can choose any solicitor who has a legal aid contract. Representation at the police station is free and if the allegation progresses legal aid is then means tested.

5. Seek counselling or support: Being falsely accused of rape can be traumatizing. Seek counselling, therapy or some other form of support to help you cope with the stress and anxiety of the situation. Joining or having a family member or friend join our peer to peer support group is a great place to start.

Remember, false allegations of rape are a serious matter and can have long-lasting consequences. Taking the appropriate steps and taking them early can help you protect your rights and reputation.

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