When Kier Starmer, the woeful Director of Public Prosecutions dropped his bombshell two weeks ago that false allegations were very rare so are not worth the attention they get - it was deliberately misleading and showed that the establishment continues to be got at and is too scared to tackle the issue. The Crown Prosecution Service are all too happy to roll over because it involves men who are falsely accused.
The report and research is deliberately misleading (it is not the first research as it claims - The Stern Review is clear that false allegations exist and could be 8-10% - see notes to editors about what the report says) because as the excellent False Allegations Support Organisation point out - hardly any cases ever get referred by the police to the CPS and the CPS themselves then block most of those from going to court.
By trying to downplay the effect that false allegations has, the CPS are of course both deliberately choosing to ignore the harm and hurt that it does to those men falsely accused but also to those who have been raped. When do you hear the CPS, the Guardian or anti-rape groups turning on those who make false accusations - they never do.
There is nothing wrong with the CPS wanted to put things into context but its messaging means it is harder for any man who has been falsely accused because the police and CPS will say "our own research says it is very rare so you must be guilty." This is made worse by the coalition government's backtracking on its pledge to give rape defendents anonymity unless found guilty.
On another note, those who have been following the Coronation Street story, will have been concerned on how the story was going to turn out as Tyrone's fiance who was beating him, then made a false accusation. Thankfully, as it want to court she admitted it was all false . This is a storyline that would have made Starmer cringe. Good.
Posted by Skimmington
Notes to editors
The Stern review says "We do know that the effect on those who are falsely accused can be severe. The public holds very strong views about sex offenders. Those who have been under suspicion, maybe for months, perhaps remanded in custody awaiting trial, are likely to suffer considerably from the allegation having been made. Even when they have been cleared and the allegation has been established as false, they may still face suspicion from those they know."