Sexual assault and rape continue to be at the forefront of culture, politics, and society, as more cases seem to make the headlines across the country each year. As such, sexual abuse cases often fall into the hands of public scrutiny as much as they do the courts, damaging a person’s reputation and life. Many times, the accused are already sentenced by their peers before a judge or jury has a chance to render a verdict.
Yet, as several high-profile cases have demonstrated over the last few years, false accusations of rape and sexual abuse are also stepping into the spotlight, often revealing the accuser’s true motives. Regardless of political movements and cries of auto-victimization, false accusations of sexual abuse, rape, or assault are real, all too common, and can alter the life of the accused forever.
For this reason, a falsely accused person – now the victim – needs a safe place to tell their story and receive an adequate criminal defense attorney in Tucson, Arizona.
Examples of False Accusations of Sexual Abuse
Those who are accused of sexual assault or rape find themselves in an array of situations in which the accuser can easily take advantage of the vulnerability of the accused. Some examples of a false accusation of rape or sexual assault may include:
A Custody Battle
Parents will do anything for their children, including the false accusation of rape against their ex. Once the accusation is made, the custody battle goes from a civil court case to a criminal case. The accused is suddenly fighting for their innocence and freedom instead of their parental rights.
A Parent’s Boyfriend
Children often have difficulty adjusting to life after a divorce. It can take them years to reconcile their parents’ divorce. So, it should come as no surprise that they resist the idea of their mom bringing another man into the home. A child may be so desperate for their father to come home that they may accuse the boyfriend of sexual abuse so that he is out of the picture for good.
Even when families stay intact, there is often friction between parents, children, siblings, or extended family. If rivalries escalate to the point where they spiral out of control, one family member may accuse the other of sexual abuse as a way of venting anger or seeking revenge.
No matter your situation, I will build a strong defense so you can have a fair chance at your freedom so you won’t have to suffer unnecessary jail time, fines, or other harsh penalties.