In this day and age men across the world need to be more careful than ever when it comes to offending the sensibilities of the fairer of the species. With rapes and allegations of rape at a high in many western countries, it’s more vital than ever for solid evidence to be presented.
However, according to new reports, literally hundreds of innocent men, accused of rape, are languishing in prison systems, even in cases where they are totally innocent…
News reports in the UK are full to the brim these days with stories of unthinkable deeds, committed on the most innocent of people, and often to girls who are grossly underage. The grooming of young white girls by organised gangs of Pakistani immigrant men in Great Britain has reached epic proportions and has been closely documented.
These gangs operate in a highly organized way as they ply innocent girls with drugs and alcohol and then groom them, in some cases to be gang-raped and even trafficked. Recent reports speak of 1400 girls in Rotherham, a few thousand girls in Telford, and many other horrific stories of the systematic sexual abuse and cruel torture of young innocent English girls…
Our story today though focuses on a closely related but separate epidemic which is sweeping the UK, according to the CPS – The Crown Prosecution Service. They recently reported that hundreds of innocent men, falsely accused of rape, are currently filling the prison system, and who are there for no good reason other than an “allegation.”
Things have gotten so bad for the CPS that they recently had to drop 47 serious sex assault cases in a period of just six weeks after it was found that vital evidence had not been shared with the defense; a situation all-too-common in the British legal system; that translates to hundreds or potentially thousands of men who are serving time for nothing…
Liam, a 22-year-old student at college, was totally shocked when he was arrested and charged with six counts of rape back in December. It soon came out that his accuser had bombarded both him and her friends with hundreds of text messages talking in detail about her rape fantasies and how she wanted to try that roleplay out. After the event, she decided to call the cops on poor Liam who was simply following pre-agreed ‘instructions’ at the time.
Just a few days later and the CPS were left once again with egg on their faces after 25-year-old Issac was accused of raping an underage girl. Again, it wasn’t his fault as text messages clearly proved that the girl claimed to be 19, time and time again…
A member of the Criminal Bar Association’s executive committee, Tana Adkin QC, spoke about how the culture in the UK these days is one of automatic guilt on the man, as authorities seem obsessed with simply believing outlandish claims made by women without investigating the evidence.
Adkin spoke uneasily about how many men could be sitting in jails right now, having done nothing wrong, “We believe there may well be people in custody who should not be there,” she said, adding, “If you assume the figures in the review are accurate then out of 3,637 cases that were examined in six weeks, 47 had disclosure issues and of those 14 people were in custody when the cases were dropped.”
The QC went on to extrapolate that, “in all likelihood, there will be people who should never have been convicted because evidence existed that would have cleared them.” This means that authorities investigating rape claims need to be more steadfast in ensuring they get both sides of the story, and not simply believing one side of the other for fear of discrimination or of sexist allegations.
To Adkin’s mind, the issue is not to do with the fact that there are large amounts of digital data to sift through these days, “We do not accept there is a problem with looking at large amounts of data. The technology is there. What is lacking is the right attitude and perspective. Officers are looking at this from one point of view.” She said…
It’s no mystery that alleged rape victims are often believed without serious questioning, due to a desire to always protect the complainant. According to Adkin, “There has been a desire to protect the complainant, to preserve their privacy rather than looking at the data for what it is. There has been a complainant centered approach rather than a justice-centered approach.”
Many have accused the UK of being a police state in many ways; things like free speech and equality under the law are issues in modern-day Britain, but issues which were bound to come out in the end. While many men suffer in silence, others are now speaking out against the one-sided, biased treatment they have received, simply due to an allegation.
“Hundreds of these individuals may be victims of disclosure failings. But the scary truth is that we cannot know exactly how many because of the secrecy that surrounds police and CPS files.’ said Emily Bolton, Legal Director of the Centre for Criminal Appeals, who have received more than 1,000 inquiries over the past four years from men claiming they were “wrongly convicted.”
Bolton explained, “As appeal lawyers, we are refused access to these documents and so material that was wrongly withheld from the defence doesn’t come to light. And in some cases, this will have led to a conviction of the innocent.” The general feeling seems to be that men are expendable to a degree so the CPS is not forthcoming with information they are legally required to provide…
Bolton also spoke about how hard, nay impossible it is for a conviction to get overturned at appeal after the fact due to what’s called “post-conviction disclosure.” To Bolton’s mind, the government needs to establish an independent disclosure agency, charged with processing massive amounts of evidence in alleged rape cases.
“A new Independent Disclosure Agency will be better at ensuring individuals get a fair trial and free up significant amounts of police resources and court time.” Bolton said, adding that she is also calling for a full “reform of the post-conviction disclosure system,” as, “Currently it’s too hard for the wrongly convicted to access police material which might help prove their innocence.”
It also comes as no shock to anyone that the CPS have double down and are being defensive about this issue. A CPS spokesman even said as much, “There are substantive checks and balances throughout the prosecution process to ensure miscarriages of justice do not occur.” But perhaps he should tell that to the hundreds of men sitting in jail for no reason at all.
The same spokesman also claimed that the CPS keeps its procedural policies under continuous review, although so few men have overturned their convictions at appeal that it’s hard to believe. “All cases are kept under continuous review but we have implemented changes to ensure disclosure is considered as early as possible so if cases need to be halted, this happens as soon as possible,” allege the CPS.
Getting It Right
At least in words, if not in actions, the big cheeses at the CPS are aware of the problem and accept that getting “disclosure right” is a vital part of any legal process. “Getting disclosure right is a fundamental part of a fair criminal justice system. The CPS and the police have a comprehensive action plan to bring about lasting improvements.” They said.
While rape remains an unfortunate part of society and is something that needs to be eradicated for good, false allegations seem to exceed the actual number of real rapes which take place on a daily basis. The “crying wolf” syndrome of today also means that real claims of real rape are less believed by definition and that fact helps nobody. Hopefully, the future will be brighter in the U.K for both the unfortunate women who really have been raped as well as for the innocent men who were falsely accused.