Let’s be clear, a false sexual assault allegation can be devastating. Unfortunately, there are several circumstances that can lead to this awful situation: a misidentification by the alleged victim, a consensual contact that is misjudged as assault or even a malicious intent on the part of the alleged victim.
Even if you are not convicted, a sexual assault accusation can greatly ruin your life and reputation. So what do you do if you have been falsely accused of a sexual offense? Here is what you can do to safeguard your rights if you are dealing with false sexual assault accusations.
Stop all contacts with your accuser
Once you are formally accused, it is important that you stop all contacts with your accuser (also known as the “complainant”). Most sex offense cases usually involve an accused and a complainant who are well known to each other. You may be former partners, housemates, workmates or even acquaintances. Whatever the relationship, do not reach out to the complainant directly or through a third party as this can be used against you to imply that you are trying to intimidate them into dropping the charges. Obviously, this can greatly damage your case.
Keep your emotions under control
There is no doubt that facing an accusation as serious as sexual assault can be both traumatizing and frustrating. However, it is important that you learn how to keep your emotions under control. This means taking responsibility for every step you take and learning how to protect yourself. For reasons already mentioned, do not contact the complainant in an effort to defend or explain yourself.
Detail your version’s account of events
To the best of your ability, provide your legal team with a detailed account of the events that led up to the sexual assault accusation. Tell your legal representative everything, including any details that you may deem insignificant. And if there were witnesses to the incident, be sure to bring them forward. This is critical, especially if you can use them as an alibi.
Sexual offense is a serious allegation. If you feel you have been falsely accused of sexual assault, it is important that you take the allegations seriously. Remember, your actions following a sexual assault accusation can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.