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False Sexual Assault Allegations

A football coach at Brockton High School was recently charged with sexually assaulting a child. Boston law enforcement later arrested the man on several charges, which included rape of a child, trafficking a person for sexual servitude, and possession of child pornography. During his role as a volunteer coach, the coach’s duties did not routinely involve unsupervised contact with students. Also, as required by Massachusetts law, the coach had passed a Criminal Offender Information check before being accepted as a volunteer. Additional details about the arrest are still pending.

While some people find it hard to believe, false rape and sexual offense allegations are not uncommon. This article examines some of the most common reasons why people decide to make up these types of charges. 

The Main Categories of False Accusers

Even though every situation is different, data shows that false accusers often fall into one of the following groups:

  • Personal gain is sometimes financial or an accuser makes such an allegation to receive medical care. Other times, a person who makes a false claim hopes to have another type of benefit from making such a claim.

  • Sometimes, individuals who are suffering from psychosis or personality disorders argue that they have been the victims of sexual assault. 

  • A large number of rape allegations arise from relationships that have taken wrong turns. In these situations, accusations often arise for random reasons, which often include revenge. For example, a former lover might make up a sexual charge to seek revenge on someone. 

  • Some people make false sexual allegations because they need an excuse. A person might be trying to cover something like an infidelity or a shameful sexual encounter.

  • It is sometimes the case that a person raises fake sexual allegations because that individual encounters “false memories.” Memories are often thought to be a reliable way of recalling something that occurred. However, there are countless situations in which a person’s brain creates false memories. 

The Gray Area of Sexual Allegations

A gray area exists in many sexual allegations. These allegations include should be viewed as things like memories interrupted by alcohol, mixed signals, and a lack of understanding about what sexual assault means. It is not unheard of for a person to attempt to cover up a potentially embarrassing situation by alleging sexual assault. 

The Repercussion of False Rape Accusations

Sexual allegations are not something that should be considered lightly. After all, even false sexual assault allegations can lead to serious repercussions for the individual who is charged. These charges can result in difficulty with countless things including pursuing professional degrees, obtaining a license, receiving a loan, and living in certain areas.

Talk with a Sex Crimes Defense Attorney

Even being charged with a sex offense in Massachusetts can lead to serious repercussions that substantially burden how a person lives his or her life. As a result, it is often a good idea to obtain the assistance of a skilled attorney to respond to these charges. Contact attorney Edward R Molari today to schedule a free case evaluation.