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What to do if You have been Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault?

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Being falsely accused of any crime can be extremely stressful and nerve wracking. In today’s world, being falsely accused of sexual assault can impact all areas of an individual’s life. Just one false accusation that is sexual in nature has the potential to affect not only an individual’s criminal status, but also their employment status, future employment opportunities, volunteer opportunities, education opportunities and even personal relationships including the ability to spend time with and parent one’s own children in some situations.

How far a false allegation of sexual assault or misconduct will bleed into an individual’s life will often depend on who is making the accusation(s) and the context of the allegation(s). Regardless of who is making the accusation(s) and in what context, the first thing an individual should do if they are falsely accused of sexual assault or sexual misconduct is to contact qualified legal counsel. Even if the accuser has not yet gone to the police, experienced counsel can assist in containing the situation to ensure the least amount of damage is done to the accused’s life.

Often, those falsely accused of sexual assault or misconduct will take the position that they need not defend themselves because they are innocent. This can be a huge mistake. Even false allegations of sexual assault or sexual misconduct can have a dire impact on an individual’s life and reputation.

In addition to contacting experienced legal counsel immediately, an individual falsely accused of sexual assault should also document everything. Take note of the dates, times and any other important pieces of information that relate to the accusations. This may help in defending the accusations should there be a need to in the future. Aside from these two important steps, the best way to handle a false sexual assault or misconduct accusation will depend largely on who is making the accusation and the context of the accusation.

Suicide should NEVER be an option for dealing with false sexual assault allegations.

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