I dislike and disagree with most of what the right wing say but I have to post that it is so disheartening and disgusting that we, as a party, or even the more left wing do not fight against the trauma of those falsely accused of crime.
Getting arrested, sitting in custody, not yet knowing the full story of why you have been arrested, anxiety jetting through you, then you find out the story from your legal aid that has been provided for you. You are upset, angry and anxious.
Then it's time for your interview. The officer in charge asking you a million questions in a harsh tone as if you did something wrong, when you haven't.
Next, it's time to go home. The hurt and the trauma are existing. Your phone has been taken and because you live in a hostel, you don't have access to a laptop. You make music, write poems, do some graphic design on your phone. Your outlet has been taken away for the police to search. Your DNA has been taken (this will prove your innocence, so that is cool, but still) you feel violated, humiliated and judged by society.
You go outside after going home. Wondering what everyone's thinking about you. You become paranoid. You then start questioning everyone who has told you they've been sexually assaulted or raped. You used to believe that there was "no smoke without fire" - now you know different. Your trust and everything you once believed. Shattered.
This is an accusation, that could get you beat up, so you give up on socialising. Your friends say they believe you, but you wonder if there just saying it to your face. If it was the other way round, you'd have doubts.
A month later, you get your phone back. You finally have your outlet back but still, the damage has already been done. Your planning a day to end it all. The pressure has got too much. You've now read about the false convictions that happen on he said/she said "evidence", your whole world is already different. Your life has already changed and further more everything, your life is on hold.
You might as well end it. You plan a specific date and a specific time in a specific way. It will be easier. You tell no-one about your plans as they might presume your guilty bc you want to escape, however, you want to escape because everything's changed. You can't trust anyone.
A couple of months in, you get threatened. People are judging you based on hearsay. You phone the officer in charge. He seems really nice this time and just tells you he's waiting on the DNA.
You think about moving your suicide forward to now but it would be obvious. It has to be that specific date and that specific time because it would be less obvious.
A month after the threat, you have a phone call from the officer in charge saying the case has been marked with No Further Action. You tell him how this has affected you, and he tells you that he knows what happened and you are innocent. You were just trying to help someone by administering first aid and to not let it ruin your life.
It's easier for him to say. You finally feel a little bit more free. You decide not to end it on that specific day. The trauma still exists though. The trust you had in anyone is shattered.
Imagine if that was you, this is a real story, it's my story.
There is no help for those falsely accused. No specific counselling service. The 2% figure of false allegations has been disproven as it has no basis. If you research, you find out that out of sexual assault or rape allegations, 41% of them could be proven false. Do your own research. Read police statistics, talk to police officers. Find out the truth for yourself. Don't just believe my word.
It's actually criminal that we, as a party, in unity don't stand up and campaign publicly for those falsely accused.
We should hang our heads in shame. The right wing are standing up and this is a time when we can all unite as a people and stand up for the trauma faced by hundreds of thousands of people (maybe more) in the UK.