There are a number of reasons why false sexual allegations could be made
against you. Whatever they may be, it’s vital that you know how to deal with
them, not just to defend yourself in a court of law, but to protect your
Even if proven innocent, the after-effects of such a scenario can be felt long
after the case. Going it alone could make matters worse, that’s why you
should always seek out the assistance of an experienced solicitor.
To help you gain a better understanding, let’s take a look at what actually
constitutes a sexual offence, how the law deals with these cases, and what
to do if someone makes false sexual allegations against you.
What is a sexual offence?
Various crimes fall under the sexual offence umbrella, so it’s important you
know what they are, to accurately identify if you’ve been falsely accused.
These include: non-consensual crimes such as rape or sexual assault, crimes
against children including child sexual abuse or grooming, and crimes that
exploit others for a sexual purpose, whether in person or online.
offences – also known as a non-recent offence. PCD Solicitors is a specialist
firm that defends all allegations of a sexual nature, with particular expertise
in rape, sexual assault and historic sex offence cases.
False Allegations Of Sexual Harassment Law
Under the Equality Act 2010, sexual harassment is a form of unlawful
discrimination. This entails unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which
violates another's dignity, makes another feel intimidated, degraded or
humiliated, or creates a hostile or offensive environment. That being said,
there’s no criminal offence of sexual harassment in English law, unless it
overlaps into assault.
Non-criminal sexual harassment includes catcalling, making sexual gestures
and asking for sexual favours. This overlaps into sexual assault when
touching of the other person is involved e.g. unwanted stroking, kissing and
patting. Revenge porn and stalking are also classed as an overlapping
offence, constituting both harassment and assault. False accusations could
be made as revenge in itself, perhaps over a disagreement or even for
financial gain, depending on the context.
So, have you been accused of sexual harassment or are you concerned
about how to deal with a false accusation of sexual harassment? Consider
seeking the advice of a solicitor for clarity on how the accusation will be
classed by law, and how to prevent negatively escalating the situation
How To Prove False Sexual Allegations In Court
If you’re found guilty of a sexual offence accusation, sentencing can include
being put on the sex offenders register and/or imprisonment. The overall
legal process doesn’t fall in a falsely accused person’s favour, further
highlighting the need for a solicitor when defending yourself against false
Anything said in the initial police interview stage can form part of the
defence statement, which will then be used at trial. For this reason, you
need an expert in the criminal justice system by your side as early as
What Can I Do If Somebody Is Making A False Allegation Against Me?
Knowing how to report false allegations of sexual harassment or other
offences could be the difference between being wrongfully convicted or
acquitted. Charges for the false accuser could include Perverting the
Course of Justice and Wasting Police Time. But for these allegations to be
disproven, a complex legal approach is needed.
Attempting to clear your name by yourself can lead to consequences. When
emotions are running high, you might unintentionally raise further
suspicion. For example, approaching the accuser directly or indirectly, or
being overzealous at the interview stage. These actions are irreversible and
could work against you, regardless of your innocence.
A specialist solicitor can help you remain calm, assess your options and
approach the case in a way that gives you the best chance of achieving
justice. Sometimes, particularly in high-profile cases, long-term damage is
already done at the accusation stage, despite a not guilty verdict.
Reputation Management solicitors can assist with this, keeping your name
out of the limelight and media during proceedings.
What To Do Next
At PCD Solicitors, all initial advice is completely free of charge. So, if you’ve
been falsely accused of a sexual allegation, reach out to us in complete
confidence. Our expert team works closely with some of the country’s
leading barristers to secure the best outcome.
For more information on protecting yourself against false allegations, visit
our sexual offences page.