There are few things more alarming than the prospect of being accused of a crime you didn’t commit. Especially if that crime happens to be as serious and undeniably traumatic as rape or sexual abuse.
Unfortunately, false rape claims can and do happen. And when they do happen, they understandably have a devastating impact on the lives of the falsely accused suspects.
Some falsely accused victims will spend years or decades even, sitting in a prison cell because of one malicious and entirely untrue lie.
That’s why an increasing number of people are arguing that rape suspects should be able to retain anonymity when going through trial. Learn more about what anonymity could do for an innocent person accused of rape in the video below:
Twenty-six-year-old Danny Kay is an example of a young man who spent a whole two years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. He was only freed when his family discovered deleted Facebook messages which proved his innocence.
Kay, who is from Derby in England, was accused of the attack six months after he had a fling with the accuser in March 2012.
Kay was then arrested on suspicion of rape but felt sure that, as an innocent man, his name would soon be cleared. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen – at least not straight away. Ultimately, he was convicted in 2013 despite his consistent protestations of innocence.
Two years later, the evidence (a series of Facebook messages) which led to his conviction was later reviewed for being “edited” and “misleading”.