False rape claims 'stay with the accused for the rest of their lives', claims Margaret Gardener

False rape claims 'stay with the accused for the rest of their lives,' claims Margaret Gardener

Rape cases are always heard in crown courts

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Margaret Gardener, the founder of False Allegations Support Organisation, has told talkRADIO a false accusation of rape has a lifelong impact. 

Her comments come following the end of a trial at Gloucester Crown Court against four men charged with rape in 2014. The case against Thady Duff, James Martin, Leo Mahon, and Patrick Foster fell apart after detectives were accused of "cherry-picking" evidence and "airbrushing" details that suggested the quartet's innocence.

But Gardner explained how the allegations will continue to affect the accused for the rest of their lives.

"The allegation is put on their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) ," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "Whenever they go for a job or an interview, this has to be declared - even if they are innocent. Some [falsely accused people] are near suicidal when they're talking to us."

Gardener explained the damage of an untrue allegation isn't solely limited to the accused. 

"It debilitates the families as well, because they know the individual couldn't have done that sort of thing," she added. "They [the families] are part of the problem, because they are with the individual going through this and they have to try and support that individual, knowing the claim is wrong."

The False Allegations Support Organisation helpline number is 08443351992 and it is open on weekdays from 6-10pm.