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Like a Frightened Rabbit

Like a Frightened Rabbit

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Published by: factuk on Dec 31, 2008
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Like A Frightened Rabbit
An article byAn article byCharlotte DyerCharlotte Dyerfrom our ‘from our ‘iin my opinion’ seriesn my opinion’ series
Innocent until proven guilty is a luxury only bestowed upon those who, in their chosenprofession, are considered not in a position of trust. If, for example, you are a teacherand accused of any inappropriate behaviour you can guarantee you will be bound by theallegations for life, even if acquitted. Today’s legal system protects children from harms way, nobody can dispute it is anecessity, but what, when these children are given so much power as to destroy aninnocent adult to the point where their freedom and family are taken from them? Whatwhen these children are paid by the media for doing so? It is a tempting offer for anyfourteen year old, a few lies - they are practised at this as they sneak out the house tobinge drink on a Friday night, (I was myself 14 once). If they are incredibly unlucky acourt appearance beckons where they speak only to a video camera, a jury cannottherefore read their body language as their palms sweat and they fidget in their chairs,or as in many cases that the innocent darlings are pregnant, more often than not theconsequence of a Friday nights binge. The frightening fact of this is that in the current system we are powerless to stop them.Accusations of events 2, 5 or 10 years previously are expected to be remembered by thedefendant as if it were yesterday. Even when the prosecution cannot provide specificdates or times the defence are required to disprove events that could have occurredanywhere in a period of years at any time and any place. In the unlikely event that anelement could be disproved the prosecution can then change their mind at any point to“it’s a possibility I got it wrong” or the classic “I can’t remember”.In many cases there is no physical evidence. It is not required for a conviction; only onefriend to be offered a cut of the expected payout to back up their fabrication. Even whenthe accomplice’s versions do not match the “innocent victims” allowances are made foreveryone witnessing events differently, no such leniency for the defendant or theirsupporting witnesses. School yard gossip and rumours are used as evidence in court; the“well I heard Mr. Bloggs was snogging two dinner ladies behind the vending machine” isevidence against you. The backgrounds and criminal records of the accusers are not disclosed in Court. Theaccusers appear studious, well behaved individuals who, because of your behaviour havehad their dreams dashed and will now work for a potato peeling factory. The Jury knownothing of their exclusions from primary school at eleven, their pregnancies at twelveand their drug addiction at thirteen, way before they met you and had the opportunity tomake a quick buck. You can be the best in your profession with no previous convictions, people queuing todefend you to clear your name and it will all be twisted against you. You will be made toappear a master of deception, fooling everyone you know even your wife of twenty
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Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers
Fighting injustice – lobbying for change

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