False Rape Allegations & Sexual Assault Charges
Across the nation, a firestorm of debate has begun in the wake of the Rolling Stone article about a UVA student who told the magazine that she was gang raped as part of a fraternity initiation at the college. Questions have been raised about the truthfulness of the account of the incident, the university’s response, and even Rolling Stone’s rush to accept a victim’s account without hearing anyone else’s version of the night’s events.
The debate has been polarizing, opening up discussion about how many sexual assaults go unreported, and also to the growing paranoia about false accusations of rape. There is no way to be sure exactly how many true instances of rape are not being reported, just as there is no way to know how many accusations of rape are false.
On one side, women’s-rights activists would like every rape accusation to be treated as solid truth, making it easier for victims to come forward. However, if this is the case, it opens the door to more false accusations, resulting in the destruction of innocent lives. Even if the accused is found not guilty in a court of law, they have most likely already been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. Damaged reputations and lingering suspicion can follow an individual falsely accused of rape throughout the rest of their life.
In today’s world, allegations of rape on the campuses of prestigious colleges are not uncommon. Many students are living away from home for the first time, and let their raging hormones and new-found freedom get the better of them, leading to faulty judgment and poor decisions. Adding alcohol into the mix increases the potential for dangerous interactions.
So far in the case of the UVA student, no identifications have been made and no one has been charged with a crime. However, the situation has led to fierce discussion about how rape allegations are dealt with on college campuses, or if the colleges should even be handling these types of legal matters at all. Often, campus officials accept the accuser’s allegations as factual, before charges are even filed or investigated, let alone proven. Several cases involve young male college students who have been charged, and then declared innocent by a court of law, but only after their reputations and academic careers have been ruined in the process.
Camden County Criminal Lawyer Aggressively Defends the Rights of Those Facing Sex Crime Charges in New Jersey
Allegations of sex crimes in New Jersey are serious. Camden County criminal lawyer, Jill R. Cohen, Esq., understands the importance of a swift and vigorous defense – in and outside of the courtroom. Ms. Cohen will work tirelessly to defend your rights and keep publicity from further damaging your reputation.
If you have been charged with a sexual assault in New Jersey, call the Camden County criminal lawyers for sex crimes at the Law Offices of Jill R. Cohen today to learn how she can help you preserve your rights, your reputation, and your freedom. For your free consultation, call or submit an online contact form. We handle criminal defense cases in Cherry Hill, Haddonfield and Westmont and throughout Camden County, Gloucester County, Atlantic County, Salem County, Burlington County, Cumberland County and Mercer County.