It is a devastating reality, but it happens: People misuse the justice system from time to time for revenge, to gain an upper hand or otherwise punish another person by falsely accusing them of rape.
What do you do in such a case?
If you are falsely accused of rape, it is important that you know what to do and what pitfalls to avoid. Here are two of the biggest:
1. Contacting your accuser
You might be tempted to reach out to your accuser in an effort to appeal to their humanity and ask them to tell the truth. However, this is never a good idea. This might amount to an attempt to obstruct justice and most likely violates an order from the court to have no contact with the other party.
Sometimes, it might be the other way around: Your accuser might reach out for a “deal” in order to withdraw the charges. This often happens when your accuser is trying to coerce you into making a certain concession. Do not respond (but do let your attorney know).
2. Discussing the matter on social media
There is a pretty good chance you have a social media profile. While these platforms are great for interacting with family and friends, they are never an ideal spot for discussing any matter that is before a court of law.
As such, do not take to your social media profile to defend yourself, give your side of the story or threaten your accuser. All of that can eventually make its way into court, and that can actively harm your defense if it locks you into a problematic narrative or incriminates you in any way.
If you are falsely accused of rape, you need to explore your legal options so you can get the best possible outcome for your case.