The Problem With Men

Falsely Accused - Part I

May 31, 2022

There's a knock at the door. It's the Police. Someone has accused you of rape. What do you do?

It's a nightmare situation faced by an unknown number of men. As #MeToo and #BelieveWomen have spread across the globe, what happens when an accusation is false? What are the repercussions of someone facing that allegation?

Across two episodes we're looking at the effect of being falsely accused.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have recently given us a front row seat to how complex a trial can be when crimes happen behind closed doors. When it's a case of 'he said / she said' who should you believe?

Over the next two episode we'll hear from Liam who spent two years being investigated for 12 counts of rape and sexual assault along with legal experts who tell us what the risks and consequences of prosecutors being guided by societies demands.

Experts featured in this episode include:

  • Dr Ros Burnett is a Research Associate, formerly Reader in Criminology, at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford.
  • Dr Dennis Eady is a lecturer at Cardiff University and leads their innocence project which encourages law students to investigate and examine potential cases of wrongful conviction or miscarriages of justice.
  • Matthew Scott is a barrister who specialises in criminal law, including appeals, wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice.


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