The issue of rape and sexual violence is one that has plagued the world for ages and the recent rise in global campaigns against such vile act could be termed the highlight of the last 5 years. However, another issue has risen in the wake of global campaigns against rape and it is the issue of False Rape Accusations. Just recently, social media giant Twitter was on fire after a young man named Izu committed suicide due to a rape accusation that was later shown to be false.

 While this may not be a new phenomenon, it has gained traction in the last few years with bitter and irresponsible females raising false accusations of rape and sexual violence against innocent guys. This wicked act has left a lot of guys with terminated careers, damaged public image, psychological trauma, wasted years behind bars etc. Examples include: NBA star, Dante Cunningham (4 months), NFL star, Brian Banks (5 Years), William McCarfrey (4 years), VanDyke Perry (11 years), Gregory Counts (26 years), Malcolm Alexander (38 years) etc with the last three names having their convictions overturned by DNA evidence and the others via a confession from their accusers.

The issue is one that breeds great and immeasurable trouble not only for innocent victims who are falsely accused but also for actual victims of sexual violence. With the constant rise in such false rape accusations, it’s only a matter of time before the situation becomes like that of the boy who cried wolf. Soon, the success achieved in speaking up against all sexual violence would be defeated and the public starts treating with great disbelief every accusation of rape or sexual violence even when prima facie evidence could corroborate the claims of the accuser. When things turn out like this, actual victims of sexual violence victims would be helpless and totally unable to report their ordeal because they would simply be seen and termed as bitter exes and liars. Their painful and true plights would be written off as lies and falsehood because of the immature, irresponsible and insensitive act of some females who have abused the listening ears and helping hands offered in the past.

What makes this situation more precarious is that when the public starts terming such accusations as lies, it will serve as an open realm for rapists and other sexual offenders to ride wild and execute their impish desires with little to no caution. This will evidently cause an overt imbalance in the entire social and justice system and actual victims would have nowhere to go and no one to cry to but their family members. This is an appeal to whoever it may concern, to desist from false rape accusations. The Cause of standing up against all forms of sexual violence is already a daunting task, do not make it any harder than it already is.

This article was written by Albright Ehimze; connect with him on Instagram via here  

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