False Accusers – time to meet your Waterloo

I was heartened to see a report from Ontario, Canada today, tweeted by a Twitter follower, detailing a decision on January 7 to prosecute a woman who had made a false report of sexual assault to police before Christmas.

Kudos to Norfolk County police, who have bitten the bullet and decided to go after her, after concluding that her report was based on “false information”. The charge is one of “public mischief”: an apt name for the damage caused by a false police report.

Hats off to Constable Ed Sanchuk, who told the press:

“We want people to come forward with regards to their allegations. We want to make sure they have the confidence in the OPP and its ability to investigate crimes and bring those responsible to justice,” said Sanchuk. “But what it comes down to is when people come forward with allegations they have to be truthful.”

They have to be truthful

Quite. They absolutely have to be truthful. Now, I am aware of a number of upcoming court cases in the next few weeks and months involving false accusers. And I don’t want to say anything about them, tempting though it may be, until there is a public outcome that can be reported.

All I will say now is that I hope that justice will be done.

False accusers, be it noted, are as much entitled to a fair trial as any other accused.