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Appearance and Reality

appearance-reality-imageOf course it is right that genuine sex offences are prosecuted and that complainants should be listened to.

Real sex crimes can be horrifying and ought to be reported promptly to ensure reliable investigation and the safety of other potential victims.But it is all too easy for false allegations to be made, particularly about the distant past. Building a narrative based on details of the alleged acts can convey a superficially convincing picture devoid of the contextual anchors in reality. It is this evidential hurdle that the defence has to overcome.