The use of highly emotive and incredibly destructive accusations by money-grabbing individuals who find themselves a bit short is not only an affront to the rest of us but also undermines the cause of genuine victims of abuse.
That alone is a reason for Parliament to discuss this politically uncomfortable issue yet successive governments refuse to do so and if you raise the matter with your MP, he or she is very likely to end the conversation there and then.
Any hint of reform in this are brings howls of pain and anguish from the NSPCC, Childline and all the other financially interested parties.
Yes, The Opinion has made this point before but equally, nothing is ever done about the injustice of the situation or about the fact that many innocent men have been locked up for years.
The British period police drama Heartbeat ran from 1992 to 2010.
The 18th and final series ended on 12 September 2010.
The sentence is often small as the sentence has to reflect the law in force at the time but the payout to the ‘victim’ is often in the tens of thousands of pounds.
Meanwhile, the damage done to often innocent people and their families is catastrophic.
The Opinion would suggest that without a Statute of Limitation we are all potential targets for this type of action.
If someone has genuinely been abused, despite what the ‘experts’ tell us, it is unlikely that they would really wait 40 years to tell anyone, and to be frank, if they do wait that long, their motives for so belatedly bringing the accusation should be examined in the finest detail. True, you may be completely innocent but that will not save you from a legal system that allows such easy convictions for alleged offences that are so old, based on often non-existent evidence and are impossible to prove one way or the other, yet which have a big fat cheque waiting for the lucky winner.
Some years ago, the German government abolished payouts for sex abuse cases except where there was corroborated evidence.
The result was a drop of over 80% in the number of complaints from would be ‘victims’.
A proud policeman then stands on the steps of the court and tries to justify the huge expense and use of sarce resources resulting from the investigation by claiming that “No matter how long ago these offences took place, we have brought the offender to justice.” There is of course no mention whatsoever of the often very substantial compensation paid to the ‘victim’ who then needs to take a luxury holiday to ‘recover’ from the stress of the ordeal.