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January 25, 2009 - 3:06 am

A reader a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1127303/BBC-personality-40-false-rape-allegations-ex-boyfriend.html”sends in this article /afrom the emDaily Mail/em illustrating what can happen to a man’s life when falsely accused of rape: br /br /blockquoteA BBC personality has shattered her ex-boyfriend’s life by falsely accusing him of rape.br /br /The woman, who has broadcast to television audiences of millions, accused him of raping her 40 times throughout their two-and-a-half-year relationship. br /br /He was arrested, held in a police cell and handcuffed as police searched his flat for evidence of his crime. But she retracted her allegation weeks later, and the officer investigating the claims described them as ‘inconsistent’ and ‘not credible’. br /br /Despite the lack of evidence, the incident remains on the Police National Computer thanks to a legal loophole, which campaigners say is blighting the lives of falsely accused men.br /br /Even if the ‘victim’ withdraws their allegation, it will show up under enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks that are undertaken regularly on people who apply for jobs with employers such as the NHS or schools. It will also prevent them from travelling to the United States./blockquotebr /br /Men are viewed as guilty even if found innocent. Women are viewed as innocent even when found guilty. This sexism under the law needs to change.

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