A false allegation of child sexual abuse is an accusation that a person committed one or more acts of child sexual abuse when in reality there was no perpetration of abuse by the accused person as alleged. Even more problematic is an allegation that is partially true and partially false, This is where descriptions of events are mix with events that actually happened with other events that did not occur.
Of the allegations determined to be false, a majority occurred in the context of divorce and child-custody battles. Such accusations can be brought by the alleged victim, by another person, or a government agency on behalf of the alleged victim. Any accusations can be further enhanced by well meaning intentions of law enforcement, child protection, other agencies who become convinced of the guilt of the accused in order to protect the alleged victim. Once any steps are taken to justify the decision that the accused is guilty, such as an arrest, it becomes very difficult for officials to accept disconfirming evidence. This can continue during appeals, retrials, or any other effort to revisit a verdict.
If you or your client were accused of a sex crime that you did not commit,