Folk dancing, sexual abuse and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The CPS have been accused of being unfit for purpose and driven by political doctrine - but don't take my word for it. They stand accused (and including by high-profile women) of pursuing men in sexual assault cases simply to improve their own performance statistics.
For nearly 20 years and via this website I have been involved sporadically in helping householders who have been unfairly targeted by over-zealous local council officials - some of who misuse their powers under obscure planning laws (usually s.215 of the T&CPA) to persecute people who may in some way be different from their perception of what is 'normal'. This is primitive tribal behaviour.
In my case, I was persecuted when I was a local councillor in Sidmouth (UK) in around 1998. A few local zealots and their friends in high places tried to use the s.215 planning law against my 'wild garden'. They failed. Subsequently, I helped many other people with on-line advice - including a man in Cheshire who was persecuted in 2007/8 to the point of near suicide by one particular planning officer who was trying to make a name for himself. This is recorded here. To their credit, local court officials assisted me.
Several other cases from other areas of the UK were never written up - often because the people who were persecuted were fearful of the consequences were they to be seen to have tried to stand up for their rights.
In a more recent and unconnected 'environmental' case the CPS sought to prosecute two 70 year old women who had the temerity peacefully to protest about tree felling in their neighbourhoods. The case was dropped only when public protests grew too loud - something that needs to happen far more frequently when innocent men (and women) are accused of sex or child abuse in cases where there is no evidence against them.
The UK has a long recent history of false claims for whiplash injury after often deliberate car crashes. The 'cash for crash' scams were in effect encouraged by a legal system that offered risk-free compensation for false claims. The same is now happening for falsified sex crimes - and it is worth noting in this introductory paragraph that experience in Germany apparently showed that (add link):
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'.
Sexual abuse and false claims - how vengeful, malicious or mentally disturbed people can misuse UK law to pursue vendettas.
|For many years, ever since Labour MP Harriet Harman embarked on a feminist
campaign to increase the conviction rate for rape and with the involvement more recently
of the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders, many men have been falsely accused
of 'sexual' crimes.
Innocent men have committed suicide. None of this matters to ardent feminists: these people simply have their own agenda.
The most disastrous central feature of many
injustices is the fact that both police and the CPS have had a policy of always believing
purported victims of any type of sexual abuse - and irrespective of whether they are
delusional, paranoid, fantasists or merely out for revenge. It has been suggested that in
many cases the 'easy compensation' available may be the prime motive.
A common feature of several high-profile cases where no prosecution should ever have occurred (and thankfully where defendants were acquitted) is that the CPS not only failed to apologise (or offer compensation) but excused their malevolent behaviour with the stock phrase "we respect the decision of the jury in this case".
The allegation in this case was that in walking past a fully clothed woman on a crowded
train station in the rush-hour, Mark Pearson somehow managed to penetrate her vagina for
two or three seconds, using three fingers and whilst holding a newspaper in one hand and a
rucksack in his other hand.
So what hope for anyone accused of molesting a scantily clad woman in a dance hall in the UK?
Mark Pearson was supported in his ordeal by world-famous campaigner, Erin Pizzey, herself no stranger to courtrooms, threats and intimidation from militant feminists.
|Thus, anyone who has ever made enemies whether in business or in politics
or even as a surgeon, dentist or doctor can now expect that any malicious complaint
against them will be believed - and that their life may be turned upside down as a result.
If you think this is exaggerated - then read on to study the case of Mark Pearson - and he is not alone. In a sense, Mark Pearson was lucky - he didn't go to prison for a crime he didn't commit.
David Bryant was less fortunate - you can read a full summary of his case written by a barrister here. - Take your time - it is worth reading every word on this website. One key factor is that appeals against wrongful criminal conviction are often centred upon contesting the evidence - but in these cases there was no evidence to start with - so how do you appeal?
Another case has been turned into book. Probably few of the people wrongly convicted of sex crimes have either the educational attainment or financial resources to fight back. Yet another book is by veteran broadcaster Paul Gambaccini - his ordeal under the now-discredited Operation Yewtree is also outlined here. Another recent case is that of Nigel Lang: the details are on a solicitors website. and more widely on other links. This firm of solicitors is a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group.
Making a false complaint of historical sexual abuse is probably the easiest way to
obtain compensation for events that never occurred. The sums involved may be greater than
for 'whiplash' injury which, until recently, was a large 'claims compensation' scam in the
UK. Taken as a whole, insurance fraud is estimated at £3 billion (£3000 million)
annually in the UK with each minor (and often fraudulent) whiplash claim being £1000 to
£3000. Some lawyers may have become millionaires by processing thousands of false claims.
Thus - the policies of both the police and the CPS have in effect encouraged false
Of possible future interest is whether people who make false allegations can be sued in the civil courts. One problem may be that, almost universally, they may be low achievers with only minimal assets. Therefore they may not be worth suing. But it is still an interesting idea.
The article in the Daily Mail attracted nearly 600 comments. Most were highly critical of the actress, whose identity was, at that time, not widely known.
Erin Pizzey is a famous activist and
author. She set up the first 'refuge' centre in the world for battered women. Like Camille Paglia she has been variously attacked and threatened by
vicious feminists. Erin Pizzey is now also highly critical of the CPS - see her comments
in the transcript below:
Why did I become interested in these instances of injustice?
I have always had an slight interest in the law. As a scientist in the civil service, I attended lectures and seminars on elementary contract law, negligence, duty of care etc. I have always undertaken all my own legal work (for conveyancing of flats and houses, court cases, etc, and dating back over 30 years). I have been an expert witness on scientific and technical matters in both criminal and civil cases.
|So why did I become interested in cases involving alleged sexual abuse or
assault? The short answer is that I became curious about the possible ramifications when a
long term, favourite and attractive dancing partner suddenly accused me of molesting her
during a dance. This was when we were both away from home at a dance weekend in late February 2016. Yet I had not danced with her any differently
than I had done many times before - always with some flirting as
is often encouraged in folk dance.
She refused to elaborate on what had upset her or exactly when it was supposed to have occurred. In emails to and from the dance organisers I suggested her attitude might merely have been attention seeking - a well-known characteristic of recently divorced women who have been 'dumped' by their long-term husbands. These women feel a deep sense of loss and sometimes will go to great lengths to get the attention of other men - and that can include being nasty to them. You see this all the time on dating websites.
When I returned home from the dance weekend I searched the internet for examples where false complaints of assault had been made. There are many examples. In the case of Mark Pearson, the events were purported to have occurred in December 2014 but it was February 2016 before he was acquitted after enduring a lengthy trial. He elected to make public all details of his case in order to help other men who might also be falsely accused.
Because of Mark Pearson's openness, his is an unusually well documented case of a false allegation of sexual assault. It has been covered on many news websites in the UK and USA. The female actress who made the false claim has been named on several US based websites, one of which is referred to in the comments section of a related article in the Daily Mail in the UK. A screenshot is reproduced above. You may need to access the website and search for the name of the victim, or maybe searching Google for 'Mark Pearson false actress' could produce the same results.
Here is some summary text from a US website: it condemns the injustice of the UK law that prevents naming of women (or men) who falsely accuse other men or women of rape and other 'sex' crimes. The US website contains a thoughtful video by Paul Elam - who is a well known and lucid commentator on rampant feminism. However, despite that my website is hosted in the US, I'm not allowed to tell you what is in the video, because I live in the UK. Under the UK legal system people can be prosecuted and imprisoned for telling the truth. But you are allowed to look up Paul Elam on youtube.
If you live in the UK you are probably not allowed to Google the following words by Dean Esmay - so wait until you go to a free country for a holiday.
"My sources for this information are unimpeachable. UK law would prevent anyone UK-based from putting out this information, however. Good thing Ive never set foot anywhere in the UK, isnt it? My friend Paul Elam has more to say."
Link to the video on itv.com (ITV This Morning programme) - this video is no longer available online - but I transcribed the content in early 2016. I also downloaded some screenshots in case the video ever disappeared. I was unable to download the entire video. Some screen shots from the Waterloo Station video are on the Telegraph and other websites also - see links below.
Currently (2016) part of the original ITV video is on youtube here.
Another video from the USA is here.
|As an aside, there has been criticism of the use of PSPO orders, which are
a successor to Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) but different in that a local council
official can be judge, jury and executioner. They are much prized by 'bossyboots' local
The Manifesto Club is campaigning against their overuse. (when entering their site, click on campaigns, then on PSPOs).
|The Manifesto Club states its aims thus:
The Manifesto Club campaigns against the hyperregulation of everyday life. We support free movement across borders, free expression and free association. We challenge booze bans, photo bans, vetting and speech codes all new ways in which the state regulates everyday life on the streets, in workplaces and in our private lives.
Additional links related to the CPS (please let me know if these no longer work)
Coverage in the Daily Telegraph 9 February 2016.
Related coverage in The Independent - suggesting that Alison Saunders should be sacked (for her decisions in the Janner case and for her 'absurd' views on rape).
Article by Julia Hartley-Brewer in the Telegraph (a very well written and perceptive summary of the Mark Pearson case, by a high profile female journalist.) The text of this article is reproduced here, in case it vanishes from the Telegraph website.
Link to claim that CPS altered video to try and intimidate Mark Pearson (article in Daily Mail)
Discussion of another messy false rape case - in this case the CPS continued a private prosecution (a very rare event).
Comment about Harriet Harman - the Labour politician who more than any other is perhaps responsible for many innocent men being sent to prison and/or committing suicide after being falsely accused by women. The women can of course remain anonymous under current UK law.
The public appeal for witnesses as published by British Transport Police. The Rail Station video shows clearly that the whole account as given by the actress concerned was a complete fabrication. The CPS apparently attempted to use a modified (slowed down) version of the video but their scheming was discovered by the defending solicitor and an expert witness.
BBC Radio 4 interview (27 October 2016) with Alison Saunders DPP on the 30th anniversary of the CPS in the UK. In this interview Alison Saunders comes across as a reasonable woman doing a difficult job. Her predecessor as DPP was Keir Starmer - a man whose rise to prominence included advising the defendants in the famous McLibel case. A highly competent lawyer, he has more recently warned of the consequences of getting BREXIT wrong.
Alison Saunders, a long-time employee of the CPS, emphasised at the outset that the CPS had sought to "reduce chances of miscarriages of justice".. by "raising standards", "conducting a independent review of evidence", "to filter cases to ensure there is evidence for a prosecution" (etc). Her interview centred only upon the procedures of the CPS in relation to recent 'celebrity' cases.
She was not asked about any of the several recent cases where the CPS prosecuted 'ordinary' people (Mark Pearson, David Bryant (who spent 3 years in prison after being convicted on the word of a proven serial liar) - and without a shred of actual evidence being available. This may have been as a result of a condition imposed by the CPS on the BBC.
For a perspective from a barrister with decades of experience read this excellent summary of the David Bryant case - and the many comments that follow it. You will probably never again have any faith in the legal system in the UK. Indeed, amongst lawyers, the Royal Courts of Justice in London are referred to as the Law Courts. What you will experience there, more often than not, is Law rather than Justice.
Other references on the David Bryant case include this and this. An article by Dominic Lawson is here.
There was less coverage of the David Bird case - probably because he was cleared almost immediately by the jury and did not spend years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
A case dating from 2002 was reported in the Sunday Telegraph of 22 Oct 2006 (add link). This article, by Alasdair Palmer, (one of the few journalists brave enough to report these cases) highlighted the absurdity of believing witnesses who have been 'coached' by the police to 'recall' historical abuse - and with compensation promised to be payable when they did recount the required evidence. It was headlined as "The Orwellian world of sexual offence trials, where witnesses are 'rewarded' and a defendant has to prove his innocence". In this case an innocent man spent years in jail. The Court of Appeal ruled twice he should never have been convicted. After the first appeal a retrial was ordered. It is asserted that the 'complainants', having been made aware by the police of flaws in their original evidence, changed it. This enabled a second term of eight years to be handed down at the retrial.
The article highlights the views of Chris Saltrese, a solicitor who has handled many similar cases:
"....it became obvious to me that there was an injustice of colossal proportions taking place....there are scores, and very possibly hundreds of men who have been convicted of sexual crimes who are rotting in prison with no prospect of release, but who are not guilty and should never have been sentenced"
As Sir Richard Henriques said in his report on the failings of the Metropolitan Police in their 'Operation Midland' - "It was and remains policy to believe complainants from the outset.... the instruction foisted upon investigators to believe a 'victim' from the outset perverts our system of justice and attempts to impose upon a thinking investigator an artificial and false state of mind". A BBC radio programme discussing these issues is here.
Sir Richard also said " ..prominent people are vulnerable to compensation seekers, attention seekers and those with mental health problems"
The CPS position seems still to be that any malcontent or vindictive or deranged person or persons can make wholly fabricated sexual allegation(s) against any person and they will automatically be believed. Part of this attitude may be owing to the well publicised Rotherham sex scandal - where both social workers and the police chose to ignore multiple claims and a wealth of evidence of sex abuse of young white girls by Asian men over many years - and for reasons of 'political correctness'.
Stung by the valid criticism of their past ineptitude in handling these horrific cases of multiple sex abuse, both the police and the CPS have sought to improve their 'public relations score' by prosecuting as many men as possible, and irrespective of their guilt. Their 'get out a jail card' is always the same 'we respect the decision of the jury in this case'.
So, they prosecute 100 men none of whom are guilty, and against whom there is not a shred of real evidence. This all provides months of lucrative and easy work for both the police and the CPS lawyers. If only 50 out of the 100 get convicted owing to the lottery that is the jury system, they can still claim 50 'successes'. In the other 50 cases they 'respect the decision of the jury in this case'.
Discussion of feminism and men's rights are highly contentious in the USA (as you might expect). Here are some sample 'extreme' internet links - there are hundreds more on youtube and elsewhere.
A radical men's website - discussion of the Mark Pearson case.
From an 'extreme' male-rights US website - one that has been denounced by Dean Esmay (who runs Dean's World). These seem to be 'competing' mens-rights websites of the type that have arisen in part to counter the rise of extreme feminist ideology. Alison Saunders (DPP) is portrayed as a vindictive feminist with an agenda against men. She was recently 'retired' from the CPS and took up a well paid position at a firm of solicitors.
Aggressive feminists in the USA. (video) Any man would be advised to get written consent before even speaking to some of these women, let alone meeting them on a dance floor.
For historical interest here is an interview with Bertrand Russell, made some ten years before his death. Logic, life and television as it used to be!
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. 1872-1970 BBC interview introduced by Joan Bakewell 1959
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