In our lives, at some point of time, we have been accused of something which we haven’t done. And among the accusations of the worst thing is being accused to be a rapist. Indeed, it is universally acknowledged that rape is one of the most heinous crimes that can possibly be committed.
Unfortunately, false rape accusations can and do happen and the effect they have on the falsely accused victims is nothing short of devastating.
22-year-old Liam Allan’s world came tumbling down when he was wrongly accused of rape.
Allan, a law student, was imprisoned for 20 years after a woman falsely claimed that she was a victim of 12 sex attacks.
He said that he “spent two years living in fear” when news emerged that a case was being built against him despite his protestations of innocence.
Take a look at the video below to see Allan recount the life-changing experience he was forced to go through:
Amazingly, despite everything that has been said against Allan, his subsequent comments and actions are truly commendable
Fortunately, the case against the Allan collapsed and was taken out of the court for good when it was discovered that a detective had failed to submit the accuser’s text messages as evidence.
In fact, one text message, in particular, proved that Allan was an innocent man.
The text message was sent on September 3, 2015, from the accuser to a female friend in a conversation about her sexual relationship with Allan. She explicitly wrote that the encounter “wasn’t against my will or anything.”
Allan understandably feels let down by the police and their handling of the case.
“Mr. Allan lost two years of his life because of gross negligence,” his lawyer Simone Meerabux said in an interview with The Sun on Sunday. “We are considering legal action against the police and the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service).”
Allan said that he has “no choice” but to sue but is also willing to continue cooperating with the CPS and the police in a bid to help other innocent people accused of rape.
“I am, however, happy to work with the CPS and police to help ensure things change for the better,” he insisted. “In this case, no individual is to blame, there are multiple factors.”
Allan has explained how his own mom had to witness her son’s arrest at their home and the overwhelming fear he felt when he was taken to the police station.
Allan was fortunate enough to have an immense amount of support from his loved ones, in spite of the seriousness of the allegations.
“The support from friends was fantastic, no one believed for one minute that I was guilty,” Allan said. “No one treated me differently, no one gave me funny looks at university. I just had to carry on.’
Somehow, with all these wrong allegations, Allan managed to remain positive and optimistic, stating in an interview with Sky News: “I refuse to let this experience make me bitter and vengeful and start wishing harm on people – it’s not in my interest.”
“It completely spiraled out of control and it became a story [the accuser] had to stick to. She completely lost control of what happened,” he continued. “I am hoping to use my experience to help change system failures for the benefit of both victims and falsely accused people together.”
Luckily, Allan was cleared in the end, but not everyone is that ‘lucky’. Some people are forced behind bars for years for crimes they did not commit.