A group called Stop Abusive and Violent Environments is urging colleges to further investigate claims of Sexual Assault (CRS 18-3-402), Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404), or Indecent Exposure (CRS 18-7-302) on their campuses. The number of false claims of sexual abuse across colleges in Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, and Adams County have grown. The group, called SAVE, wants to ensure that victims are actually victims, and not just a someone with a vendetta or seeking revenge in colleges across Larimer, Weld, and Jefferson County.
Police are now beginning to prosecute false claims or sexual violence or rape. While Sexual assault, rape, or sexual violence is heinous, false claims are just as damaging. Lives are changed instantly when someone paints them as a sexual predator. Situations across college campuses are sometimes a volatile mix. Alcohol, close quarters, and young co-eds sometimes lead to mistakes or misunderstandings. All it takes is someone to mention the word “rape” and police rush in. Law enforcement should be trying to find the balance of respecting victim's rights while still making the proper arrests in cases of actual sexual assault.
Don't try to explain your side to police. Be aware that people are out there making false claims against people, who then in turn become victims. In many cases it is someone who wakes up after a crazy night and has regret over their decisions. Maybe they have a partner or significant other already and don't want to jeopardize that relationship. Many times supposed “victims” are smart enough to realize that rape claims themselves are volatile and require no evidence.
If police contact you in regards to a false claim of sexual assault, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.