This page last updated February 18
The existence of this page is in no way meant to imply that real sex abuse
allegations do not occur. The crime of
sexual abuse is real
There are, however, far too many professionals dealing with issues of sexual
abuse who are in denial about the possibility or incidence of false sexual
majority of the cases referred to below have reached the courts. These are
however, the "tip of the iceberg" of such cases. The majority of false allegations cause
heartache, and cannot be proven to be false. To be accused of sex abuse is to
be considered "guilty until proven innocent". In New Zealand corroborating
evidence for a complaint is not required for a conviction.
NZ - High Profile
emotional cost associated with false accusations is high….
Poetry can be a positive outlet for the feelings of anger, grief and trauma
associated with such a tragedy
NZ Association of
open letter, including a complaint to the NZ Association of Counsellors from
Gordon and Colleen Waugh.
The complaint makes specific allegations of misconduct by a counsellor and
the Association itself, but provides an insight into sex abuse counselling practices
that should be a concern for all New Zealanders.
NZAC tried to sweep this complaint under the carpet …. but the complaint will
not go away.
False Sex abuse
Allegations - Opinion and Discussion
2005-0929 - NZ Herald
- Spate of false sex complaints
290 people nationwide were charged with making a false complaint
2005-0808 - NZ Herald
- False rape complaints annoy police
Senior investigators estimate that between 60 and 80 per cent of rape
complaints made by women are false.
2005-0514 NZ Herald - Police chase woman for false
rape complaint costs
Detective Senior Sergeant Richard Middleton, of the Manukau Crime
Squad, said that of 75 sexual complaints in his area since Christmas, about
10 were believed fake.
– Dominion Post - False rape complaints cost millions
In each of the last 5 years there have been on average 444 false
complaints in New Zealand, the majority relating to sex offences (NZ pop
approx 4 million)
Waikato Times - False Sex Complaint Rate High : Police
Waikato police say:
in Hamilton - 41 out of 147
complaints in 1998 found false
in Waikato - 77 out of 297
complaints in 1998 proved groundless
ACC - Compensation for Sexual Abuse
Concerns over the misuse of the scheme, and the contribution to false
allegations of sexual abuse
a look at what's happening to ACC today - with soaring claims ~ the system is
obviously not working:
The Press - Sexual abuse payouts up $9m
Then have a look at what the Government said in 2000 ~ they were
"going to prevent another blowout in ACC sex-abuse payments" by
more careful medical scrutiny of claims:
- The Dominion - ACC sex-abuse payments to be vetted, says Cullen