When someone is accused of an offense that is sexual in nature, their entire life may become upended. In Minneapolis, and cities across Minnesota, sexual assault charges are especially serious and can lead to a variety of repercussions, from lengthy prison sentences to job loss and irreparable damage to someone’s reputation. In the digital age, people going through this may struggle to find a job or face a considerable amount of humiliation. Regrettably, some people find themselves in this position over an incident that never even happened.
A recent report that focused on sexual assault throughout college campuses in Minnesota found that many of the alleged victims failed to cooperate when investigated by the campus, which is required by federal law. As a result, many of the sexual assault cases in these schools that were examined by the report were dropped.
Another finding by the report revealed that students who were accused of sexual assault were disciplined in 79 cases. However, students were only determined to have been responsible for sex assault in 68 cases. A number of sex-related crimes were examined in the report, such as non-consensual fondling and rape.
There are a number of reasons why people are falsely accused of sex offenses, such as someone wanting to shatter another person’s life. For people who are facing these allegations, the stigma surrounding these crimes can make it hard to reveal the truth in court. As a result, it could be a smart move for people dealing with this to discuss the details of their circumstances with an experienced legal professional.
Source: Duluth News Tribune, “Report counts nearly 300 sexual assault cases on Minnesota campuses,” Maura Lerner, Dec. 2, 2016