When someone spreads false information about another person, a myriad of issues can ensue. When that person falsely accuses another of a heinous crime, those effects can escalate quickly, leaving the wrongly accused feeling lost, confused and, perhaps most of all, fearful for the future of their reputation. It is natural for Californians going through such difficult times to be concerned about the future, as there are hidden dangers in a false accusation that can hurt a person’s reputation for years.
No matter the type of crime, a false accusation can be problematic in a number of ways. Slate magazine focuses on false rape accusations and the potentially lasting effects, stating that these specific types of cases generally rely on one person’s word over another’s. Slate refers to a former study to show that, out of countless rape reports, only a small percentage are false accusations. A lack of organized documentation on the part of law enforcement can also create gray areas.
In a 2016 articlef from The Washington Examiner, false accusations once again reach the public spotlight. The Examiner expresses that those who make false accusations should face serious penalties. The potential severity of the punishment for crimes makes the repercussions a false accuser receives pale in comparison; depending on the state, some penalties could be as mild as a $350 fee and 30 days behind bars. On the other hand, the falsely accused could deal with the damages for months, and even years. Reputations are put on the line, and careers could even become threatened. While any crime is deserving of a close investigation, some argue that lawmakers handle false accusations far too lightly.