Friday, 10 July 2015
I don’t know the facts about the Rebecca Minnock case - what allegations she has made and why the child, having lived with her for the first two years of his life, was ordered to live with his father. I do know however that some people of either gender falsely claim to have been (or their child to have been) abused by their ex-partner and that in addition to the damage to their actual victims, false allegations also make it far more difficult for genuine victims to come forward. I also entirely believe that judges are right to reprimand people who break court orders and flee, especially in order to gain publicity. To think otherwise would deny the point of having a justice system and risk the courts losing their authority entirely.