welcome to SAFARI. The name
SAFARI stands for "Supporting All Falsely Accused
with Reference Information" and, as the name
suggests, we provide powerful and positive
information that is likely to be of use to those who
are in a position to make necessary changes in our
investigative and judicial systems, those who have
been affected by false accusations, including the
family & friends of victims, and those who have
suffered from being pressurised into making false
There may be little you can do about a problem by
yourself, but, by working together, we can make and
are making a difference. We collect, research,
collate and share information on this subject.
SAFARI shares news of successes so that all can
benefit from them. We also share information which
shows when and how the day to day running of the
Legal System has failed the cause of justice, and
we take the matter up at Parliamentary level with a
view to achieving necessary changes.
You can join
SAFARI or update your details if you are already a
We are also very interested in
hearing from people who were persuaded to make false
allegations of abuse - please join us too. There is
little recognition, as yet, of the immense and
ongoing psychological damage that is done to people
persuaded, bribed, blackmailed, pressurised, coaxed
or coerced into making false allegations.
It has been
recognised since the 1980's that police interrogations, whether the suspect is innocent or guilty, can cause a
range of symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
These include flashbacks, nightmares and a number of
other manifestations of disturbance.
It has also long been recognised that "There is ample evidence that false confessions occur but their frequency is unknown. It is generally accepted that children and the mentally handicapped are particularly likely to produce unreliable testimony." People suffering from stress during pressure or questioning can, and do, make false admissions of guilt.
Confessions: Psychological Effects of
Gisli H. Gudjonsson & James A.C. MacKeith,
and "The Psychology of Interrogations and Confessions: A Handbook", Gisli Gudjonsson, 2002.)
"I believe false confessions today are less of a problem than false allegations," says Gudjonsson. "There is accumulating research evidence that it is much easier for people to make up false allegations, even serious allegations, than the courts realise.
"People are often too eager to help the police. They may have an over-extended imagination. If the police ask all the people from a certain care home, 'Were you abused?' Even that may be sufficient for people to think, 'Maybe it happened to me then, even though I don't remember it. I think I was abused. Yes, I must have been abused.' "
In those who claim to have been
abused, these same type of psychological symptoms (PTSD, etc.) are often
attributed by 'experts' (including Social Workers,
Therapists and Renowned Child Psychologists) to
'after-effects of the abuse.' Experts are not immune
from being 'in denial'! And some experts, sadly, have
a predisposition to work from a presumption of
In many ways, however, when
dealing with people having made false allegations
under duress, the experts are right in diagnosing
these symptoms as indicative of abuse - but the abuse
is NOT that which was falsely admitted to - it was
the emotional and psychological abuse of being
persuaded to make false admissions of having been
abused. (Associated, of course, with guilt
feelings and embarrassment.) This particular form of
abuse is, for the most part, not accepted by
professionals as occurring at all, and so sufferers
are denied the help and counselling that they need.
There are strong parallels between the Police
interrogation 'admissions' and the generation of
false allegations against others. In both cases the
procedure is carried out by a person in 'a position
of influence and authority,' be it a police officer,
a social worker, or a parental or other senior family
figure. In a family scenario the situation is further
compounded by family loyalties, love for the
'authority figure', and fear of getting that
persuader into trouble, as well as the fear of
getting oneself into trouble, by admitting what
actually happened. All these things will make the
psychological symptoms worse for the false
admitter of 'being abused' than for the false admitter of a
What we do for you as a member:
If you can't download newsletters from the website,
and nobody else can do this for you, and you need
to join our 'SnailMail List' we will:
- Make available all the latest and all
previous issues of SAFARI publications
- Read your letters and emails to us and, if
doing so will be beneficial to a significant
number of our readers, research and publish
details of issues you raise, in a future
- Keep your identity secret unless we feel that
no harm could possibly be caused by revealing
it, and either
(In most cases, anonymity is the best policy -
even if you beg us to publish your name,
we probably won't!)
- you ask us to publish it, or
- it's in the public domain (.i.e. the
story has already been published in the
- Send you copies of the three most recent SAFARI
newsletters when you join.
- Send you copies of all future SAFARI
newsletters until such time as you are removed
from our mailing list.
In return, we ask that you do as much of the
following as you are able:
- Keep us informed of your current address /
email address so that we do not lose contact with
- Tell us (and supply details) whenever you
achieve some level of success in your case (such
as winning an appeal, achieving Parole, finding a
solicitor who achieves positive results,
- Make donations if and
when you can (we quite understand that many of
you are not in a position to do this).
- Tell others about SAFARI (you could pass out
or eMail copies of the newsletters [some readers
already issue 50+ copies every month] or suggest
to others that they join SAFARI.)
- Send us copies of any letters you receive
from officials (i.e. MPs, prison staff,
Probation, etc.) which either (a) contain
information you feel would be useful to other
readers or (b) highlight an issue which you
believe needs to be addressed by a higher
authority in an attempt to achieve changes in Law
Please note that we receive a
great deal of mail each week and do not have the time
or resources to reply to individual letters or to
carry out any tasks you ask us to do in relation to
your own case (ask your solicitor to help you here).
You can rest assured that everything we receive is
read but please understand if we cannot reply.
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A Matter of Principle
ALL people have a right to be
protected from false accusations (and, in some cases,
wrongful convictions and imprisonment). THIS MEANS
ALL. It is a matter of principle. We don't support
the theory that "everyone is equal but some people
are more equal than others."
In some cases, people have
committed a crime but then find themselves being
falsely accused of far worse crimes as a result. For
example, if someone is caught with enough cannabis
for personal consumption, and accused of that, that
is fair enough; but it is WHOLLY UNACCEPTABLE for
them then to have two kilos of cocaine or heroin
planted on them and subsequently be convicted of
dealing in it. If you have stolen £50 of
stationery from the office stores, it is UTTERLY
WRONG for you then to be framed for embezzling
£100,000 from the company's pension fund. This
principle must apply equally across the board - or
else we would be condoning massive injustices by
taking it upon ourselves to "play God".
We support the cause of ALL
falsely accused people - whether they are accused of
anything from petty theft to murder. They don't have
to have been convicted - false accusations even
without any criminal procedures can totally ruin
lives. In this campaign - especially when dealing
with wilfully evil conspiracies against the innocent,
it is simply not good enough to fight a spineless "defensive battle". Making a false allegation - or persuading a vulnerable person to make a false allegation - and
backing it up in court is a very serious criminal offence; it's called "Perverting the Course of
Where a child is persuaded to make false allegations, this will cause 'Significant Harm' to that child, and that is the definition of the offence of 'Cruelty to Children'. It is a particularly vicious and pernicious form of child abuse, which goes for the most part wholly unrecognised, and the manipulative abusers themselves, of course, are doing this for their own ends - revenge, petty spite, greed, or whatever. They do not care a "tinker's cuss" for the devastating effects on the people they manipulate. There's also the point that someone doing this is ALSO "corrupting a minor", as they are persuading a child to commit a criminal offence on their behalf.
It is time to start biting back -
and all right-minded people should agree that
offenders such as these MUST be brought to justice,
and that the scale of these unresolved (and, for the
most part, uninvestigated) crimes should be brought
to the attention of the public. We're sure the great
British public doesn't want this type of serious
offender to get off scot-free.
One final and very important point: SAFARI
exists to support those who have had false
accusations made against them, and others affected
by this issue. One thing we would ask of everyone
who is falsely accused, for their own good and the
integrity of the group, is to ADMIT what you DID do
(if anything), make use of any course or programme
for which you are genuinely eligible, and be
resolute in maintaining your innocence of anything
you did NOT do.
Above all, be honourable in all
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good
men to do nothing."
Past SAFARI ePetitions to the outgoing Labour Government
(The new Conservative / Liberal Democrat Government appear to be far more willing to listen so we'll spend less time on ePetitions and more on talking to them)
||.. to replace the Government's goal of trying to achieve more convictions for alleged rape and other sexual crime, with a goal to achieve 'more justice for victims'; just going for 'convictions' CREATES victims of false allegations.
||.. to introduce a new offence of 'Making a False Allegation', punishable by a MINIMUM (not maximum) sentence of one year in prison and a recommendation that any sentence passed down should more closely match what the falsely accused person may have faced had they been wrongly found guilty.
||.. to give a defendant in a criminal case the right to have both themselves AND their accuser made the subject of a lie detector (polygraph) test and for the defendant to be allowed to lawfully use the results of those tests in evidence at any trial.
||.. to abolish trial by jury in cases of sexual allegations where it is a case of one person's word against another's.
||.. to reduce the number of wrongly convicted people by making it impossible for a person to be convicted when the only 'evidence' that the person committed the offence is one or more person's word.
||[SAFARI reader's ePetition] .. to change the criminal justice and prison systems so that a falsely accussed and wrongfully convicted person should not be forced into giving up their innocence in order to get a lighter sentence or get parole.
||.. to require juries in criminal trials who find a defendant guilty, to record their reasoning behind each verdict.
||.. to introduce a system whereby victims of false allegations can take effective legal action against abuses of power by those in authority, designed to ‘maximise the chances of’ achieving targets (even if the outcome is flawed), before too much damage has been done.
||.. to reduce dramatically the high level of false allegations of abuse (including rape) made against innocent people by removing financial compensation for those claiming to have been abused when there is no independent proof of actual abuse other than an allegation.
||..to rule that the identity of ALL defendants should remain anonymous until the point of conviction.