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Accusation: A Wife’s Story

Filed under: Sex Abuse / CYF — JohnPotter @ 9:07 am Tue 11th October 2005

Newly released book by Mary Fielding and Jane Westaway
ISBN/ISSN 1877361151
In bookstores now – $29.95

ACCUSATION is Mary Fielding’s gripping account of a nightmare that begins one ordinary evening with a knock at her front door. Minutes later three police officers lead away her husband Steve. Later that night he is charged on two counts of indecency. What is his wife and mother of his two daughters to believe? And which is worse: that her husband is guilty as charged, or that an innocent man is subjected to such on-going anguish?

After a two-and-a-half year battle which threatens the Fielding’s emotional and economic survival, Steve is spat out of a system that Mary now sees as deeply flawed, shockingly unjust. It’s easy to believe in justice, to trust police to investigate and judges to deliver sound verdicts, that is, until someone in your family is arrested, charged and tried. Then that belief can be shattered forever. ACCUSATION is a compelling story told with remarkable courage.


  1. Can’t wait to read it.
    This is a story all to familiar for many of us these days.
    I used to believe that you were presumed innocent until proven guilty, but sadly I believe that is not the case in New Zealand anymore.
    As for the police they prejudge defendents and believe accusers at face value.
    I am horrified at the number of women and small children out there hurt by the sick crime of false rape allegations.
    It is time more women got out there and publicised what is going on, and maybe we can then find a balance in a system that has turned too far in the direction of females.
    Rape is an horrific crime, but false allegations are equally as evil.
    I have spoken to a number of women prepared to get in touch with the media about this crime and I for one will be amongst them if justice does not start to prevail in our court system.

    Comment by swinging pendulum — Wed 12th October 2005 @ 1:32 pm

  2. I’m deeply troubled at false allagations that girls can make and then the male’s have to pay for crimes that they never done.My son has had his life turned upside down and my heart breaks for him. Every one knows he is a good kid and had a promising future and now it is all over for what someone to get a kick.So now I’m doing my own investigating on the subject!

    Comment by marie — Sat 3rd December 2005 @ 2:32 am

  3. But this book is not about false allegations. It is a case of mistaken identity and about the system. The girl who was the victim of the indecent act wrote down the wrong licence plate, and the police didn’t follow that up well enough, etcetera.

    Comment by lisa — Thu 8th December 2005 @ 12:16 pm

  4. in the uk today men (some of who are guilty) are going through our court system but many more in court are proving to be false allagations but the man is named and shamed in the media spotlight yet the others who accuse him are never ever seen in court or everget there names in the news papers etc they never come out of the shadows and they are never taken to court for false allagations but a man accused of such things he is guilty before any inocent verdict is given and so his life stops and the accusers go on living in the shadows hoping the compensation they may get will one day be theres as some are making multi cliams against men who they may have met in the past and it is a fact the uk have increased there payments to such “”victims” and so the women continue to give false accounts of a given situation..but in my view all accusations must be investigated as though true then look at what the evidence says(if any) then anominity for all concerned untill it is a guilty virdict…simple enough but the lib bragades will have none of it…we in the uk today are rejecting “pc” and the lib mobs who fund far feched ideas but they are never around to pay for the outfall of what they do as in the uk 40% of men kill themselves due to false allagations..yet the finger pointers always remain in the shadows with no media hunting them.

    Comment by mr david anderson — Tue 28th March 2006 @ 9:27 pm

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