The Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’) claims it doesn’t know how many women it’s prosecuted for paternity fraud

In the election manifesto we’ll be writing at length about the anti-male bias of the criminal justice system, including the CPS, which has become yet more anti-male under the leadership of Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions. The CPS is enthusiastic about spending taxpayers’ money pursuing men – notably prominent elderly men – for alleged historical sexual offences, whilst having little or no interest in pursuing women for historical sexual offences. We know that over 25% of sexual offences are carried out by women against men. All else being equal, the ratio of men being charged with committing sexual offences against women, compared with women committing sexual offences against men, should be a little below 3:1. The actual figure is 146:1. Information backing up these numbers will be in our manifesto, in the section about the sexual abuse of men and children by women.

Paternity fraud (‘PF’) – at least the form in which women lead men to believe they’re the biological fathers of children, when they’re not, or don’t reveal the truth to men – is not only a common crime, whether accomplished or not, but one that has long been illegal in the UK, as an act of fraud. PF is a grave assault on the deceived men, the children, and the actual biological fathers of the children.

Just how common is the crime? Estimates range up to a figure of 30% of children in the UK being raised / financially supported by men deceived into believing they’re the biological fathers of children, when they’re not. If a man discovers he’s the victim of PF, unusually for a fraudulent act, he won’t be entitled to any financial compensation from the child’s mother. The most he can do is to seek financial damages for emotional distress. In the last successful case we heard of, the woman settled out of court for around £19,000. Surely a small proportion of the sum the man had expended on the child, at this time a young man, who disowned him, while his mother resumed her relationship with the man’s biological father.

And people wonder why, in our election manifesto, we’ll be calling for compulsory paternity testing at birth…

We know from one of our FoI responses that for many years the CSA alone has learned of 500+ cases p.a. of PF, after men have demanded paternity tests. So the state knows the identity and addresses of some of these criminals. And we have to ask, how many men naively accept they’re the fathers of the children in question, and pay large sums of money over many years to support children to whom they’re biologically unrelated?

How many women are charged and convicted of the crime of PF? That’s what one of our recent flurry of FoI requests set out to discover. This afternoon we received this response from the CPS. The letter simultaneously provides little information, and reveals an astonishing fact:

The CPS has no idea how many women (if any) it has charged with paternity fraud in recent years.

Or if it knows, it isn’t saying at this stage. Well, the victims of the crime are all men, so why would the CPS take any interest, or keep records? Our strong suspicion is that the CPS never prosecutes women for PF.

The legislation under which women could be prosecuted for PF is the Fraud Act (2006). The CPS guide to the Act is here. No specific mention is made of paternity fraud, so far as we can see. In the same vein, the CPS issues sentencing guidelines for fraud, but not specifically for PF. Well, what would be the point of producing sentencing guidelines for a crime for which women are never prosecuted?

The CPS letter states that the number of PF prosecutions can’t be disaggregated from the number of prosecutions brought under the Fraud Act (2006). The work required to answer our questions would allegedly exceed the FoI maximum (3.5 days = £600). We certainly aren’t prepared to pay towards any additional time required to discover information that the CPS should be willing to release at no charge – especially if the simple truth is that women are never charged with PF – so we’ll send them a new FoI request this evening, asking them to spend up to 3.5 days checking through recent case files to establish the number of Fraud Act (2006) prosecutions attributable to PF, relative to the number of prosecutions attributable to other forms of fraud.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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