As for the rest of us, we can’t do much to protect ourselves from a criminal prosecution. There is no way to know how many people have been arrested and then released or pardoned as a result of false charges. The fact that there are so few cases suggests that they represent only a small minority of those who were persecuted in this fashion. But if you have been falsely accused, the worst thing you could do is to become defensive and angry at your imprisonment. You must keep your cool and remember what it was like before you learned about this injustice—before you knew that thousands had already been victimized by similar tactics!
What should I say when someone accuses me of being guilty?
The first rule: acknowledge what happened without pointing fingers or playing innocent; never look guilty yourself. If it becomes necessary, state clearly: “I am not guilty (or innocent) because (and here tell them why).” Once everyone understands the truth behind these words, all will be well again . . . unless they choose to continue their lies anyway!
Why didn’t I hear anything about this group called AFFIRM until now? Why haven’t others heard about it? What can I do now? How can I help spread the word? Who else should I talk with besides my lawyer(s)? Will anyone listen if we try to bring attention to this problem through grassroots efforts such as letter writing campaigns and boycotts against companies