Cleveland force has previously described how officers gave woman ‘strong words of advice’ – but no charges were brought
A man falsely accused of rape has not made a formal complaint about the decision not to charge his “victim”, police say.
It comes after a woman was given strong words of advice by officers after she claimed she was sexually assaulted on Kenilworth Road in Billingham late last month.
Cleveland Police said the woman had not been charged after it emerged the incident never happened.
The 32-year-old man arrested was released with no further action to be taken.
Since the allegation was made, comments have been issued on social networking sites including Reddit.
One poster wrote: “I have just complained to Cleveland Police, others should as well. Men are not being protected from false allegation.
“There are approximately 22,000 reports of false allegation made to the police each year in the UK.
“The CPS should be prosecuting thousands of women for making a false allegation.”
A spokeswoman for the force said Cleveland Police Professional Standards Department formally records complaints from those people who were directly involved in a particular incident, those adversely affected by an incident or those that witnessed it.
“These standards are set nationally by the Independent Police Complaints Commission statutory guidance for recording complaints,” she added.
“Cleveland Police currently have no complaint formally recorded in relation to this specific incident.”