If you you google this subject, you find that the UK is mired in this mess- maybe more so than her former colony.
When my principal used to call me into his office to let me know the latest allegation, he'd say "Why do you think they are doing this?" It took awhile before I replied "Because they CAN." It's a control issue. When they see their buddies doing it, they can't wait to join the feeding frenzy. Shame on the administration for using it to drive a teacher out rather than doing a real investigation.
why the epidemic?
vast majority of these allegations are considered false