I don’t understand why someone would want to that to people. The lying party should be punished heavily . It says a lot about those who automatically assume people are guilty without a proper unbiased investigation. Because if there actions, they should be remove from command and let it be made publicly. That way they get a sense for others felt .Happens all the time, sadly. And not just the ‘girl on boy’ style interactions.
I was Adjt of a unit at one time when two of my Officers were falsely accused of ‘gang assaulting’ a female officer from another unit.
Against all my pleas for ‘due process’ they were punished, confined to their rooms actually, for a month before any formal proceedings were scheduled. She then admitted to lying and they were released as if nothing had happened. No apology, nothing.
She received no admonishment for lying, and my two (excellent) Officers subsequently left the Army in disgust.
Glass half full: they are both doing much better now than any of the Generals who dumped on them during this ridiculous incident.
If it is true about the general officers, it will be extremely hard to gain back trust.