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How Common are False Rape Accusations?
You may have heard the mainstream media bandying about some “2%” figure – that false rape accusations make up a mere 2% of all rape accusations put forth, the other 98% being genuine.
As it turns out, this number isn’t close to supported by most of the research... and the problem of false rape accusations is a lot more widespread than media would have you believe.
Even as early as 1994 – a time when no one was talking about false rape accusations – these were on the rise and making up larger and larger percentages of rapes being reported.
From the 1994 study “False Rape Allegations”, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior:
Back in 1994, before the Internet was widespread and before the cultural zeitgeist of the West had reached its zenith of celebrating women and shaming and lampooning men, a full 41% of all forcible rapes reported in the studied community were deemed false allegations. That’s only a tad shy of 1 out of 2.
According to the study, three (3) primary reasons for such allegations to be made were discovered:
- She needed an alibi (e.g., it’s not cheating if the guy raped you)
- She was seeking revenge (e.g., he didn’t want to date her and she felt bad)
Of course, the actual estimates of what percent of total rape cases false rape accusations represent are all over the map, ranging from as low as 1% of rapes reported to as high as 90% of rapes reported, according to Rumney’s 2006 examination.
- She wanted sympathy/attention (i.e., she’s nuts)
The reason the specific community mentioned in the 1994 study above was selected for study was due to the strictness and objectiveness of its rape investigation standards:
That’s from the 2008 paper “False Rape Allegations” (same name as the 1994 study), which further found that:
When the 1994 police protocol was replicated at two large Midwestern universities, 50% of forcible rape complaints over a 3-year period were found to be false
In the U.S. Air Force, of 1,218 reports of rape made between 1980 and 1984 on Air Force bases:
460 were “proven” genuine rapes right off the bat
212 were “disproved” false allegations right away
546 needed investigation, including polygraph (lie detector) tests, 27% of which led to the alleged victims backing out prior to the lie detector tests and admitting they’d made the whole thing up
With 27% of 546 unclear cases admitted to be hoaxes, and 212 disproved immediately, a total of 45% of rape allegations turned out to be false
In all cases where it was diligently applied, the most rigorous investigating ferreted out that a little shy of half of all rape accusations are falseaccusations.
Yet, not all police forces are as rigorous as these, and with the stigma attached to rape that there is, the mere accusation itself can be enough to significantly damage a man’s social, romantic, and career life for a long, long time.
“With the cooperation of the police agency of a small metropolitan community, 45 consecutive, disposed, false rape allegations covering a 9 year period were studied. These false rape allegations constitute 41% the total forcible rape cases (n =109) reported during this period. These false allegations appear to serve three major functions for the complainants: providing an alibi, seeking revenge, and obtaining sympathy and attention. False rape allegations are not the consequence of a gender-linked aberration, as frequently claimed, but reflect impulsive and desperate efforts to cope with personal and social stress situations.”
“The given town was specifically selected for study because the police department used a uniquely objective and thorough protocol when investigating rape complaints. Among other procedural safeguards, officers did not have the discretion to drop rape investigations if they concluded the complaint was “suspect” or unfounded. Every rape accusation had to be thoroughly investigated and included offering a polygraph to both the accuser and the accused. Cases were determined to be false if and when the accuser admitted that no rape occurred.”it goes on from there, with much more information as well as some heart wrenching stories about the utter callousness of the female gender.
however, if you did read this post, you might be wondering how I went from 41% to "more than half." the fact is that they aren't taking into account wrongful convictions. consider what the requirement is to "prove" a rape has occurred. the woman simply has to make the claim, and in most situations the man is doomed. on top of that, they also have what is known as a "rape kit" which is a collection of forensic evidence taken at a hospital or police station. if this shows any signs of sexual activity, it's considered to be evidence of rape. all a woman has to do is have sex with a man to "prove" that she was raped. the cops will collect his DNA as evidence and use it against him at his trial.
an innocent man will be sent to prison based on a lie, and women across the world will support this lie.