Around the coun…

Around the country, there are cases involving police officers accused of attempting to bully victims into admitting they made up their rapes — a not uncommon practice that has fueled “false rape” statistics.

“False rape” is brought up often by men’s rights activists, who generally fear that women — motivated by revenge, or perhaps just regretting sleeping with a man — could use a jury’s sympathy to falsely convict men of rape. But this thinking isn’t limited to MRAs; Heisman winner Jameis Winston’s alleged victim was accused by some in the Florida State community of trying to destroy his career.

But the reality of “false rape” accusations is clear: A woman lying to law enforcement about her assault is both statistically infrequent and difficult to prove. The FBI has called attempts to organize it under one statistic meaningless. There is no formal record of false rape accusations — they do happen, just not often.

False rape statistics

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