Monday, June 01, 2015

What we know about false rape allegations

Dara Lind at Vox reports on What we know about false rape allegations "For one thing, research has finally nailed down a consistent range for how many reports of rape are false: somewhere between 2 and 8 percent, which is a lot narrower than the 1.5 percent to 90 percent range of the past. But it's also shown that the cultural debate over rape shapes the reality of how rapes are reported and investigated. The incidents that many people think of as 'gray rape' — cases where the victim knew or even dated the offender, where the victim was intoxicated, where the victim didn't fight — are the ones most likely to be treated as false by investigators. But in reality, the rape reports that turn out to be false are more likely to involve strangers and violence."

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