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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 81–92 | Cite as

False rape allegations

  • Eugene J. Kanin
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Abstract

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.

Key words

rape sexual assault unfounded rape rape mythology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene J. Kanin
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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