False rape allegations

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.

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Kanin, E.J. False rape allegations. Arch Sex Behav 23, 81–92 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01541619

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  • rape
  • sexual assault
  • unfounded rape
  • rape mythology