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False complaints of sexual abuse in the military are rising at a faster rate than overall reports of sexual assault, a trend that could harm combat readiness, analysts say.

Virtually all media attention on a Pentagon report last week focused on an increase in service members’ claims of sexual abuse in an anonymous survey, but unmentioned were statistics showing that a significant percentage of such actually investigated cases were baseless.

From 2009 to 2012, the number of sexual abuse reports rose from 3,244 to 3,374 — a 4 percent increase.

During the same period, the number of what the Pentagon calls “unfounded allegations” based on completed investigations of those reports rose from 331 to 444 — a 35 percent increase….

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Is it the new 1-in-4 statistic?

I don’t mean the widely-circulated ‘1-in-4 women will be raped in their lifetime’ but a statistic that suggests ‘1-in-4 accusations of rape are false.’

For a long time, I have been bothered by the elusiveness of figures on the prevalence of false accusations of sexual assault. The crime of ‘bearing false witness’ is rarely tracked or punished, and the context in which it is usually raised is highly politicized…..

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False allegations of rape

Posted: December 16, 2013 in false allegations

Rumney, P. (2006) False allegations of rape. The Cambridge Law
Journal, 65 (1). 125 -158. ISSN 1469-2139

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False Allegations of Sexual  Assualt: An Analysis of Ten
Years of Reported Cases
David Lisak1
, Lori Gardinier2
, Sarah C. Nicksa2
and Ashley M. Cote2
One of the most controversial disputes affecting the discourse related to violence against
women is the dispute about the frequency of false allegations of sexual assault. In an effort
to add clarity to the discourse, published research on false allegations is critiqued, and the
results of a new study described. All cases (N = 136) of sexual assault reported to a major
Northeastern university over a 10-year period are analyzed to determine the percentage of
false allegations. Of the 136 cases of sexual assault reported over the 10-year period, 8 (5.9%)
are coded as false allegations. These results, taken in the context of an examination of
previous research, indicate that the prevalence of false allegations is between 2% and 10%.

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