The Truth about False Allegations
Widely-held beliefs about the prevalence of false reporting often dictate the general discourse around rape and sexual assault in the United States; such beliefs also influence political and social support for initiatives to examine reporting standards or victim services. This discourse is often grounded in controversy and dominant social ideas of gender and sexuality, rather than actual data, however. The fact is that false rape allegations occur infrequently. The range of false report rates found by rigorous and reliable research most consistently falls within a range of 2 to 10%.
The following Issue Brief, Research Finds Most Sexual Assault Reports to be True: Uncovering myths and practices, influencing change, describes the problems within our system response that preserve the fictitious notion that most victims lie about being raped and creates barriers to reporting for rape victim/survivors. It also highlights the areas where STOP Administrators can influence change in their state.