Monday, January 29, 2007

False Accusations: The Scientific Evidence

Kanin, Eugene J., Ph.D. "False Rape Allegations." Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 23, No. 1 (1994), pp 81-92. (Peer reviewed journal)
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.

McDowell, Charles P., Ph.D. "False Allegations." Forensic Science Digest, (publication of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations), Vol. 11, No. 4 (December 1985), p. 64.
The study found that 60% of rape allegations are false. The study of 548 allegations was only undertaken after it was noticed that 20% of accusers later admitted they had lied. The researchers did not intially believe the 60% result and conducted two follow-up studies. The 60% finding held but political interference prevented publication.

The Truth Behind Legal Dominance Feminism's "Two Percent False Rape Claim" Figure
Edward Greer. "For at least the last decade, Legal Dominance Feminism (LDF) has been the predominant voice on sexual abuse within legal academia. However, many of its empirical claims regarding the sexual abuse of women are erroneous."

Kakadabse, A., Kakabadse, N. (2004) Intimacy: International Survey of the Sex Lives of People at Work, Palgrave.
This international study of sexual behaviour found that the majority (over 50%) of sexual harassment claims are false.

Believe Her! The Woman Never Lies Myth, Frank S. Zepezauer, IPT
ABSTRACT: Empirical evidence does not support the widespread belief that women are extremely unlikely to make false accusations of male sexual misconduct. Rather the research on accusations of rape, sexual harassment, incest, and child sexual abuse indicates that false accusations have become a serious problem. The motivations involved in making a false report are widely varied and include confusion, outside influence from therapists and others, habitual lying, advantages in custody disputes, financial gain, and the political ideology of radical feminism.

Philip N.S. Rumney, False Allegations of Rape. The Cambridge Law Journal (2006), 65: 128-158 Cambridge University Press
THERE can be little doubt that the spectre of false rape allegations has significantly influenced the development of legal doctrine and its enforcement. The fear of false allegations has been used to justify evidential rules in cases involving sexual offences such as the corroboration warning, the retention of the marital rape immunity and continues to influence police and prosecutorial decision-making.


Nick S said...

During the 1950s and 1960s, Eugene Kanin actually published a number of studies that claimed that male sexual aggression was far more common than was generally thought at the time. These studies were all enthusiastically cited by feminists. So surely feminists can't dismiss his later work on false accusations when they were happy to cite him as an authority.

The Phantom said...

"So surely feminists can't dismiss his later work on false accusations when they were happy to cite him as an authority."

Of course they can!

That's what feminists do.

Nick S said...

"Of course they can! That's what feminists do."
You're right. But maybe there's a parallel universe out there somewhere where feminists are subject to some standards of intellectual honesty and rigour. Then again, maybe I just dreamt about that.