How often are accusations of rape or sexual assault false?

Zerlina Maxwell "automatically believe rape claims"
Should we “automatically believe rape claims” like Jackie’s UVA rape claim?

The purpose of this post is to make the case that claims of rape and sexual assault should be made to the police, investigated by the police, and then proceed to trial. We should not punish men for charges that are made outside of the criminal justice system. Let’s take a look at some previous cases and studies to see why not.

Here’s one reported by the far-left Newsweek:

Rolling Stone‘s disastrous and discredited campus rape story now has a price tag.

The magazine has settled a defamation lawsuit filed by the University of Virginia fraternity at the center of the 2014 blockbuster feature by Sabrina Erdely, which was retracted after key details in the story were called into question. According to reports, Rolling Stone will pay a settlement amounting to $1.65 million.

The article, which was published in late fall 2014, described an alleged brutal gang rape of a student named “Jackie” at a UVA fraternity. The story drew wide attention and triggered a police investigation, but it was officially retracted in April 2015 after Jackie’s claims were called into question.

Why did she lie?

The Washington Examiner reports:

Documents have shown that Jackie likely made up the gang rape to try and win the affection of fellow student Ryan Duffin. She had tried other lies to get his sympathy, including pretending to have a terminal illness. When that didn’t work, she tried to make him jealous by inventing an attractive man who would constantly say she had a crush on someone else and he didn’t understand why.

When that didn’t work, she went on a fake date with the fake man, and then claimed she had been gang raped. That didn’t win his affection either, and the two eventually stopped talking.

She lied, because she wanted to get affection and sympathy from a boy she liked.

Here’s another featuring a student at Hofstra University, reported by the NY Post:

The Hofstra freshman who had a raunchy restroom romp and then cried rape made up the twisted tale because she didn’t want her schoolmates — particularly her new boyfriend — to think she was easy, the beau told The Post yesterday.

“I think she needs a psychologist. She probably felt like, ‘They’ll think I’m a slut,’ ” her boyfriend, who asked not to be identified, told The Post.

Danmell Ndonye, 18, who had accused five men of gang rape, admitted the truth only when prosecutors confronted her after learning of a cellphone video that captured the whole sordid episode and showed she had willingly participated, officials said.

She lied because she didn’t want her boyfriend (and others) to think that she was a slut.

Although she made a false rape accusation, she never received any jail time. In fact, she was never even charged.

Another, reported by the Associated Press:

Nikki Yovino, 20, of South Setauket, New York, was sentenced Thursday in Bridgeport Superior Court. She agreed to serve the jail time when she pleaded guilty in June, just before jury selection was to begin, to misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police.

Yovino was attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield when she reported being raped by two school football players at an off-campus party in Bridgeport in October 2016. But police said she later admitted making up the allegations so she wouldn’t ruin a relationship with another student.

[…]Both players remained unidentified until Thursday, when Malik St. Hilaire came forward to speak at the sentencing and confront Yovino. The Connecticut Post reported Yovino rolled her eyes and smirked as St. Hilaire talked about how the allegations affected his life.

She lied, because she didn’t want to ruin a relationship with her boyfriend. And of course there are cases where the woman just wants to get revenge on men for sex she consented to, but that later made her feel bad, as in the Duke University lacrosse case. False accusations of rape or sexual assault are used by people to get attention and sympathy, or to get an alibi when they’ve done something wrong, etc.

Clearly, there are cases where people lie about rape and sexual assault. That’s why we need to get the police involved, and not punish anyone except in the ordinary way that laws and courts punish. Let’s take a look at some studies to see how often false charges are made.

What do the studies show?

Fox News article from a prominent equity feminist, Wendy McElroy cites several studies, here’s one:

[…][The] study conducted by Eugene J. Kanin of Purdue University… examined 109 rape complaints registered in a Midwestern city from 1978 to 1987.

Of these, 45 were ultimately classified by the police as “false.” Also based on police records, Kanin determined that 50 percent of the rapes reported at two major universities were “false.”

[…][E]ven a skeptic like me must credit a DNA exclusion rate of 20 percent that remained constant over several years when conducted by FBI labs. This is especially true when 20 percent more were found to be questionable.

False accusations are not rare. They are common.

So, there’s only a 41 percent conviction rate. DNA testing exonerates 20% of men, and makes the guilt another 20% of men “questionable”. A total of 59 percent of cases didn’t result in a conviction.

In false rape cases, men can spend years in jail, until the women finally admits she made the whole thing up. There are campus cases where only the accused’s witnesses are consulted, only evidence confirming guilt is considered, the charges and evidence are hidden from the accused, the accused is denied legal representation, the accused is denied cross-examined of the accuser, etc.

A double standard

So, that’s how men accused of sexual assault and rape are treated, but what about women?

Consider this case where a female teacher got zero jail time for sexually assaulting an underage male student.  Or this case from the UK where a married mother of two was convicted of producing child pornography, but also received no jail time. It’s not just that men are being denied due process when they are accused of something. It’s that women ARE NOT being punished when they ARE found guilty of something. There just seems to be a widespread view that women are never responsible for their bad choices, and that men are always to blame for everything. What are women learning from this about how they should treat men in their own lives? Should we expect men to have friendships with women and pursue relationships with women in this cultural climate?

26 thoughts on “How often are accusations of rape or sexual assault false?”

  1. The most infuriating case for me is the Mark Pearson one. For those who haven’t heard, Mark had the sheer audacity to invade the personal space of an actress named Souad Faress for half a second in a London train station, and she accused him of raping her manually and then striking her on her shoulder afterward. Thankfully security cameras exonerated him, but not before he was put through Hell as a result. Naturally, Ms. Faress hasn’t faced any repercussions, and the SJWs who run Twitter actively suspend the account of anyone who makes mention of her.

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  2. Even the feminists should be livid about false accusations, because they undermine legitimate ones. This has been going on since Potiphar’s wife. But the abortion-loving Left — including the “Christian” Left — are so eager to do anything about Kavanaugh that they will make up, spread and believe any lie.

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  3. There is also, it seems, a view that only men can be evil. Women are good and onlly look out for the good of the world.

    If they do something bad they were likely forced to do it by men.

    No evidence backs it, but people don’t like to believe women are as capable ad doing wrong as men. Equality does not seem to mean they can equally do bad things

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    1. Yes, and this is what I am hinting at in the last paragraph. How can you possible get involved in a relationship with someone who has become conditioned to believe that everything about men is evil and wrong, and everything about women is valuable and good? For people who understand what marriage really is, this is a recipe for disaster.

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      1. Even back in the early 20th century women were shown much more sympathy and leniency in regards to murder.


        After they had kissed and made up they spent several house there. The woman playfully picked up a rope and asked her husband to tie her hands. He did so. She then said she bet she could tied his hands so he couldn’t get away. Laughingly he let her try. She called a half-breed Indian boy to her aid, when they had secured the man’s hands they deliberately murdered him and threw his body into a stream.

        Never was a more treacherous-crime committed. But when it was announced the woman was to hang, the Governor of her State was swamped with letters of protest. He withstood the pressure, however, and the sentence of death was executed.

        That case was an exception. Everywhere jurors simply refuse to pronounce sentence of death against the women. In the rare cases when they do, popular sympathy compels an executive commutation of sentence. Within the last few weeks, readers of the Post-Dispatch will remember, at least two Coroner’s juries have wept in sympathy with women who have killed their husbands.

        In the Forty-Eighth District Court of Texas the action of a judge in compelling the indictment of a woman who had killed her husband will be made a political issue. It is not impossible that the Judge will be defeated for re-election on the strength of it. Popular sympathy is with the woman, and, it must be admitted, that if murder is ever to be justified, the woman had a claim upon his sympathy.”

        https://unknownmisandry.blogspot.com/2013/12/why-are-so-many-wives-killing-their.html

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  4. Spot on! The me too movement is misogynistic on that it infantilizes women as powerless little children who can be mentally overpowered by a man! Unless he’s holding you down as you scream, the lines can get blurred in cases of coercion. Not to mention, an allegation destroys a man’s character even if proven innocent! Everyone will always think, “but what if he did do it?…” as a woman, this never doubt ideology is detrimental to of course the man, but also REAL victims when even a glance can be construed as assault! This cheapens what rape TRULY is!
    https://aladyofreason.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/yes-men-are-allowed-opinions-too/

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  5. People (especially on the left) openly mock men who take the very logical step of never being alone with a woman who isn’t their wife. I would say that any man who isn’t following the rule of never being alone with a woman (who isn’t his wife, daughter, mother, etc.) isn’t very good at risk management.

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  6. I have read plenty of stories where 1) females/women were sexually abused and ignored (and that’s terrible), as well as 2) women/girls who made up false accusations about boys/men, which is also terrible.

    Regarding the latter, many a male has been smeared or defamed — I’ve even heard stories of “guilty until proven innocent” (boys being booted from high school sports teams, having to homeschool or drop out, etc.) Why do the females do this? Some of them are lashing out like a temper tantrum (“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn’d”), sometimes the woman is emotionally stalking the man [trying to get his attention, although I don’t see how antagonizing a man into a relationship works…] / getting attention and sympathy as you mentioned…

    Sadly, sometimes the accusation sticks to the person long after the news, even if it were not true.

    There’s plenty a man who have voiced their concern over being accused of such, and there’s one nearly unassailable defense (only have sex, after being married, only to your wife). And of course, highly develop discernment to keep the crazies away.

    As you’ve hinted in your last paragraph, there are some additional subtle implications of “men are evil”: I’ve seen posts from love/marriage/dating advice sites and other remarks that basically if the sex is bad, it’s the husband’s fault. If the wife cheats, it’s because the husband 1) isn’t romantic enough or 2) isn’t ambitious enough (could also be read: isn’t making enough money) or 3) isn’t emotionally supportive enough/doesn’t appreciate the wife enough, or 4) the husband does not sexually fulfill me, etc.

    Basically: it’s the man’s fault for everything. Regardless of whether the wife is faithful or not, regardless of her carnal instincts.

    And yes, it does make for bad marriage prospects.

    I’ve also seen that the false rape/sexual harassment/sexual abuse charge hurts male-female interactions, for instance, mentoring: several non-Christian men I know are very leery of entering into any one-on-one mentoring relationship with women.

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  7. I always agree stay away from being alone with women to minimize risks.

    It also makes it hard to end up having sex which can result in having to pay for kids if you are not married and in a relationship to handle that

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  8. I’m hoping someone familiar with crime statistics can answer the questions contained in my musing below. Any answers, thoughts or links will be most welcome.
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    Crime Statistics

    There is a party.

    There are 10 men and 10 women at the party.

    One woman reports that 9 men raped her.

    Is that one crime or nine?

    When the crime statistics are reported for THAT year will they be:

    90% of men are rapists

    90% of women are the victim of rape

    When in the NEXT year it is shown that the accusation was completely false, will the crime statistics be corrected for the previous year?

    Now if just one man at the party rapes nine women, is that one crime or nine?

    When the crime statistics are reported will they be:

    90% of women are the victim of rape

    90% of men are rapists

    This leads to the question of any statistic. Especially when it comes to the rate at which something happens.

    It is more likely that ONE person will commit or do something MULTIPLE times than it is for the instances of that activity to be evenly spread throughout society.

    Men commit crimes at far higher rates than women but the statistic is calculated based on the WHOLE population, possibly including children.

    Only women have abortions, but some women have multiple abortions, but that statistic (the rate) is calculated based on an entire population. What is that entire population? Women 18 and over, 16 and over, 12 and over

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  9. “…What are women learning from this about how they should treat men in their own lives? Should we expect men to have friendships with women and pursue relationships with women in this cultural climate?”

    Ponder the above questions, and then ponder these questions:
    1. Why is the popularity of MGTOW becoming more widespread among the male population?
    2. Why are more men avoiding relationships with females then ever before?
    3. Why do women hate MGTOW, while they also love saying how they “need a man like a fish needs a bicycle”?

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  10. ‘What are women learning from this about how they should treat men in their own lives?’

    The thing they think men treat them as…objects only for a utility on par with furniture or farm animals. If they can easily throw away a man to save her butt, she’ll do it. Rape (be it man or woman) and a man having his good name ruined because of a false rape accuastion are both horrible acts that should be punished justly.

    ‘Should we expect men to have friendships with women and pursue relationships with women in this cultural climate?’

    It seems like every year it’s getting worse between the stories you read from what crazy women do and the increase in men not wanting to get involved with crazy anymore…and I do think you’ll see the numbers start to reflect this (already in some cases but I think a big spike is coming). I personally have a short leash if I get involved with a woman and that’s for my own protection because I certainly don’t want crazy in my life.

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    1. Where is the movement of women who speak out against things like no-fault divorce, promiscuity, single motherhood by choice, discrimination against boys in the schools, etc.? I just don’t see any movement among women against the forces that are causing men harm.

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      1. With all due respect…I don’t expect women to spearhead leadership when it comes to that. They’ll follow if a lot of men start bringing a big movement like that. Fact is female rebellion and harm to men is probably is profiting someone big time (Planned Parenthood, divorce lawyers, big pharma, social justice activists) that they want the society to continue down that path.

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      2. I’ve brought this up on many an occasion , and the response from those few members of “the red pill ladies’ auxiliary” who will even deign to answer the question usually respond with some variation of “it’s not my job to serve as an example for/mentor/correct other women.”

        In other words, “I’ve got MY man, and that’s all I care about. The others? F***’em.”

        In other words, typical selfishness and solipsism.

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  11. I’m surprised by the slightly misogynistic tone of many of the comments. (I’m also surprised that I spelled that right!) I’ll have to admit that this is the first time in my 60+ years that I’ve seen such a tone and am sorry that it is in a “Christian” community. Maybe I’ve become hyper-sensitive and am seeing something that is not there.
    The anecdotal (didn’t get that one right in one) evidence that women are treated differently in criminal situations isn’t a reason to discount their accusations of men.
    We are a country ruled by laws and there should be equal justice under the law. However, we are humans with societal values and as such are affected by those values. One of those values, whether feminazis want to admit it or not, is that as a society we defer to women in many situations. From opening a door, to allowing more leeway in criminal cases.

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  12. The feminist movement all but insist that women be believed without any questions and that even questioning a woman’s claim is misogynistic. My completely uneducated guess is that the vast majority of rape claims that do not involve a visit to the police are false. The reason they continue is that false rape accusations are a no lose activity for certain women as there are almost never any consequences for the false accuser.

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