This is the number that will be bandied about:
The study released on Wednesday by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) reveals that during the 17-month test period – when all false allegation cases were referred to the DPP – there were 5,651 prosecutions for rape and 111,891 for domestic violence in England and Wales.
By comparison, over the same timespan, there were only 35 prosecutions for making false allegations of rape, six for false allegations of domestic violence and three that involved false allegations of both rape and domestic violence.
35 as opposed to 5,651.
But that isn\’t at all the ratio of false allegations to reports of rapes. That\’s the number that are prosecuted for either, a very different matter. What if, just for example, we had a difference in the willingness to prosecute for each crime? And I don\’t think we\’d have to think too hard to come up with reasons why there might be such a difference.
Of 159 suspects linked to allegedly false claims referred to the CPS
Just by changing the definition a little bit we do start to see very different numbers, don\’t we?
And what we really want to know, if what we\’re interested in is the number of false allegations is, well, the number of false allegations. Which isn\’t something that\’s on offer here at all.
All of which means that we probably do have to fall back on the previous set of numbers that we have. That false allegations make up some 4-6% (I think I\’m recalling that number correctly) of all reports of rape.