An upper limit to false rape claims

We do know that there are false claims of rape. Ranging from the malicious to the confused – no, that wasn’t rape M’am, however much you wish you hadn’t done what you did voluntarily.

We have varied estimates of this, from nearly never never, through to 6% from detailed academic research to perhaps this:

A third of rape victims feel police are ‘unhelpful’ during investigations

This is clearly an overestimate but it’s still useful as a boundary. It will include those who actually are let down by police activity as well as those who would like to ram something through. Interesting what can be observed by taking certain numbers seriously…..

8 thoughts on “An upper limit to false rape claims”

  1. It all depends on whether ‘victim’ is defined as ‘perpetrator got convicted’ or ‘made a claim’. In the latter case, I’d be surprised if it was that low.

  2. I can categorically confirm that the percentage of false rape claims lies between 0% and 100% of all rape claims.

    Hope that helps.

  3. Shouldn’t we compare it to the percentage of people who feel the police were unhelpful when they made reports of burglary? Or shoplifting? Or…well, anything else, really?

  4. On the continong people routinely take out legal defence insurance. I wonder why the market is so undeveloped in UK.

  5. @philip: long ago I was a Senior Examiner in a university. One of our undergraduates, a woman, was caught cheating. So I had to run an investigation: she – and the tutor I insisted must accompany her – had to appear before a panel I’d assembled to hear the case.

    When checking the rules with the Powers That Be I was told that since the accused was female the panel must include one female. OK by me. But I could not resist asking “does the same apply for a male?” “No.” “So”, says I, “some poor bloody Etonian could be tried before a coven of lesbian feminists without a single male on the panel”. Silence. Eventually “if you must put it like that, yes.”

    Some years later I was told by someone who might have known what he was talking about that my question had led to a change in the rules. That, I suppose, just shows how long ago it all was. Nowadays I’d presumably have been sacked for crimethink.

  6. It seems one of the red flags is the reluctance to turn over their phone to the police as part of their investigation. There’s been a number of attempts around trying to stop the police doing this including claiming it’s an unwarranted invasion of their privacy and that it means the police don’t believe them* etc
    Given how mobile phone messages etc have been key elements in acquittal in a number of cases those campaigning to remove this investigative practice should be done for interfering with the course of justice.

    *The police are supposed to investigate which means confirmation of information given, twisting that to make them take sides is another scheme that’s been pushed for quite a while and many of these complaints are really about the police doing job.

  7. I think the percentage of false accusations somewhere between 75 and 95%. It tends to be the same false accusers making multiple complaints as part of an ongoing ‘domestic’ dispute (or several) and the police are obliged to investigate. Feminist control of the legal system and political culture is total so of course this never gets out and the cases are so flimsy that they don’t go through but the accused could well lose his livelihood on the ‘no smoke without fire’ principle – charges, let alone convictions for false accusation are of course extremely rare.

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