Are there any objective studies of false RAPE accusations?

Prof. Eugene Kanin of Purdue did studies of false rape reports more than a decade ago where he documented recantations of false police reports and also recorded the reasons these women gave for making false accusations. Other than that, data which the Women's movement has used to claim such false accusations are rare, are simply cherry picked opinion poles of those in police or rape councilors and hardly objective.

Does anyone know of any unbiased objective studies made by academics without a connection to feminists or devoid of other gender-political agenda?


Thanks for your detailed response Know-it-all, but in looking at your links, I find nothing conclusive about the frequency of false accusations, although the Innocence Project shows much injustice has been done. Although I want to believe there are very few deliberately false accusations, which can be as devastating for the male as rape is for the female, I just can't find any objective study to back it up. Yet, that assumption is central to police training and pervades academia. But, "where's the beef?"

Avocado, you distract from the central question. Rather than answer, you simply attack Know-it-all for not following the as yet unproven popular assumption that women don't lie about rape. Do you have the answer?

Regardless of what we want to believe, truth is paramount.

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  • 8 years ago
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    "simply cherry picked opinion poles" -- That's exactly it. Many women's groups use statistics that favor their agenda to arrive at corroborated figures that conclude put false rape accusations a lesser threat than traffic violations.

    DNA tests have saved many such people [predominantly men] from being unjustly punished.

    Although there is no doubt that false rape allegations occur, it is extremely difficult to determine what percentage of rape reports is intentionally false. This is due to many factors, including jurisdictional variation in definition, criteria, and reporting practices, as well as the fact that not all rapes are reported. Although the FBI had set 8% as the average rate of false (actually, unfounded) accusations during the late 1990s, there is remarkable variation in the estimates of false allegations of rape found in the literature (Kanin, 1994; Epstein, 2005). A review of those studies on false rape accusations conducted between 1968 and 2005 showed a percentage range from 1-90% (Rumney, 2006).

    Link here --

    Based on an analysis by the founders of the Innocence Project, "Every year since 1989, in about 25 percent of the sexual assault cases referred to the FBI where results could be obtained, the primary suspect has been excluded by forensic DNA testing. Specifically, FBI officials report that out of roughly 10,000 sexual assault cases since 1989, about 2,000 tests have been inconclusive, about 2,000 tests have excluded the primary suspect, and about 6,000 have "matched" or included the primary suspect."

    The authors continued, "these percentages have remained constant for 7 years, and the National Institute of Justice's informal survey of private laboratories reveals a strikingly similar 26 percent exclusion rate."

    If the foregoing results can be extrapolated, then the rate of false reports is roughly between 20 (if DNA excludes an accused) to 40 percent (if inconclusive DNA is added). The relatively low estimate of 25 to 26 percent is probably accurate, especially since it is supported by other sources.

    Link here --,2933,194032,00.html...

    When reading the report from which the excerpts shown below were taken, consider that the FBI program of DNA testing of rapists didn't begin until 1989, and that therefore it is very likely that about 25 or perhaps as many as 40 percent of men convicted before 1989 of and serving time for rape are innocent.

    Consider also that the DNA testing program took some time to come into full swing, so that even after 1989 it was quite likely that innocent men (as per DNA evidence) would still have been convicted of rape, although somewhat steadily declining numbers of them.

    Consider further that the FBI doesn't become involved in all rape cases, only in those that are referred to it. So, the actual number of innocent men imprisoned for rape must be far, far higher than one is led to believe by the excerpts.

    The question still remains as to how many of the "rapists" whose DNA is a match with that of the semen found in or on their victims actually had consensual sex. After all, even a wife can claim that she has been raped by her husband, if at any time she decides to do that, regardless of whether the sexual intercourse she had with her husband was consensual or not.

    In the end, nothing matters other than what the woman says. And, as they say, "women don't lie." Obviously, what they say is wrong. (In the US, there are an estimated 520,000 false rape allegations a year — 98.1% of all reported cases. — Eeva Sodhi

    Link here --

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  • 8 years ago

    @Know It All: You really can't accuse feminists of being "biased" when you obtain ALL of your "statistics" and "data" from websites like Fox News or anti-feminism organizations. Is hypocrisy a type of irony? Because I find this ironic.

    Edit: I don't know the answer to your question. I was simply pointing out to Know It All that he isn't giving you proper sources for your information. No need to get snappy.

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