This post mainly deals with false accusations or allegations by women in relation to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
One of the common false claims made by feminists is that men’s rights activists assert that most women who claim to have been raped are lying. Personally I have never seen or heard this statement made by any MHRA. What is often stated however is that there are substantial and unacceptably high numbers of women making false rape accusations, and that this problem should be acknowledged and treated seriously (including charging the false accuser where appropriate).
Being the subject of a false accusation of sexual assault can be, and often is, a traumatic and life-changing experience for anyone. False rape allegations also minimise and demean the suffering and the credibility of victims of actual rape.
Let’s start with the Wikipedia entry for false rape allegations, which extracts data from many different studies. This highlights the practical difficulty in differentiating between false rape allegations, unproven allegations, and ‘not guilty’ verdicts for example. It does however refute the suggestion made by many feminists that false allegations are either non-existent or absolutely negligible.
Here in Australia I came across the following information:
“A Victorian study, which analysed 850 rapes reported to the police over the period 2000–03, found that only 2.1% of reports were designated as false by the police. In these cases, the alleged victim was either charged or told that she would be charged unless she dropped the complaint. While this only represents a fraction of the sample, there was a much larger proportion of cases where police were confident, or reasonably confident, that the allegations were false, but there was no attempt to institute charges against the alleged victim.” (Source here and related reddit discussion thread here)
This article ‘How often do women falsely cry rape?’ gives quite a fair and balanced intro to the issue and can be read in conjunction with the Wiki entry cited above. Further recommended reading:
‘Dangerous rape myths: Part 1 / Part 2′ by Hannah Wallen (13 December 2014)
‘13 reasons women lie about rape‘ by Janet Bloomfield (10 December 2014)
‘Ten reasons why false rape accusation are common‘ by Jonathan Taylor (1 August 2014)
I would also draw readers attention to a Twitter thread entitled ‘False allegations kill – help us to make a change’ (@KathleenM__).
A further summary of the false abuse and rape allegation literature can be found in a 2013 book by Phillip Cook and Tammy Hodo titled ‘When Women Sexually Abuse Men‘. While statistics in this literature are problematic, Cook and Hodo report four studies that found false allegation rates of 62 percent, 41 percent, 50 percent, and 60 percent.
How and why do women falsely claim to have been sexually assaulted? There are a number of factors underlying the false rape phenomenon, starting with the widespread and exaggerated picture of men as persistent and unrepentant aggressors.
This article mentions women who claimed to have been sexually assaulted after their drink was spiked, yet in almost all cases were not found to have any drugs in their system. (See also this discussion thread). This video provides a detailed analysis of the issue. I’s suggest that it’s highly likely however that there are in fact far more instances of drink-spiking by women – with the intention of theft (example here).
It might well be that many women are exercising bad judgement and then, rather than accepting accountability for what subsequently occurred, look about for someone or something to put the blame on. Were this be indicative of a broader trend re: women’s propensity to shift blame, clearly there is considerable potential for false rape allegations to occur.
The damage to young men who are falsely accused is further magnified via the growing number of university campuses that run kangaroo courts (quite separate from the judicial system) to punish those accused of rape.
Some of the wording used in this article caught my attention:
“We have concluded that we cannot go forward with prosecution because there is not a reasonable likelihood of conviction at trial,” said Senior Charging Attorney Jane Nicoletti-Jones. “In (this case), the statements of a witness other than the suspect or alleged victim were an important part of our decision.”
Although officials declined to comment on this case specifically, it illustrates some of the hurdles that accusers and their advocates face when filing sexual assault complaints.” (my emphasis added)
In this case a witness or witnesses cast doubt on the accuracy of the rape accusation, but in this feminist journalists eyes such eyewitness statements are merely “hurdles”. Who cares about the truth or justice anyway … we just need to get those
rapists men in jail.
Whilst false accusations are only one of several factors contributing to false imprisonment, it’s worth mentioning that 99% of the prisoners exonerated due to the efforts of the Innocence Project were male, and that more than half of them were initially found guilty of rape.
The list of links below concern specific cases involving false allegations against men by women (and in some cases by women against other women). Such reports now appear in the media on a regular basis. As a consequence many further cases can be readily sourced via online searches. Scroll down the page for sources providing a general discussion of this topic.
Woman says bar patron falsely reported sex assault charges (17 March 2020) Well, not an accusation against a male, so girls are not immune either.
Amber Heard admits ‘hitting’ ex-husband Johnny Depp in explosive audio confession (4 February 2020) But much earlier coverage of this relationship saw Johnny being widely shamed as ‘the’ abuser
The Cyprus rape liar – What really happened? (19 January 2020)
13-year-old girl charged after falsely accusing teacher of sexual assault (26 October 2019) USA
Virginia girl who said white classmates cut her dreadlocks made the story up, school says (1 October 2019) Another day, another lie
Taxi driver framed for rape now scared to carry females (26 June 2019)
Caitlin Gray, 20, in court after accusing good Samaritan of indecent assault, stalking (25 June 2019) Australia
‘We believe you’ – watch this YouTube video (18 May 2019)
‘Jared’ and ‘Kate’: A false-allegation #MeToo saga that police and prosecutors got right, by Diana Davison (25 April 2019) USA
‘Divorce and the Silver Bullet’, by James C. Coren (16 April 2019)
Ian Mulgrew: Father seeks justice after son’s abduction (7 April 2019)
The Daniel Jones story appeared on 60 Minutes (Australia) on 7 April 2019 – details here
West Virginia mother charged in false abduction report (6 April 2019)
Woman’s rape lies exposed by CCTV showing she was at Morrisons (2 April 2019) UK
False convictions, ruined lives (30 March 2019) USA
‘Spare innocent men anguish’: India ruling aims to end false rape claims (11 February 2019)
How fake allegations landed an innocent man in jail (18 January 2019) Australia
Woman’s cruel plan to frame husband (3 December 2018) Australia. Read the story first, and then see how a feminist media outlet responds ‘The woman who framed her husband’: Why this story shouldn’t be front page news today‘ (4 December 2018)
“This dishonest woman might exist – in fact, lots and lots of dishonest people exist – but there are thousands more victims for whom the stigma of reporting domestic violence, and not being believed, means they’ll never come forward.
When we see the front page story about a man falsely accused of rape, or framed for domestic violence, we’re allowed to feel sympathy for him. But we need to remember that his story is the exception, not the rule, and often the rule – in this case, countless honest victims – fades into obscurity.
Because when something is normal, it doesn’t make the news. And that’s the saddest part.”
#MenToo: Defending Dartmouth’s Todd Heatherton (21 November 2018) USA
Woman given suspended sentence for making false rape claim (20 November 2018)
She Accused A Cop Of Sexual Battery. Here’s How Her Story Fell Apart (14 November 2018)
Canberra woman admits to falsifying rape claim that saw her former partner jailed (7 November 2018) Australia
Senate Judiciary Refers ANOTHER Kavanaugh Accuser For Criminal Investigation (2 November 2018) USA
After a year of #MeToo, American opinion has shifted against victims (15 October 2018)
I wonder how common it is to have false accusations of sexual misconduct? (3 October 2018) Twitter discussion thread
False accusations are harmless, so they say (6 May 2018)
Ontario Woman Must Pay $24,000 To Man She Accused Of Rape, After Losing Appeal (30 September 2017)
“Pointon broke down in tears and asked if she could drop the charges when her account was challenged by police … Judge Christopher Batty told her: “Your malicious complaint has done a huge disservice to those seeking justice through the police and courts.”
Why do judges never make the point that false rape allegations are very damaging to men, in part due to their lack of anonymity, and offer them some sympathy?” (Source)
Cambridge don is cleared after his PhD student fiancee accused him of assault (15 September 2017) UK
Rape Case Against USC Student Dismissed After Judge Sees Security Video (4 August 2017) This case also covered in this ‘College Fix’ article.
Woman ‘made up sex attack claims against 15 men and sent innocent man to jail for 7 years’ (14 June 2017) with further details here
‘The nightmare will stay with me forever’: Teacher at a £33,000-a-year school who was falsely accused of rape by a student is now unemployed and living off benefits despite being cleared by a jury in just 15 minutes (16 April 2017) UK
Uber bans female rider over false rape accusations (8 April 2017)
Texas woman staged her own kidnapping and sexual assault, police say (23 March 2017) Subsequent police reaction described here.
Another false accusation of rape on a college campus (27 February 2017)
Teen charged with lying about being raped by college football players (22 February 2017)
Female teacher, 35, falsely accused a male colleague of being a paedophile by posing as a sexually abused 14-year-old pupil and calling Childline to say he’d groped the ‘child’s’ breast (1 February 2017)
Video about women lying about rape (23 January 2017)
Derby mum of two spared jail after admitting blackmail over false rape claim
(21 December 2016) UK
Man wins $20k over rape, implant claims (4 December 2016) NZ
‘We’ve been branded rapists with no evidence whatsoever’: Two men cleared of sex attack on married British woman in Dubai reveal their relief as case collapses and they are free to fly home (25 November 2016)
Woman accused of filing false rape complaint in Bristol seeks program (5 November 2016) UK
Woman’s Facebook message from 2009 undermines sex-assault conviction against ex-husband (4 November 2016) Canada
Woman admits to reporting false rape (26 September 2016) USA
Is Hrithik Roshan prepping up for a final showdown with Kangana Ranaut? (29 September 2016) India
Angelina Jolie accused of smear campaign to win full custody of kids (24 September 2016) Johnny Depp just went through a similar experience (except in that case he was alleged to have abused his wife rather than children), and now it’s Brad Pitt’s turn. More on that divorce here.
Vicious whispers led to doting dad’s murder (13 September 2016)
Woman admits to making false rape claim: police (12 September 2016)
If a gay guy can get reported to the police 3x for sexual assault against a woman, what’s the chance of most reports of sexual assault being true? (29 August 2016) Reddit mensrights discussion thread
Ex’s lawyer: Video shows woman beating herself up (26 August 2016) USA
German model who made false rape allegations ordered to pay fine (22 August 2016)
Fifty Shades of Innocence by Cathy McCulloch (10 August 2016)
Woman charged in Boscobel infant’s death first blamed father (28 July 2016)
Cheerleader claims domestic abuse, cellphone video taken by boyfriend shows her as the aggressor (9 July 2016) Reddit discussion thread and linked video
Israeli women lie in divorce, 99% commit perjury (29 June 2016)
Police: Toledo woman threatened boy into having sex with her (15 June 2016) USA
Pauline Hanson claims women make frivolous DV complaints (10 June 2016) Australia
Woman ‘mutilates Chihuahua to fake miscarriage’ (24 May 2016)
Taxi driver’s CCTV lands ‘sex attack’ liar Claire Carr, 20, in jail (21 May 2016) UK, with related Reddit discussion thread here
Calling out false abuse allegations (16 May 2016)
Hawthorn players cleared of rape allegations (9 May 2016) Australia
Father, having falsely done 8 years in prison for raping his step-daughter, fighting deportation. Step daughter coming out telling that the mother threatened her to come up with the bogus charges (27 April 2016)
Woman pays for accusations (21 April 2016) Canada
Girls told to write letters of apology to man they falsely accused of sex crime (5 April 2016) UK. This story bucks the trend
Truth and deception: Ghomeshi verdict a good day for justice (24 March 2016) Canada
‘Trouble just happens to find you’: Hazem El Masri opens up about the toughest time in his life (14 March 2016) Australia
Woman lies to justify denying her child contact with dad (4 March 2016) UK video
Woman Sentenced to Electronic Home Monitoring for False Rape Accusation (1 March 2016) USA
Shaun Kenny-Dowall not guilty of assaulting former partner Jess Peris (29 February 2016) Australia
Get Someone To Bruise Your Face ~ A Real Womans Advice On Domestic Violence (20 February 2016) Australia
Reddit Father’s Story Reveals Interesting Societal Bias (13 February 2016)
Man in prison for 18 years to be freed after accuser recants (17 February 2016)
Report: Affair with former co-worker reason for Myrtle Beach woman’s rape claim (2 February 2016) USA
Jackie’s rape story was false. So why hasn’t the media named her by now? (11 January 2016) USA
Female Landlord tried to Accuse Man of Rape but Failed, because Cam! (13 December 2015)
Bloomington woman charged in false rape report (10 December 2015) USA
My story of what happens when a man is falsely accused of Domestic Violence (2 December 2015) Reddit mensrights discussion thread
The real ‘Hunting Ground’ (18 November 2015) USA
Woman charged with falsely accusing a man of sexual assault and other crimes (18 November 2015)
19 Harvard Law professors pen letter denouncing ‘The Hunting Ground’ (11 November 2015) USA
Woman made false rape allegation against man she was angry with – court (29 October 2015) Ireland
Canberra mother ‘forum shopped’ for a quick divorce in the United States (26 October 2015) False accusation of domestic violence to get speedy divorce/custody. Australia
Deutsche Bank Executive Wrongly Fired on `False’ Sex Complaints (25 September 2015)
“… the court agreed with Joy’s arguments that the lender’s investigation was handled differently because he’s a man.
“The whole factual matrix on which the decision to dismiss was based was, in itself, infused with, and tainted by, discrimination,” Judge Graeme Hodgson said in the ruling. “The conclusions on the claimant’s behavior are founded on stereotyped assumptions of how a man behaves.””
A loving father’s life destroyed by child sex abuse lies peddled by his own daughter (1 November 2015) UK
Former Congressional Candidate Admits Sending Death Threats To Herself (29 October 2015)
SOLICITOR WRITES: DV system abused by false allegations (25 September 2015) Australia
Peak Fake Rape (23 September 2015) USA
Woman sentenced to five-day short detention order for false rape claim (17 September 2015) Singapore
Police officers investigated over rape, domestic violence claims which saw prison guard wrongfully jailed (16 September 2015) Australia
University of Michigan sex assault finding thrown out (15 September 2015)
Rohtak Sisters’ Molestation Claim False, Says Police SIT; Counsel Alleges Bias (19 August 2015) India
When prosecutors believe the unbelievable (16 July 2015) USA
Case study of a situation involving false allegations of sexual assault by a father (March 2015) Australia
I went to court armed to the gills with evidence of her lies and after waiting 6hrs in the court rooms I had 5 mins in court where no body asked me anything, not a word. Her lawyer changed the story at the last minute and then the lovely magistrate decided to postpone the next determination hearing 6 weeks down the track.
I went close to 5 months without seeing my son all because of my ex partners lies. No evidence. Nothing. Never touched her, never threatened her. Ever.
But I was determined to be guilty until proven innocent, and all on the say so of one bitter, twisted person. No one cared about me or my side of the story. The only ones who cared were the lawyers (a prominient law firm) who asked for $10K up front before they would even represent me.
In the end she dropped her accusations after we had to go to court the second time. Her penalty for perjuring herself twice? Nothing. Her penalty for slandering me for 6 months? Nothing. Her penalty for denying my family access to their grandson over Christmas? Nothing. Her penalty for denying my son access to his father? None.
I came so close to topping myself on several occasions during those long dark months that I had to endure being treated like a criminal, like the worst of the worst, the dregs of society.
But I kept on saying to myself that I had to fight for the most important person in the world; my son. I am glad that I had immense support from my family and friends otherwise I probably wouldn’t be here to write you this note.
I am all for very harsh penalties for any person who assaults another but the changes to DV that were made several years ago make basically every possible argument or disagreement in a domestic environment grounds for DV, and all it takes is one person to accuse you and you’re nicked. Well you are if you are a bloke.
There were penalties for perjury in the DV legislation but they were removed. Penalties for knowingly making false statements to police and the courts should be treated just as harshly in my mind. If there are no penalties for lying in court then who can believe what people say in court?” (Source – See reader’s comments from Brett)
Carole Thomas charged with public mischief (9 June 2015)
Why do women lie more than men? Because we’re ‘nicer’ (5 June 2015)
Alesia Riabenkova (25 May 2015) U.K
Albury sex assault: Investigation finalised (1 May 2015). Notice how no-one actually comes out and says the girl made a false allegation, presumably all too scared that the feminists would get even angrier. No repercussion for the girl making the claim because that would be ‘victim’ blaming. In this article the police even state that they “were adamant they didn’t want the outcome to dissuade people reporting similar incidents. “We encourage anyone who has been the victim of a crime to come forward,” police said. It appears unlikely the teenager who reported the incident will be charged.” Hello! The only crime here was the false allegation. Idiotic PC. Related reddit mensrights discussion thread here
What do we know about false rape allegations? (28 June 2015)
Married woman’s fake rape claim after consensual sex (14 April 2015)
A Man Who Was Falsely Accused Of Rape Shares His Agonising Story (28 March 2015)
Woman falsely accuses man of rape, and man captures it on video (18 December 2014)
Two girls on a bus in India start beating some young men with their belts. The claim the men groped them. They became internet heros for defending themselves (and womanhood generally). Then the truth gradually leaked out (4 December 2014) And more videos surfaced of them beating men on other occasions.
13 women who lied about being raped and why they did it, by Janet Bloomfield (11 December 2014)
Botched rape case against ACT prison guard dropped after four months in jail (23 November 2014)
Victory – BBC backs down over dishonest “rape victim” headline (9 November 2014)
Montgomery doctor files lawsuit after ‘excessive’ shocking incident (20 October 2014)
Tawny Blazejowski (19 October 2014)
Wanetta Gibson (15 October 2014)
Abuse of protective orders: Judge Judy gets it (14 October 2014)
Deanna Griego (10 October 2014)
Girls falsely report being abducted and assaulted (7 October 2014)
Emily Checksfield (2 October 2014)
Pauley Perrette (18 September 2014)
Megan Welter (21 September 2014)
Katherine Bennett (29 August 2014)
The science of false rape allegations (29 July 2014) Video. More value in the comments section due to gynocentric bias of the author
Diane Pike (July 2014)
Conor Oberst rape accuser: ‘I made up lies to get attention’ (14 July 2014) and how do the feminists respond to this? Thoughtful introspection? No, by blaming the victim!
Oxford union ‘rape victim knew her claim was false’ (29 June 2014)
Woman makes false rape accusation against another woman (26 June 2014)
Trainee barrister jailed for false rape claims (27 June 2014) sparking “anger from women’s rights campaigners”
‘Until proven guilty‘ (27 April 2014)
How False Allegations are treated in the Family Law Act (3 March 2014) Australia. Reddit discussion thread here
Elizabeth Coast’s False Rape Claim Leads To 2 Months Jail In Virginia (21 August 2013) USA. He endured four years in jail – she got two months of weekend detention. BS
Woman allegedly cried rape 11 times to avoid taking the bar exam (3 April 2014)
Woman jailed after 11th false rape claim in a decade (26 February 2013)
Washington dad awarded USD9 million in false sexual abuse case (See another article on the same case here)
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/bronx-prosecutor-barred-courtroom-article-1.1746238 (Man in jail for 8 months because prosecutor hid evidence that would have exonerated him)
http://theadvocate.com/news/7201179-123/tables-turn-on-lawyer-who (Female lawyer lies and taxi driver goes to jail – read more here)
How to ruin a man’s life over $13 (8 August 2012) Video
Maria di Toro (9 February 2012)
Video of woman caught out making false allegation to police (30 March 2009) USA
His reputation sullied, teacher commits suicide – False accusation leads to tragedy in Virginia city (15 February 2004) Yes, the alleged victim was a boy in this instance but this story is included here to show what a false accusation can lead to.
You can find plenty more like the above by googling on “false rape allegations”, including this article.
Further case-studies/examples can be found in my post in relation to the gender justice gap (aka the ‘Pussy-Pass’).
The next group of links relate to general discussion concerning the topic of false accusations and related matters:
It is time for new laws to punish false accusers (6 October 2019)
Zali Steggall and family law: Part of the disease, not the cure (30 September 2019) Australia
Kevin Andrews refused to condemn Hanson over ‘lying’ women claim (24 September 2019) Australia
Men should be angrier about #MeToo (3 October 2018)
Laura Kipnis, Rape Culture, and the Disappearance of Sex (18 April 2017)
A travesty of justice (27 February 2017) Recommended reading
Country Where Men Are Legally Mistreated by Women (23 February 2017) Israel
Motives for Filing a False Allegation of Rape (17 February 2017) A Dutch academic study – see table of results on this page.
You know that narrative about train groping and women-only carriages in Japan? About that (19 October 2016) Japan
Veterans face the ultimate indignity (12 October 2016) Australia
False rape allegations – half of reports are false, says America’s most eminent expert (7 October 2016) Reddit discussion thread and linked article
‘No-evidence’ AVOs slammed as threat to basic rights (24 September 2016) Australia
How the Feminist Silence on False Rape Accusations Hurts Everyone, by Toni Airaksinen (12 September 2016)
Prosecution or persecution (20 August 2016)
Why do college girls lie about rape? (1 June 2016) USA
New Israeli study: 15% to 40% of rape complaints are lies (26 April 2016) Reddit discussion thread and linked article
We should stop naming people accused of sexual assault (24 March 2016) USA
How to get rich: Accuse a man of rape (15 March 2016) Australian feminist journalist thinks the idea of women lying about rape for financial gain is funny.
The US needs to restore impartiality in dealing with sexual assault allegations (10 March 2016) USA
US EEOC Report: More than half of all allegations of sexual harassment are determined to be without reasonable cause (12 February 2016) USA. Reddit discussion thread and linked data source.
Domestic violence complainant charged with contempt (20 December 2015) Australia
“A NSW Police spokesman said victims should report abuse without fear of being charged by police if they later changed or retracted their statements.”
Almost half of women report having post-sex blues: Here’s how to avoid them (9 October 2015) This phenomenon may well be a factor contributing to the incidence of false rape claims
Police ‘child abuse’ investigations are now undermining justice (18 September 2015) UK
Lisa Longstaff Can’t Stop Lying About Rape (23 May 2015)
False Accusations of Rape: Lynching in the 21st Century (24 March 2015) A book by John Davis
To the left, lying about rape is just dandy (10 December 2014)
109 women prosecuted for false rape claims in five years, say campaigners (2 December 2014) UK
Factitious Sexual Harassment, by Sara Feldman-Schorrig, MD in Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law (1996)
The problem with prosecuting women for false rape allegations (3 December 2014)
Domestic Violence leave – ACTU wage case application and video interview (28 October 2014) Australia. If false accusations of domestic abuse aren’t already a problem, then ‘initiatives’ like this will surely encourage more such claims
Delhi Commission for Women concerned with rise of false rape charges (6 October 2014)
How many rape reports are false? (19 September 2014)
Crying rape: False rape accusations exist and they are a serious problem (18 September 2014)
Very few women taken to court for false rape allegations in U.K (5 September 2014)
Why do women make false rape allegations? (27 July 2014)
Ever wondered why most doctors insist on a chaperone with female patients – but not with male ones? It’s generally not motivated by abuse prevention, but rather to prevent false allegations of abuse. A reddit discussion thread (July 2014)
Men defending themselves is harassment, says law professor (23 June 2014)
Men live in fear of teenage girls flirting with them (15 July 2014)
This article is entitled “College Rape Accusations and the Presumption of Male Guilt” (and with almost 500 comments it’s clearly a hot topic in the U.S.A). See also this related article entitled ‘Judith Grossman: A mother, a feminist, Aghast‘ (with over 1,000 reader comments)
Op-Ed: A timeline of recent false rape cases (15 March 2013)
The ’50 actual facts about rape’ not entirely ‘actual’ (4 November 2012)
Nanny jailed for crying rape after one-night stand (21 November 2012)
And now read this revealing piece about modern campus courtship
Further sources on this topic include:
A hand response to those who say false rape accusations should not be punished (14 May 2016) From Reddit mensrights
Feminism And The Manufacture Of A Modern Misogynist (18 December 2015)
Flooded by false rape accusations (25 November 2013)
96% of women are liars, honest (9 December 2004) Based on a survey of 5,000 women in the UK
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116768/latest-target-mens-rights-movement-definition-rape (The article is biased against men but there are links to useful online resources within the readers comments section)