JC>> My point was not that women don't make false accusations, JC>> but that not all allegations are false. JC> JC> Indeed. The vast majority are no doubt absolutely true. JC> JC>> I don't think that we disagree on the basics - there is a real JC>> potential for abuse of the laws. This abuse makes it much worse JC>> for victims of crime. JC> JC> Well said. JC> JC>> The problem that I wanted to address was the sheer numbers of JC>> men who are quick to believe that each case is a false case. I JC>> read a post here today in which a man said that a friend of his JC>> was accused of molesting his daughter and that he *knew* it JC>> wasn't true, that the child was in excellent condition while in JC>> her father's custody. This disturbs me. JC> JC> Me, too. Those of us who are concerned need to continue JC> making a fuss. JC> JC>> I think that in cases of rape by a family member or date rape, JC>> it is very difficult for outsiders to have a good understanding JC>> of the situation, and it bothers me that a gender line seems to JC>> have been drawn - women tending to believe the accuser, and men JC>> tending to believe the accused. I hope that this is yet JC>> another of my misperceptions. What do you thinkFolks the simple facts are that a high number of rape cases and child molestation cares do prove to be false. Even though the strident amongst us will howl. The only two studies on the subject of false rape reports indicates that almost 50% are fabricated. One study was done in the late 1970's, and a more recent study done for the Air Force JAG office showed about the same results. I doubt you will see much published because suggesting that there are ANY fabricated rape reports subjects one to a considerable pummeling, not to mention worse! Ask Professor McNeely at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, He DARED to suggest that women also batter husbands, and wes near stoned, and ridden out of town on a rail!
In child sexual abuse cases as many as 88% turn out to be incorrect.
It is near completely taboo to suggest this or discuss numbers such as this which are significant when the official party line is that less than 2% are false. Of course that figure is either made with NO attribution, or is a misstatement of statistics from an unpublished court survey with the 2% referring NOT to how many are false, but how many cases within a category HAD such allegations in them. One need only look at the reacyion I will get here to see what I mean. I fully expect to smell tar within microseconds!