Statistics for false reporting of rape and child abuse

 It's been several years since I attended the Battered Mothers Custody Conference in New York, but at that time stats showed that [during divorce proceedings only] false accusations of abuse stood at 25%, which is high but still SIGNIFICANTLY lower than the national average of false accusations across the board for other crimes (70% wrongful convictions).

Any number is too high for falsely reporting a crime. There is no excuse--ever--for falsely accusing someone of anything. But neither should rape victims be singled out and treated like criminals when reporting the crime, especially in light of the fact that false reporting for rape is the lowest number in all the categories, only 2-10%.

False accusations in general are 11% made by men and 6% made by women and more than half of all wrongful criminal convictions are caused by government misconduct, with some studies finding police misconduct to be the leading cause of wrongful criminal convictions.

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