FALSE ALLEGATIONS ARE A MEN’S ISSUE BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF VICTIMS ARE MALE

False allegations of rape, child abuse and domestic are frequently used against men, particularly in high conflict separations.

False allegations is a difficult issue to be associated with as no-one wants to risk taking sides with a rapist, paedophile or violent partner who claims to be the victim of a false allegation, only to find out he was lying.

Nor does anyone want to see attempts to prevent and prosecute serious crimes like rape, child abuse and domestic violence hindered. And one of the issues that can hinder prosecutions in this area is false allegations directed at men which is just one reason why we need to take this issue more seriously.

Sadly false allegations against men do happen notably in rape cases with the some of the women who make such allegations being charged and in some cases jailed.

Globally, the estimated statistics on on false accusations of rape vary widely, from around 2% to 41%.

The FBI puts the rate of false rape accusations at 8% which mirrors UK study of thousands of cases reported in 2005/2009 which conclude that 9% were false.

False allegations of child sexual abuse are most commonly made by adults “on behalf of” a child and are surprisingly common particularly in divorce and child-custody as shown by the high profile case of the horse trainer Vicky Haigh, who was found to have coached her daughter to make allegations of sexual abuse.

Professionals working with separated fathers are familiar with this little-known phenomena and also the poorly researched issue of false and exaggerated claims of domestic abuse and violence made during high-conflict separations.

Unfortunately, there is currently very little specialist support for men who are the victims of false allegations in the UK and very little understanding of the emotional and psychological impact this has on the men involved.

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