Saturday, November 29, 2014

Could Almost Half of Rape Allegations be False?

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

I’m not sure what to make of the undated article below, but I still think it’s worth re-posting. (If this were a magazine, newspaper or journal, I wouldn’t, but there’s enough food for thought to munch it over for now, until I can contact people in the field.)

The thing that has me concerned is a footnote, referring to the “Innocence Project,” at the end of the following sentence:
Based on the statements and studies cited above, some 47,000 American men are falsely accused of rape each year. These men are disproportionately African-American.9

The footnote links to the “Innocence Project,” an outfit that has been caught committing fraud. IP’s thing is to try and “exonerate” guilty-as-hell black men, and even cite guilty black and Hispanic men, like the Central Park Five attackers as “exonerated,” when they never have been, and wildly exaggerate the numbers of innocent black men in prison. The notion that thousands of white women are having consensual sex with black men and then falsely accusing them of rape is a hoary old black supremacist fairy tale that white Marxists and feminists have recently revived.

The Innocence Project claims that there have been 202 post-conviction DNA exonerations of black men, out of 321 exonerated suspects (98 white) since 1989, including all violent crimes. Even if its numbers were true, that would be a negligible percentage of 4.1 million violent crimes committed in 2013 alone. Over the period (1989-) of which the Innocence Project speaks, there would have been 100 million or so violent crimes, which would mean that one out of 300,000 or so suspects is being exonerated, due to DNA testing, a statistically meaningless fraction. Each DNA exoneration means all the world to that individual and his loved ones, but gives no support whatsoever to the Innocence Project’s assertion that the prisons are full of black men falsely convicted of rape.

The Innocence Project was founded by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld, who would later get an acquittal for the Butcher of Brentwood, O.J. Simpson, for his grisly murders of his wife Nicole, and her friend Ron Goldman. Its real purpose is to aid and abet heinous black and Hispanic criminals.

That notwithstanding, there are a great many false rape accusations being made every year, and we do not need to rely on the “Innocence Project” to say that.

About Half of Rape Allegations are False, Research Shows

False allegations of rape are believed to be more common than many persons realize. These are the findings of four research studies:

  • A review of 556 rape accusations filed against Air Force personnel found that 27% of women later recanted. Then 25 criteria were developed based on the profile of those women, and then submitted to three independent reviewers to review the remaining cases. If all three reviewers deemed the allegation was false, it was categorized as false. As a result, 60% of all allegations were found to be false.1
    Of those women who later recanted, many didn't admit the allegation was false until just before taking a polygraph test. Others admitted it was false only after having failed a polygraph test.2

  • In a nine-year study of 109 rapes reported to the police in a Midwestern city, Purdue sociologist Eugene J. Kanin reported that in 41% of the cases the complainants eventually admitted that no rape had occurred.3

  • In a follow-up study of rape claims filed over a three-year period at two large Midwestern universities, Kanin found that of 64 rape cases, 50% turned out to be false.4 Among the false charges, 53% of the women admitted they filed the false claim as an alibi.5

  • According to a 1996 Department of Justice report, “in about 25% of the sexual assault cases referred to the FBI, ... the primary suspect has been excluded by forensic DNA testing.6
    It should be noted that rape involves a forcible and non-consensual act, and a DNA match alone does not prove that rape occurred. So the 25% figure substantially underestimates the true extent of false allegations.

And according to former Colorado prosecutor Craig Silverman, “For 16 years, I was a kick-ass prosecutor who made most of my reputation vigorously prosecuting rapists. ... I was amazed to see all the false rape allegations that were made to the Denver Police Department. ... A command officer in the Denver Police sex assaults unit recently told me he placed the false rape numbers at approximately 45%.”7

According to the FBI, about 95,000 forcible rapes were reported in 2004.8
Based on the statements and studies cited above, some 47,000 American men are falsely accused of rape each year. These men are disproportionately African-American.9

Some of these men are wrongly convicted, sentenced, and imprisoned. Even if there is no conviction, a false allegation of rape can “emotionally, socially, and economically destroy a person.”10



McDowell CP. False allegations.

Forensic Science Digest,

Vol. 11, No. 4, December 1985


Kanin EJ. An alarming national trend: False rape allegations.

Archives of Sexual Behavior,

Vol. 23, No. 1, 1994

Ibid., p. 2, Kanin reports that in the city studied, "for a declaration of false charge to be made, the complainant must admit that no rape had occurred. ... The police department will not declare a rape charge as false when the complainant, for whatever reason, fails to pursue the charge or cooperate on the case, regardless how much doubt the police may have regarding the validity of the charge. In short, these cases are declared false only because the complainant admitted they are false. ... Thus, the rape complainants referred to in this paper are for completed forcible rapes only. The foregoing leaves us with a certain confidence that cases declared false by this police agency are indeed a reasonable -- if not a minimal -- reflection of false rape allegations made to this agency, especially when one considers that a finding of false allegation is totally dependent upon the recantation of the rape charge."

Ibid., Addenda.

Connors E, Lundregan T, Miller N, McEwen T. Convicted by juries, exonerated by science: Case studies in the use of DNA evidence to establish innocence after trial. June 1996

Federal Bureau of Investigation. Forcible rape. February 17, 2006.

Innocence Project: Facts on post-conviction DNA exonerations.

Angelucci M, Sacks G. Research shows false allegations of rape common.

Los Angeles Daily Journal,

Sept. 15, 2004.


Anonymous said...

And don't forget Neufeld supported Nifong early on in the Duke Lacrosse Hoax. He said you don't need DNA for a rape conviction. About the total opposite of what the "Innocence Project" supposedly preaches.

Barry Scheck (a big MSM favorite) was completely silent. If Scheck had spoken out against Nifong the Hoax might not have gone as far as it did.

David In TN

Chicago guy said...

There was a recent local story of a popular bike shop being burglarized. Nothing big, but there were hidden cameras around there and the perps were filmed and later identified; the area is dark in the evening. The story did, in passing, mention the cameras came in handy some months prior when a women claimed she was sexual assaulted behind the place at night. The cameras showed it was consensual so that was a lucky break for the target.
In contrast there's also the recent story of Chicago man Stanley Wrice. He was on all the news as an innocent man released after serving 32 years in prison for kidnapping, torture and rape. He only confessed, along with his confederates, because they were tortured by police commander Jon Burge. That's their story. However, he was denied a certificate of innocence by a judge on the grounds that he was probably guilty after all. The woman was gang raped and tortured with a hot iron in his own bedroom, in his house. Doesn't look very innocent, does it?
There's a lot of room for doubt in many cases without jumping on one person's bandwagon or other. It's best to be skeptical about both guilt or innocence until one has all the facts available.

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine was raped early one morning on her way to work. She refused to report it.She didn't go to the police. She feared getting involved in going to court. Years ago it was believed that rape was under reported.