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Truth, The Half-Truth, and Nothing Like the Truth: Reconceptualizing False Allegations of Rape

NCJ Number
240973
Journal
British Journal of Criminology Volume: 52 Issue: 6 Dated: November 2012 Pages: 1152-1171
Author(s)
Candida L. Saunders
Date Published
November 2012
Length
20 pages
Annotation

This article explores criminal justice professionals' understandings and working definitions of the false allegation of rape.

Abstract

There is a longstanding dispute between criminal justice professionals on the one hand and researchers and commentators on the other regarding the prevalence of false allegations of rape. Prevalence, however, is contingent upon definition. If the various protagonists' definitions of a 'false allegation' do not coincide, it is virtually inevitable that their estimates will diverge. Drawing on original empirical data from in-depth research interviews conducted with police and Crown Prosecutors, this article explores the following important but much-neglected question: When criminal justice professionals tell us that false allegations of rape are common, what precisely are they talking about? What 'counts' as a false allegation? (Published Abstract)

Date Published: November 1, 2012