Clinical Guide: False Allegations in Sexual Assault Cases

Statistics surrounding false allegations in sexual assault cases are bandied about in our line of work, but rarely do we actually review the full breadth of the research. Generally articles are cherry-picked, and older studies with frequently scrutinized methodology are often brought up when I teach. What follows is the current research on this topic.

Articles (full-text and abstracts)

Characteristics Of True Versus False Allegations Of Sexual Offenses

Rassin E, van der Sleen J. Characteristics Of True Versus False Allegations Of Sexual Offences. Psychol Rep. 2005 Oct;97(2):589-98.
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False Allegations of Rape: A Critique of Kanin

Lisak D. False Allegations of Rape: A Critique of Kanin. (FULL-TEXT). Sexual Assault Report 2007 Sept/Oct; 11(1).
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False Allegations Of Sexual Assault: An Analysis Of Ten Years Of Reported Cases

Lisak D, Gardinier L, Nicksa SC, Cote AM. False Allegations Of Sexual Assault: An Analysis Of Ten Years Of Reported Cases. Violence Against Women. 2010 Dec;16(12):1318-34. doi: 10.1177/1077801210387747.
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False Reports: Moving Beyond the Issue to Successfully Investigate and Prosecute NonStranger Sexual Assault

False Reports: Moving Beyond the Issue to Successfully Investigate and Prosecute NonStranger Sexual Assault. (National District Attorneys Association).
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Trying To Move The Elephant In The Living Room: Responding To The Challenge Of False Rape Reports

Lonsway KA. Trying To Move The Elephant In The Living Room: Responding To The Challenge Of False Rape Reports. Violence Against Women. 2010 Dec;16(12):1356-71; discussion 1372-4. doi: 10.1177/1077801210387750.
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The (In)Credible Words Of Women: False Allegations In European Rape Research

Kelly L. The (In)Credible Words Of Women: False Allegations In European Rape Research. Violence Against Women. 2010 Dec;16(12):1345-55; discussion 1372-4. doi: 10.1177/1077801210387748.
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Unfounding Sexual Assault: Examining the Decision to Unfound and Identifying False Reports

Spohn C, White C, Tellis, K. Unfounding Sexual Assault: Examining the Decision to Unfound and Identifying False Reports. Law & Society Review 2014; 48: 161–192. doi: 10.1111/lasr.12060.
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