The 2-8% statistic is misquoted from an old FBI document from 1996 which says most crimes have a false report rate of 2%, but rape has a false report rate of 8%, so false rape reports actually happened 4 times more often than false reports for other crimes. But what’s more important is the fact that this only includes provably false reports and says nothing about unsubstantiated reports. A study conducted by the university Massachusetts Boston 2010 came up with a similar figure as the FBI saying 2-10 of rape reports are false, this study based its figures on the reported rapes which took place over a 10 year period at a single university of which there were 136. Of these 136 reported rapes, 8 were coded as false allegations which is 5.9%. The abstract then goes on to say that these results taken in the context of an examination of previous research indicate that the prevalence of false allegations is between 2-10%. The study then cites a bunch of other studies from 1997 to 2008 then explains how they arrived at that 2-10% figure, they then go on to explain that another 44.9% rape allegations at the university didn’t proceed to prosecution due to lack of evidence, the complaint and refusal to cooperate or the incident not meeting the legal definition of rape/sexual assault. Another 13.9% of rape allegations weren’t coded as true false unsubstantiated or otherwise due to lack of information about those particular cases. When we add together the 5.9% of probably false accusations, the 44.9% of unsubstantiated claims and the 13.9% of uncoded claims, we find that 64.7% of the rape claims that this university over a 10 year period were either false or potentially false, now that’s just one university. But let’s not forget that the rate of probable false claims at this university fell within the often quoted 2-8% figure, so we have to wonder how many of the rape made by the general population of the United States are potentially false.

[SAID BY DR SHAYM]