Unfounded & False Reports of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault has been consistently shown to be the most underreported violent crime in the United States.1, 2 Victims cite a range of reasons for not reporting their victimizations to law enforcement, including feelings of shame and self-blame, fear of not being believed, and accusations about complicity in the crime.3–5 Another complexity within sexual assault reporting is possible false reporting. Research suggests that about 2%–10% of sexual assault reports are false.

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