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109 Women Prosecuted For False Rape In Five Years: But How Many Were Lying?

by | 2nd, December 2014

The ‘campaigners’ say  109 women were prosecuted for false rape claims in five years. The story lacks a key fact.

Sara Laville writes:

On Tuesday, the charity Women Against Rape (War) is taking its campaign to the House of Commons, where some of those who have been jailed for lying about rape allegations will speak out against their treatment by the authorities.

The vast majority of the convictions in the last five years, 98 out of 109, involved prosecutions for perverting the course of justice – which carries a maximum life jail term – rather than the lesser offence of wasting police time, which has a maximum tariff of six months in prison or a fine…

But Prof Claire Ferguson, a forensic criminologist from the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia, said it was not the norm to prosecute women for false allegations and that only those in the most egregious cases were charged, often where the accused man had spent time in custody.

Activists are lamenting the women who might have been judged wrongly. But what of the men?

Nottinghamshire Police have successfully prosecuted two women in the last 18 months for making false rape allegations. One was Rosie Dodd, 20, who was jailed for two years after accusing

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