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  •  It's not far-fetched at all (3+ / 0-)
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    Sparhawk, lgmcp, DSPS owl

    I've seen it first hand.  In this case, the false accusation was not an attempt to damage someone, but it was to concoct a defense on an adultery issue in a contentious divorce.  In other words, for no other reason than to gain a better bargaining position in a civil proceeding.  So when I hear second-hand stories of false accusations, I don't have to have first-hand knowledge of all the facts to recognize that it's at least plausible because it's consistent with my personal, first-hand experience.  The very opposite of far-fetched.

    But I appreciate your thoughtful response about how such information is arrived at, at least in the one study you allude to.    I'm not sure where the "one tenth of one percent to two percent of incidences" figures in the diary comes from, but I suspect they're undercounting due to some limiting methodological problems.

    Also, to the extent that it's been suggested in the other replies to my comment, I reject the notion that rape and false allegations are opposing problems in a zero-sum game.  One does not diminish the severity or the prevalence of the other.

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