First of all, there IS a point to bringing gender into the discussion. We live in a patriarchy, and it dictates what it’s like to be a woman in this culture. Yes, men get raped, but 9 times as many women get raped. That’s a huge difference in how commonplace an occurrence it is.

The study you linked to states the following:

Among the seven studies that attempted some degree of scrutiny of police classifications and/or applied a definition of false reporting at least similar to that of the IACP, the rate of false reporting, given the many sources of potential variation in findings, is relatively consistent:

• 2.1% (Heenan & Murray, 2006)
• 2.5% (Kelly et al., 2005)
• 3.0% (McCahill et al., 1979)
• 5.9% (the present study)
• 6.8% (Lonsway & Archambault, 2008)
• 8.3% (Grace et al., 1992)
• 10.3% (Clark & Lewis, 1977)
• 10.9% (Harris & Grace, 1999)

It is notable that in general the greater the scrutiny applied to police classifications, the lower the rate of false reporting detected. Cumulatively, these findings contradict the still widely promulgated stereotype that false rape allegations are a common occurrence.

This is my point. The average of all of the studies cited comes out to around 6%, which is extremely low. Even then, the number is likely still high because of consideration of the levels of scrutiny and definitions of what classifies as a false report.

I’m not sure why you would posit that the rate of accusations found to be false is almost certainly less than the rate of actual false allegations. That’s your opinion, but I have not seen ANY data that would support that.

I’m not going to address anything about rates of cases which had insufficient evidence to go to trial, because that’s not an actual indication of anything given the general misogyny of our culture.

Research shows that rates of false reporting are frequently inflated, in part because of inconsistent definitions and protocols, or a weak understanding of sexual assault. Misconceptions about false reporting rates have direct, negative consequences and can contribute to why many victims don’t report sexual assaults (Lisak et al., 2010). To improve the response to victims of sexual violence, law enforcement and service providers need a thorough understanding of sexual violence and consistency in their definitions, policies and procedures. National Sexual Violence Resource Center

I’m glad that you have convinced yourself you don’t need to believe survivors. That’s really great. Your answer to all of this information is to act like I’m being unreasonable, which is basically the response I expect since that’s what men in this culture do, which is kind of the whole point. It is obvious from your tone that you think you are more intelligent than I am, and I’m not really interested in discussing any of this further with you because I don’t believe you will never be convinced that any woman matters as much as you do.

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