William Collins – False allegations of rape: the true extent remains unknown.

In the light of the YouGov survey on false rape allegations to which we linked earlier today, and on which we’ve commented here, we thought it might be helpful to provide again the link to a piece that Rick Bradford (William Collins) wrote for the Centre for Male Psychology, published a little over a year ago. From the graph in Fig.2 you’ll see he estimates that over the years 2014-20, between 30% and 80% of rape allegations were false. Long story short, actual rape numbers down, false rape allegations numbers up.


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2 thoughts on “William Collins – False allegations of rape: the true extent remains unknown.

  1. In a way Mr. Collins’s findings are very understandable in the context of the rapid change in what the legal and “official” definition of “rape” is. It was not so long ago that rape meant an actual assault using force, it didn’t apply within marriage and was in a society where any sex outside marriage was dubious and infidelity was grounds for divorce. By the time of the current Sexual Offences Act things had moved on in that the context was a society in which sex outside marriage is just fine and promiscuity was practically encouraged. Indeed there was serious debate about dropping the word “rape” from the Bill because the content of the offence was so different from the older conception. Part of the debate was that simply referring to it as one of the forms of “sexual assault” would lead to more convictions because the definition had moved so far from the commonly understood notion in the word “rape”.

    Of course over time we have constant rehearsals of this as juries are very wary of convicting for “rape” when what actually happened was more akin to mutual inebriation and regretted sex. All the while we have seen public debate shifting ever further, under feminist influence, to widen the scope of “rape” even beyond the Act, to “rape culture” which includes “unwanted compliments” or “the male gaze”. It’s hardly surprising there are more and more reports of things which are either not actually illegal or where there is clear evidence the regret set in when the sex is regretted for whatever reason subsequently.

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