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Expanding Our Understanding of False Reports  

Author:  Callie Marie Rennison, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 06, Number 04, Spring 2014 , pp.23-29(7)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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A common assumption among those unfamiliar with carefully gathered statistics on domestic violence, rape, and similar crimes is that people (especially women) frequently make false reports of such crimes, sometimes as a means of wrecking vengeance against an innocent man. As most readers of this journal know, this notion is a myth; however, there certainly are instances in which false allegations are made. But how often does this really happen, how do we know for sure that an allegation is false, and who, actually, makes these false allegations? Here, Callie Marie Rennison addresses these issues in her review of the article, “Characteristics of False Allegations Adult Crimes,” by James J. McNamara, Sean McDonald, and Jennifer M. Lawrence.

Keywords: False rape accusations; revenge

Affiliations:  1: University of Colorado Denver.

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