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The truth, the half-truth, and nothing like the truth: reconceptualizing false allegations of rape

Saunders, Candida L.

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Candida L. Saunders candida.saunders@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

There is a longstanding dispute between criminal justice professionals on the one hand and researchers and commentators on the other regarding the prevalence of false allegations of rape. Prevalence, however, is contingent upon definition. If the various protagonists’ definitions of a ‘false allegation’ do not coincide, it is virtually inevitable that their estimates will diverge. Drawing on original empirical data from in-depth research interviews conducted with police and Crown Prosecutors, this article explores the following important but much neglected question: When criminal justice professionals tell us that false allegations of rape are common, what precisely are they talking about? What ‘counts’ as a false allegation?

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2012
Journal British Journal of Criminology
Print ISSN 0007-0955
Electronic ISSN 0007-0955
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 6
Institution Citation Saunders, C. L. (2012). The truth, the half-truth, and nothing like the truth: reconceptualizing false allegations of rape. British Journal of Criminology, 52(6), doi:10.1093/bjc/azs036
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azs036
Keywords false allegations, rape, prevalence, no-criming, witness veracity, credibility
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/bjc/article-abstract/52/6/1152/347356
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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