Actually, we do know quite a lot about false accusations and what the actual statistics are around them from a wide variety of sources. Any study that indicates it’s 40% is an outlier and done by someone with an agenda. You are simply continuing to perpetuate harmful cultural myths. Your “info” about domestic abuse is also woefully off-base and skewed.

The one place where statistically women even come close is in the case of domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline says, “1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. This is a staggering statistic on both counts and should be addressed and taken seriously all around, but there are two types of domestic violence; situational couple violence and intimate terrorism. Situational couple violence is where a disagreement gets out of hand and turns violent and it’s pretty evenly split. Intimate terrorism, which is about control and systemic abuse is perpetrated almost entirely by men.

“In a similar example of the clarity to be gained by distinguishing between types of violence, Johnson has shown that the longstanding debate regarding the gender symmetry of domestic violence can be resolved by making his distinctions. Reanalyzing data from Frieze’s Pittsburgh study (Frieze & Browne, 1989), he has shown that situational couple violence in hetero- sexual relationships is roughly gender symmetric, whereas intimate terrorism is perpetrated almost entirely by men.”

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