I have not once trivialized actual false accusation. I’ve simply pointed out that it’s rare — and that it tends to happen under certain conditions by certain types of people.

Also, it’s rare that false accusations lead to actual lasting harm in most instances. That doesn’t mean it’s ok, particularly not in the instances where an innocent person does really suffer, but that doesn’t happen very often.

“Furthermore, in the most detailed study ever conducted of sexual assault reports to police, undertaken for the British Home Office in the early 2000s, out of 216 complaints that were classified as false, only 126 had even gotten to the stage where the accuser lodged a formal complaint. Only 39 complainants named a suspect. Only six cases led to an arrest, and only two led to charges being brought before they were ultimately deemed false. (Here, as elsewhere, it has to be assumed that some unknown percentage of the cases classified as false actually involved real rapes; what they don’t involve is countless innocent men’s lives being ruined.)”

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