It’s a huge and harmful cultural narrative that false accusation is a rampant problem. False accusations are rare and only take place in certain kinds of situations by certain types of people. It’s simply a deflection from the enormous issue of how prevalent abuse and rape are, for both girls and boys.

We initially believe every other person who reports a crime, why not victims of sexual violence?

Thanks for writing this. We need to keep speaking it loud and clear!

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