You consistently mix in valid and useful info with specious and outlandish claims, which makes it difficult to truly take what you say seriously. Violence in this country is an issue, and women do participate in it, but fully half of all murdered women are killed by their current or former domestic partners and the same is not true the other way around. You have no support for your assertion that most rapists were sexually abused by their mothers and the fact that men may tend to underreport their own abuse has no bearing on how many women falsely report theirs.

The FBI, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Office for Victims of Crime and a wide variety of other organizations whose job it is to track this stuff all say that false reports are in the single digits. They are also perpetrated by certain kinds of women under very specific kinds of circumstances and rarely lead to actual serious repercussions for the men accused. Read the QZ article I linked for more very specific studies and data around this.

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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