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Megan McArdle

How Many Rape Reports Are False?

The dark numbers behind one of the darkest crimes.
Complicated at best.
Complicated at best.

How many women falsely accuse men of rape?

A lot of statistics are floating around the Internet: Two percent, say many feminists, the same as other crimes. Twenty-five percent, say other groups who quarrel with the feminists on many issues, or maybe 40 percent. Here's the real answer: We don't know. Anyone who insists that we do know should be corrected or ignored.