The article begins by reviewing up-to-date research suggesting that the rate of false reporting for sexual assault is in the range of 2-8%. It also critiques prior research suggesting that the rate of false reporting is far higher, and explores the reasons why this issue is so challenging for professionals in the field. Questions addressed in the article include the following:
* How many sexual assault reports are false?
* What is the actual definition of a false report?
* But what if part of the report is false?
The article then concludes with a discussion of how professionals can work to overcome these challenges, and how to handle the frustrating reality of "real" false reports.
This report presents findings from the National Incident-Based Reporting System regarding sexual assault of young children. The data are based on reports from law enforcement agencies of 12 States and covers the years 1991 through 1996. The report presents sexual assault in 4 categories: forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling. Findings include statistics on the incidence of sexual assault, the victims, their offenders, gender, response to these crimes, locality, time of incident, the levels of victim injury, victims' perceptions of offenders' ages, and victim-offender relationships, and other detailed characteristics. Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics
This NIJ Research Report presents findings on the prevalence and incidence of rape, physical assault, and stalking; the rate of injury among rape and physical assault victims; and injured victims' use of medical devices. It includes data on same sex and opposite sex sexual violence. Findings in this report, which are based on the National Violence Against Women Survey, show that violence is more widespread and injurious to women's and men's health than previously thought.
The article lists 45 facts about violence against women in the U.S. and globally along with their sources. It also includes a selection of other web site links to find and verify violence against women statistics.
This NIJ Research Report presents findings from a survey of 8,000 U.S. women and 8,000 U.S. men about their experiences as victims of intimate partner violence (rape, physical assault, and stalking). It includes information on same sex and opposite sex violence. Respondents were asked detailed questions about the characteristics and consequences of their victimization during their lifetime and the past 12 months, including the rate of injury among rape and physical assault victims, their use of medical services, and their involvement with the criminal justice system.
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