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False Reporting Overview

Misconceptions about sexual violence and inconsistencies about the way reports are classified reflect gaps in the definition and understanding of a false allegation. These misconceptions have direct, negative consequences and can contribute to why many victims don’t report sexual assaults. To improve the response to victims of sexual violence, law enforcement and service providers need a thorough understanding of sexual violence and consistency in their definitions, policies and procedures. This overview provides facts about sexual violence cases and reporting rates.

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