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How often are men falsely accused of sex crimes?

Over the past several years, we've been hearing a lot about the rapes and sexual assaults that have become commonplace on our college campuses. But how much of it is true and how much is hysteria? A new book called The Campus Rape Frenzy set out to explore that topic, not to discredit the many women who are touched without consent or raped in the halls of higher learning. Rather, to shed light on the actual facts as much as that is possible.

The book cites some of the oft-quoted numbers that six out of every 1,000 women will have to go through some form of sexual assault in a given year. Some thirty-three of these are completed rapes, 25 percent are attempted rapes while the rest are assaults like touching. That represents the lowest estimate. The book points out, though, that the surveys used to come up with these numbers are often full of inherent problems.

While hard numbers about falsely accused men are hard to determine (it's a he said/she said problem), the book does offer up a slew of disturbing stories of lives ruined by false accusations. There's the Duke lacrosse rape story, there's the case that became the documentary The Hunting Ground and the now-famous Rolling Stone story that leveled accusations that were later proven false.

The point is, while women do experience sexual assaults on campus, some of the cases aren't as black and white as the public and the prosecutors believe. That's why if you're facing charges of a sex offense, the sooner you find an attorney, the sooner you may be able to rescue your reputation.

Source: theamericanconservative.com, "Witch Hunt on Campus," Robert Verbruggen, January 23, 2017

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