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How many are falsely accused of rape?

Posted Jan. 08, 2013, at 5:10 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 08, 2013, at 10:55 a.m.

The above graphic, passed along by the Huffington Post‘s Laura Bassett, was put together by the Enliven Project using data from Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey and FBI reports. It drives home extremely well the fact that false rape accusations are exceedingly rare, despite what media reports might suggest. Almost as rare are cases when rapists actually go to jail.

For another perspective on this graph, check out Slate’s “This rape infographic is going viral. Too bad it’s wrong.”

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