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False Reports: Moving Beyond the Issue to Successfully Investigate and Prosecute Non-Stranger Sexual Assault

General Material
Training Tools
Published Date
February, 2019

The information from this module answer questions that have historically created significant hurdles for sexual assault victims and addresses issues of false reporting. These questions include:

  • What are the “red flags” that raise suspicion of a sexual assault report?
  • What is our gut reaction to these “red flags?”
  • How are these “red flags” based on cultural stereotypes of “real rape?”
  • What is the actual definition of a false report?
  • But what if part of the report is false?
  • How can law enforcement investigators create a “false report?”
  • How many sexual assault reports are actually false?
  • How should law enforcement handle the frustrating reality of “real” false reports?
  • How can investigators reverse this cycle of suspicion?