Over 20 Million Have Been Falsely Accused of Abuse

False allegations were fairly evenly distributed across the four abuse categories. Asked, “Has anyone you know ever been falsely accused of ______?”, respondents answered as follows:

  • Domestic violence: 17%
  • Child abuse: 17%
  • Sexual assault: 16%
  • Other form of abuse: 11%

False allegations represent a serious threat to justice. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, false allegations and perjury are the most common contributing factor to wrongful convictions, constituting 59% of such cases (1).

Survey: Over 20 Million Have Been Falsely Accused of Abuse

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