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).