How Common Are False Allegations Of Child Sex Abuse?
Most people understand the old legal maxim that sex offenses are the most underreported crime; Department of Justice statistics confirm this. But interestingly, and importantly, sex offenses are also the most overly reported type of crime. DOJ statistics confirm this as well, stating that there are more false allegations of child sexual abuse than any other offense – as many as 4 to 5 times as many. And according to studies done in law review articles, criminal justice professors, and researchers, the estimate is that false reports of child sex offenses can be as high as eight to forty or fifty times more often than false reports of non-sex offenses. Allegations of child sexual abuse are frighteningly common.