The results were jaw dropping.
A full 11% of respondents reported that they themselves had been falsely accused of some type of intimate partner or child abuse; meaning that they had been fingered and to some extent or another sanctioned for behavior that they never engaged in. Once more, over eight in ten (81%) who said that they knew someone falsely accused answered that the falsely accused party were male and nearly seven in ten (69.9%) of those falsely accusing were female. These results indicate very strongly that false accusations and their aftermath loom very large in the landscape of men's lives whether they appreciate it or not. And while there are certainly falsely accused females out there, the issue is one that must be addressed in the terms of gender if we are to solve this huge problem.
Here are the results:
* Responses may have been influenced by the ordering of questions 3-5.
|Question||Percent Responding Yes||Percent Responding No|
|1.||Have you ever heard of anyone falsely accused of abuse?||48.4%||51.6%|
|2.||Has anyone you know ever been falsely accused of abuse?||15.5%||84.5%|
|3.||Was this person falsely accused of child abuse?*||74.0%||26.0%|
|4.||Was this person falsely accused of domestic violence?*||28.9%||71.1%|
|5.||Was this person falsely accused of sexual abuse?*||48.5%||51.5%|
|6.||Was this person falsely accused in the last year?||17.7%||82.3%|
|7.||Was the falsely accused person a male?||81.0%||19.0%|
|8.||Was the accuser a female?||69.9%||30.1%|
|9.||Was the accusation made as part of a child custody dispute?||25.8%||74.2%|
|10.||Have you been falsely accused?||11.0%||89.0%|
The results of this survey are proof positive that false accusations are not only real and not a myth but that they are also vastly ignored. The large percentage of respondents indicating that they knew someone falsely accused or that they themselves were falsely accused speaks of the impunity with which people can level false accusations. This cries for justice and there is no downplaying of the seriousness of this issue.