Why would an accuser make up a story of rape?

False allegations of rape can ruin a man’s life and it happens more often then you might think. There is little evidence required for such allegations except for the alleged victim’s report. According to one website, there are a number of reasons why a woman may falsely report a rape. Here are some of the most common:

— False allegations of rape can be used to put an ex-husband or ex-boyfriend in jail. It could also be a way for a woman have a current partner out of the picture.

— A false allegation of rape may be used by a married woman to hide the fact that she has cheated on her husband.

— A false allegation of rape may be used by a woman who is having an affair with a married man if his wife learns of his indiscretions.

— A false allegation of rape may be made by a female student because she is not making good grades or failed a final exam.

— False allegations of rape may be made in order for a woman to get attention. Others may regret that a sexual encounter took place, even if it was consensual.

Those who file false reports of rape are often not prosecuted, but the stigma of being charged for such a heinous crime can follow a man for the rest of his life.

Rape charges carry heavy penalties and often end up as a “he said — she said” type of case. An experienced criminal defense attorney can provide more information on how to fight such charges.

Source: A Voice for Male Students, “10 Reasons False Rape Accusations are Common,” accessed April. 22, 2015