"FALSE ALLEGATIONS"

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These are "False Allegations" Resources.
Please also see: Memory Repression/Recovery Resources


ARTICLES/INFORMATION/RESEARCH

How Often Do Children's Reports of Abuse Turn Out to be False?
Q&A from the Leadership Council with citations, 2005

Recantation in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Child Welfare, Nov/Dec 1991

The Myth of Epidemic False Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Divorce Cases
Court Review, Spring 1998 [PDF]


1997 NCANDS REPORT, intentionally false report statistics
Child Maltreatment 1997: Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (Government Printing Office, 1999) Page D-9, Tables 3.1 and 3.2

Four states (Florida, Missouri, Vermont, and Virginia) gathered data on intentionally false reports as a subgroup of unsubstantiated reports.

STATES TOTAL REPORTS UNSUBSTANTIATED INTENTIONALLY FALSE
Florida 186,726 92,337 868
Missouri 80,185 49,490 460
Vermont 2,309 1,257 18
Virginia 51,227 37,282 457
TOTAL 320,447 180,366 1,803

Intentionally false reports as a percentage of unsubstantiated reports:
.00999634 (less than 1 out of 100 unsubstantiated reports)

The table from which this data was compiled may be accessed at:

http://archive.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/ncands97/index.htm
ncands97/apd.htm

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