False Conviction Rate for Rape Historically Higher than Claimed False Accusation Rate
March 3, 2013
Last summer, a study came out that suggested that more than one in ten of the men convicted of sexual assault in Virginia between 1973 and 1987 were innocent. To be precise, the proven wrongful conviction rate was between 8 and 15 percent — significantly higher than the false conviction rate for homicide, which was found to be 5 percent only when combined with sexual assault convictions. This means that in homicide cases, the false conviction rate is significantly lower than 5%, and therefore an order of magnitude lower than in sexual assault cases.
a new study that involved the DNA testing of hundreds of old Virginia homicide and sexual assault cases supports the exoneration of at least 38 suspects, according to a study released Monday by a national policy group that examined the test results.
This study, conducted by researchers John Roman, Kelly Walsh, Pamela Lachman and Jennifer Yahner of the Urban Institute Policy Center, analyzed the results of new DNA testing of old physical evidence from 634 sexual assault and homicide cases that took place in Virginia between 1973 and 1987.
Their central question: “What proportion of convicted offenders in serious person crimes with retained forensic evidence could be exonerated if that evidence were DNA tested?”
This marked the first study of the effects of DNA testing on wrongful conviction in a large and approximately random sample of serious crime convictions.
The study found that in five percent of homicide and sexual assault cases DNA testing eliminated the convicted offender as the source of incriminating physical evidence.
When sexual assault convictions were isolated, DNA testing eliminated between 8 and 15 percent of convicted offenders and supported exoneration.
Now, to put that in perspective, feminists like to claim that the false accusation rate for sexual assault is no more than two to three percent. If that were truly the case, then the data suggests states would have to be more likely to prosecute false accusations than real accusations. This is extremely unlikely. In fact, the high level of wrongful convictions in sexual assault cases suggests that sexual assault is either prosecuted even more vigorously than murder, that many defendants have been falsely accused, or both. Given that police do make some effort to screen out false accusations and prosecutors decline prosecution when they are unlikely to be successful, the false accusation rate must be significantly higher than the wrongful conviction rate. Given that wrongful conviction rates look to be above 10%, this has sobering implications.
What’s valuable about this study is that it proves:
1. False rape acusations are not rare
2. Rape is not difficult to prosecute
3. Rape has the highest wrongful conviction rate of all violent crimes
These are all in direct contradiction to what feminists would have us believe. They claim that rapists get off the hook all the time, women rarely make false accusations, and prosecutors are handcuffed in rape cases. All lies that directly contribute to putting innocent men in prison.
The only conclusion one can draw from this is that feminists have no concept of justice, and no problem with harming innocent men.