Why do people make false sexual assault allegations?

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2021 | Firm News

When it comes to sexual assault allegations, it is a delicate situation. However, if you face false claims against you, you have every right to question why another person would do this to you.

Fox News explains that false sexual assault allegations are not common, but they do occur. It helps to understand the motivations behind such claims in order to learn how to weed them out in the future.

Reporting

It is first important to understand that more people fail to report legitimate sexual assault than those who make false claims. Most of the victims of these cases are women with men facing the accusations.

Part of the reason why authorities must take any claim seriously is to not discourage those who have real claims to come forward. If a person sees everyone else’s claim torn apart as a lie or ignored, it will make it hard for him or her to trust authorities to take a claim seriously.

Protection

At the same time, it is essential that authorities properly investigate claims to avoid leveling charges against an innocent person. If you face sexual-related charges of any kind, it can have an immediate and harsh effect on your life, even if the allegations are untrue.

Causes

There are generally three main motivations for making a false claim. Since a claim is so damaging to the accused, you may find someone accusing you because they want revenge for something. They may also do it for some type of gain or to get attention.

It is also important to understand that the claim against you may be from someone who is suffering from a mental disorder or illness. That person may not have the ability to understand what he or she is doing or may honestly believe something happened due to a delusional mental state. In any case, authorities need to ensure they investigate fully to uncover the truth.