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Indicators of False Allegations
The following list of indicators of false allegations of rape was taken from FBI's Behavior Manual on Recognizing False Allegations
Complaint is not timely and is made to friends, associates, or to a hospital or medical authorities in order to justify tests for pregnancy or venereal disease.
Victim is indifferent to apparent injuries.
Victim relates the incident either in a monotone or with excessive zeal and relish.
Victim states she cannot describe her assailant because she kept her eyes closed.
Victim alleges she was assaulted by more than one person.
Victim claims she offered vigorous resistance but was forcibly overcome.
Assailant was a total stranger or a person she cannot otherwise describe or identify (e.g. a friend of a friend but she cannot describe him).
Victim claims she also receive threatening notes or phone calls prior to or after the assault.
Rape allegation is narrow in construction and meets only the "minimal requirements" for rape.
Victim claims rapist did not perform oral or anal sex.
Victim cannot recall exactly where the crime took place even though she should have been able to.
Crime scene does not support story (i.e., ground cover not disturbed; no footprints where there should be some; no signs of struggle when there should logically be present).
Damage to her clothing is inconsistent with any injuries she reports (bites, cuts or scratches inconsistent with tears or cuts clothing or no damage to clothing when there should have been).
Victim presents letters allegedly from rapist in which death or rape threats are made.
Absence of confirming serological evidence.
Injuries made either by fingernails or by a sharp instrument (usually not found at the scene).
Injuries are extensive but do not involve sensitive tissues (i.e., lips, nipples, genitals, etc).
Victim reports seemingly painful injuries with an air of indifference.
Victim's statement alleges wounds were incurred while she attempted to protect herself, yet the location and angle of injury in inconsistent with defense wounds.
Hesitation marks are present.
She is having difficulty in her personal relationships (e.g., with her husband, boyfriend, or parents).
Victim has history of mental or emotional problems (particularly referencing self- injurious behavior, with hysterical or borderline features).
Victim has previous record of having been assaulted or raped under similar circumstances.
Crime occurred after a similar crime received publicity. (Suggesting modeling, or "copycat" motive in which the similarity to the publicized crime offers credibility.)
Victim has extensive record of medical care for dramatic illnesses or injuries.
Victim becomes outraged when asked to corroborate her victimization.
The presence of changed and/or embellished reports.*
*Another indicator of false allegations which is not mentioned in FBI's Behavior Manual on Recognizing False Allegations, but which is common in false reports, is the presence of changed and/or embellished reports over time. In such instances, subsequent reports rendered by the victim are more elaborate and more incriminating than previous reports. What may have begun as a bare bones account which just meets the requirements for rape, if that, is built-up over time to become more detailed, lengthy, and violent. This may be done out of necessity in order to bring the accused to trial.
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