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The Reality (and Rarity) of False Sexual Assault Allegations: Background information when reading The Liar

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The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
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    Sep 2019, 288 pages
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The Reality (and Rarity) of False Sexual Assault Allegations

This article relates to The Liar

The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen features a character, 17-year-old Nofar, who makes a false claim of attempted rape as payback against a man who verbally abuses her in an ice cream parlor. Though it's a compelling premise that leads down a horrifying road for all involved, this isn't the kind of book that should be read as an allegory for the #MeToo movement—on the contrary, it should be evaluated solely within its fictional context. Though false accusations of sexual assault do occur, Nofar's story is a far cry from the norm.

Assault statistics graphic demonstrating paucity of sexual assault convictions from RAINNIt's a commonly cited fact that the majority of sexual assaults go unreported; a study by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2002 claims that approximately 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police, while studies from 2010-2016, collected by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) suggest that number could be as high as 77%. Furthermore, RAINN breaks down the consequences of those that are reported: If 1,000 sexual assaults ...

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