The UK's Director of Proseuctions, Keir Starmer said the CPS report on false rape allegations showed how "dangerous myths" were perpetuated

BBC Accused Of Skewing False Rape Report In ‘Appalling’ Newsbeat Story

Women’s groups and rape victim advocates have criticized a BBC news report which described findings in a new study into false rape allegations as “showing how common the problem is,” when — in fact — it showed only two false rape claims are prosecuted every month.

The false rape and/or domestic violence allegation report was conducted by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service over 17 months. Described as “trailblazing research,” the overwhelming conclusion of investigators was that actual false allegations of rape and domestic violence are “very rare.”

However, women’s and rape victim support groups say a BBC Newsbeat story exaggerates the occurrence of false rape allegations and flies in the face of the CPS’ report.

In addition, Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions, speaking after the publication of the report, said it showed that media and public perceptions of false reports perpetuate “dangerous myths. “

The focus of the BBC Newsbeat story which quotes one person who was falsely accused of rape is an issue of contention for End Violence Against Women and many other victim support groups. They have urged people to complain to the BBC and subsequently raised a storm of protest on Twitter.

For their part, the BBC has defended their reporting of the story.

A spokesman told Huffington Post UK the BBC, “are confident that our article accurately reflects the findings of today’s CPS report.” The public broadcaster also said that other aspects of the report were explored across their outlets.

BBC Accused Of Skewing False Rape Report In 'Appalling' Newsbeat Story
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