In Washington D.C.,Wednesday, June 2, 2011, Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE) will host the first ever summit and to kick-off False Allegations Awareness Month.
National Coalition of Men President Harry Crouch will be attending and presenting the paper “False Accusers Must Be Held Accountable”.
In May 2011 Stop Abusive and Violent Environments conducted the first-ever national survey of false allegations of abuse. The results are revealing, reinforce the notion that false accusations are epidemic, and most are committed by women against men. Thank you SAVE for helping put facts in the face of those with the fantasy that false accusations are rare.
The survey defined “abuse” to include child abuse, domestic violence, or sexual abuse.
Telephone calls were placed to 10,000 households around the country. The survey purpose and methods are described here: http://www.saveservices.org/false-allegations-awareness-month/purpose-and-methods/
The survey had a 23% response rate, which is slightly higher than the 15-20% rate that computer-activated surveys of this sort typically experience.
These are the highlights:
- Over 15% of the respondents personally knew someone who has been falsely accused
- 81% of the falsely accused persons were male
- Nearly 70% of the accusers were female
- In over a quarter of the cases – 26% – the accusation was made as part of a child custody dispute
- 11% of respondents said they themselves had been falsely accused of abuse
Due to the survey’s reliance on voter registration records and its response rate, it is necessary to exercise caution in generalizing the survey findings to the national population as a whole. The actual percentage may be higher or lower than the survey findings. Future surveys are needed to confirm the results of this study.
Following are the detailed results:
|Question||Percent Responding “Yes”||Percent Responding “No”|
|1.||Have you ever heard of anyone falsely accused of abuse?||48.4%||51.6%|
|2.||Has anyone you know ever been falsely accused of abuse?||15.5%||84.5%|
|3.||Was this person falsely accused of child abuse?*||74.0%||26.0%|
|4.||Was this person falsely accused of domestic violence?*||28.9%||71.1%|
|5.||Was this person falsely accused of sexual abuse?*||48.5%||51.5%|
|6.||Was this person falsely accused in the last year?||17.7%||82.3%|
|7.||Was the falsely accused person a male?||81.0%||19.0%|
|8.||Was the accuser a female?||69.9%||30.1%|
|9.||Was the accusation made as part of a child custody dispute?||25.8%||74.2%|
|10.||Have you been falsely accused?||11.0%||89.0%|
* Responses may have been influenced by the ordering of questions 3-5.
1:00 pm – False Allegations Summit begins – Whitehall Room, Fairfax Hotel on Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave., NW (Metro: Dupont Circle) (press release timed to go out at 1:30pm)
Welcome – Master of Ceremonies
Keynote address: Sean Lanigan (invited)
Results of National Survey of False Allegations – Edward Bartlett
Statements by Stakeholder Organizations (10 min. each):
- Home School Legal Defense Association – Darren Jones
- American Coalition for Fathers and Children – Michael McCormick
- Encounters International – Natasha Spivack
- National Coalition for Men – Harry Crouch
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (invited) – Malia Brink
- American Family Rights Association (invited)
Victim Testimonies (10 min. each)
- Carl Starling – Maryland
- Cheryl Shanks – New Jersey
- Gordon Smith – Delaware
Model Language to Stop False Allegations – Edward Bartlett