Rape occurs when someone engages in sexual intercourse with another without that person’s consent. The gender of the victim does not matter. If the rape happens without that person’s consent and with force, violence, fraud, or causing fear, it is considered a violent felony.
A false rape claim, or allegation, refers to accusing someone of committing rape when it did not happen. The false rape claim is made even though the alleged victim knows that they are lying.
The alleged victim tells authorities, such as police or a medical professional, that they were raped. Also, the alleged victim may file a false police report.
Filing a false police report involves an individual knowingly making false statements, or lying, to law enforcement. The false statements are made with the intent to start or disrupt a criminal investigation.
The false police report can be made with an on-duty police officer or at the police station. Making a false police report is a state and federal crime. To be found guilty of a false report, the alleged victim must:
No. A false confession occurs when an individual admits they are guilty of a crime, but are actually innocent. The individual is accused of a crime, not the victim of one. A false confession is usually the result of force or coercion on the police’s behalf to obtain a statement.
Yes. If you are accused of rape and believe that your accuser is lying, or you knowingly made false claims of being raped, you need to talk to a criminal attorney. The attorney will explain the charges to you and assist you in figuring out how to proceed.
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