Chapter Eighteen FALSE REPORTING—A TERRIBLE FOE OF THE RAPE VICTIM, pages 217-30 begins “THE RAREST CIRCUMSTANCE in the field of sexual assault crimes—but by far the most pernicious—is that of false reporting” - yeah, sure. She gives an anonymised example of Louisa who falsely accused her boss Gary Branch - with whom she’d had an affair.
And on page 222: “On May 26, 1989, a twenty-seven-year-old woman named Shelley called 911 from a pay phone on Central Park South and reported a rape at 2:00 A.M.” - she had been arrested more than fifteen times in ten states, using aliases - she had two arrests for prostitution and two for armed robbery; her first false report of rape in New York dated to October 1984; her first one (they could find) was San Diego, 1982. In January 1988, she was convicted in Delaware.
Page 228: a motive or at least a partial one was that when she arrived in New York she had $30 in her pocket, but claiming to be a “survivor” of sexual assault she had been provided with housing, board and welfare on an emergency basis - money and attention.
Page 229: Fairstein puts false reports at 5%.
A couple of observations. The Shelley alluded to here is Shelley Bjorkland (see entry for May 26, 1989). Also see the comments by Alan Dershowitz, August 10, 1994, (below).
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