Why Would a Child Lie About Sexual Abuse or Rape?
It is estimated that roughly 4% to 8% of child sexual abuse reports are fabricated. While the percentage of false allegations is low, research shows that it does happen — and I have experience defending those who have been falsely accused.
A few of the most common reasons a child might lie is:
- To get out of trouble or avoid punishment or embarrassment.
- To change their living situation.
- To sustain a gain.
Children in volatile situations, particularly with rough home lives or who are going through a difficult family separation, may feel compelled or even be coached to share fabricated stories about their experience/memories if they can gain a favorable outcome. It’s an unfortunate truth that most false allegations of child sexual abuse come from adults who instinctively take their child’s side or seek to gain an advantage in a contentious custody battle by convincing their child that something bad has happened to them.
While it in no way excuses the behavior, most accusers don't fully realize the seriousness of the charges they're making or the consequences that can result from them.
Choose The Law Office of Richard L. Lougee for Your Case
Few things are worse than being falsely accused of a heinous crime like the sexual abuse of a child in your care. Whether you’re a step-parent, biological or adoptive parent, relative, coach, Troop leader, daycare provider, or teacher, the judgment and damage to your good name may have you feeling overwhelmed with emotion.
You may be furious at the accuser, terrified of facing jail time, or worried about having to register as a sex offender and how that will impact your future — maybe all of the above. But when you fall into that 4 to 8% category of those who have been falsely accused, the steps you take to clear your name matter greatly. Don't try to take on this serious legal challenge alone. Contact my office in Tucson, Arizona, today.