I've been in law enforcement for over 24 years. I spent several of those years investigating sexual assaults of children as well as adults. In my experience, it's pretty rare when a rape victim's story turns out to be bogus. However, when it does, that rare false allegation does real damage to the untold numbers of real rape victims.
The people who make up rape allegations have a number of reasons for doing so. Some are trying to cover for "indiscretions". Some are looking for attention and some are even trying to harm the person they are accusing.
In these instances, the real victims of these false allegations are women or men whose real rape allegations may be discounted by authorities, by friends or by the community. What we need to remember is that for every false rape allegation, there are hundreds of legitimate victims who need our time, our compassion and ultimately justice.
We can't let our efforts be derailed by those who make false allegations.