The idea of women ‘crying rape’ exists everywhere from EM Forster to Hollyoaks. But why? In real life, false allegations of rape are incredibly rare, writes Eva Wiseman.
There’s this idea that a false allegation of sexual assault is the one weapon that shamed women wield. Men have fists and cash and the threat of death; women have this. A shy call to 999 on a Monday morning that leads to the slow sirens of police arresting her ex at work, a sorry officer shielding his head as he falls into the car.
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