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Complainant Name:
Rape Crisis

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Fiona Elvines, representing Rape Crisis, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had misattributed a statistic about the veracity of rape allegations to the charity. The complainant said the newspaper had failed to take care over the accuracy of its coverage in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) and this was to the detriment of the charity's reputation.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the correction of the online article and the publication of the following statement:

‘An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that 'UK charity Rape Crisis admit that almost 1 in 10 rape allegations are fake'. We are happy to clarify that this figure was mistakenly derived from a 2005 Home Office study which stated that police statistics claiming 8% of rape allegations were false, was in fact incorrect and that the figure of false allegations sits at around 3%. The most recent CPS study of false allegations gives a statistic of less than 1%. We apologise for this error. You can find statistics and research from Rape Crisis on their website:'

The newspaper also provided a private letter to Rape Crisis, expressing its regret that the error occurred.

Date Published: 12/12/2013

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