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Complainant Name:
Rape Crisis

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

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.

Resolution:

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: www.rapecrisis.org.uk/commonmyths2.php'

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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