Letter: How abuse investigators separated fact from fantasy

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The Independent Online
ON BEST estimates (Abel et al 1987) the chances of getting caught for child molestation are 3 per cent. It is reckoned that fewer than 5 per cent of those abused report their experiences to the police. After pieces likeyours on the Pembroke child abuse case, those figures, which should be an outrage to any civilised society, are likely to remain unchanged. False allegations do occur but they are known to be very low, in the region of 2 per cent for very young children. It is in no one's interests that people be falsely accused or imprisoned. But the wide problem is not false accusation. It is false denial.

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