False Allegations

In recent years there has been growing concern about the various conditions under which people will falsely allege they have suffered at the hands of others. Often, but not always, this is an allegation of sexual abuse or harassment. The various procedures for detecting deception may be relevant in these cases but, because the complainant is not a suspect, the more intrusive processes of lie detection are rarely used. Instead there have been attempts to indicate the circumstances in which such false allegations are made and use those as guidelines for more intensive examination (Mikkelsen, Gutheil and Emens, 1992; Tate, Warren and Hess, 1992). However the validity of these procedures is still highly questionable.

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