The truth about false assault accusations by women

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Image caption Brett Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him

Either Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford is lying. We don't know which one.

Here's what we do know.

According to various academic studies over the past 20 years, only 2-10% of rape accusations are fake (Prof Ford's lawyer says she believes this was attempted rape).

Two to 10% is too many, but it is not a big proportion of the total. Fake rape accusations get a lot of attention.

Both the Duke Lacrosse team case in 2006 and the alleged University of Virginia gang rape in 2014 were widely covered by the media. They were terrible miscarriages of justice - but they were not representative.

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Brett Kavanaugh debate fast becomes political battle

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Image caption Mr Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations against him

President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, denies an accusation of sexual assault, made by Professor Christine Blasey Ford.

There are plenty of reasonable, sensitive questions arising from the story.

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López Obrador: Shades of Bernie in Mexico's populist winner

  • 2 July 2018
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Third time proved a charm for the left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador who has claimed victory in Mexico's presidential election.

Having lost twice before, the former Mexico City mayor, known by his initials Amlo, crushed his rivals and promised "profound change is coming".

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Stormy Daniels: Why Trump and Giuliani are wrong about porn

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It's time to talk about pornography - and specifically whether women who work as porn stars can be also be dignified. I raise this issue only because the president of the United States has just said he doesn't believe they can.

He was agreeing with the assertion of his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and now resident White House flame thrower. In a speech in Tel Aviv this week, Giuliani said Stormy Daniels, the woman who claims she had an affair with Mr Trump in 2006, lacks credibility, simply because of her profession.

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Stormy Daniels case: Three women asking Trump uncomfortable questions

Three women have this week mounted challenges in court to try to tell their stories about Donald Trump.

Two of them say they had an affair with him and then were silenced and another, an Apprentice contestant, says she was groped by Mr Trump.

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Credibility does not hinge on wearing sleeves

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Image caption Interviewing US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel in 2014 - and doing just fine without sleeves

Quick wardrobe change needed today. I'm going sleeveless on Beyond 100 Days.

I hope this does not mean my credibility is shot and my gravitas is sunk.

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Former top US general in nuclear warning

As North and South Korea say their Olympic athletes will march under one flag, the former US Joint Chiefs of Staff says he fears we are closer to military conflict in the Korean Peninsula than we ever have been.

Admiral Mike Mullen also warned that Americans haven't had an honest conversation about what nuclear conflict really means and they underestimate how terrible it would be.

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Roy Moore: The eyes of the world are on Alabama election

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Sexual misconduct claims against an already-controversial candidate have thrust a US Senate race into the global spotlight - and highlighted divisions between President Trump and top Republicans.

Question: Just how interested is the world in the Alabama election tomorrow?

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Why women fear a backlash over #MeToo

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Image caption Women march in a #MeToo protest in California

That whispering you hear from American women right now? It's not elation, it's anxiety; the fear of a backlash.

Just two months since the Harvey Weinstein accusations emerged, women here are already concerned that this revolution will indeed eat its own.

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The story that highlights an ugly American tribalism

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There've been a lot of sex stories recently. Or rather a lot of sexual harassment stories. Not surprisingly they are all quite grubby and they tend to show the worst in human nature.

Take the news in Alabama this week - it's a textbook case. An older guy in a powerful position is accused by women of molesting them when they were teenagers. One of the women says she was only 14.

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