An 11-year-old elementary school student in Memphis she was abducted on a street after school and raped – alarming parents and other residents -was charged yesterday with filing a false report to authorities, says the Memphis Commercial Appeal. A Memphis police spokeswoman said investigators “spoke with several witnesses, and investigators found several inconsistencies in her account.”
Local residents had voiced fears that a sexual predator was roaming the streets.
Experts said false allegations can usually be traced to a handful of causes, ranging from delusions or childish misunderstandings to fear or lying. Dr. William Bernet, chief of the Vanderbilt Medical Center forensic psychiatry division, said sex may have been involved. “It is not unusual for a child this age to have voluntary sexual activity and then, to protect the person they had sex with, they say they had sex with someone else,” he said. In many cases, people who make such reports have a deep need for attention, said Bernet. “We get a very detailed history of how it started. We want to figure out exactly when the very first statement was made. In most cases we are quite confident we figured out how it (the report) came about.”