That someone at the BBC has an axe to grind, is the only conclusion I could draw from its coverage of the latest report from the CPS about false rape allegations.
The Press Release from the CPS is here: http://www.cps.gov.uk/news/press_releases/under_the_spotlight/
It basically emphasises the fact that contrary to popular myth, false allegations of rape are really very rare indeed.
And what did the BBC run with? This: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/21016808
A report which emphasises how awful it is to be falsely accused of rape.
Now I have no doubt that it is awful to be falsely accused of rape. No worse than actually being raped of course, but the BBC isn't as bothered about that.
What I can't understand, is why the BBC decided to take the CPS report, which is very clear that one of the major reasons rape victims don't get justice, is precisely because of this widespread belief that false allegations are a serious problem and run with propagating the very thing the CPS identifies as a problem: the idea that rape myths are a major issue when it comes to rape and a serious problem in terms of proportion.
It is either a case of very stupid journalists, who even when presented with a report that says the opposite of what they expect it to, still run with their prejudices, or it is a case of someone at the BBC having a bloody big axe to grind.
The End Violence Against Women Coalition have complained about the coverage. A link to their complaint is here: http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/news/86/womens-groups-complain-to-bbc-over-its-coverage-of-cps-false-allegations-report
The BBC's response is pathetic and is given at the bottom of the EVAW page.
Meanwhile women continue to get raped or sexually assaulted at the rate of 1 in 4, 85-90% of us don't report rape and of those who do, only 6% see their rapist found guilty. The CPS latest research shows that the rate of false allegation is even lower than we used to think it was when we thought it was only about 3-4%. But the BBC uses licence-fee payer's money, to focus on false allegations, the very prioritisation of which, contributes to the culture in which rape victims feel they can't report.
Why would that be?
I'll leave you to speculate, as I am doing.