Ian McEwan and false rape accusations in fiction

December 10, 2014 § 1 Comment

I read The Children Act a few weeks ago, and ever since (particularly given all the horrendous news recently) I’ve been bothered by the fact that there were two separate instances of men being falsely accused of rape. Two! As if writing a whole book (Atonement) about the subject wasn’t enough. It’s fiction, obviously, but why this insistence on such a rare occurrence? I confess, in the current climate I can only find it depressing.

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