"So here’s how it goes down on shows like 90210. The conniving yet tragically lonely girl is bored/wants to enact revenge on someone who has pissed her off, so she tells people that he raped her. The man’s reputation is destroyed and he loses his job and his wife/kids, if he has them. The girl is wracked with guilt and learns a lesson about lying that teaches her not to do it anymore. Bad girl officially put in her place.
But the thing is, a lot more women are afraid to report rape than there are women going around lying about it. 54% of sexual assaults are never reported to the police, and 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail. One of the largest issues in the community supporting victims of rape is to get them to admit it happened in the first place.
Why don’t they? Well, probably because what happens when they do is exactly the opposite of what happens on shows like 90210."