I just got done watching yet another L&O SVU episode, where false accusations against someone ruined them, but nothing got done to the females making said false accusation.
NOW I KNOW its just a TV show, but i have also heard of that mentality from actual cops as well as our base legal people when quizzed about it during one of our all hands Assault prevention days..
The common misconception is that if they (the authorities) do go after those who make false accusations, is that it will push those who legitimately got assaulted/raped, to NOT come forward.

Who here feels that to be true?
Does wanting to punish those who lie to cops make people who are truly victims less likely to come forward??