Police say the teen made up a story about the Broward rape. “There are no safety concerns” at this time

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A 17-year-old girl told police Sunday that a man covered her mouth, dragged her into the bushes and sexually assaulted her in Broward. Now, investigators say that never happened.

Searching for the man accused of raping the girl near 1400 S. Flamingo Rd. In Pembroke Pines, the matter ended after the teen admitted to fabricating the story, according to police. But investigators looked into that claim.

“After a comprehensive investigation conducted by our Special Victims Unit, which included extensive sweeps of the area, field interviews, forensic testing, and review of several hours of surveillance footage, it was determined that the reported sexual assault did not occur,” police said in a statement. Thursday.

The department announced it has not yet decided whether the teen will face criminal charges for filing a false report. Police say they are “primarily focused” on providing services to the teen and her family.

Studies estimate only approx 2% to 10% of sexual assault reports It turned out to be a lie, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. The center said those numbers are often inflated due to “inconsistent definitions and protocols” between police departments.

According to police, there are “no safety concerns” in the community regarding the report.

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