What I mean is that I know I am prejudiced against males too. If I were on a Jury and some kid accused a guy of molesting him I would have the default position of his guilt. Same with claims of rape. This is how we are socially programmed. Compare this with claims of theft or something else where I would carefully review the facts objectively and wait for proof of guilt to be presented.
It isn't just the fear of being falsely accused, it's the knowledge that that particular false accusal carries more weight than others and particularly against a man.
That's not at all true. The number of complaints that lead to a conviction are tiny, let alone false complaints where there is actual no evidence.
One big exception to this is when racism gets in the way, accuse a man of the right ethnicity and the odds go up a lot in many places. Social programming very much leans towards convictions in those cases, generally not otherwise.
I would appreciate you citing data when you make a claim.
Some interesting data: Somewhere between 2.5% and 5% of the people in prison are innocent. [http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2012/05/01/the-price-of-freedom-what-happens-to-the-wrongfully-convicted/] So 1 in every 200 or 1 in every 400. To put that in total terms, in 2006 there were 7.5 million people in prison. If we use the low end estimate of 2.5% that would be 187,500 people in prison for a crime they did not commit.
False accusations of rape specifically are believed to run between 2% to 8%. David Lisak's 2010 study that was published in a magazine dedicated to violence against women put the number at 5.9% when they only counted cases where actual evidence turned up to show that the claim was false. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_accusation_of_rape#Lisak_.282010.29] So it isn't counting other people for whom there was no evidence to exonerate but were innocent. So that 8% may not be that unlikely but study results can vary wildly by who is doing the study and what criteria they use to define a false accusation. That's why I used the study put out by Violence Against Women since I assume they wouldn't want to print particularly high numbers unless they were true.
In any event, getting convicted isn't the only way to be damaged by this thing. Getting accused can often have significant impacts on the individual in society. From loss of job, time in jail awaiting trial (and money lost to bail if any is set), separation from family, to any number of other ramifications. So conviction isn't even the only concern by a long shot.
So yeah, this is something to be afraid of. A person you've done absolutely nothing has potential power over your life and livelihood for no other reason than you are man and they are a female. This is a very real fear men have that women don't have to deal with and I seriously doubt anyone is going to care that we have to deal with that.
It does not help that my wife and I know an actual false accuser. Someone that my wife actually was witness to the act not being committed when the person claimed it did. The person walked up to my wife and said that the guy just raped her when they (unbeknownst to this individual) hadn't even left her eyesight the whole time she was gone. The guy had merely broken up with her, no contact was made...
On the good side, rape accusations of actual incidents appear to be on the rise (women appear to be becoming more likely to report sexual assault than they were ten years ago thanks to education on the need to report regardless of taboos) while overall incidents of sexual assault have dropped fairly drastically over the past decade and beyond. So fewer incidents with more reporting. Good on both counts.