To Kill a Mockingbird

What was the reason why Tom was accused of rape?

The accusation of rape.

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Mayella accused Tom of rape in order to blame him when her father caught her attempting to seduce him.


To Kill a Mockingbird

So why does she say that? Was she trying to protect her dad from going to jail?

Mayella's attempted seduction of a black man would have been the worst of infractions. She did what her father told her to do, and she told the lies he forced her to tell.