several websites have me as being a rapist and i am not
This is America and you can sue anybody, anywhere, anytime for anything. However, the cost of a lawsuit is usually the stopping point. Legal fees can easily be $50 to $100k for this sort of suit.
You did not say, but are these websites related to mugshots.com? There are quite a few threads on this forum from this month about their posts which you can read. Perhaps they will give you some idea on the direction your actions should take.
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It depends on the structure of the website since many are exempt from lawsuits. Speak to an attorney who provides free consultation. I don't see many taking such a matter under contingency so be prepared for a quoted fee.
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