In my last post, I showed exactly where the White House is getting their “1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college” stat.
Now that we know where it’s coming from, let’s breakdown just how exaggerated this number is.
The idea that one in five women are raped or sexually assaulted at college just doesn’t pass the smell test, does it?
Economist Mark Perry from the American Enterprise Institute felt the same way. So, instead of just blindly believing it, he actually obtained the sexual assault numbers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2009-2012.
He found that were was a likely maximum of 1,141 sexual assaults among 22,329 female students.
This isn’t common core math, people. It wasn’t 1 in 5 women, it was more like 1 in 20. But, even that number is only true when you assume, as the president has, that about 12% of sexual assaults actually get reported. If you go by the actual reported assault rate, the number is not 1 in 5, but 1 in 163. Other schools he looked at showed similar, if not more damning results to the Presidents alarm.
Can we really believe that 20% of women are sexually assaulted in college?
In 2012, the rape rate in Detroit was 0.05%.
The Obama administration is promoting a number that claims going to college is 400 times as dangerous as living in Detroit.
Think that’s crazy?
During the entire first and second Liberian civil war 1 in 43 women were raped.
The administration is telling you that going to college is 8 times as dangerous as living through two civil wars in Liberia.
During the Rwandan genocide, about 1 in 15 women were raped.
The president is trying to tell you that going to college is three times as dangerous as the Rwandan genocide.
Obviously, some measures of sexual assault are tough to compare because of the way records are kept. But that’s the issue. By cheapening the definitions to max out the victim numbers, you do a massive disservice to those truly affected.
The truth is, if any of these measures were remotely close to accurate, would there be one loving parent in America who would send their daughter to college? Who would spend 40,000 dollars a year to send their kid to Rwandan genocide—times three?
Besides, if the administration actually cared about making women feel comfortable in their personal space, would they appoint this guy to head the task force to protect students from sexual assault?