How exaggerated are the Obama administration’s sexual assault stats?

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?




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  • Anonymous

    Are you kidding me? More attempts to downplay the amount of sexual assault in this country? As if the first skit wasn’t embarrassing enough? Certainly you can find better material than criticize some studies on sexual assault. It’s not entertaining.

    • Crassus

      Yeah, better to talk about white privilege or Donald Sterling than phony sexual assault studies. Assclown.

      • Anonymous

        White privilege? How about talking about the cost of veteran expense and whether Americans should pay more for it? How about honoring the death of Maya Angelou and discussing her activism in civil rights and her poetry? I can think of any number more interesting topics to discuss. So what if these sexual assault stats are questionable. Most people think there should be less rape regardless of the stat.

        • Todd Clemmer

          Go get sexually assaulted.

          • Anonymous

            Do you have some kind of perversion you want to discuss here?

          • Anonymous

            Are you aroused by them?

          • Anonymous

            What interest is my pleasure to you? I don’t think it’s any of your business.

        • Anonymous

          How about Gay Pride Parades, your apparent specialty?

          • Anonymous

            I don’t understand your comment.

    • Connor Kenway

      No that is what you liberals do best.

    • Anonymous

      > “More attempts to downplay the amount of sexual assault in this country? ”

      What next: more facts about how Jews killed Jesus?

      Strange that manginas have no problem with feminists, every day in every way, making any and all sexual acts crimes…provided they involve straight males.

      You never-ever-EVAH hear them squawk about rapes by gays or lesbians.

      Male feminists are eunuchs who self-castrated to get pats on their heads from Mommy.

  • Billy Beefcaked

    “Low Information Voters” don’t care about the facts, hence why the Progressives lie to their followers (aka gub’a’ment dink riders) every day.

  • Glenn Coughlin

    It is refreshing to see that Glenn Coughlin downplay rape and sexual assault.
    Once again, he shows everyone that he has no soul.
    I wonder how he would feel if his own children were sexually assaulted or raped.
    Would he still use rape to try and score political points?

    • Todd Clemmer

      Dramatize much?

    • Anonymous

      It should be scary to you that so many people think “rape” is having “penetrating thoughts.”

  • Robert Lyon

    The American Enterprise article that Stu refers to contains blatant misrepresentation of what is ACTUALLY in the University of Wisconsin report. In truth, the UW report supports and agrees with the claim that nearly 1 in 5 college women experience some form of sexual assault or victimization while in college.

    Here’s what it ACTUALLY says in the UW report:
    “Victimization data:
    Please note that sexual assault and dating violence are among the most underreported crimes in the nation; the numbers represented here represent responses to victimization studies rather than the required crime data reporting
    contained elsewhere in this report.
    — The majority of sexual assaults on college campuses occur when women are incapacitated primarily due to alcohol use.1
    — Sexual assault encompasses a continuum of behaviors from unwanted touching to forcible rape. Nearly 1 in 5 undergraduate women experience sexual victimization during their collegiate career.2″

    The low number of incidences of rape in the UW report are because they are only gathering information on rapes reported to campus security that occurred in UW Campus buildings or immediately adjacent property.
    “The annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to, and accessible from, the campus.”

    • Anonymous

      > ” some form of sexual assault or victimization”

      That’s like saying 100% of people will win the lottery, screw a famous person, drive a BMW, become president, win the Olympic gold in sprinting…or die.

      “Victimization” can be screwing a female, then finding out she had implants when she swore they were real.

  • Isaac T. Quill

    This is the Woozle Effect in action – false evidence by citation. Yes, Woozle Effect is a real scientific term and has long standing history in the US. Panics over Battered Children, Battered Elders, Battered Wives and even false Anorexia claims peddled by the likes of Naomi Wolf and Gloria Steinem.

    There have been massive and errant woozles around Rape peddled since the 1980’s and that has recently been linked up with the term “Rape Culture”. Oddly rape culture is a term coined in 1975 by Maragaret Lazarus, Cambridge Documentary films as the title for a film inspired by the work of Prisoners Against Rape inc, Lorton prison Virginia.

    “Rape culture is a concept of unknown origin and of uncertain definition; yet it has made its way into everyday vocabulary and is assumed to be commonly understood. The award-winning documentary film Rape Culture made by Margaret Lazarus in 1975 takes credit for first defining the concept.”

    Blackwell Encyclopaedia Of Sociology, 2007, Page 3791 –

    The attempts by certain interested parties in creating Moral Panic have been highlighted many times and it has been ongoing since the 1980’s. Look up the work of Christina Hoff Sommers on Rape Culture, as well as the works of Caroline Kitchens, Margaret Wente, Heather Mac Donald, Wendy McElroy and Cathy Young.

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