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The College Sexual Assault Data.

Rapist-Target-ROHEDITOR’S NOTE: Before we start this post, we want to make clear that we believe those who sexually assault others are scum of the earth. There are crimes such as theft or robbery that take one’s property. There are crimes such as assault and battery that take one’s health. There are crimes such as murder that take one’s life. To us, below only crimes of murder lies the crime of rape as rape (and sexual assault) takes one’s health and intimacy. Rapists are scum.

We have previously written about the change on college campuses concerning accusations of rape and sexual assault. The Federal Department of Education and Department of Justice are trying to force colleges to accept a lower standard of proof when if comes to claims of rape and sexual assault. On most campuses the previous standard was that the rape / assault “more likely than not” happened, a standard which is just below “beyond reasonable doubt.” The standard the government wants is a “preponderance of the evidence,” which is a much lower standard.

Much of this change was driven on the idea that 1 out of 5 female students will be sexually assaulted on campus. The figure has been challenged and some would say “debunked,” but that has not stopped President Obama and others from using the figure as a hammer in the political arena.

A new study entitled Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-age Females, 1995-2013 is now available and this one is authored by the US Department of Justice.

The study does not agree with the “1 in 5” women being sexually assaulted.

The full study, which was published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division within DOJ, found that rather than one in five female college students becoming victims of sexual assault, the actual rate is 6.1 per 1,000 students, or 0.61 percent (instead of 1-in-5, the real number is 0.03-in-5). For non-students, the rate of sexual assault is 7.6 per 1,000 people.

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This clearly indicates that the narrative that college campuses are hotbeds of sexual assault and rape to be false. That is not to say that we should accept that any number of women should be assaulted or raped, but rather to fight the problem we must know the depth of the problem. Steps such as changing the burden of proof or denying accused people protections of due process will not help reduce the number of assaults. Instead what will happen, and what appears to be happening, is that more and more people are being falsely “convicted” in college tribunals of assault because of the lower standards. With the cost to both the alleged victim and the accused being so high, we must strive to maintain a system that protects both people.

Not only is the rate of assault lower, since 1997 the number of sexual assaults has been trending downward. It is still not where it should be as rape and sexual assault is a horrific crime. The only truly acceptable number of rapes and assaults is zero, but the downward trend is a good thing.

What is not a good thing is the number of unreported sexual assaults.

BJS-SA-Unreported As you can see, upwards of 80% of sexual assaults go unreported. That is far too high for such a crime.

As a society, we have to work on making sure that victims of sexual assault do come forward. We need to offer support when and where we can.

There are a couple of things that are clear from the DOJ report. The first is that the meme of “rampant sexual assault on campus” is false. The number of assaults is still too high, but it is no where near what some would have people believe. Secondly, we have to make it so people (because men get assaulted too) can report sexual assault freely, quickly and without reservation.

Having better and more complete facts and figures should give governments and institutions of higher learning a better basis upon which to make policies designed to lower the rate of sexual assault and to raise the number of reports.

However, we fear that politics will get in the way of that happening. Rape and sexual assault should not be politicized yet they are to detriment of the country and actual victims.

We have better and more complete facts and figures now and it is time to act upon them.

You can read the entire Department of Justice report here.



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