Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mandatory University Of Kentucky Study Finds Vastly Lower Sexual Assault Numbers

It shouldn't be surprising that a mandatory University of Kentucky survey (more than 24,000 respondents) found a mere five percent of students had been sexually assaulted over the course of the last year. Even that's probably overstating things, given the frequent, intentional conflation of "rape" (forcible penetration) and "sexual assault", which has a vastly broader (and frequently, non-criminal) definition:
Regarding sexual violence specifically, students were asked about “unwanted sexual experiences” in the past year. These experiences were defined using federal reporting criteria, and included incapacitation due to alcohol or drugs (whether voluntarily taken or slipped into a drink), threats of harm, physical force, as well as escaping from attempts to force sex. Based on these measures, 4.9 percent of UK students reported experiences of sexual assault.
But, as The College Fix observes, it does not count "unwanted kissing or sexual touching", a principle feature of other surveys, which unsurprisingly garner much higher and invariant numbers over time. This won't gain traction among those pushing the "college rape crisis" myth, but it should prove ample ammunition anywhere else.

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