That age-old campus rape statistic crumbles some more

A study by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics found that women in college are less likely than non-college women to be victims of rape and other sexual assault. That doesn’t jibe well with the ubiquitous statistic pushed by feminists and accepted by the masses that one in five (or one in four) college women are raped. Unless you think that even more than a quarter of non-college students are raped, an absurd notion that doesn’t need a statistic to be disproven. From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

The rate of rape and other sexual assault over the past two decades was 1.2 times higher for nonstudents of college age than for students, according to the study, by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. It showed an average of 7.6 cases per 1,000 nonstudents, compared with 6.1 per 1,000 college women. For the most recent year, 2013, those rates were almost identical, according to the study, which focuses on women ages 18 to 24.

The incidence of rape and other sexual assault has declined for college students, to 4.4 per 1,000 in 2013 from 9.2 per 1,000 in 1997. The researchers who conducted the study, however, said that the decline was not statistically significant.

The study also found that college women are less likely than the non-college women to report rape to the police. Gee, I wonder why? Could that be because college policies encourage victims to go to a school administrator instead of the police?

Harry Painter

Harry Painter writes for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.