Sexual assault in America: Do we know the true numbers? | FACTUAL FEMINIST

Sexual assault in America: Do we know the true numbers? | FACTUAL FEMINIST

The breathless repetition of exaggerated numbers
by the President and by journalists is getting in the way of genuine solutions to the scourge
of sexual violence. Coming up next, we check the facts behind the 1-in-5 estimate. The
1-in 5 rape figure comes from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey,
released in 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control. Newspapers everywhere carried the
alarming news: That CDC Survey reported that, in the United States in 2010, approximately
1.3 million women were raped and an additional 12.7 million women and men were victims of
sexual violence. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hailed the report
for giving what she called “a clear picture” of sexual violence in the United States. But
was it a clear picture? First of all, the agency’s figures are wildly at odds with official
crime statistics. The Justice Department’s annual crime survey, which is the gold standard
in crime research, it reports that there were about 188,000 thousand rapes and sexual assaults
in 2010. Where did the CDC find more than a million and nearly 14 million victims of
sexual violence that professional criminologists somehow overlooked? It found them by using
a poorly constructed telephone survey, with a low response rate and a non-representative
sample of respondents. No one interviewed was asked if they had been raped or sexually
assaulted. Instead of such straightforward questions, the CDC determined whether the
responses indicated sexual violation. 61.5 percent of the women the CDC projected as
rape victims in 2010 experienced what the CDC called, “alcohol or drug facilitated penetration.”
What does that mean? If a woman was unconscious or incapacitated, every civilized person would
call it rape. But what about sex while inebriated? Few people would say that intoxicated sex
alone constitutes rape — indeed, a nontrivial percentage of all customary sexual intimacy,
including marital sex, probably falls under that definition. In short, by using a non-representative
sample and vaguely worded questions, the CDC yielded the one in five lifetime rate, and
1.3 million female rape victims per year. Now how did the CDC come up with nearly 13
million female and male victims of sexual violence other than rape in 2010? Participants
were asked if they had ever had sex because someone pressured them by “telling you lies,”
or did you ever have sex because someone “made promises about the future they knew were untrue”
or did someone ever pressure you into sex by show “showing they were unhappy?” Any affirmative
answers to these questions counted as “sexual violence.” Look: to prevent rape and sexual
assault, we need state of the art research we need sober estimates. False and sensational
statistics are gonna get in the way of effective policies. Unfortunately, when it comes to
research on sexual violence, exaggeration and sensation are not the exception– they
are the rule. If you hear about a study that shows epidemic levels of sexual violence against
American women–or college students, or women in the military, I can almost guarantee the
researchers used some version of the defective CDC methodology. Now by this method, known
as advocacy research: you can easily manufacture a women’s crisis. But here’s the bottom line:
this is madness. First of all, it trivializes the horrific pain and suffering of survivors
and it sends scarce resources in the wrong direction. Sexual violence is too serious
a matter for antics for politically motivating posturing. And right now the media, politicians,
rape culture activist they are deeply invested in these exaggerated numbers. Its hard to
see how this trend is gonna be corrected. I welcome your suggestions for solutions.
Please leave your comments below the video, and if you find this video series helpful,
I invite you to subscribe. And follow me on Twitter. Now remember: if you hear any claims
about women that strike you as reckless exaggerations, send them my way. Thank you for watching the
Factual Feminist.

100 Comments

  1. My aunt is (unfortunately) the CDC Epidemiologist that created and headed the NIPVSS report.

  2. Feminists: "Woman who drink and drive should be absolved of all responsibility because they have made themselves intoxicated."

    Feminists: "If a woman is a poor judge of a man's character, and if she is gullible, she is a rape victim."

    Feminists: "If a women regrets participating in a sexual act, she is a rape victim."

    Feminists: "A woman's rape allegation must be free from the burden of proof."

  3. I feel tired when I try to figure this out . according to youtube , after german lost ww2 every German woman living there got raped.

  4. I hung out with a group of girls the other day to watch the Oscars and at some point the "1 in 5 women" topic came up.
    I tried to explain to them that that number was intentionally misleading but they seemed more inclined toward "It could be true" or even one instance of "I heard it's as high as 2 out of 3". I don't doubt their intelligence, but I think that people today are surrounded with a culture of liars and hypocrites who try to make any criticism of their viewpoint look like hate speech. It's what people are told in the mainstream, so it's what a lot of people will believe.

  5. The 'professor' in my sociology class dropped the 1-in-4 statistic today.
    This class makes me feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

  6. Rather than to attack statistics, I am more interested as to why people believe in this exaggeration of sexual assault. I mean if some people are so credulous, heavy propaganda should be effective although propaganda might become divisive.

  7. one in 5, one in freaking five!!! get the hell out of here! people who put this shit out there should be arrested and the people who lie about it should face serious repercussions!

  8. The Department of Justice crime statistics go by the number of crimes reported to them. Many rapes are not reported, for a myriad of reasons. And while the CDC numbers are over exaggerated, I think it's safe to say the DoJ numbers are under exaggerated. The true number is probably somewhere in the middle.

  9. The most reliable figures, with the least political spin, are in Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013 released by the Bureau of Justice in December 2014. And it shows women are safer on campus than anywhere else. In the 18 years it covered, self reported rape and sexual assault by 18 to 24 year old female students had always been less than one in a hundred. The average figure, including those not reported to the police was 31,302 assaults a year; 0.6:100. The rate had fallen from 0.9:100 in 1995 to 0.46:100 in 2013. That was a fall of fifty percent despite the ever widening definitions of rape.
    The breakdown of crime was rape (33%); attempted rape (25%); sexual assaults (31%); and threats (11%); and everyone proved that women were safer on campus than anywhere else.

    30% of the sexual assaults and rapes had occurred at or near the victims’ home; 29% at or near the home of a friend, relative, or acquaintance; 16% in commercial premises or parking lots; 13% in open spaces or on public transportation; and only 4% on campus. 

    Given that 10.4 million young women are enrolled in college every year, the chance of being raped on campus is not 1:5 or even 1: 50 as this 'research fellow' clams but 1: 25,000; and the risk from all forms of sexual assault on campus, including threats was 1:8,300.

  10. The most reliable figures, with the least political spin, are in Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013 released by the Bureau of Justice in December 2014.
    In the eighteen years it covered, self reported rape and sexual assault by 18 to 24 year old female students had always been less than one in a hundred. The average figure, including those not reported to the police was 31,302 assaults a year; 0.6:100. The rate had fallen from 0.9:100 in 1995 to 0.46:100 in 2013. That was a fall of fifty percent despite the ever widening definitions of rape.

    The breakdown of crime was rape (33%); attempted rape (25%); sexual assaults (31%); and threats (11%); and everyone proved that women were safer on campus than anywhere else.

    30% of the sexual assaults and rapes had occurred at or near the victims’ home; 29% at or near the home of a friend, relative, or acquaintance; 16% in commercial premises or parking lots; 13% in open spaces or on public transportation; and only 4% on campus.

    So, it turns out that women are safer on campus than any where else! 

    Given that 10.4 million young women are enrolled in college every year, the chance of being raped on campus is not 1:5 or even 1: 50 as this 'research fellow' clams but 1: 25,000; and the risk from all forms of sexual assault on campus, including threats was 1:8,300.

  11. It's not fair really because I think these very skewed figures are often then used to make men look bad (even if not all the stats pertain to men regardless). This is very sexist and inconsiderate. Some men rape but the vast majority don't and we are just trying to live our lives. I have great respect for both men and women but it seems like many feminists these days really are out looking for a gender war. Not a very nice thing to encourage, surely. Progress isn't going to be achieved by discriminating against one another.

    Thank you for so many excellent videos 🙂

  12. We need peer reviewed scientific research to determine the real threat. I've taught self-defense for years and come to the same conclusion. If 1/4 or 1/5th of our local college females were raped it would be nearly 5,000 rapes a year or 20,000 rapes that would occur during a 4 year college period. We can't hope to resolve the sexual violence issue without good information to help us target the problem. This obfuscates the issue and allows the real problem to hide in the statistical confusion. I feel the same statistical static is at play for sexual abuse and domestic violence. I want solid reliable numbers to present to my students and it's very hard to find. The CDC as a representative of scientific inquiry had a duty and a responsibility to do better science. Let's find real data based solutions to these ancient societal problems.

  13. Drunk sex = rape? How many watching this video owes their existence to their parents being a bit tipsy that one night? raises hand

  14. I agree with you that there is a lot of advocacy research on both sides of this issue. For that reason, I don't think it's wise at this point to put too much faith in statistics. I am concerned, however, because I know from my own experience that college Administrators routinely cover up various kinds of abuse. I also assume from my knowledge of human nature, that people in the military do too. Most of the women I know have been sexually harassed, abused or raped in their lifetimes. Many men have told me similar stories and I had 3 men try to rape me when I was younger. I wasn't drunk. I was walking down the street, once in broad daylight. I am very concerned about the toxicity of the drunken "hook-up" culture that a lot of young people seem to be involved in. I think the Gender Feminists are using the overall situation as a way to promote the idea of a rape culture which may or may not be the most helpful term in understanding what is happening and what needs to be done about it. My concern is that the welfare of these young people is being overlooked in the battle over statistics and terminology. We need to start teaching the young people about moderation and honest communication. The wild extremes at both ends of the Gender Feminist/Anti-Feminist debate are both wrong and they are getting a lot of undue attention because many of them are in academia and know how to lie with statistics.

  15. Anyone have a source for the actual numbers? Christina said 1 in 57 during her speech at Amherst.

  16. A lot of very nice men and women just threw these numbers at me and were floored when I explain how they were wrong. With no hate, or disrespect.

  17. I agree that the CDC did have a bad survey but people don't always report rapes so the government's crime stats could be skewed down somewhat.

  18. In my school they showed us a video about a guy and a girl, both were getting pissed drunk, and by the end of the night, the guy and the girl in the video were so drunk, they didn't even realize what was happening. However, in the same video, the guy was taking initiative in trying to have sex with the girl, but the guy was being portrayed in a predatory kind of way. I didn't like it cause they were both piss drunk, neither the guy or the girl were able to rationalize properly. It was a dumb video.

  19. Stop sexual objectification of women, then Rape rate will reduce. In today's society women are being presented as nothing but a sex object..This needs to Stop.

  20. One of your best videos – thank you! The government and society is intentionally deaf to facts and to men.
    Hysterical emotions are more exciting and profit making for liars, while destroying the culture, relationships and the economy.

  21. It appears that getting a "hook up" in a bar can be rape. What if the woman wants a sexual encounter, but gets too drunk and settles for someone she wouldn't have looked at twice when she was sober?

  22. talk radio during the sex abuse week, they usual have some so called expert on spouting figures . so if you and your group would call in all across the country and ask some pointed question and ask some of those question . point out how they got fake numbers

  23. The official crime statistics does not count women who are too drunk or unconscious to give consent, and does not take into account groping.

  24. The pessimist . . . the glass is half empty.
    The optimist . . . the glass is half full.

    The feminist . . . the glass is being raped!!

  25. should the statistic questions be like this instead
    1 were you forced into a state of undress by physical or threat of loss of life and was processed into intercourse?
    2. were you intoxicated beyond physically or mentally incapable to say no or fight off an attack of sexual nature
    3. were you asleep and woke to find yourself into a state of undress and discovered intercourse was being acted?
    4. were you slipped a drug or chemical that would render you incapacitated or delerious to say or fight off your sexual attacker?

  26. The justice department's annual crime survey is also wildly exaggerated, it is not the gold standard of anything. It exaggerates sexual assaults and rapes by 900%. The CDC exaggerated did them ten times better and exaggerated the number by 9000%. Cut the CDC survey by 99% from its one million figure down to 10,000 and you probably have the real number of sexual assaults in the United States each year.
    At the same time the number of men falsely accused of sexual assault has risen to tens of thousands, but nobody keeps track of them. Sexual Assault is not an epidemic, but false sexual assault reporting is.
    The use of the term "survivor" is also highly prejudiced and ridiculous. About 60-70 women a year are sexually assaulted and die in the United States. This is double the number of people who die from lightening strikes each year, about 33. Nobody calls themselves a survivor when they live through a lightening storm.
    About the same number of women die from sexual assaults each year as firemen who die each year. Nobody calls a fireman or firewoman "a survivor".
    Still, your reports, Christina, are among the best on the subject, thank you.

  27. Yep, like Milo states, according to Leftists we have "rape rates" similar to the Congo where Rape is used as a Weapon of War.
    LOL
    Another thing they omitted, is the fact that more MEN are in fact "raped" in the U.S. than women.
    How does that happen? Prison Rape…. So who are the real "victims" in the U.S.?

  28. What you are doing is very effective. My suggestion is to, in a sense do what they do, obtain a national platform. Instead of politicized propaganda educate the public on the true figures to discourage those who in effect lie to further an agenda. The real tragedy is not that radicals created there own facts to distort reality, but the fact that our commander and chief, the one person with the best access to the truth repeated this lie to the American people. P.S. Will you be my mommy?

  29. What do you think of the documentary half the sky? I haven't watched all of your videos, but I was wondering if you've watched it or read the book and your opinion on it.

  30. This is a clear attempt to hinder relationships between men and women as a result to control growing population. The massive influx of refugees into Europe was a perfect scenario where data can be exaggerated in order to broaden the definition of rape in order to help refugees understand what is acceptable and what is not. Once you get rid of the refugees, the already established broad term of rape will remain and this will than place men in a situation where they will hesitate to even talk to women because you simply cannot know if there will be a female which will use these new laws to gain a financial advantage or ruin someones life etc.

  31. youve said a few times that the bad data drives research and active funding in the wrong direction and i dont agree with it, but im just curious if you have any specifics as to where it does go and where it should be going?

  32. Ofcourse these numbers are wildly at odds with the actual reported sexual assaults. You'd have to be a moron not to realise that there are thousands and thousands of unwelcomed sexual assaults that are not reported! Everyone knows this! Just look at the comment sections in these debates, heavily blaming the victims and police not taking these matters seriously – you'd have to face palm yourself for not realising why women in most cases dont report sexual assault.

  33. My literature teacher was raving about this one-in-five crap last week. If I knew any of this back then I would have spoken up. I knew it was wrong, but I didn't have the information. Thank you, Christina!! You give me some small grain of hope for the future of feminism. If only more could be like you.

  34. The questions are not specific enough to conclude to rape but could conclude to sexual abuse, however I noticed that you didn't address the amount of rapes that go unreported. We could easily figure out how many happen per year statistically if they were reported 100% of the time but as far as we currently know the majority of sexual assaults go unreported and many rapists never see prison.

  35. OK i agree this study was bullshit. but what about unreported rapes? how do we measure that? the numbers are much higher than criminologists could possibly know

  36. I was looking for the jontron's rape whistle scene and what popped up in the results was "rape statistics in America"

    I mean, why the fuck are you looking up statistics on youtube!?

  37. Forget about anecdotal evidence, just go look up the video on youtube titled "Do women lie about rape?" You'll see bitch after bitch telling BOLD FACE RAPE LIES ON CAMERA! #FACTS! MANHOOD101.COM

  38. Who makes herself garbage scatters by the cats.

    America streets are full of criminals and their woman known as the whores of the world.

  39. we should vet all social justice based classes (gender/women's studies) for factual information and eliminate all the lies.

  40. The truth doesn't need any help. Whatever the numbers are it still shouldn'te happening and we should be helping out real victims. But that's kinda hard to do when you're screening 13 million people.

  41. hmmm, if I go and ask 10 women that I know, 2 are going to tell me they were raped? Dont think so. Must be much less that that.

  42. This video provides good information about advocacy research and its production of false propaganda. However, the effects of such falsehood go far beyond 'not finding real solutions for the problem of sexual violence' and 'turning concern and resources away from real victims'. The effects include sexist demonization of men and masculinity leading to social division and ultimately the demise of our civilization and privileged lifestyle which depends overwhelmingly on male contribution and sacrifice. The effects include the encouragement of a modern witch hunt in which accused men are widely treated as guilty before trial and denied due process that could provide reasonable opportunity of legal defense against unproven allegations. The effects include huge injustice and state violence towards hundreds of thousands of men convicted on the basis of nothing beyond allegations, imprisoned for ever-increasing durations, placed on life-long sex offender registers that place them at permanent risk of vigilante murder or serious violence aside from relegating them to lifelong unemployment and poverty. The effects include increases in male suicide to huge modern levels. This video's analysis of the harm caused by false feminist propaganda still comes from a femi-centric viewpoint. As always, feminism is femaleism, not gender equalism.

  43. God bless you for countering the dogma, that I, as an educator, must try to politically sensitively, counter every day

  44. My school board came to my school today and said that 1 in every 3 woman are victims of sexual assault. Then I watched this video and felt much better thank you 🙂

  45. Through all 3rd wave feminist in jail for life with out the chance of parole. That is the only way to deal with this madness for good

  46. wait, does 1 in 5 women being rape in her (they) lifetime include the unreported cases of rape. I'm just a 15 year old boy asking so I don't know but I saw from Google that some rape case are unreported or something like, So yeah….

    let me know

  47. I think I am in love with this real feminist. And by saying that, I'm sure I have triggered the fake news feminists.

  48. Hi, I am doing a paper titled, "American rape culture is a myth." Could you help lead me in the direction of some good sources please???

  49. Debunks the myth of the widespread figure used, yes… Explains the correct figure to use expressed in the video's title, no…

  50. It's always good to hear the actual facts. If there were a way to make them even more public and accessible, maybe we'd be able to turn the tide of deceit.

  51. It is refreshing to see someone argue a point on facts and data instead of feelings or "I think". I enjoy your vids and use them in conversations.

  52. this is patriotism masking feminism. not actual feminist… scientific, and representative groups. she should give an actual idea how the survey should be done, what constitutes the representative group and she should clearly come up with the appropriate questions for the survey. if she want to establish the cdc method wrong along with stating their method is wrong, she should clearly mention how the survey should be done step by step… with questions and details…. otherwise we can conclude this as mere speculations…

  53. just had a speaker come in today in one of my college classes. she used these statistics. very disappointed that even a university would use false statistics.

  54. My solution is to continue to RELENTLESSLY expose the facts of the matter, over and over and over and over and over and over again and again and again and again. Because that is EXACTLY how the feminists and media get people to believe all of their lies.

  55. Redo the survey using more precise questions and a large enough sample size. Make sure that the group conducting the survey is bipartisan and trusted by most people. Boom

  56. New-Age-Feminist: I sue you for rape!
    Male: I never did anything like that!
    New-Age-Feminist: You did, you received a pity fuck from me!

  57. There are probably about 300 assrapes a minute in male prisons as it is. If you are really worried about sexual assault (Hint, it includes males). Your focus should be on this. If you are worried about all this you should focus on that aspect of it all. My simple solution is that more then half of the prison population should not be in there in the first place.

    But i have talked to feminists: Male, bloody and shitstained assrape in itself is just another sign of the wicked patriarchy itself, and the males require no further consideration. Rape is a problem when it happens to females. Including females that are almost pass out drunk and wake up beside a guy that is their "rapist": despite him even remembering less of the night before then them.

  58. My solution: put cameras in every dorm room with ENCRYPTED video output only, store it in a data center on campus, and the decryption keys would only be able to be generated by courts involved in a criminal case, which subpoena this video. That way we will know what's going on. Also do this with bodycams on cops.

  59. feminism is enabling rape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI0kfJXRUwA
    it is time to purge the degenerates from society.

  60. If drunken consent is rape then we need to institutionalize every girl that ever masturbated while drunk, as they are a danger to themselves cuz they just cant stop raping themselves

  61. I can only imagine what percentage of sexual assault victims are white females and what percentage of the sexual predators are black males?

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  63. My psych professor made the claim that 1 of 4 women are raped. Gotta tell you, I was peeved. I actually did my own research and sent him my findings based on the FBI crime websites. He was determined to be right and so he called my sources flawed. Clearly he was the only one actually flawed.

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