Monday, January 30, 2012

Sex Offending Over Stated?

Rates of sexual violence in the United States are comparable to those in the war-stricken Congo?

Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of “Who Stole Feminism?” and “The War Against Boys," takes issue with the CDC's estimates of sex offending in a Washington Post op-ed.

Sommers writes that the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that, in the United States in 2010, approximately 1.3 million women were raped and an additional 12.6 million women and men were victims of sexual violence. It reported, “More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime."

Sommers declares, "The agency’s figures are wildly at odds with official crime statistics. The FBI found that 84,767 rapes were reported to law enforcement authorities in 2010. The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, the gold standard in crime research, reports 188,380 rapes and sexual assaults on females and males in 2010. Granted, not all assaults are reported to authorities. But where did the CDC find 13.7 million victims of sexual crimes that the professional criminologists had overlooked?"

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