Campus Rapes Exaggerated?

Here’s a story from the Washington Post about the frequency of campus rapes.

If you read the headlines you would get the impression that women are assaulted on campus with great regularity.

College: Awash in booze, governed by frats, treacherous ground for women who fall victim to boorish upperclassmen and end up bruised and violated, with an imperfect system of reporting and justice as their only remedy.

“That’s the picture that has emerged from a year of stories of sexual assault on campus. One might be led to conclude that American higher education somehow makes young women more vulnerable to aggression and abuse than the general population.”

But a new study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics working with a large survey-based sample finds that between 1995 and 2013 college age women were 1.2 times more likely to experience rape when they were not in college. What’s up with that? So what’s going on here? Is there something about the academic environment that keeps women more safe?

Other associations muddy the waters a little. Sexual violence in college was slightly more likely to have been involved with drugs and alcohol, for example.

You never know when you may be assaulted-at home, work, in a parking lot-just about anywhere. That is why we recommend that women carry a self-defense product with them.

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