May 6, 2016

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: David Thompson writes, “If a survey suggests that the rate of serious sexual assault on the typical American campus is higher than the rate of rape, murder, armed robbery and assault combined in Detroit, the U.S. city with the highest murder rate, and higher than in war-torn areas of the Congo where rape is used as a weapon, and at a time when the rate of rape in general is in marked decline, then there’s probably something wrong with the methodology. And if someone’s definitions of rape and serious sexual assault include inept and unwanted flirtation, intoxicated consensual coupling and post-coital embarrassment, and refers to people who are pretty sure they hadn’t in fact been raped, then there may be something wrong with the person using that definition.”

Related: Caroline Kitchens, Senior Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute, asks at Prager University, Are 1 in 5 Women Raped at College?

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