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Clery Act Data Demolishes Campus Sexual Assault Narrative

A recent report from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) explaining the 2015 report on sexual assault mandated by the Clery Act admitted that nearly 9 in 10 college campuses reported zero instances of rape in 2015. This clearly contradicts the liberal argument that one in five women on college campuses suffer rape or other forms of sexual assault.

"Eighty-nine percent of college campuses disclosed zero reported incidences of rape in 2015," the AAUW admitted. "With about 11,000 campuses providing annual crime data, an overwhelming majority of schools certified that in 2015 they did not receive a single report of rape."

Could there be a clearer denunciation of the "rape culture" narrative? Liberals argue that victims of sexual assault are less likely to report them, and this is supported by a national crime victimization survey which found that 65 percent of victims do not report the assault.

Even so, 20 percent of the 12.7 million women in American colleges would still be 2.54 million, and 35 percent of those would be 889,000. It beggars belief to think that if so many rapes and sexual assaults actually occurred, that 89 percent of American college campuses would be able to get away with reporting zero incidents.

Rather than taking this data as a reason to reconsider their basic premises, the AAUW dismissed the numbers as evidence that "some students continue to feel uncomfortable coming forward to report such incidents at some schools." Some schools?! Try almost 9 in 10 schools.

Is it more plausible that almost 90 percent of schools are somehow able to hide sexual assault cases, to convince their female students not to report them, or that there simply are much fewer cases of rape and sexual assault than liberals claim?

As K.C. Johnson and Stuart Taylor, Jr. explain in their book The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America's Universities, the one-in-five figure requires that at least 2 million women on college campuses would be assaulted while in college, which translates to between 400,000 and 500,000 sexual assaults per year.

The 1990 Clery Act requires every college to report the total number of student sexual assaults, and between 2012 and 2014, campuses reported an annual average of between 4,558 and 5,335 sexual assaults — barely 1 percent of the expected number.

Why does the one-in-five statistic persist? Many surveys about sexual assault do not actually ask respondents whether they were raped or sexually assaulted. Instead, they ask broad questions about sexual activity, and then interpret certain types of activity as sexual assault, even though the women involved may not categorize it that way. Even these surveys often have extremely low response rates, which makes them even less reliable.