The Latest Big Sexual Assault Survey Is, Like Others, More Hype Than Science

The Washington Post

“Survey: 1 in 5 women in college sexually assaulted.” This headline, on The Washington Post’s long Sept. 21 article about a large survey of students at 27 public and private universities across the country college, is false. Although the survey, by the Association of American Universities (AAU), was itself deliberately designed to exaggerate the number of sexual assaults on campus, even the AAU said that “estimates such as ‘1 in 5′ or ‘1 in 4′ as a global rate” across all universities is [sic] oversimplistic, if not misleading.” This is not to suggest that The Post misrepresented the AAU survey’s […]

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