Federal Estimates may be Understated

black_canyonFederal statistics on sexual assault may be understated. According to a Huffington Post article, because of the differences in the way sexual assault is categorized the number of assaults per year range from 244,190 to 1,929,000. The study reports that “the same act of sexual violence could be categorized by one data collection effort as ‘rape,’ whereas it could be categorized by other efforts as ‘assault-sexual’ or ‘nonconsensual sexual acts.”

That’s a big discrepancy.


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