Rape – propaganda talking-point debunked

• 2018 09 13: To add links to related articles
• 2019 03 01: To add quote and references relating to college rapes

Rape – propaganda talking-point debunked • Rape statistics, ever more inventive and innovative, have long been a primary weapon in the apparently inexhaustible arsenal of feminist propagandists, but, all things must come to an end.  My mother was a treasure trove of proverbs that she used often.  One of those was, “Lügen haben kurze Beine,” literally, “Lies have short legs,” the meaning of which is that lies don’t get you very far.


My mother († 1973) wasn’t always right, but she was right about that, ultimately, the truth will always prevail.  Even though the feminist-inspired misinformation on rape statistics gave the feminist propaganda campaign a lot of impetus, and it helped feminists to gain far more than they deserved to obtain, eventually the truth caught up to their false and misleading rape statistics.

Take this PragerU.com video on college rape:

rape culture, video by pragerU.com

YouTube video by pragerU.com

The Prager University debunks the 1-in-5-women-are-raped-at-college myth.  Prager U states that there is,

  • No evidence of a national campus rape epidemic;
  • No evidence that sexual violence is a cultural norm in 21st century America;
  • Rates of rape in the U.S. are very low, and they have been declining for decades, and that
  • In an Internet survey of 5000 women, the authors, not the participants, determined that 1000 had been victims of some type of “non-consensual or unwanted sexual contact.”  Prager U further determined that,
  • More comprehensive data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that “1 in 52.6 college women will be victims of rape or sexual assault over the course of four years,” and that the same U.S. BJS data reveal that,
  • Women in college are safer from rape than college-aged women who are not enrolled in college.

All of that is meaningless as to how many rapes really happen.  It is even meaningless as to how many rapes happen at U.S. colleges.  The feminist figures are laughable.  The debunking by the Prager University of those feminist rape figures is great, but what are the facts?

The video by the Prager University presents figures that are more reasonable, but is the 1-in-52.6 figure much better?  The rape incidence rate at U.S. colleges would be more than 14 times higher than the rape incidence rate in South Africa, the country that has the highest rape incidence rate of all countries in the World.  It would make the rape incidence rate at U.S. colleges more than 70 times higher than the U.S. national average rape incidence rate.  If that were true, all colleges should be shut down.

The Prager U video presents no sources, other than vague references.  One out of every 52.6 women at college being raped still is atrocious, and the video gives the impression that only women are being raped, that they are being raped at an unacceptably high rate, and that, as relatively safe as college women may be, women in real life have it a lot worse, because they are not as safe and are consequently far more likely to be raped than those at college.

Rape incidents in the U.S. — What is not the truth?

The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics should have the answer, at least about what happens in regard to rapes in the United States.  The U.S. BJS states:

Rape – Forced sexual intercourse including both psychological coercion as well as physical force. Forced sexual intercourse means penetration by the offender(s). Includes attempted rapes, male as well as female victims, and both heterosexual and same-sex rape. Attempted rape includes verbal threats of rape.

Sexual assault – A wide range of victimization, separate from rape or attempted rape.  These crimes include attacks or attempted attacks generally involving unwanted sexual contact between victim and offender.  Sexual assaults may or may not involve force and include such things as grabbing or fondling.  It also includes verbal threats.
(More, including a large number of links to statistics and study reports)

There is a large list of links to all sort of reports at that U.S. BJS web page, for example,

There is even information on Victimizations Not Reported to the Police, 2006-2010 NEARLY 3.4 MILLION VIOLENT CRIMES PER YEAR WENT UNREPORTED TO POLICE FROM 2006 TO 2010 (all in capital letters, no less)

Obviously, the U.S. BJS is clairvoyant, but honest it is not, because all of those reports appear to cater to feminist interests, or perhaps they were even compiled by feminists or according to feminist standards, because none of them indicate that the U.S. BJS has the slightest interest in, let alone any information on, male victims of rape.

With the widely expanded definition of what constitutes rape or sexual assault — everything from actual penetration with deadly battery to leering, sounding wolf-whistles, making cat-calls, thinking about it, including the fears every woman may or may not have about being raped or being sexually exploited, psychologically — the U.S. BJS appears not to give a single thought to prison rapes or sexual abuse of juveniles, on the rapes men or boys in detention by their prison guards, most of whom are women for juveniles and statutory rapes are rampant?  Not a single word can be found on boys routinely being statutorily raped by their female baby sitters or high school teachers.  That reflects considerably less than an acceptable standard for professional integrity.

Lying through omission is nevertheless lying.  Once a liar, always a liar.  If such a large sector of sexual violence data is missing from the U.S. BJS data and reports, why should anyone believe anything else they publish information on?  That would take far more trust than most objective people are able to muster.

Closer to the truth about college rape

Fortunately, there are people who are more objective about U.S. rape statistics than the U.S. BJS demonstrates it is.


Advocacy information: 1-in-4 of college women are raped annually

Actual statistics:

A review of Oklahoma University enrolment data and information supplied by campus police yielded the estimate that the annualized rape risk for 1996 freshmen women at OU was 1 chance in 476. [Source: Deflating the Date Rape Scare: A Look At Campus Police Records, by Michael P. Wright, Scientific Social Research, Norman, Oklahoma]

BJS report NCJ-151658 notes that there are 2 rapes or attempted rapes reported per 1,000 US citizens, which is 530,000 reports of rape per year. There are 15,000 rape convictions annually. Based on new DNA tests, a third of those convictions are now found to be false. Therefore, there are potentially 520,000 false rape allegations a year.

— Eeva Sodhi, Source

That works out to 98 percent of rape allegations being false, but that calculation still pertains only to women as real (or more likely falsely alleged) rape victims.  Given that Eeva Sodhi only had U.S. BJS reports to go on, the exclusion of male victims of rape should not surprise anyone.   

Here is another objective assessment of the college rape canard, a recounting of its origin, and just the facts, as per Christina Hoff Sommers:

MYTH 4One in five in college women will be sexually assaulted.

FACTS: This incendiary figure is everywhere in the media today. Journalists, senators and even President Obama cite it routinely. Can it be true that the American college campus is one of the most dangerous places on earth for women?

The one-in-five figure is based on the Campus Sexual Assault Study, commissioned by the National Institute of Justice and conducted from 2005 to 2007. Two prominent criminologists, Northeastern University’s James Alan Fox and Mount Holyoke College’s Richard Moran, have noted its weaknesses:

“The estimated 19% sexual assault rate among college women is based on a survey at two large four-year universities, which might not accurately reflect our nation’s colleges overall. In addition, the survey had a large non-response rate, with the clear possibility that those who had been victimized were more apt to have completed the questionnaire, resulting in an inflated prevalence figure.”….

—More at 6 Feminist Myths That Will Not Die
By Christina Hoff Sommers, June 17, 2016

There is now another source that can most definitely be trusted, and the latest report produced by that source, Lara Stemple and colleagues, appears to be trustworthy and in considerable conflict with the shoddy rape incidence statistics published by the U.S. BJS.

Lara Stemple and colleagues looked at all rape victims, not just the female ones.  They found something that was in view for many years but not reported on to the extent that the media took an interest.

2016 study released by UCLA found that women have collectively committed millions of sexual offenses against American men including rape, assault, coercion, and harassment. The pandemic of sexual violence committed by women caused the lead author of the study, Lara Stemple, to suggest that Americans rethink “long-held stereotypes about sexual victimization and gender.”

Stemple’s 2016 study found that a stunning 4.5 million American men have been forced to penetrate another individual at some point in their lives, which meets the legal criteria for rape. In 79.2% of these cases, the perpetrator was a woman….

— By: Taylor Larson MSN, RN.

The 2016 study report by Lara Stemple et al.:

Sexual victimization perpetrated by women: Federal data reveal surprising prevalence
By Lara Stemple a, Andrew Flores b, and Ilan H Meyer c
Health and Human Rights Law Project, UCLA School of Law, United States
Mills College, United States
Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, United States


• Federal agency data find that female sexual perpetration is not uncommon.
• Gender stereotypes interfere with complex understandings of sexual perpetration.
• Broadened feminist approaches can shed light on female sexual perpetration.
• Studies among college students and inmates provide context for at-risk groups.
• Professionals responding to sexual victimization must address it in all its forms.

The study is behind a pay wall!  Apparently it is legal for public servants to profit from the work they do that they are being paid for out of the public purse.

The objective truth about rape incidents in the U.S. — As published by the U.S. government

Perhaps it is possible to put more trust into rape statistics that the U.S. produces not so much to satisfy the demands of U.S. feminist propagandists but for international consumption.  At the very least it should be possible to look at U.S. data on rape incidents relative to those that occur in other nations.  We may never get to know with absolute certainty what the real numbers are, but we can judge their extent relative to the numbers in other nations when all are being judged by common, universally applied standards.

Rape incidence rates, for countries ranking at the top in the World

Rape incidence rates, for countries ranking at the top of the list in the World

The table shows that the rape incidence rate in the U.S. is not the best but much better than in South Africa and other countries that rank at the top of the list, that the U.S. rank is 14th on the list, and that the U.S. have a long way to go before their rape incidence rate of 27.3 per 100,000 residents (in 2010) will be as low as that in Liechtenstein, 0.0 per 100,000 residents (in 2010).  Still, it does show that the rape incidence rate in the U.S. has been falling at an accelerating rate.

However, if anyone should want to find rape incidence rates for the U.S. that look much worse for a specific victim group, it is possible to find those at the website of the U.S. BJS or in a Wikipedia article on Rape in the United States.  Both of those sources will without a doubt provide the advocacy numbers that someone with a subjective mindset would like to find.  Most importantly, neither one of those sources provide any information on rape incidence rates for men and boys, which will certainly satisfy most feminists, whether they contribute information to Wikipedia or work at the U.S. BJS or not.  Wikipedia does have an article on prison rape that contains the required extent of hand-waving to make it useless as a good or remotely reliable source of statistical information.

How rape incident figures get twisted and manufactured

Why has this video been viewed only 3,737 times?

People, smarten up! The truth does not promote itself. It needs to be promoted. The choice, whether it is the truth or propaganda that will be promoted and prevail, is yours.

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