Proponents of the one in five myth would probably respond that OSU is just one school (and possibly point out my own distrust of limited-scope studies). So I looked up the statistics for schools that have had some high profile rape or sexual assault cases in recent years.
Let’s start with Duke University. For the same four-year period between 2010 and 2013, Duke had 47 reports of sexual assault on its main campus, hospital and medical research areas and marine lab. The reports include rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape, stalking and domestic and dating violence.
If that’s just 12 percent of what’s reported, that means there would have been 344 unreported offenses for a total of 391. Duke has a total female population of about 7,446, meaning that 5.3 percent of the population has been victimized in a sex crime of some kind — far below the 20 percent statistic the White House is pushing.
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