President Obama has announced the launch of a Federal task force to combat sexual violence against women students.
in other words, this is a group being hired at great taxpayer expense to solve a non-federal problem.
Because Obama is growing the government again.
And because anyone who criticizes his aims clearly is pro-violence against women students.
Because the Republicans are waging a War on Women!
Because that sort of worked in 2012 to hurt the GOP in two Senate races.
Since the GOP is likely to win back the Senate this year.
Yes, we have one. The now-too-often repeated statistic that one in five women are sexually assaulted on campuses: what is the origin of that? The report released by the White House cites the CDC for that statistic.
That same CDC report cites in Table 2.1 that this number is an estimate. The estimate is extrapolated from anonymous (but completed) telephone surveys to 9,970 women, and were not based on any published crime statistics or records.
The Department of Justice, by the way, keeps detailed statistics or reported crimes, and not surpringly those are lower since manymaybe mostare not reported out of fear of embarrassment. But the reported crimes are validated data, as opposed to someone pushing buttons on a telephone keypad who may or may not have understood the definitions of sexual assault.
Even then, the Department of Justice concluded that sexual assaults against women (from unwanted threat of contact to rape) range about 1.6 per thousand, which if combined with the CDCs 20% of all women claim, means there are a whopping total of 432,000 women in the United States right now. Most interesting.
This is a decrease of 72% since 1994. One would conclude that the taskforce is unnecessary, since 3/4 sexual assaults of any kind against women are no longer an issue. Thats good news. But it also means that if 20% of women were assaulted this year, then in 1994 80% of women were assaulted, and that just isnt demonstrable. Therefore, there is something wrong with either the DOJs published data or the CDCs survey. You pick which.
Interestingly, the CDC report also states that one in five men have experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives. This seems to have been neglected from Obamas speech perhaps, because, it undermines the value of a War on Women, yes?
Look, the Czar is perfectly aware that sexual violence is real and is in all ways horrible. And he does not dispute that it is widespread. But for all those applauding the President yesterday, you have to realize this is pure political theater intended to set the stage for the campaigns in early Fall of this year, okay? Nothing is going to get done by this President. He has no intention of curbing sexual violence or he would have deleted the phrase against women and girls and put in the more accurate against people.
This is pure sham. And unfortunately, it is the Democrats who are screwing up the math in order to lie to and confuse women voters.