If bears killed 1 in 5 people


Late last week, College Humor (partnered with the Obama administration) released a video asking: What if bears killed one in five people? It was supposed to be a humorous attempt at getting people to consider just how dire it is that "one in five women will be sexually assaulted by the time they finish college."

Except there's no evidence that one in five women are sexually assaulted during college. That statistic has been debunked again and again and again. Only the most incredulous (or calculating) media outlets still print it as a fact without noting what it actually refers to or that it has been disputed.

The statistic comes from surveys of college students who are asked whether they have ever experienced a broad range of sexual activity. The students are also asked if they have ever engaged in said activity while drunk or on drugs. Based on answers students give to these questions, biased researchers hoping to prove "rape culture" exists determine that these students have been sexually assaulted.

They never ask the students whether they have been sexually assaulted (that would decimate the scare statistic) and they ignore the fact that the vast majority of students in those same surveys say they didn't report the incident because it wasn't serious. Essentially, researchers with an agenda are identifying students are victims even if those students don't see themselves as victims.

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