Sexual assault: Getting the numbers right [Letter]

October 02, 2014

I would like to take this moment to applaud Susan Patton and Jonathan David Farley for sticking their necks out to correct the numbers on sexual assault ("Do the math: rape stats don't add up," Sept. 26). Being rather savvy with numbers myself, I searched for and failed to find a certain number amid the perpetrator apologies and victim blaming in their op-ed: zero. We as a society should never be happy with ourselves until not a single woman is a victim of sexual assault. Maybe the numbers are not one in four, although you would need better evidence to convince me than the authors were able to provide (Women didn't know whether it was rape! Women slept with their aggressors again! That means it wasn't rape, obviously). However they are still way too high.

Zachary D. Kuter, Baltimore

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