“The National Crime Victimization Survey, based on projections from a national sample survey, says that at least 248,300 individuals were raped or sexually assaulted in 2007, up from 190,600 in 2005, the last year the survey was conducted.”

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That’s a quote from Human Right’s Watch. The underlying DoJ survey is accessible here. The data shows that   domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault increased more than any other violent crimes. With the exception of simple assault, which increased by 3 percent, the incidence of every other crime surveyed decreased. The projected number of violent crimes committed by intimate partners against women increased from 389,100 in 2005 to 554,260 in the 2007 report, while the number of violent crimes against men by intimate partners went down.

Will this study put to rest the ridiculous assertions that the widespread distribution and usage of pornography is reducing rape?

–Ann Bartow

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