Defining ambiguous sex as rape

Just a few days after my column discussing how rape accusations are rarely as black and white as some would have it, Carol Tavris publishes a fantastic piece in the L.A. Times titled “What we talk about when we talk about rape.”

Tavris breaks down the different views of both sides of the campus sexual assault debate: Those who believe 20 percent of women are sexually assaulted, and those who believe crime statistics showing much, much smaller numbers. Tavris pins the smaller numbers at 3 percent to 4 percent, but it is unclear where she gets her numbers. Bureau of Justice Statistics but the number of college women who are raped or sexually assaulted at less than 1 percent.

No matter, the point is that the number of women actually having a crime committed against them is far less than one-fifth. Tavris insists we as a society find that both sides have valid points.