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Accurate rape statistics ensure credible arguments

On April 20, The News-Letter ran a piece titled “Sexual assault at college: Confronting the rapists in our lives.” Although it is perfectly understandable where the author, a female senior undergraduate student studying International Studies, is coming from, there is a lack of some key points that provide the necessary context to fully comprehend the issue that King, the writer, brought forth. Full Article

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Personalized editorials should be marked with “this is my opinion without hard data”. Personal opinion is fine, but when claims are made, back it up with factual data.
So many of our most oppressive laws are based on personal opinion. WTF is wrong with all of us not to stop it.

Shock and awe gets more hits than facts.

Even when discussing about sports, many fans don’t use actual facts/data as well as a plethora of facts, but rely on their opinion.

Oddly enough, it seems this is how the SCOTUS made their 2003 Smith decision – had a feeling and found a stat to fit said feeling. They didn’t corroborate it’s factualness nor cross-referenced many other studies to find any discrepancies in results. After Dr. Ira and Tara Ellman’s research, we now see how “shockingly awful” the decision was based upon by the SCOTUS on the 2003 Smith decision.

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