Thursday, May 1, 2014

One in Five Women in College Sexually Assaulted: The Source of this Statistic

I learned the 1 in 5 claim was a borderline legitimate statement when I read Virginia Commonwealth University Assistant Professor Christina Mancini’s book Sex Crime, Offenders, and Society: A Critical Look at Sexual Offending and Policy last December. 

It’s nice to read it in the Washington Post even though they refused to make an official ruling on this regularly used and questionably accurate number to hype the cause. 

Being the person (Mr. Kessler) who publicly points out that Politicians (State and Federal) from both parties, Victim’s Advocates and victims are twisting the facts to create hype and fear so they can push through their agenda might not be popular but if it’s true it’s the right thing to do. Fear-monger by any group for any purpose is wrong.  

The end does not justify the means. 

Maybe he’ll do a follow-up piece that includes a ruling/verdict on the 1 in 5 claim.


The Fact Checker: The Truth Behind the Rhetoric
One in five women in college sexually assaulted: the source of this statistic
By Glenn Kessler

“We know the numbers: one in five of every one of those young women who is dropped off for that first day of school, before they finish school, will be assaulted, will be assaulted in her college years.” 

  • Vice President Biden, remarks on the release of a White House report on sexual assault, April 29, 2014 “It is estimated that 1 in 5 women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted during their time there — 1 in 5.” 
  • President Obama, remarks at White House, Jan. 22, 2014
Reports of sexual assault on college campuses spurred the White House earlier this year to launch a task force to examine the issue. The group’s report was issued on Tuesday, and the first sentence of the report echoes what both the president and vice president have asserted in public: “One in five women is sexually assaulted in college.”

Where does this oft-repeated statistic come from? We dug into the data so you don’t have to. 

The Facts
This statistic is derived from a 2007 study, The Campus Sexual Assault Study, which was conducted for the Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice. The researchers, led by Christopher Kreb of RTI International, also surveyed men, but the statistic cited by the administration focuses on women so we will look carefully at that part of the study. 

Did Mark Weiner Commit a Crime Against a Complete Stranger or is He Being Falsely Accused by a Troubled Female Attempting to Provoke Her Boyfriend?



When Prosecutors Believe the Unbelievable, July 16, 2015
A man is finally freed, but that doesn’t mean the system worked.

Judge tosses abduction charge in Albemarle case, July 13, 2015
"This case has been a demonstration of how innocence will always fight to be heard and how difficult that fight can be," Benjamin said after the hearing. "Innocence this day won out... Mark will be a free man, finally and at long last."

Man who says Albemarle abduction never happened is sentenced to prison, June 10, 2015

More new evidence said to support innocence filed in abduction case , December 9, 2014

Evaluation delays sentencing in Albemarle abduction case, September 30, 2014

An innocent man? Mark Weiner case sparks legal furor as claims of a wrongful conviction precede sentencing, June 18, 2014

Judge declines to set aside verdict against Barboursville man, June 4, 2014
Issues in abduction trial will have to wait for appeal, she says

Alternate juror was surprised by Weiner conviction, May 10, 2014
Richmond lawyers want judge to set aside verdict in Albemarle abduction case

Original Post

For the last month I have been following the filing/request by Richmond attorney Steve Benjamin to overturn a conviction of guilt against an Albemarle County Virginia man, Mark Weiner before he is sentenced. Mr. Benjamin was NOT the defendant’s attorney during the original trial. 

If you have not heard of this case there are articles below from newest to oldest and you should read the story. 

  • Mr. Weiner is in the less than 6% of Virginians with criminal charges that was able to afford a trial and not take a plea deal.
  • The only evidence against him is the accuser’s word and yet he was found guilty by the jury.
  • The Commonwealth Attorney (Prosecutor) Denise Lunsford knew cell phone records did not match the accuser’s claims of where and when she was being abducted, assaulted and her escape.
  • The Commonwealth’s Attorney is claiming the judge can not overturn the conviction, that the defendant is guilty and any delay is unfair to the victim’s family. She states that the defendant can appeal after he’s been sentenced BUT as many of us know Virginia’s 21 Day Rule means the judge in this case does have the ability to overturn the guilty verdict and if he doesn’t then Mr. Weiner’s appeal process will be extremely difficult/impossible.
The prosecution suppressed evidence that could prove the victim was not in the locations she claimed she was during the supposed crime. As there was NO physical evidence or other eyewitnesses proving Mr. Weiner’s guilt and the phone records bring in to question the accuser’s complete story, Mr. Weiner’s conviction should be overturned and he should be allowed a new trial!