Biden references 'one-in-five' stat at DNC

While Democrats have sounded the alarm over sexual assault on college campuses, it has hardly been mentioned at the Democratic National Convention.

The tumultuous issue was briefly mentioned, however, by Vice President Joe Biden in a video that ran prior to his convention speech, as reported by the Washington Examiner. The video addressed the problem of sexual assault, repeating the statistic that one in five women will be sexually assaulted on college campuses.

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The debunked statistic was not mentioned in Biden’s actual speech; he has, however, mentioned it on several occasions before, stating, “[o]ne 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 in her college years.”

This popularly used statistic isn’t just based off of one study, but several studies that have found similar results.

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The lead researcher of a recent study touting this statistic, Christopher Krebs, told Slate last September that, “we don’t think one in five is a nationally representative statistic.”

Researchers of the study, the “Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report,” agreed that the widely used statistic does not properly represent the national average of sexual assault on college campuses.

"Importantly, neither this sample of nine schools nor the data collected from the students attending them are intended to be nationally representative of all college students or institutions of higher education," the researchers wrote.

A report by the Department of Justice also counters this often repeated statistic. According to the report, between the years 1995 and 2013, an average of 6.1 per 1,000 female students were either raped or sexually assaulted each year. Non-students, however, actually have a higher rate of victimization, with 7.6 for every 1,000 females experiencing some type of sexual assault.

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