Making up numbers
Bob Jones, in the Herald
But although the offenders are male, 99.999 per cent of men are not rapists and feel just as outraged as women do about it.
He’s obviously just pulled that number out of his head (or somewhere else round and inappropriate), since it would imply only about 20 male rapists in New Zealand. About 20 times that number were convicted and sent to prison just last year for sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault.
A lot of men have a hard time believing that rape is as common as it is — either because they can’t imagine doing it, or because they do it and don’t think it’s rape. But there are good-quality high response-rate surveys showing that lots of women have been raped, and if only a tiny minority of men are rapists, they have to be very busy.
Bob Jones is off by at least three, and quite likely more than four orders of magnitude. That must be close to a record.
Thomas Lumley (@tslumley) is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. His research interests include semiparametric models, survey sampling, statistical computing, foundations of statistics, and whatever methodological problems his medical collaborators come up with. He also blogs at Biased and Inefficient See all posts by Thomas Lumley »