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I think this headline from the University Near Here's website is pretty attention-grabbing:
New Research Finds Nearly Three Quarters of NH Men Are Victims of Sexual or Physical ViolenceWow! (The headline also, as I type, appears on UNH's front web page.)
But read the article underneath, or the (PDF) report. It turns out that, in a survey, 71% of men "reported experiencing a physical assault" at least once in their entire lifetime. And "physical assult" includes incidents where the perpetrator "threw something" or "shoved" or "pulled hair".
In comparison, the survey reported that men reported being on the receiving end of at least one sexual assault in their life at 4.9%. Which is, of course, bad. But 4.9% is pretty far away from three-quarters.
Nobody likes assault of any kind, but the headline is misleading, luridly misrepresenting reality. Does it really make sense to combine hair-pulling with sexual assault just so you can report an inflated scary statistic? They could have just as well have said:
New Research Finds Nearly Three Quarters of NH Men Are Victims of Alien Abduction, Sexual or Physical ViolenceEqually true! And even more sensational!
The report comes out under the imprimatur of the "New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence" (NHCADSV.org) Of course, one of the recommendations of the report is—more money going to organizations like the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Funny how that works.