As I’ve said, there’s no amount of data or reality Checks coming from me that will get through to someone with as big a chip on their shoulder around this topic as you, so I’m not going to try. The 1 in 6 number also includes attempts but why don’t you go ask all those women you spend time with to tell you about their sexual violence stories because 9 out of 10 have them — everything from groping and sexually demeaning comments up to assault and rape. If you are so sure this isn’t really a big issue then you’ll have no problem gathering your own data. Start with your mom and grandma because they most definitely have stories.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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