Mass Media Misleadingly Citing CDC Data to Ignore Male Victims

December 16, 2011

As usual, the mass media is misleading the public about gender and domestic violence. This time, they’re citing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 2010 report (released Nov. 2011) very misleadingly by only citing female victims. For example, in an AP story, they say 1 in 4 women were victims of intimate partner violence (IVP) and 1 in 5 women have been “raped.” (

They say nothing about men. Invisible as always. But if you look at the actual data, it says: “More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.” See executive summary at

And “rape” was defined to include “completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug facilitated completed penetration.” See executive summary, page 11. Alcohol/drug facilitated completed penetration is NOT necessarily rape. Otherwise, I’ve been raped NUMEROUS times by my girlfriend, throughout my life.