CDC Violence Survey

In late 2011, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released a controversial report on intimate partner violence and sexual assalt. The CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, designed to be conducted on an annual basis, gets highly creative with its definitions, claiming that if a woman drinks too much alcohol before having sex — even if she consents beforehand, or even if it’s all her idea – that’s rape!

The CDC calls it, “alcohol/drug facilitated penetration.” Based on this loopy logic, the CDC is now claiming 18% of American women have been raped during their lifetimes. Here’s what columnists are saying:

CDC also “slices and dices” the data, presenting male and female victimization rates in separate tables. This makes sex-specific comparisons more difficult and the overall report difficult to interpret.

You can read SAVE’s initial analyses of the CDC report here and here. On January 4, 2012 SAVE sent a letter to the CDC detailing the many problems with its violence survey.

The Centers for Disease Control needs to recognize that overblown definitions undermine the credibility of real rape victims. Contact the CDC director, Dr. Thomas Frieden:

UPDATE: CDC director Thomas Frieden replied to SAVE’s letter in February 2012. Frieden dismissed SAVE’s concerns, but did not did not address any of the flaws outlined in the SAVE complaint. But as of early 2014, the CDC had not released its annual update to the Survey, suggesting our concerns had an impact on the continuation of the flawed report.

SAVE considers our campaign to stop CDC’s use of biased definitions and convoluted reporting to be a SUCCESS!