by w3woody

CDC study on sexual violence in the U.S. overstates the problem (from here)

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hailed the report for giving “a clear picture of the devastating impact these violent acts have on the lives of millions of Americans.”

In fact, what the study reveals is the devastating impact that careless advocacy research can have on truth. …

The agency’s figures are wildly at odds with official crime statistics. The FBI found that 84,767 rapes were reported to law enforcement authorities in 2010. The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, the gold standard in crime research, reports 188,380 rapes and sexual assaults on females and males in 2010. Granted, not all assaults are reported to authorities. But where did the CDC find 13.7 million victims of sexual crimes that the professional criminologists had overlooked?

All bureaucracies are self-perpetuating, and those which exist to solve a problem must find a bigger problem for them to solve if they want to grow. All bureaucracies want to grow as well, because of personal ambition of their managers.

Which means if the CDC and the agencies it is aligned with need to find 13.7 million rape victims where only 188,380 rape victims exist, it will.

Because the other axiom of government bureaucracies is that whenever you ask for money to help a million people, you only get money to help half–and then the money gets wasted, so you only can help a quarter of what you asked for.