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False Report? Not in Montana.


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Not trying to trivialize sexual assaults as I think Montana has a big cultural problem with it... but, if there are so many reports, why haven't we heard about just one false report being investigated/prosecuted? Apparently, they do exist at NDSU.

http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/394456/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Missoula and Bozeman have sexual assault rates (per 100,000) of approximately 35. They vary over the years, on the average of the past five years, Bozeman has a higher rate. But, in general, their consistency appears to lie in the fact that they are college towns in Montana; both being generally on the low side by comparison with others similarly situated.

Kalispell and Hamilton have higher rates than Missoula and Bozeman, Miles City, Great Falls and Billings are lower.

Now, the poster above talks about a cultural rape problem in Montana.

Compared to?

A comparably sized Big Sky Conference town, Flagstaff, the rate was 67.4 per 100,000 in 2011, and has ranged there as high at 86.5 per 100,000. http://www.city-data.com/city/Flagstaff-Arizona.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Boston: 43.1
Memphis: 56.6
Philadelphia: 57.9
St. Louis: 70.4
Cleveland: 86.2
Minneapolis: 107.9

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bal-city-rape-statistics-archive,0,7495701.special" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

What is interesting in that link is the percentage of "unfounded" rape allegations:

During a recent five year period, 2004-2008, the percentage of such allegations in specific urban areas ranged from 14.7% to 37.6% -- that is, nearly 40%. That's extraordinary.

I would characterize that as an epidemic of false reports; there's nothing like it for any other crime and is undoubtedly encouraged by those who protect and foster such malicious reports upon the grounds that all such reports must be "encouraged."

Something that the Missoulian and Engstrom have failed, refused, to report is that Missoula is, relative to just about any comparable community, much safer and in fact, over the decade has had a lower rate of such incidents than Bozeman and MSU.

How do we know that is true?

Because they haven't reported those comparisons, and they undoubtedly looked them up.

And they didn't find what they wanted.

Why, at a time when the safety of young women in Missoula is questioned by Missoulians and most Montanans, this has not been reported on is beyond me. This isn't about the story, IT IS THE STORY (i.e. the safety of students/young adults in Missoula). These stats have been floating around egriz for what, a year now? Sad! Maybe the Chamber of Commerce has to publicize it.