The actual number of false allegations is 5.9 percent.
But what if the headline had read, “10% of sex abuse allegations are fake”?
The ten percent is based on the study’s abstract, which reads, “…the prevalence of false allegations is between 2% and 10%.”
So let’s go with the high end: 10 percent.
Is that honest? Not really.
What if we had reported the low end; 2 percent?
Would that be dishonest?
Maybe we should ask the author of a Washington Post article who asserted:
In fact, studies indicate that the prevalence of false accusations of sexual assault is as low as 2 percent.
So why would Patterson focus so much attention on a 2 percent non-issue while brushing past the 98 percent epidemic?
At issue is Paige Patterson, the Southern Baptist icon The author’s beef with Patterson is the minister’s assertion that not all #metoo allegations are genuine.
Patterson was fired for alleged misconduct. No trial. No jury. No conviction.
Patterson’s alleged failure was not sexual impropriety. Rather, the minister and former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) was fired “for a history of misogynistic comments and mishandling of sex abuse allegations.”
Apparently, a female claimed to have been raped. She allegedly reported the alleged rape to Patterson who allegedly failed to report the allegation to government authorities; the police. Why the alleged victim didn’t report the alleged rape to police was not addressed.
Patterson lost his job and his retirement.
So the correct number is 5.9 percent. It’s not 10 percent. It’s not 2 percent. It’s 5.9 percent.
There is another questionable statistic cited by the article. We are told, “…he was publicly asked to resign by 3,500 women in his own denomination”.
Seriously? Exactly 3,500 women? Not 3,499 or 3,501? Exactly 3,500?
Large round numbers are often inaccurate because they are estimates. What’s more, the author offered no citation that I saw for the big round number.
Apparently, there was an online petition circulated “which grew from 100 to more than 1,000 signatories on Sunday night” that was addressed to the trustees at SWBTS. The petition apparently started in April 2018, demanded the resignation of Patterson. By the time the “two percent” article was published in September the number had apparently “swelled” to 3,500 signatories over five months.
Consider there are 16-million Southern Baptists (Google it). Assuming half of the membership is female, 3,500 represents barely 4/100 of a percent. Check my math.
Who signed the petition? How do we know they are actually members of Southern Baptist Churches? How do we know they signatories are not cultural Marxist activists posing as Southern Baptists? How many of these signed the petition multiple times? How do we know they were women?
The bottom line is this: Evangelicals remain a thorn in the side of the far left. Evangelical women are particularly bothersome to the far left.
It appears the cultural Marxism cult is infesting evangelicalism by using the #metoo movement as the vehicle and Southern Baptists as it prime target of choice.
Another Salem Witch Trial? Not really. At least the accused in Salem were afforded a trial.