The Obama administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is promoting a study that claims 43 percent of college women who date are victims of “dating abuse,” a category defined to include behaviors as different as sexual assault and excessive texting.
Earlier this month, the DOJ Office for Violence Against Women launched a website geared toward helping the nation’s colleges address sexual assault on campus, a year and a half after President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
The newly launched DOJ site features links to the “best and most recent research” regarding sexual assault and dating violence.
One of the only seven documents cited, called the “2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll,” defines “called and texted my cell phone to check up on me more than 50 times per day” as a form of “dating abuse” via technology.
Any female individual in the study reporting such “dating abuse” was counted among the larger share of victims of dating violence and abuse, yielding the 43 percent figure. Thus individuals encountering constant text messages or phone calls from a partner were counted along with those reporting physical sexual violence.