Conservative pundit Ann Coulter claimed "there is no rape crisis" last week when she appeared on the radio program, “The Lars Larson Show.”
Coulter called Rolling Stone's recent article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia a "shocking fraud" and doubted women who have said they were raped, noted RightWingWatch.org (audio below).
“People know what a rape is," Coulter said, "and to have girls trying to get attention — from Lena Dunham to this poor psychotic at UVA, Lady Gaga claiming she was raped, but she didn’t admit it to herself for five years. What major crime do people say, ‘I didn’t admit it to myself?'”
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Later on the show (audio below), Coulter claimed: "Now, we seem to be going through a campus-rape hysteria that is based on nothing. I mean, yeah, there are a few — a very few — percentage of actual rapists. And, as I said on Hannity, but his idiot producer cut it, they're usually Clintons or Kennedys."
Coulter didn't cite a source for her claims, but a new report released by the U.S. Department of Justice, based on data from the National Crime Victimization Survey, said in part: "For the period 1995–2013, females ages 18 to 24 had the highest rate of rape and sexual assault victimizations compared to females in all other age groups. Within the 18 to 24 age group, victims could be identified as students enrolled in a college, university, trade school or vocational school or as nonstudents. Among student victims, 20% of rape and sexual assault victimizations were reported to police, compared to 32% reported among nonstudent victims ages 18 to 24."