Douglas Milewski (dacuteturtle) wrote,
Douglas Milewski
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Here's a quote from the Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/09/AR2009090901724.html?hpid=topnews

<i>One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The study, by researchers at Baylor University, found that the problem is so pervasive that it almost certainly involves a wide range of denominations and religious traditions and a wide range of spiritual leaders.</i>

Let's do a little math. 1/33 = 3%

In what world does 3% make a pervasive problem?

Abuse of power? Yeah, I'm against that. Using your position to manipulate others? I'm against that, too. Getting worried over 3%? No.

Let's dig deeper. If one womanizer hits on ten women in a year, over a 30 year career, he hits on 300 women. Just a few womanizers can make it look like many clergy are frothing sex maniacs. That makes the 1/33 number fairly useless as a metric.

As research goes, this appears quite sloppy. And when an English Major criticizes your math and your methods, you know that something is horribly wrong with  your conclusion.
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