This letter responds to Mr. Chapman's editorial concerning sexual assault. I think the view presented in that article is unfounded and unprofessional.
I find Mr. Chapman's belief that women frequently make false reports of sexual assault for their personal gain is simply unfounded: the F.B.I. states that less than 2 percent of sexual assault reports are false, this is the same rate of false report for all other crimes such as burglary and theft.
Apparently, women are not reporting sexual assault cases out of spite or revenge. Women actually are assaulted more often than we'd like to believe, and it has nothing to do with Mr. Chapman's friendships.
If we accept the FBI's statistics on sexual assault, it seems that we should either believe nearly all reported crimes in this country are true and believable, or we should believe that nearly every reported crime, whether it concerns sexual assault or not, is false.