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Girls gone wild

In Thoughts by Tyson on November 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Mr. Tyson has read the Washington Post’s article on the rising tide of female violence in America. Mr. Tyson wonders whether this is a real trend or the product of the author’s imagination. Mr. Tyson notes that the basis of this theory stems from a 2008 DOJ report which shows that “arrests of girls increased more than those for boys in most crime categories between 1991 and 2000,” but does not state the baseline rate. The statement that “[a]rrests for simple assault among girls increased by 24 percent between 1996 and 2005,” is significant, but lacks context — particularly if the numbers of arrests were artificially low to begin with. It may be the case that the police are more willing to arrest girls than in the past (perhaps due to increased statistics-driven policing which places a greater emphasis on arrests made). Moreover the authors do not clearly delineate between “arrests,” which appear to have risen, and detentions, for which the author presents no data.

Mr. Tyson notes that the article’s heavy use of anecdotal evidence — the stories of several high-profile female assaults — makes the article all the more suspect. All of the high profile cases cites involve black-on-black student violence, a fact that was not evident from the article, and yet strikes Mr. Tyson as a plausible impetus for writing it. Nevertheless, anecdotal evidence does not make a trend. Mr. Tyson would like to see further proof before he subscribes to this idea.

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