Friday, August 18, 2006

Feminist Rape Crisis Over?

Relapsed Catholic

Women are not being raped every 26 seconds, nor even every 90 seconds, as feminists frequently claim, but are in fact experiencing sexual assault -- not necessarily rape -- including both reported and all unreported incidents, at a rate of less than 1 per 5 minutes.
And that changes everything, obviously.

As a rape survivor, when I believed women were being raped every 26 seconds, I wanted to do something to prevent others from becoming rape victims. But now, if it's estimated that adult women in Australia are only being sexually assaulted once every 5 minutes, I can stop focusing on what is obviously a non-problem.

Tell that to the family of Dru Sjodin.

I've just begun to look at the summary from the survey where the quoted conclusions were drawn from and noticed immediately that the age in the survey begins at 18. Which means it doesn't include estimates for current physical or sexual assaults against minors. The history of violence statistics begin with age 15 so that also excludes many acts of violence.

Also since physical and sexual violence is not innate, but is influenced by societal attitudes, the rate of sexual assaults in Australia may in fact be lower than it is in the U.S.

I'm still shocked by how frequently people turn their backs on this serious problem and the reasons they give for doing so. The top contenders seem to be disagreement over the exact rate of attacks and not wanting to appear feminist in any way. If it weren't for victim blaming and feminist bashing, you might not know some people realize that anyone but small children and dead women are raped and that rapists are anybody except gays, illegal aliens, minorities and muslims.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 10:28 AM   3 comments links to this post


At August 18, 2006 11:26 AM, Blogger Sly Civilian said...

I have some reservations about using Dru as the exemplar case...yes, her murder and rape were particularly shocking and brutal. But it's a stranger rape, and the accused is latino, Dru shown as "white girl of promise."

I feel terrible saying any of this, as I have every inclination to make this and all other such crimes visable in order to fight them. But there is a certain way in which Dru's case being publicized tends to make aquaintance rape and white dude rapists invisable.

At August 18, 2006 12:14 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Sly Civilian,

You are right that Dru's case does fit the acceptable profile many people have of the gruesomeness required to classify it as a real rape (with a completely innocent victim). Those who turn their backs on other cases and want the public to do the same, impact the few cases they are willing to acknowledge, such as Dru's.

They either don't know this or they don't care. All that seems to matter is attempting to prove feminists wrong.

I'm glad you commented since that point wasn't clear enough in my post.

At August 18, 2006 6:00 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Hi Marcella,
I personally feel we may never know the true numbers of rapes, acts of violence relating to abuse. Most go unreported, in Canada! I would rather go with your statistics given your personal experience and advocating! Take care


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