It's fascinating to me how people get data on sexual assaults and then make the lower number into the highest risk. The headline Women warned on rape drink risk was in the Scotsman but they are by no means alone in focusing on alcohol as if 99% of all rapes were linked to alcohol.
WOMEN were today warned over the dangers of binge drinking as figures showed more than a third of rapes were linked to alcohol. A total of 159 rapes were recorded in Lothian and Borders in the last nine months of 2006, with more than 50 victims telling officers they drank or took drugs before the rape took place.This data shows that alcohol is clearly not the cause of rape or even the most important contributor. However, alcohol can be used by rapists, either to give them an excuse for their behavior (I didn't rape her, the booze did) or to give them an excuse to say what they did wasn't rape (she may not be able to remember consenting but I remember so you have to take my word for it).
With this familiar rape prevention advice telling women not to drink where is the insight or explanation related to the nearly two-thirds of all reported rapes that weren't related to alcohol or drugs?
It seems like it's easier for many people to simply ignore the two-thirds.
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