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    compare the rates of rape with the studies on mens' opinions and reported behaviors:


       *  One in four college women have either been raped or suffered attempted rape.
        * 84 percent of the women who are raped knew their assailants.
        * 57 percent of the rapes occurred on a date.
       * One in 12 male students surveyed had committed acts that met the legal definition of rape.
        * 16 percent of male students who had committed rape took part in episodes with more than one attacker's gang rape.
        * 33 percent of males surveyed said that they would commit rape if they could escape detection.
        * 25 percent of men surveyed believed that rape was acceptable if the woman asks the man out,  the man pays for the date or the woman goes back to the man's room after the date.
    That particular stat is from Koss, M.P. (1988).  But it's hardly alone.  Lisak & Miller also set out to find the rate of undetected rapists in the population (also studying college-aged males) and found 6%.  McWhorter studied Navy inductees and found a 13% rate of rape or attempted rape.

    Now compare those nunmbers with how many people actually get convicted.  Or even charged.

    Most rapes go unreported because victims don't want to subject themself to the Assange-style you-re-a-lying-conspiracy-slut witchhunt for a slim chance of success.  Most of those which are reported go unprosectuted, for lack of sufficient proof.  Most attempted prosecutions fail.  But there can be no disputing that a DAMNED lot of women are being raped and a damned disturbingly high percentage of men are doing it.

    •  And to put *that* into perspective... (0+ / 0-)

      ... that whole 6%/8%/12% rate of rapists in the young male population... let's just say 10% in the general population...

      Go onto Facebook.  Select all of your friends and paste it into a list.  Eliminate the women (although a very small but non-negligible percentage of them will rape, too).  Count them.  Divide by 10.  That's roughly how many of your Facebook friends have raped someone.

      You may not like that fact, but it's what the data says.  And it's why such a disturbingly high percentage of women end up raped at some point in their lives.

    •  I've read about that Navy study (0+ / 0-)

      which explains a lot: there's a lot of men who do things that are "rape" but the rape culture condones rape, says that "real" rape is stranger rape ... which means there are rapists who don't think they are rapists.

      On the other hand, if the driving motivation of the Assange case is political (or, to many people, that's the appearance) then I don't think it helps get rid of the rape culture if there's a perception that the authorities don't go after rape unless there's a political reason to do it, that still leaves women (and non-ruling class people in general) as "2nd class".

      Giving birth (giving life) should be a gift not an obligation or women and poor people are 2nd class by definition

      by julifolo on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 09:42:25 AM PST

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