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    I cannot imagine kids of the 60's or 70's gang raping a girl at party for fear of the huge repercussions at home or in their town.

    ..the smoker you drink, the player you get....

    by Diane Gee on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 03:27:26 PM PDT

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    •  I can imagine it, (0+ / 0-)

      at least I believe that rape, including gang rape, was more prevalent back then but most rapes weren't reported. I was a teenage rape victim in the late 1950s, and was so ashamed that I never reported it to anyone. A high school friend was a victim of incest; her father continued to live with impunity in the household. Hushed up, unspoken.

      You mentioned in your diary that rape is common in mythology. Rape is mentioned plenty in the bible. Untold numbers of women have been raped during wars and in peacetime. Over the span of human history, these events are remarkable:

      - The first rape crisis center opened in 1972. Just 40 years ago, not even a blip in time in historical context. Until crisis centers were conceived and opened, women had no support.

      - Marital rape first became a crime in the U.S. in 1975, in South Dakota. Until then, women were considered property, subject to their husband's sexual demands without sexual rights of their own.

      - Date rape was first acknowledged in the 1980s. Sometimes the evidence indicates we haven't grown very far from that point, yet there has been some progress.

      - Sexual violence against women and girls age 12 or older fell 64% from 1995 through 2005. I don't know how much rapes declined between 1985 and 1995, but I'll bet that they did decline.

      Tens of thousands of untested rape kits are appalling proof that much must be done to reduce rape and eliminate stigmatization of rape victims. And there's some risk in showing that some historical progress has been made; no one should be complacent because of progress.

      We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. -Pres. Obama, 1/21/13

      by SoCalSal on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:16:04 PM PDT

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    •  More... and you are correct (0+ / 0-)

      In my previous comment, I wondered what the stats were for rate of rapes prior to 1995. This 2006 Washington Post article has some answers.

      The number of rapes per capita in the United States has plunged by more than 85 percent since the 1970s, and reported rape fell last year even while other violent offenses increased, according to federal crime data.
      The article describes two sources for the statistics:  the FBI gathers data from police departments on reported rapes; and the DOJ conducts comprehensive public surveys. Those surveys capture data on reported and unreported rape, and the DOJ is the info source for the 85% decline.

      The last two paragraphs of this article, although anecdotal, support your statement about possible increase in teenage gang rape in recent years. A chilling statement.

      You are also correct on the low rape rate during the 1960s, according to FBI stats. Reported rape rates were low and static from 1960 - 63, then began to climb and doubled by 1971. The rate continued to climb until 1992, when the decline began. In 2010, the rate of reported rapes per 100,000 population was just slightly higher than the rate in 1976.

      The following describes the quality of crime reporting in 1960 and the attitudes of that time:

      In 1960 law enforcement cited false reporting [of sexual assault] at 20%. By 1973 the statistics had dropped to 15%. After 1973 the New York city police department used female officers to investigate sexual assault cases and the false reporting rate dropped to 2% according to the FBI. False reporting statistics are from: DiCanio, M. (1993). The encyclopedia of violence : origins, attitudes, consequences. New York : Facts on File

      We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. -Pres. Obama, 1/21/13

      by SoCalSal on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:25:40 AM PDT

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