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  •  In the U.S. the annual rates of rape have dropped (3+ / 0-)
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    They peaked in the early 1990s, along with most other violent crimes.  Even the actual counts, and not just the population rates, have gone down.  I believe that it is a true drop, as the stigma in reporting rapes, while still important, has somewhat decreased--at least that's my impression.  If anything, you'd expect to see an increase.

    Horrific cases like this receive wide attention due to the rapid dissemination of news like this to a national audience when it would have been a local story 20 years ago.  That is probably a good thing, as it brings attention to sexual crimes that were swept under the rug in the past.  But the increasingly sensational reporting that now dominates most media is disturbing.

    •  I know that its good that these things (1+ / 0-)
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      are more reported on now. I've just had a dark couple of weeks.

      “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― G.K. Chesterton

      by bayushisan on Thu May 23, 2013 at 06:54:21 PM PDT

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