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    This Rape Infographic Is Going Viral. Too Bad It's Wrong. →

    Sadly, the graphic meant to set the record straight on false accusations only confuses matters. Three major problems jump out:

    The graphic assumes one-rape-per-rapist. Looking at the above picture, one might start to get the impression that every other man you meet is a rapist. Nearly one in five women have been raped, according to the latest substantive government numbers, and infographics like this might make people conclude therefore that one in five men is a rapist. In reality, a much smaller (though still troubling) number—an estimated 6 percent of men—are rapists. Your average rapist stacks up six victims. That’s hard to capture in an infographic, but could be clearer by just labeling the little dudes “rapes” instead of “rapists.” After all, the fact that most rapists are repeat offenders drives home how troubling it is that victims can’t find justice. If more rapists saw a jail cell the first time they raped someone, the number of victims would decline dramatically.

    The graphic overestimates the number of unreported rapes. It’s hard to measure how many rapes go unreported, because, duh, unreported. Making it even harder to get an accurate count, a lot of rape victims don’t identify as rape victims, because it’s so stigmatized. Still, improved public education has made it easier for rape victims to report. RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), using government numbers,estimates that 54 percent of rapes go unreported. Tweaking the infographic to reflect this more conservative number wouldn’t make the image less convincing, but it would make it more accurate.

    The graphic overestimates the number of false accusations. This infographic is intended to drive home how rare false accusations are, and yet, because of a simple error, it overestimates how many actually occur. The problem is that the Enliven Project conflates “false reports,” which only require the claim that a crime has happened, with “false accusations,” which require fingering a supposed perpetrator. This might seem like a small thing, but this report from the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women, which focuses in part on teaching law enforcement to understand and root out false reports of rape, is very careful to warn against conflating the two. In its list of potential indicators of a false report, the Center specifically singles out the lack of a named perpetrator as something to look out for: 

    To summarize material developed by McDowell and Hibler (1987), realistic indicators of a false report could potentially include:

    • A perpetrator who is either a stranger or a vaguely described acquaintance who is not identified by name. As previously discussed, most sexual assault perpetrators are actually known to their victims. Identifying the suspect is therefore not typically a problem. However, victims who fabricate a sexual assault report may not want anyone to actually be arrested for the fictional crime. Therefore, they may say that they were sexually assaulted by a stranger or an acquaintance who is only vaguely described and not identified by name.

    Emphasis mine. According to the document, 2-8 percent of reported rapes are false, but the number that are false accusations is smaller. Women who make false reports want sympathy, and as victims of real rapes can tell you, accusing a real man usually gets you very little. 

    This is a great clarification of yesterday’s popular infographic — I admit I too was so instantly drawn to the tiny number of false reports and the number who face trial that I posted it without double checking the source of the numbers.

    — 1 year ago with 589 notes
    #rape  #infographic  #sexual assault  #false accusations 
    Blaming Women For The Behavior of Others via Forbes.

    Blaming Women For The Behavior of Others via Forbes.

    — 1 year ago with 1670 notes
    #victim blaming  #rape  #sexual assault  #cartoon 

    I appreciate (and agree wholeheartedly with) Obama’s response to Akin:

    Rape is rape… What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, the majority of which are men, making decisions that affect the health of women.

    However, I still haven’t forgotten Obama’s condescending response on the emergency contraception ruling last year, where he (also a politician and a man) made a decision that affects women’s health that is not backed up by scientific facts:

    As the father of two daughters, I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over the counter medicine. The reason Kathleen made this decision is that she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or 11-year-old going to a drug store would be able to, alongside bubble gum or batteries be able to buy a medication that potentially if not used properly can have an adverse effect.

    In fact, this ruling disregarded the recommendations of FDA scientists.

    — 2 years ago with 13 notes
    #obama  #healthcare  #women's health  #akin  #rape  #politican  #emergency contraception  #plan b 
    How the Body Reacts to Sexual Assault →

    One of the many problems with Romney/Ryan-like rape exceptions to broad abortion bans is that they encourage anti-choicers to draw a thousand false distinctions between worthy and less worthy rape victims, which is what Akin was really attempting to do. What he cares about is saving as many fetuses as possible, regardless of what calamity befell the women forced to bear them. For example, if you were raped by an ex-husband or ex-boyfriend, is your fetus as unwanted as that of a woman raped by a stranger? If you were raped by a man with whom you were drinking, do you deserve that free pass abortion? Non-consensual sex is non-consensual sex. It exerts unwanted control over a woman’s body—as does forced pregnancy.

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #akin  #sexual assault  #rape  #sexual violence  #pregnancy  #women's rights  #abortion  #fetus 

    Trigger Warning: from the UK’s “This is Abuse” campaign:

    "Sex with someone who doesn’t want to is rape."

    — 2 years ago with 16 notes
    #consent  #rape  #sexual assault  #video campaigns 

    TRIGGER WARNING: This is an incredibly powerful and triggering video on how anyone can prevent sexual assault and rape by watching out for friends, stepping in when something seems wrong, and saying something.

    — 2 years ago with 29 notes
    #bystander  #trigger  #sexual assault  #trust women  #rape 
    Over It →

    I am over this rape culture where the privileged with political and physical and economic might, take what and who they want, when they want it, as much as they want, any time they want it.

    I am over the endless resurrection of the careers of rapists and sexual exploiters — film directors, world leaders, corporate executives, movie stars, athletes — while the lives of the women they violated are permanently destroyed, often forcing them to live in social and emotional exile.

    I am over the passivity of good men. Where the hell are you?

    You live with us, make love with us, father us, befriend us, brother us, get nurtured and mothered and eternally supported by us, so why aren’t you standing with us? Why aren’t you driven to the point of madness and action by the rape and humiliation of us?

    I am over years and years of being over rape.

    — 2 years ago with 30 notes
    #eve ensler  #rape  #rape culture  #rape jokes  #facebook 
    "It is an important thing to instill in a younger generation about the impact of rape, the lasting impact of rape. Children from grade school to high school to college are incredibly susceptible and incredibly malleable, as we all know. To get them early, to teach them about the facts and figures and other realities of rape is key. It is an important issue to me as not only a man, but as an educator, as a human being and as a person on this planet."
    Jon Hamm
    — 2 years ago with 100 notes
    #jon hamm  #mad men  #feminist men  #feminist  #rape  #sexual assault