Posts tagged rape culture
Posts tagged rape culture
Former Cleveland Police Department Sgt. Chad Langdon, who was the lead investigator on the case, also testified that an 11-year-old - due to her emotional immaturity - legally cannot give consent for a sexual encounter.[Lawyer Steve] Taylor questioned why the underage girl had not been charged with anything for choosing to violate that rule, indicating that she was “the reason” that the encounters happened.
“Like the spider and the fly. Wasn’t she saying, ‘Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly?’ ” Taylor asked.
“I wouldn’t call her a spider,” Langdon replied. “I’d say she was just an 11-year-old girl.”
“I hope nothing like this ever happens to your two teenage sons,” Taylor snapped back.
Prosecutor Joe Warren asked Langdon what he would do if his own sons had been involved in such a case.
“I would not whitewash it or sweep it under the rug,” the detective said.
UPDATE: This is the same girl that The New York Times victim-blamed for wearing too much make-up and “fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.”
Steve Taylor and Joe Warren are disgusting, misogynistic, rape apologists, who shouldn’t be allowed to ever interact with women. I truly hope neither man has daughters (or any other women he supposedly cares about) and frankly, I’d be scared of what either would teach a son, too. A child is a child, no matter how she dresses and rape is not justifiable by clothing or previous actions.
I tried to write a bit on this but find it too infuriating to try to express how vile this attitude towards any woman is…let alone an 11 year old girl. To be blamed for adults taking this much advantage of you and this allegation to be tolerated and taken seriously within the confines of the justice system…that speaks to some powerful patriarchy right there.
I have been infuriated and horrified by this case since day one. From townspeople crying about how the rapists’ lives will be ruined by this, to the New York Times slut-shaming the victim, and now to attorneys doing both… When will it end? When will we as a society stop blaming victims for being raped? If an 11 year old girl gets no sympathy and no support, I see no hope for any of us.
Right now there are absolute losers on Yahoo defending the use of this image (the one-time cover art for their first album) in Guns and Roses’ ads for their Vegas show by saying that it does NOT depict a rape victim but “just a girl who passed out after a drinking binge”. I can’t believe anyone could say that with a straight face.
Like the artwork if you want to (although feel free not to tell me about it since I might lose my will to live), but don’t insult my intelligence or that of anyone else by claiming that this art does not depict a victim of sexual assault.
Hey, ladies. You know how we get, like, totally hysterical every time yet another Republican mansplains to us how sometimes rape isn’t really that bad because it’s not “legitimate” or “forcible” or because some girls “rape easy” or how, even if it’s bad, we should turn our frowns upside down and make the best of it because it’s a gift from God? Well, thrice-married serial adulterer Newt Gingrich says we need to stop that:“Every candidate I know, every decent American I know, condemns rape. Okay? So, why can’t people like Stephanie Cutter get over it?”
Golly, Newt. You are so right. Because hey, it’s only the right to one’s bodily integrity we’re taking about here. It’s not anything important… like, say, making sure that poor children spend more time cleaning the bathrooms in their schools than attending classes there.
50 Facts About Rape
- Low estimate of the number of women , according to the Department of Justice, raped every year: 300,000
- High estimate of the number of women raped, according to the CDC: 1.3 million
- Percentage of rapes not reported: 54 percent
- A woman’s chance of being raped in the U.S.: 1 in 5
- Chances that a raped woman conceives compared to one engaging in consensual sex: at least two times as likely
- Number of women in the US impregnated against their will each year in the U.S. as a result of rape: 32,000
- Number of states in which rapists can sue for custody and visitation: 31
- Chances that a woman’s body “shuts that whole thing down”: 0 in 3.2 billion
- Rank of U.S. in the world for rape: 13th
- A woman’s chance of being raped in college: 1 in 4 or 5
- Chances that a Native American woman in the U.S. will be raped: 1 in 3
- Percentage of women in Alaska who have suffered sexual assault: 37 percent
- Number of rape kits untested by the Houston police force: 6,000-7,000 (Texas ranked second in nation for “forcible rape”)
- Number of adult men accused of repeatedly gang raping 11-year-old girl in Texas: 14
- Quote in the New York Times regarding the rape: “They said she dressed older than her age.”
- Age of woman raped in Central Park in September, 2012: 73
- Number of rape kits left untested in Detroit, listed by Forbes as one of two the most dangerous places for woman to live in the US: 11,303
- U.S. state in which, in September 2012, mentally disabled rape victim was required to provide evidence of her “kicking, biting, scratching” in objection to her rape: Connecticut
- State seeking to reduce childcare welfare benefits to women cannot provide proof of their pregnancy-causing rapes: Pennsylvannia
- Percentage of sexual assault and rape victims under the age of 12: 15 percent
- Percentage of men who have been raped: 3 percent
- Percentage of rapists who are never incarcerated: 97 perent
- Percentage of rapes that college students think are false claims: 50 percent
- Percentage of rapes that studies find are false claims: 2-8 percent
- Number of rapes reported in the military last year: 16,500
- Pentagon’s estimated percentage of military assuaults not reported: 80-90 percent
- Percentage of military rape victims who were gang raped/raped more than once: 14%/20%
- Percentage of military rape victims that are men: 8-37 percent
- Percentage of military victims who get an “involuntarily” discharge compared to percentage of charged and accused who are discharged with honor: 90 percent involuntary to 80 percent with honor
- Chances an incarcerated person is raped in the U.S.: 1 in 10
- Increase in chance that LGTB prisoner is raped: 15x greater chance
- Number of men raped that could be counted as legally raped before the FBI changed its definition in December of 2011: 0
- Number of rapes noted in commonly used World War II statistics: 0
- Number of rapes of WWII concentration camp inmates: Untallied millions
- Number of rapes of German women by Russian soldiers at the end of WWII: between 1m and 2m
- Number of women raped in 1990s Bosnian conflict: 60,000+
- Number of women raped per hour in Congo during war: 48
- Country where 12 year old was forced to participate in the rape of his mother: U.S.
- Country where women are imprisoned for being raped: Afghanistan
- Age of Moroccan rape victim who committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist: 16
- Worldwide number of “child brides” under the age of 18 forced to marry every day: 25,000
- Ages of girls forced to marry a 59-year-old at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministry in Arkansas: 8, 14, 15
- Estimated number of people, primarily children, sexually abused by priests in the U.S. versus the number of senior Catholic officials found guilty of sexual abuse related crimes in the U.S.: 10,667 to 1
- Chances that a woman in the U.S. is raped versus gets breast cancer: 2 to 1
- Chances that a victim is “Emergency Raped” by a stranger versus percentage of victims who consider their rapes emergencies: 7 percent versus 100 percent
- Percentage of victims of rape who report the use of a weapon: 11 percent
- Prison sentences for four men found guilty of participating in gang rapes of two teenage girls in France over two years: one year, six months, suspended sentence
- State where in 2012 a doctor is facing the loss of her medical license for providing an abortion to a pregnant10-year old incest rape victim: Kansas
- Country where doctors (but not the rapist) were excommunicated for performing a life-saving abortion to nine-year-old incest rape victim: Brazil
- Country where major party’s vice-presidential candidate wants to criminalize all abortions including rape-related ones, because rape is just “another method of conception”: U.S.
Think before you vote because none of this means anything to the GOP. Well, except for the part where they think it’s a fine idea to prosecute doctors for saving the lives of pre-teen rape victims.
Warning: this is very frank on the subject of rape and rapists and could be very triggering, but if you can handle it, it’s a must-read.
David Horsey, Los Angeles Times
In a 4-3 ruling Tuesday afternoon, the Connecticut State Supreme Court overturned the sexual assault conviction of a man who had sex with a woman who “has severe cerebral palsy, has the intellectual functional equivalent of a 3-year-old and cannot verbally communicate.” The Court held that, because Connecticut statutes define physical incapacity for the purpose of sexual assault as “unconscious or for any other reason… physically unable to communicate unwillingness to an act,” the defendant could not be convicted if there was any chance that the victim could have communicated her lack of consent. Since the victim in this case was capable of “biting, kicking, scratching, screeching, groaning or gesturing,” the Court ruled that that victim could have communicated lack of consent despite her serious mental deficiencies
There are no words for my shock, disgust, fury, and horror at this decision. What they have done means it’s open season on the disabled now.
“A survey of 11-to-14 year-olds found: ·
- 51% of the boys and 41% of the girls said forced sex was acceptable if the boy, “spent a lot of money” on the girl;
- 31% of the boys and 32% of the girls said it was acceptable for a man to rape a woman with past sexual experience;
- 87% of boys and 79% of girls said sexual assault was acceptable if the man and the woman were married;
- 65% of the boys and 47% of the girls said it was acceptable for a boy to rape a girl if they had been dating for more than six months.”
This is fucking scary, and it shows that we do live in a “rape culture” in which abusers and rapists have little idea that they are doing something wrong. My abuser didn’t….
In which we despair for the universe…
There are so many of these horrible survey results, and everyone should know them and then tell me there’s no such thing as misogyny and rape culture.
These stats need to be reblogged all the fucking time because SHIT
What the fuck.
There’s no hope. No hope at all.
Proposition 35 would do the following things to end human trafficking:
- Those found guilty of human trafficking would face increased prison sentences and fines.
- The money collected from those fines will now go to help victims and train law enforcement in how to handle domestic violence and trafficking.
- Child prostitutors would have to register as sex offenders.
- Victims would be able to use their trafficker’s past sexual conduct as evidence in their rape/human trafficking trials.
As you can see, it’s basically all common-sense stuff that should be in place already.
Californians, please vote yes.
HUGE TRIGGER WARNING for satirical discussion of rape and explicit description, but this is just a really great response to rape apology and victim-blaming arguments.
Why is everybody so down on rape? This is what Mike Huckabee wanted to know today, on his radio program, which also featured Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin as a guest.
Thank you, Mr. Huckabee, for informing us about why raping women might not be so bad. What would we do without you? Hey, maybe we don’t need those silly laws making rape illegal after all!
Excuse me while I go somewhere and rage.
Jonathan Weisman and John W. Eligon (The New York Times)
Because when life hands you a horrible, scarring, painful violation, you should just make… Oh screw it. I can’t be flip about this. Because God has never caused anyone to rape anyone, let alone as a way to give the victim a baby as some sort of badly-wrapped present. This woman is a self-hating, misogynistic piece of garbage.
1. Kennedy believed that rape victims who chose abortion are “hysterical.” In “Abortion: Myths and Realities,” Kennedy labels victims of rape who chose unsafe abortions when safer procedures are illegal “hysterical,” saying “We are told by some of the radical feminists that the women will become hysterical, that they will abort themselves with coat hanger.” Abortion rates are, in fact, higher in nations where the procedure is criminalized, and men describing women whose choices they disapprove of as “hysterical” has a storied sexist history.
2. Kennedy suggests rape victims can be responsible for being raped. In “Life: An Inalienable Right,” Kennedy expresses concern that rape victims who chose to get an abortion are occasionally responsible for their own rape, saying that “Even if they want to say the woman had some part in it—which in most cases they probably don’t—surely the baby did nothing wrong, so the only innocent party is killed and the rapist often goes free.” He doesn’t elaborate on how this might be true, but another Kennedy sermon says “the immodest woman is contributing to the lust of other people” by wearing revealing clothing.
3. Kennedy held that the Bible should set our laws about rape and abortion. Kennedy is very explicit on this point, saying “In the Bible, the child of rape was allowed to live and the rapist was put to death. Today, we find that the penalties against rape have become more and more lenient, whereas the child is now the subject of capital punishment. Justice has been totally destroyed and perverted in that the guilty are practically allowed to go free and the innocent are killed.” This fits with Kennedy’s general view that we should “rebuild America based on the Bible.”
4. Kennedy thought husbands should determine if their wives can have abortions. Though not specifically addressing rape, Kennedy approvingly cited a Roman prohibition on abortion motivated by the husbands should have control over women’s reproductive choice, saying “That newly created life is as much the husband’s as it is the wife’s. Historically, it is interesting to note that when the Roman Empire did away with laws that allowed abortion, it was done not because of the woman or the harm that abortions were doing to women (and indeed they do vastly more harm than most people are aware of), but because the husband was being defrauded of his progeny.” Interestingly, Akin has worried that criminalizing marital rape provides women “a legal weapon to beat up on the husband.”
- Zach Beauchamp (Think Progress)