Sexual violence against anyone is a cause for concern. At least, it should be…
The CDC released a report on the rate of sexual and domestic violence in 2011. Tamen wrote an excellent breakdown of the new findings. I can do no better, and will not attempt to. I suggest reading his post. Tamen created a graphs showing the difference between the 2010 and 2011 findings. As he notes, the press release makes no mention of the increased rate of sexual violence against males. It focuses solely on female victimization.
Tamen also notes that the CDC does not appear to follow its own definition of rape, and the organization continued to exclude “being forced to penetrate” as rape. This is despite the increase in men reporting being forced to penetrate and reporting more female perpetrator.
I mentioned on Feminist Critiics that the CDC’s seeming disinterest in sharing information about male victimization may be a reaction to advocates for male survivors and men’s rights activists.
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The recent, much-referenced SAPRO (sexual assault prevention and response) data report for the military that espouses an “estimated” 26,000 incidents sexual violence on average per year was telling. Of that 26,000, the majority were MEN, not women. The media has never reported it that way, however.
Of course, the media also incorrectly lists those incidents as “sexual assault”. The end picture is, they want everyone to believe that 26,000 estimated sexual assaults happen against women in the military every year, from an elective, anonymous poll that actually says the majority of those cases are men. Illuminating, eh?
Very illuminating, Liz.
Just curious if you know off the top of your head what the ratios of it are? How many are male on male, female on male, male on female, or female on female…I haven’t read the report, so I’m unsure if they go into that much detail.
I tried to access the report again recently and couldn’t do it. When it came out, it was available on the SAPRO website. But yes, I have the figures handy because I’ve posted on it before elsewhere. I had a debate on this issue with a couple of feminists who continued to cite articles with this figure three times AFTER I referenced it specifically and they could not dispute it…again and again, they would keep citing it. Fanatacism just doesn’t die, nor can it be combatted with rational argument or fact.
I will state a caveat first, there were many things I believe wrong with the report…only 24 percent participation of the 108,000 surveys distributed for starters (22,792 servicemembers filled out the survey, which was completely elective), but the media wants to go with it…
so assuming that 26,000 number is true then by the report’s stats approximately 14,000 of the 26,000 USC cases were male victims.
So there could be even more that just never made it to the survey…Did it say how many if these men reported a male attacker vs a female attacker? I’m guessing it would be a higher percentage of male perpetraters given that it’s a military setting, but it’d be interesting if the report even took into account those who were forced to penetrate.
I have to question why this news is breaking now. Is it, for instance, a way of defusing the furor over Ray Rice slugging his now-wife? “Men are more likely to be victimized, now shut up and watch the kickoff” so that the NFL doesn’t suffer ad revenue reductions?
A thought that occurs to me -subject to alteration- connects to the reports which has over 50% of Americans being single. As it’s never been more difficult for men and women to connect, it may be that those who used to seek female victims to rape now turn to weaker men as few will believe male victims who claim that they were raped. The aggressors would be more likely to get away with the crimes, and be able to continue to “enjoy” the “dominance” denied them by women (something LOTS of PUAs and MGTOWs express in their hostile rants).
There is a great distance between MGTOWs who seek separation from women and those who seek domination over them. Just because one claims MGTOW status doesn’t automatically make him a wannabee dominator.
I heard it said, that there is a lot less concern about young boys being
sexually molested then young girls.
In the last century there was an orginazation called N.A.M.B.L.A. (The North
American Man Boy Love Association) that lobbied for the repeal of molestation
laws. The orginazation produced much vile pornography featuring men and
I think all abuse regardless of the vitctim’s gender is equally wrong. Usually
it’s the case of the strong vs the weak, or the weak vs the even weaker.
Ugh, yeah…I recall hearing about them. I understand that some adults struggle with feelings of pedophilia but you should *get help* for issues like that. I believe there’s a center in Germany (?) that has begun a successful counseling/resexualizing program in this regard.
I think you and Blurkel have made good points about rape/sexual assault having a strong dominance component. I still believe there’s a definite sexual element to most of these crimes, but the “I’m stronger” mentality has a lot to do with it as well.
“So there could be even more that just never made it to the survey…Did it say how many if these men reported a male attacker vs a female attacker? I’m guessing it would be a higher percentage of male perpetraters given that it’s a military setting, but it’d be interesting if the report even took into account those who were forced to penetrate.”
Yes…Or there could be less. My money is on less because those without incident would be less motivated to complete a survey like that. I know I would throw something like that in the trash (for all I know, I did).
I don’t remember if they mentioned the sex of the culprits or not, I don’t think so.
Just to elaborate on the above, the DOD sends us health surveys often, and we always throw them in the trash.
I’m not so sure that the media, or whoever, WANT you to think that most military victims of rape are women. Why would they? I suspect women are much more likely to speak out about it, and so they become the face of the problem. Plus, since most rape victims are women, when society hears “Rape victim” they hear “Woman rape victim.”