In Bradenton, Fla., a man shot a high school senior to death after she and her friends refused to perform oral sex at his request.
In Chicago, a scared 15-year-old was hit by a car and died after she tried escaping from harassers on a bus.
Again, in Chicago, a man grabbed a 19-year-old walking on a public thoroughfare, pulled her onto a gangway and assaulted her.
In Savannah, Georgia, a woman was walking alone at night and three men approached her. She ignored them, but they pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
In Manhattan, a 29-year-old pregnant woman was killed when men catcalling from a van drove onto the sidewalk and hit her and her friend.
Last week, a runner in California — a woman — was stopped and asked, by a strange man in a car, if she wanted a ride. When she declined he ran her over twice.
- 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 rankedsecond 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 abortionsincluding rape-related ones, because rape is just “another method of conception”: U.S.
Reblogging because this is important.
"The three main implications are ‘Women are too weak to harm someone,’ ‘Lesbian rape is hot and it’s harmless. It’s not real.’ and ‘All rapists are men."
"By labeling the source of violence against women as (heterosexual) male dominance and patriarchy, many feminists (lesbian and heterosexual) assume that lesbian relationships are free of oppressive mistreatment…"
Russo hits the nail on the head. It is important to remember that rape culture exists, and that it is pervasive. It also important to look at the ways in which misogyny hurts bisexual, homosexual and transgender people; in this case through police officers who may not acknowledge the validity of the person’s rape. In this case, women are not considered rapists because women are not considered agents of violence or initiators of sex.
The fact that some police officers have trouble understanding how to prosecute crimes because they don’t understand that sex between women, and by extension, rape of a woman by a woman, is real, should deeply upset feminists. It may seem strange and twisted to some feminists that in order to acknowledge women have sexual agency and are fully realized human beings, we must also acknowledge that women are capable of rape and other abusive methods of control and dominance. For the sake of rape survivors, I hope we can confront that truth.
Hacking group Anonymous has created a map of missing and murdered indigenous women across Turtle Island.
More girls are killed in this routine gendercide in any ONE decade, than people were slaughtered in ALL the genocides of the 20th century.
Read that AGAIN.
Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence
This was brought to my attention yesterday by a reader and I meant to get to it then, but unfortunately thesis work got in the way! Apologies for that :) From PolicyMic:
Just when you thought the NRA’s annual convention in Houston this weekend couldn’t…
“Why domestic violence victims don’t leave” - Leslie Morgan Steiner (via eaaao)
Read the comments on almost any story about a woman who was attacked/killed by partner, and I 100% guarantee you will see one that implies that the victim is at fault for not leaving or not leaving sooner. DON’T BLAME THE VICTIM.
I can’t remember if i’ve posted this before… but always true!!!!
Doing it right.
we need more of this in the world
Go Philly! Love these ads.
This is what people see as they commute to work in Philly.Hollaback Philly is absolutely doing it right.
100% doing it right
Really liking that there’s a campaign that deals with street harassment. Although perhaps the message should be, don’t harass people, instead of yell back at them. Not everyone has the circumstances to be able to yell back. There are obvious safety concerns, as well as the simple fact that not one time that I’ve yelled back has that helped for the better at all…
I saw it as a call to bystanders to not just walk by but call someone out, not necessarily the victim calling them out. The victim knows what street harassment is. I saw it as a campaign for the bystanders. So if someone is harassing a woman, his buddy next to him would call him out. Not the victim.
TRIGGER WARNING: discusses details of being triggered
Trigger Warning by artist Suzy X
Source: Bitch Media
WHAT THE FUCK
I just NOPEd the most forceful nope of my life
“*Trigger Warning* on the experiences of a survivor:
" I know how to look at this body as a foreign object. Though I can’t do it anymore, I know how to watch it from the sidelines; watch it perform real life while I am just a shadow on the side. I know how to ignore pain, feeling like I’m on the brink of passing out or dying before I’ll stop. I know how to curl myself up into the smallest space necessary. Flick my eyes to the ground, stand in a corner, wrap my arms around myself, and not move until someone gives me permission to exist in the space that I’m in.
I wait for permission. And even when I have it, it never seems enough, not for my terror that I am taking too much, or that at any given moment I will be informed that it was a joke, or that I broke some unspoken rule, or that the rules have changed. The rules always changed in my family, there was always that invisible trip wire that changed right into wrong and said now you’re gonna get it.
I do not ask, and when I do, I punish myself. When I lost my bus card and had no cash on me, I texted my platonic soulmate for directions on how to get home. I knew she’d offer to drive me, I knew it was manipulative, but I could not ask. That is taking up space, it is something far more than I deserve. And if she had no offered, I would have continued my walk home, I would have walked the two hours in the dark, because that is what I deserve.
I don’t know how to speak. I know how to say no, no, I’m fine and maybe when the danger’s past I’ll tell you what was wrong. Maybe. I know how to go from crying to a grin from the time it takes to hear a key in a lock and the door opening. I know how to be always tired and never upset.
I am terrified at the smallest slip up, not just something that would reveal all the problems I have, but something that would reveal that I’m human. I am sorry I am human, I’m sorry you have to know that I eat and sleep and need to use the bathroom, that I bleed every month, that I get dirty, that I exist. I am sorry that I am not more bone than skin, and sorry that I ever do anything that calls attention to the fact that I’m here. When my roommate told me that he can be in the same room and not know I was there until he hears the door closing as I leave, I wasn’t upset over the idea that I don’t know how to call attention to myself when entering a room, I was upset that I can’t close the door more quietly.”
I’m privileged to not have an eating disorder, but everything else in this blog post so resonated with me.