E-mail RAINN on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Permutationofninjas are asking people to e-mail RAINN on the 15th of March 2014 asking them to consider using a more gender-inclusive definition of rape for their statistics and rape awareness campaigns. More specifically to ask them to include made to penetrate – a form of sexual violence which 4.8% of US men report in their lifetime and which 1.1% of men report in the last 12 months according to the NISVS 2010 Report from the CDC.
Please consider joining us in sending such a mail. The link in the title of this post contains a template one can use.
[I have been asked by the bloggers at Feminist Critics to join them as a co-blogger. I am honoured by the request and have accepted this opportunity to reach a wider audience. In practice this means that many, but probably not all, of my articles from now on will be published both on Feminist Critics and this blog. This is the first post published both places.]
Derailing And Hijacking Rape Discourse?
I’ve more than once experienced that bringing up the existence of male victims of rape and mentioning statistics about it when rape is discussed has led to people castigating me for derailing the discussion. One particularly egregious example was on a thread on a Feministing post titled The dangers of a gender essentialist approach to rape, where bringing up the statistics from the NISVS 2010 Report was called hijacking and derailing the thread by a commenter, and a ban was being called for. This was even more ironic considering the Feministing blogger (Jos) asserted that:
“Obviously, the feminist take on rape has much more to do with reality than the MRA take.”
The rest of this post is based on my response.
I’ve previously written about Mary P. Koss’ 1993 paper Detecting the Scope of Rape : A Review of Prevalence Research Methods in a post titled Exactly what is inappropriate? and how she recommends one defines rape.
Some may argue that 1993 is 20 years ago and that she might have changed her opinion since then.
So let’s take a look.
A while ago I wrote a post about a Salon article titled “America still doesn’t know how to talk about rape” where I pointed out how that article somewhat ironic considering it’s title failed at talking about male rape. That article and another article I mentioned were based on the publication of a document titled “Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault” authored by The Panel on Measuring Rape and Sexual Assault in Bureau of Justice Statistics Household Surveys. I promised I would look further into that 266 pages long document.
Now I have read it in full and it seems the prospects of getting accurate statistics on male victimization of rape and sexual assault continues to be bleak.
This is just a quick post to put into writing which has been apparent for some weeks now with work and family crunch-time towards the holiday season; this blog will take a hiatus until the holiday is over. I have some posts in the pipeline which most likely will be finished and published at the start of January.
I hope everyone have a happy holiday although I know this can be an especially difficult time for some. If you find it so due to being exposed to DV or sexual violence, please consider seeking help:
Or look at the link in the sidebar on the right.
The title isn’t mine, I’ve shamelessly stolen it from this article on Salon written by Mary Elizabeth Williams.
It’s quite astounding that an article titled in such a way by Williams is so full of fail.