NISVS 2011 Released – Increased Male Victimization And Rape Is Still Not Rape

This post has also been published on Feminist Critics.


On Friday 5th of September CDC released a report which summarizes data from the second year of data collection from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. They’ve also released a fact sheet for the NISVS 2011 data. The NISVS 2010 Report, which I’ve written several blog posts about, reported on data collected during 2010 while this one reports on data collected in 2011.

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CDC caught in a lie

Alison Tieman (typhonblue) of AVfM has made a video using puzzle pieces to illustrate how CDC categorize made to penetrate as not rape.

About halfway through the video there is an interview where Hannah Wallen (also of AVfM I believe) is talking on the phone with a person from the CDC on their decision to categorize made to penetrate as something else than rape in their NISVS 2010 Report.

The person from CDC state that the definitions of rape and made to penetrate are in line with CDC’s uniform definitions for sexual violence. This can be heard from the 6:28 mark in the video.

That is a lie

They are not in line with CDC’s uniform definitions for sexual violence. The CDC uniform definitions of sexual violence defines rape as a completed nonconsensual sex act (i.e., rape) where sex act is defined as contact between the penis and the vulva or the penis and the anus involving penetration, however slight; contact between the mouth and penis, vulva, or anus; or penetration of the anal or genital opening of another person by a hand, finger, or other object.

Made to penetrate is not mentioned in their uniform definitions of sexual violence at all. Made to penetrate would however fall within the definition of rape used as made to penetrate would entail “contact between the penis and the vulva involving penetration”, “contact between the penis and the anus involving penetration” or “contact between the mouth and penis”.

I have already documented this back in October last year in a post titled “Did the NISVS 2010 Report really use CDC’s definition of rape?” where more details and links to CDC’s uniform definitions of sexual violence can be found.


E-mail RAINN on Saturday, March 15, 2014

A thank you to everyone who mailed RAINN on Saturday.


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.

Male victims ignored again: Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault by The National Research Council

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.

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UK: NATSAL-3 and a bit of NISVS 2010

NATSAL-3 is short for National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles 2010-2012. Currently six papers on this survey is published in The Lancet.

Among the things measured by this survey was non-volitional sex and one of the Lancet papers is on this subject:

Lifetime prevalence, associated factors, and circumstances of non-volitional sex in women and men in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3)

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America (and Salon) still doesn’t know how to talk about rape

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.

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NISVS 2010 on Domestic Violence – what was left out and is it important?

This is a comment I left over at Ally Fogg’s blog in September:

One really ought to read the complete NISVS 2010 Report rather than quoting from it’s executive summary as there are certain omissions there. The finding that there is a parity between the number of women reporting rape and attempted rape and men reporting being made to penetrate or an attempt at such in the last 12 months are one such omission – due to space constraints according to CDC themselves.

Another one is regarding DV, or more specifically psychological aggression which includes expressive aggression and coercive control, as stated on page 10 in the report:

Psychological aggression, including expressive aggression and coercive
control, is an important component of intimate partner violence. Although research suggests that psychological aggression may be even more harmful than physical violence by an intimate partner (Follingstad, Rutledge, Berg, Hause, & Polek, 1990), there is little agreement about how to determine when psychologically aggressive behavior becomes abusive and can be classified as intimate partner violence. Because of the lack of consensus in the field at the time of this report, the prevalence of psychologically aggressive behaviors is reported, but is not included in the overall prevalence estimates of intimate partner violence.

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