Tumblr collective Permutationofninjas organized an e-mail campaign directed at RAINN on the 15th of March asking them to update their statistics on male rape and to use a more inclusive language. I participated and wrote about the e-mail I sent to RAINN and the response I got from them in this blogpost.
RAINN’s response included this:
We are currently working on an overhaul of our entire website, and will pay special attention to the statistics, definitions and language that we use. We are also finishing up a large project that will provide much more detailed, state-by-state definitions of rape and sexual assault. We expect to add this feature to our website later this spring.
It is now the 5th of July and there hasn’t been any changes on RAINN’s websites yet.
Permutationofninjas are therefore calling for a follow-up campaign on the 15th of July. Details and mail-template can be seen on their site.
Please join us in mailing RAINN to remind them of our concerns on the 15th of July.
Permutationofninjas on Tumblr set a campaign in motion to e-mail RAINN on the 15th of March 2014 asking them about their use of statistics which excludes male victimization like being made to penetrate. I wrote a blog post encouraging everyone to join that campaign in sending an e-mail to RAINN.
I did so myself using Permutationofninjas template as a basis and added some information about me and how I was raped. Here is the mail I sent:
This post was also published on Feminist Critics.
On February 28th RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) published their recommendations for the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, which President Obama has charged with creating a plan to reduce rape on college campuses.
RAINN is the United States’ largest anti-sexual violence organization and is generally well-respected. They run the DoD Safe Helpline on behalf of the Department of Defense. So I think we can safely assume that RAINN does have some lobbying clout on this issue.
RAINN really went against many of the more common feminist talking points/strategies against rape in their recommendation. This hasn’t gone completely unnoticed among feminists as can be seen in this post on Feministing and in some of the comments on RAINN’s Facebook post about their recommendations to the White House Task Force. But I have to say I expected a bit more discussion of this in feminist circles, all things considered. So let’s look at what RAINN wrote which I think will be viewed as problematic by some feminists.
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.