Buckle up, y'all, this'll be a big long post. In the interest of not dragging down your day, the bad news first.Judge Dismisses ‘Epidemic’ of Rape in Military Case
Your pull quotes:
* "Women in the military are now more likely to be raped by fellow soldiers than they are to be killed in combat; in 2010, there were 3,158 military sexual assaults reported, according to the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office—a number that, by the Pentagon’s own admission, represents just 13.5 percent of the estimated 19,000 assaults that actually occurred last year."
* "But survivors say that the assaults themselves are just the tip of the iceberg: more damaging is the way they’re handled. Victims who report their assaults report being further victimized by the military’s handling of their complaints. Ninety percent of them are eventually involuntarily discharged. In naming Gates and Rumsfeld, the suit holds the top brass responsible for a culture of retaliation that leads to victims being treated as perpetrators."
* "Attorneys for the Department of Defense, led by Marcus Meeks, responded with a motion to dismiss, arguing that per a 1950 Supreme Court ruling, the military cannot be sued by current or former soldiers for injuries incurred in the armed forces, including sexual assaults. “The alleged harms are incident to plaintiffs’ military service,” the defense attorneys argued."
So that is fucking awful.
Right then. On to a story that is also awful, but with a better ending.Frat Survey Asks: ‘If You Could Rape Someone, Who Would it Be?’
Yep. Does what it says on the tin.
But I promised you a happy ending on this one, and it's this: "The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Vermont (slogan: "Building Balanced Men") is suspended and under investigation by campus police."
AW YEAH. Because, y'know, if you think it's okay to survey people asking who they want to rape? You might be a rapist. Apparently UVM's campus police realize that and are looking into it. Ain't nothin' that sends a message of "this is not okay" like a police investigation.
And here is the big big big news!The CDC's The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)
This is the one that is depressing everyone, but guys, as someone who works in social change in this field, I am bouncing off the damn walls, you don't even know. This is SO MUCH DATA, and it's from a source that everyone will recognize and respect - generally the sources we cite are difficult to access and not written for the layman, but boom, right there, you can download the report.
In fact, here is your homework for the day - please download and read the executive summary
. Just four pages of distilled data. Do it, do it.
One thing I'm finding fascinating is how different blogs are picking up different parts of the study to report on.
* "Rape at a young age was associated with another, later rape; about 35 percent of women who had been raped as minors were also raped as adults, the survey found."
* "Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug facilitated completed penetration. ... Approximately 1 in 21 men (4.8%) reported that they were made to penetrate someone else during their lifetime; most men who were made to penetrate someone else reported that the perpetrator was either an intimate partner (44.8%) or an acquaintance (44.7%). "
* "As has been found in other studies, Native American women are more at risk than other racial group for sexual assault; in this study, those identifying multiracial had the highest rates of all."
* "Surviving sexual violence was also found to correlate with anxiety disorders and chronic health issues: "Both men and women who had been assaulted were more likely to report frequent headaches, chronic pain, difficulty sleeping, limitations on activity, and poor physical and mental health.""
This is a study that covers male survivors, race, repeated victimization, health impact - all of these things that we have all known about but have not had sufficient accessible data on. THIS IS SUFFICIENT ACCESSIBLE DATA. Just the unimpeachable data on 1 in 21 men being forced to penetrate someone is a massive shift, because that's one of the types of rape that rape apologists like to say doesn't exist. 1 in 21. We have that solid data now. Huge.
I guess the people who are shocked and depressed didn't know how bad things really were. I knew, so I am thrilled, because this study is ammo
Hot on the heels of that...Men Can Stop Rape is shifting their focus to bystander intervention
, which is proven to be the best method of primary prevention. I love their new posters!
They give people a very simple toolkit for bystander intervention. Want a concise toolkit? Here you go...
That is today in rape culture. Go forth and fight, y'all.