I found this on the Huffington Post today. Even one of the statistics is sobering and alarming. Taken together, they are nauseating and panic-inducing. The things that we as a society choose to ignore is criminal. When one in six women have experienced sexual assault in their life time, count off every six women you encounter, and ask yourself, which one will be or has been sexually assaulted. If that little experiment doesn’t leave you feeling angry, check your pulse because, brother, you dead.
Every 98 seconds someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. That means every single day more than 570 people experience sexual violence in this country.
Sexual violence permeates our culture, from violent rape scenes on hit TV shows to sexist dress codes that reinforce rape culture; from famous athletes telling young girls they’re “supposed to be silent,” to near-daily stories of sexual assaults on college campuses; from a former Olympic doctor accused of sexually abusing more than 100 women, to a President of The United States who has been publicly accused of sexually assaulting more than 15 women and was recorded boasting that he grabs women “by the pussy.”
Continue reading on the Huffington Post: 30 Alarming Statistics That Show The Reality Of Sexual Violence In America | The Huffington Post
Thank you for sharing this. I appreciate you bringing this into the light of day. What is most disturbing is that this administration is taking us back in time when a male dominated society doesn’t value women enough to consider sexual violence as a violation of a woman’s dignity and of her humanity. These are very scary scary times.
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I am continually amazed at how regressive and reactionary the conservative view of women, women’s health, and women’s issues are. I’m big on evolutionary psychology, so I look at these issues through that lens. The division of labor between men and women occurred for practical survival reasons. Testosterone really does make you tougher, stronger, more aggressive, and it was needed in the time of the hunter-gatherers. Estrogen really does make you more empathetic and nurturing. But, with the world becomes tremendously safer, food supplies more plentiful and reliable, and birth control more effective, there is no need for a division of labor. Women can work the same as men can. Women can have sex the same as men can, i.e. free from the worry of pregnancy. These views of women are archaic and dated and unproductive. But, I guess that is what makes conservatives conservative. It is a shame that we are having such trouble moving on.