Rape is rape is rape is rape

imagesBut a new study says that though the young men surveyed would not set out to rape someone, they would “act on intentions to force a woman to sexual intercourse.”

Uh…The study has a provocative title: Denying Rape But Endorsing Forcible Intercourse.”

So does this ThinkProgress article: “1 in 3 University of North Dakota Men Surveyed Would Rape If They Thought They Could Get Away With It.”

The answers spun on what is rape and what is forcible intercourse. This is not as shocking as it seems, as the definition of “rape” varies from state to state.

The conclusion of the study?

Our results suggest that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to sexual assault prevention.

But for our purposes, this does a pretty good job of defining rape. It comes down to consent. Was everyone on board? No? Then we have a problem. And here‘s just a quick read on what means “rape culture.”

And thanks, DickG., for the links.

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  1. And yet I’d be willing to bet a significant percentage of that one-third would deny that humans have anything in common, much less a common ancestor, with the bonobos.

  2. Clearly, we need to do a better job of educating our youth & young adults (& adults) on the laws related sexual assaults and consent, including age of consent and impact of alcohol/drugs on ability to consent, as well as on punishment for committing these crimes. Young men need to know, there is no interpretation that “she is saying no, but she really wants it” in the eyes of the law. And, we need to do a better job of educating youth (& adults) on effects of sexual assault on victims – the consequences that matter most. Also, while we’re at it, educate boys & girls how to be respectful of women – in every area of life. Then, we could also educate them about how to avoid sex trafficking and the harm that it does on those pulled into it (often under the age of consent). Finally, our law enforcement and laws need to back up serious protection of victims of sex crimes, including harsh prosecution of those who “hire” sex workers (who are often caught in the clutches of sex traffickers).

    How do we get this done? I don’t know exactly. Maybe our politicians and schools need to make it a priority. They haven’t.

      1. I get frustrated. Addressing gender issues, particularly related to sexual assault and the like, seem to get pushed to the back of the line over and over.

        The statistics show minority women have even higher rates of victimization. I wish society would do something to address this:

        “Black women are especially likely to be a victim of violence in America. In
        fact, no woman is more likely to be murdered in America today than a Black woman. No woman is more likely to be raped than a Black woman. And no woman is more likely to be beaten, either by a stranger or by someone she loves and trusts than a Black woman.”

        from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/r/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2014/03/27/National-Politics/Stories/2FinalBlackWomenintheUS2014.pdf

        “Black lives matter”, “All lives matter”, “Women’s lives matter”, “Black women’s lives matter”

        All of the above – equally.

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