Monthly Archives: October 2014

They Aren’t All Rapists

I’ve known a lot of men in my life.  Good, bad, in between and yes I have known some who were rapists.  We’re not reminded frequently enough in the field of sexual assault services that they aren’t all rapists.  It’s a very small percentage yet over time I am noticing that the men I know now are feeling the sting of those rapists actions.

Those of us working for change spend too much time reading stats, reports, watching videos and basically saturating ourselves in who got raped, who did the deed and how we can try to change the environment to promote more reporting by those who have been victimized.  We go to training and workshops, review programs and look for innovative practices which means we hear a lot about how men are rapists and how evil they can be.  All true but a steady diet of this begins to make the men around me who are trying as hard as the women to improve things feel a little squirmy and weird.

In a survey answered by hundreds of rape and sexual assault support agencies, it is estimated that 93.7 % of rape perpetrators are male and 6.3 percent are female. (Greenberg, Bruess and Haffner, 575)  (http://ifritah.livejournal.com/211376.html)

Does that 6.3% mean that it’s really that small an amount of females who rape? No. Read the rest of this entry

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