A Hopeless Animalism? Can Men Do No Better Than This? (Stats)


Soraya Chemaly in HuffPo makes an overwhelming case that continuing shocking statements about rape by Republican legislators shouldn’t be shocking because the ideas that appear to so many to be vicious and willfully ignorant are held by far more people than you might want to believe. Ms. Chemaly points out that these prejudices …“are part of an age-old tradition of men the power defining when women are raped.”

Here is some real, fact-checked information from a list originally published in RHRealityCheck

     . The Low estimate of the number of women, according to the Department of Justice, raped every year: 300,000

     . The High estimate of the number of women raped,: 1.3 million

 . The Percentage of rapes not reported: 54 percent

     . A woman’s chance of being raped in the U.S.: 1 in 5

     . Chances that a raped woman conceives compared to one engaging in consensual sex: at least two times as likely

    . Number of women in the US impregnated against their will each year in the U.S. as a result of rape: 32,000

.AND AS I HAVE MENTIONED HERE BEFORE…THE  Number of states in which rapists can sue for custody and visitation of their child of rape: at least 31…OVER 60% OF OUR STATES ALLOW THIS BARBARISM.

     .and chances that a woman’s body… according to that Missouri Republican Medical Sage/former Senator… that women’s bodies “shut that whole thing down“: 0 in 3.2 billion

     . Rank of U.S. in the world for rape: 13th

     . A woman’s chance of being raped in college: 1 in  5

     . Chances that a Native American woman  will be raped: 1 in 3

     . Percentage of women in Alaska who have suffered sexual assault: 37 percent

     . Number of rape kits untested by the Houston police force: 6,000-7,000 (…AND Texas ranks second in nation for “forcible rape”)

    . U.S. state in which, in September 2012, a mentally disabled rape victim was required to provide evidence of her “kicking, biting, scratching” in objection to her rape:  Connecticut

     . Percentage of sexual assault and rape victims under the age of 12: 15 percent

     . Percentage of men who have been raped: 3 percent

     . Percentage of rapists who are never incarcerated: 97 percent

     . Percentage of rapes that college students think are false claims: 50 percent



     . Percentage of rapes that studies find are false claims: betw 2 and 8 percent

     . Chances an incarcerated person is raped in the U.S.: 1 in 10 


. AND THERE’S A country where women are imprisoned for being raped: Afghanistan


. Worldwide number of so-called “child brides” under the age of 18 forced to marry every day: 25,000 … AND If you think that’s not rape, you’re wrong.

        . Ages of girls forced to marry a 59-year-old at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministry in Arkansas: 8, 14, and 15


. Chances that a woman in the U.S. is raped versus getting breast cancer: 2 to 1

. Percentage of victims of rape who report the use of a weapon: 11 percent

. AND GUESS  where in 2012 a doctor  faced the loss of her medical license for providing an abortion to a pregnant  10-year old incest rape victim: Kansas

. Country where major party’s vice-presidential candidate wants to criminalize all abortions including rape-related ones, because rape is just “another method of conception“: U.S.     AND  YES…THAT WAS REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RYAN.




We have accepted a perverse notion of men that they are incapable of anything better than a hopeless animalism and it perpetuates a history of venal legislation and cultural acceptance of brutality against women and girls.

Can we do no better than this?