Tuesday, December 9, 2014
False Accusations of Rape Are Very Rare
According to a report by the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women false reports range between two and eight percent. Among men, reporting of their abuse is not as rare as false reports among women, even though men are hard put to report at all, given the embarrassment that still exists:
" ... at least one in six boys experience sexual abuse before age 18. The key caveat: The numbers are likely higher in reality because male victims are less likely to disclose their abuse than female victims ... False accusations that men committed rape look to be far less common." That number is about eight percent.
These statistics come from exhaustive studies. One from the Centers for Disease Control reports that "about 40 percent of gay men, 47 percent of bisexual men and 21 percent of heterosexual men in the U.S. 'have experienced sexual violence other than rape at some point in their lives.'"
This study tells us that abuse among young men is common, but that reporting is still rare.
The point here, I think, is that there is never an acceptable excuse for rape. You can talk until you turn colors about what the victim wore, her makeup, her sexual history, the loud music and drugs, but rape is an act of violence, not of love and the victim is not responsible. Never.
We desperately need to get over trying to find reasons why predators should be excused for their acts vicious acts, instead blaming them on the person who is being scarred for life.