I thought people might be interested, given the Roast Busters stuff. These are the attrition statistics for charging and prosecuting rape in New Zealand from 2009.
Of 1,955 complaints that are made:
- The police only made 600 charges; that means 1,355 are dropped at the first possible instance. This is split between there their belief that the complaint is false, the complainant choosing or being persuaded not to go through the legal system, or possibly there may not a strong enough case. I can tell you, it’s usually the complainant backing down because the legal system is traumatising.
- Only 313 actually go to trial - you can see the breakdown and where the cases get dropped and why. For example, 183 cases were withdrawn before trial, but after a charge had been laid against the accused — this usually means the complainant decided then not to go through the trial process, or there is pressure from friends and family to drop the case.
- After all this, only 251 (that’s 13%) have guilty verdicts. I don’t know if you know, but that is a stupidly low conviction rate for a very serious crime.
4.5% of the men in the United States is an incredibly high number – that translates into over six million men.
If you added up every US citizen who was officially unemployed or looking for work in 2001, that would be less than the total number of rapists.
If you added up every US citizen who is Jewish, that would still be less than the total number of rapists.
If you added up every teenage boy who had any sort of job – an afterschool job, a summer job, working full-time after dropping out, including all of those – you’d still have over a million fewer people then the total number of rapists.
There are twice as many rapists in the USA as there are single mothers.
For every drunk driver who is in a fatal accident this year, there are over 500 rapists.
If you take every doctor and nurse in the United States; and you added them to every librarian, every cashier, every cop, every postal clerk, and every bank teller in the whole country; you still wouldn’t have as many people as the number of rapists in the United States.
(Think of that a second – think of how often, in your daily life, you’ve seen cops and cashiers and all those other folks. Odds are, you’ve run into rapists more often than that).
To paraphrase Tim Wise: In short, “only” 4.5% of the male population is a lot of people, so that even by the most optimistic assessment of how many men are rapists, there are literally millions out there who not only would but have raped a woman. When combined with those who are less vicious – those who haven’t raped, but would be willing to in the right circumstances, and those who would make excuses for why other men rape, it becomes clear just how real a widespread a problem rape and rape-supportive attitudes are among men today."
Evidence of what, exactly?
We have papers like “Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students.” Moss-Racusin 2012 in PNAS.
In case you don’t have time to look it up, it shows “female applicants were rated lower than men on the measured scales of competence, hire-ability, and mentoring (whether the scientist would be willing to mentor this student). Both male and female scientists rated the female applicants lower.”
Do look it up, though. I’d hate for you to take my word for it, and it is an accessible and interesting read. Note both male and female scientists rated applicants with identical resumes lower if they gender was changed from male to female.
Bargh 1997 shows that we’re not always aware of the effects stereotypes play on our perceptions or actions. Serbin et al 2002 shows that children as young as 2 showed more surprise when adults inconsistently with gender roles.
More? If you say so. How about this study? It shows that “able job candidates were preferred over females for male sex-typed occupations and females over males applying for female sex-typed jobs, although the discrimination was less for female applicants when additional job-relevant information (e.g., education, experience) was provided (Davison and Burke, 2000).”
Next, let’s talk a little bet about representation.
Men are much more represented in the news that women are. Even issues that have dealt with women’s issues tend to have a disproportionate amount if men giving views on them.
Even more importantly, it isn’t just adults. It’s established that kids grow up with this amount of female representation.
Women make up about 49-50 percent of the population. How does any of this make sense? And this isn’t even going into other primes time television, movies, etc. (Hint: They’re just as bad, if not worse.) It’s not even going into whocreates this programming. It’s not even going into the other kinds of sexism at play (female characters are almost four times as likely as males to be shown in sexy attire). I have stats for all of those as well.
Political representation/power doesn’t fair much better. In the House and Senate, women compose only 18.3% and 20%,respectively (a pretty bad representative number considering women compose 49-50% of the U.S population.)
According to the Bureau of Justice, 91% of rape victims are female and 9% are male, and 99% of rapists are male.
Here’s some sourced information about violence against women. I’ll even highlight the highlights for you!
“Women were about 6 times more likely than men to experience violence committed by an intimate.”
“Women age 12 or older annually sustained almost 5 million violent victimizations in 1992 and 1993. About 75% of all lone-offender violence against women and 45% of violence involving multiple-offenders was perpetrated by offenders whom the victim knew. In 29% of all violence against women by a lone offender, the perpetrator was an intimate (husband, ex-husband, boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend).”
In case you want more reading, I checked on Google Scholar for you as well: 1830 results for the search “rape culture”. Maybe start with Burt 1980 “Cultural Myths and Supports for Rape” journal of personality and social psychology.
And there’s so much more. Consider all of that a starter.
I’ve noticed lately that a lot of MRAs and such are quoting a study done by Prof. Kanin (formerly a prof at Purdue) who found that 40% of rape accusations are false.
I think it’s really important everyone know where these numbers are coming from and why they’re straight up BS.
Kanin did one nine-year study in an UNNAMED town (so no way to verify it) in the 80s, with only 109 participants, and forced all of them to take a lie detector test, which we know to be extremely inconsistent and manipulative for victims. Furthermore, any recanting was marked as a “false report” and we know there are any number of reasons that rape victims recant testimonies.
Another study done by the Air Force in the 80s claims that 65% of rape victims are lying. But again, when victims came forward they were immediately told they would have to take a Lie Detector test to prove it, and roughly 65% of them backed off and said the rape hadn’t happened. Again, lie detector tests are extremely manipulative, and there are a million reasons why a victim would not want to undergo that.
This, more comprehensive, recent, and scientifically sound study done by the FBI shows that about 8% of accusations are unfounded. As unfounded does not mean false, it is reasonable to conclude that less than 8% of accusations are false.
The largest study done was done by the British Home Office in 2003, and it found accusations to be about 3%, which is lower than the average of other crimes.
In conclusion the number of false rape accusations is most likely between 2-8%, which puts it no higher than other crimes.
In conclusion of my conclusion, MRAs, please shut up forever.
“And notably, people who falsely file claims usually do not name specific individuals, but instead “involve only a vaguely described stranger. These research findings support the theory that people who falsely allege rape do so not out of desire for revenge against a specific person, but because they seek general attention and sympathy.” [Source]
So not only is the number of “false” rape accusations incredibly smaller than 40 percent, but an even smaller number accounts for accusers who specifically named an individual as their rapist. Which makes you wonder about all those dudes online who have a friend whose life was totally ruined by a false rape accusation. If you consider plain statistical probability, it’s much more likely that your friend is a rapist who got away with it than that he was falsely accused of being a rapist.
Bolded because that is the truest shit I’ve read in a long time.
It’s also a good time to bring this back to the fore.
According to the latest global poll released by RedC Opinion Poll, part of WIN-Gallup International, a world-wide network of leading opinion pollsters, the number of self-declared atheists in the world has risen by 9% since the measure was last taken in 2005.
The massive poll, conducted in 57 countries (not, apparently, including Britain) among 51,000 people asked a single question “Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious person or a convinced atheist?”
It shows that on average 59% of the world said that they think of themselves as religious, whereas 23% think of themselves as not religious and 13% think of themselves as convinced atheists. Naturally there are enormous variations from country to country.
The countries with most self-described atheists are China (47%); Japan (31%), Czech Republic (30%), France (29%), South Korea (15%), Germany (15%), Netherlands (14%), Austria (10%), Iceland (10%), Australia (10%) and Ireland (10%).
The most religious countries are: Ghana (where 96% of people define themselves as religious), Nigeria (93%), Armenia (92%), Fiji (92%), Macedonia (90%), Romania (89%), Iraq (88%), Kenya (88%), Peru (86%) and Brazil (85%).
One of the most dramatic reductions in the proportion of the population considering themselves religious occurred in Ireland: from 69% in 2005 to 47% in 2012, placing Ireland on the index of religious belief at position 43 out of 57 countries.
The poll also showed that the poorer people were, the more likely they were to be religious.
One anomaly that the pollsters have themselves questioned is in Turkey, where those who say they are religious is only 23% while those defining themselves as non-religious is 73% (self-defined atheists 2%).
It’s a lot to do with the Jaws movie(s) :( I for one am terrified of sharks, but holy shit I will goddamn advocate the banning of shark fin soup. There was a front page news article once about something like ~zomg~ 3 shark attacks in a year in Aus or something, and the very last little sentence was a reminder of how many sharks are killed by humans, and how unlikely it is to be killed by a shark. The more you know.
Oh and emphasis mine.
The United States has ranked the nation with the highest amount of preventable deaths.
Researcher Ellen Nolte said the large number of Americans who lack any type of health insurance — about 47 million people in a country of about 300 million, according to U.S. government estimates — probably was a key factor in the poor showing of the United States compared to other industrialized nations in the study.
“I wouldn’t say it (the last-place ranking) is a condemnation, because I think health care in the U.S. is pretty good if you have access. But if you don’t, I think that’s the main problem, isn’t it?” Nolte said in a telephone interview. via
This is the kind of paragraph that might make you want to shut this book and, ideally, forget about this whole business of world poverty. The problem seems too big, too intractable. Our goal with this book is to persuade you not to."
Atheists outnumber the Muslims? Wow I didn’t know that
The Atheism/irreligious/nonreligious bit of it seems sort of off, but.
This so amazing. (Of course it would be great to get some sources on these statistics though.) So eye-opening.