I was listening to this at work today. They were discussing whether or not women who are scantily clad, are flirtacious and drink alcohol are asking to be raped (or ***ually assaulted)..One in three people in Britain believe a woman is partly or completely to blame for being raped if she has behaved in a flirtatious manner, or is drunk, according to new research. More than a quarter also believe a woman is at least partly responsible for being raped if she wears ***y or revealing clothing, a survey of 1,095 British adults found.
Rape support groups described the findings as “appalling” and part of a “***ist blame culture”. A second study found that police continue to provide a “patchy” service when they investigate rapes.
Poor police responses and prejudice attitudes among the public are part of the reason that an estimated 85 per cent of rapes go unreported and that only about 6 per cent of those recorded by the authorities resulted in a conviction last year.
The extent of the public’s bias against certain types of behaviour by women was exposed in a poll, commissioned by Amnesty International, published yesterday.
One in five think a woman is partly to blame if it is known she has many ***ual partners, while more than a third believe she is responsible to some degree if she has clearly failed to say “no” to the man.
Just over a fifth of people said that if a woman was alone and walking in a dangerous or deserted area, she was totally or partly responsible.
In each of these scenarios a slightly greater proportion of men than women held these views – except when it came to being drunk, when it was equal. More women (5 per cent) than men (3 per cent) thought a woman was “totally responsible” for being raped if she was intoxicated.
Victim Support, the national charity, urged criminal justice professionals and healthcare workers to “consider how best to educate people about the terrible impact of rape, with a view to changing these attitudes.” The ICM poll also revealed that the vast majority of the British population has no idea how many women are raped every year in the UK.
Almost all, 96 per cent, of respondents said they either did not know the true extent of rape or thought it was far lower than the true figure. Only 4 per cent even thought the number of women raped exceeded 10,000. The number of recorded rapes in 2004/5 was more than 12,000 and the 2001 British Crime Survey estimated that just 15 per cent of rapes come to the attention of the police.
This whole thing seems utterly ridiculous to me. Not only does it suggest that men are uncontrollable wild animals driven by only one head, but also that victims of rape are somehow asking for and deserve it..
I can understand the frustration guys can feel if he is led on, taken up the ladder and then abruptly stopped.. But NOTHING justifies rape.. If too much preheating of the oven was done, but the turkey was left out in the freezer.. There is no justification for a guy to force himself on a woman.. (Possibly take matters into his own hands)..
But I was suprised so many people felt that a woman is partly responsible if she behaves in a particular way..