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26
Oct
2012

50 Facts: A Rape Reality Index

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Soraya ChemalyGuest blog post: Soraya Chemaly is a feminist satarist and media critic. She is also an insightful and thought-provoking blogger whom I greatly respect and admire. I highly recommend following her on Twitter.

This excellent piece was originally published in far greater length and considerably more detail on The Huffington Post.

 

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  1. Low estimate of the number of women , according to the Department of Justice, raped every year: 300,000
  2. High estimate of the number of women raped, according to the CDC: 1.3 million
  3. Percentage of rapes not reported: 54 percent
  4. A woman's chance of being raped in the U.S.: 1 in 5
  5. Chances that a raped woman conceives compared to one engaging in consensual sex: at least two times as likely
  6. Number of women in the US impregnated against their will each year in the U.S. as a result of rape: 32,000
  7. Number of states in which rapists can sue for custody and visitation: 31
  8. Chances that a woman's body "shuts that whole thing down": 0 in 3.2 billion
  9. Rank of U.S. in the world for rape: 13th
  10. A woman's chance of being raped in college: 1 in 4 or 5
  11. Chances that a Native American woman in the U.S. will be raped: 1 in 3
  12. Percentage of women in Alaska who have suffered sexual assault: 37 percent
  13. Number of rape kits untested by the Houston police force: 6,000-7,000 (Texas ranked second in nation for "forcible rape")
  14. Number of adult men accused of repeatedly gang raping 11-year-old girl in Texas: 14
  15. Quote in the New York Times regarding the rape: "They said she dressed older than her age."
  16. Age of woman raped in Central Park in September, 2012: 73
  17. Number of rape kits left untested in Detroit, listed by Forbes as one of two the most dangerous places for woman to live in the US: 11,303
  18. U.S. state in which, in September 2012, mentally disabled rape victim was required to provide evidence of her "kicking, biting, scratching" in objection to her rape: Connecticut
  19. State seeking to reduce childcare welfare benefits to women cannot provide proof of their pregnancy-causing rapes: Pennsylvannia
  20. Percentage of sexual assault and rape victims under the age of 12: 15 percent
  21. Percentage of men who have been raped: 3 percent
  22. Percentage of rapists who are never incarcerated: 97 perent
  23. Percentage of rapes that college students think are false claims: 50 percent
  24. Percentage of rapes that studies find are false claims: 2-8 percent
  25. Number of rapes reported in the military last year: 16,500
  26. Pentagon's estimated percentage of military assuaults not reported: 80-90 percent
  27. Percentage of military rape victims who were gang raped/raped more than once: 14%/20%
  28. Percentage of military rape victims that are men: 8-37 percent
  29. Percentage of military victims who get an "involuntarily" discharge compared to percentage of charged and accused who are discharged with honor: 90 percent involuntary to 80 percent with honor
  30. Chances an incarcerated person is raped in the U.S.: 1 in 10
  31. Increase in chance that LGTB prisoner is raped: 15x greater chance
  32. Number of men raped that could be counted as legally raped before the FBI changed its definition in December of 2011: 0
  33. Number of rapes noted in commonly used World War II statistics: 0
  34. Number of rapes of WWII concentration camp inmates: Untallied millions
  35. Number of rapes of German women by Russian soldiers at the end of WWII: between 1m and 2m
  36. Number of women raped in 1990s Bosnian conflict: 60,000+
  37. Number of women raped per hour in Congo during war: 48
  38. Country where 12 year old was forced to participate in the rape of his mother: U.S.
  39. Country where women are imprisoned for being raped: Afghanistan
  40. Age of Moroccan rape victim who committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist: 16
  41. Worldwide number of "child brides" under the age of 18 forced to marry every day: 25,000
  42. Ages of girls forced to marry a 59-year-old at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministry in Arkansas: 8, 14, 15
  43. Estimated number of people, primarily children, sexually abused by priests in the U.S. versus the number of senior Catholic officials found guilty of sexual abuse related crimes in the U.S.: 10,667 to 1
  44. Chances that a woman in the U.S. is raped versus gets breast cancer: 2 to 1
  45. Chances that a victim is "Emergency Raped" by a stranger versus percentage of victims who consider their rapes emergencies: 7 percent versus 100 percent
  46. Percentage of victims of rape who report the use of a weapon: 11 percent
  47. Prison sentences for four men found guilty of participating in gang rapes of two teenage girls in France over two years: one year, six months, suspended sentence
  48. State where in 2012 a doctor is facing the loss of her medical license for providing an abortion to a pregnant10-year old incest rape victim: Kansas
  49. Country where doctors (but not the rapist) were excommunicated for performing a life-saving abortion to nine-year-old incest rape victim: Brazil
  50. 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.

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Soraya Chemaly is a feminist starist and media critic. She is also an insightful and thought-provoking blogger whom I greatly respect and admire. I highly recommend following her on Twitter.

This excellent piece was originally published on The Huffington Post.

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