I had posted recently two articles on the Reasons for Rape.
One post dealt with the publicity seekers and the media coverage which seemed to have only the TRP in its mind.
And the issue of punishing the accused in th recent Delhi Gang Rape descended into a free for all for men Bashing and demand for more Freedom for women to dress and move about.
In the din some issues have been left out.
One such dangerous influence is Drinking,.
Alcohol use by the victim or the perpetrator is frequently associated with acquaintance rape.
- In one, study 26% of men who acknowledged committing sexual assault admitted that they were intoxicated at the time of the assault, and an additional 29% reported being mildly buzzed—55% were under the influence of alcohol.
- In the same study 21% of the college women who experienced sexual aggression on a date were intoxicated at the time of the assault, and an additional 32% reported being mildly buzzed—53% were under the influence of alcohol.
- More than once a minute, 78 times an hour, 1,871 times a day, girls and women in America are raped.
Sexual assault has nothing to do with passion; it uses power and control to dominate and humiliate victims.
- 50% of rapists are between the ages of 15 and 24 years old (see Figure 1).
- Studies consistently conclude that 75% of all assaults are planned. When three or more assailants are involved, the number climbs to 90%.
- Rape is the most frequently committed violent crime in America.
- 78% of rape victims know their attackers.
The average annual rate of rape and sexual assault among American Indians is 3.5 times higher than for all races.
- American Indian victims of violence are the most likely of all races of victims to indicate that the offender committed the offense while drinking.
|Race of victim||Percent of victims of violence reporting offender drinking (average annual percentage 1992-1996)|
- Victims of rape and sexual assault often don’t report the crime to the police and often do not report it to anyone.
- According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 70 % of sexual assaults are not reported. For Native women reporting can be really difficult because of the high level of mistrust for white agencies and helpers. Other reasons Native women do not report sexual assault is the fear of being ostracized by their families, as well as the complicated jurisdictional issues on reservations.
- The National Violence Against women survey indicated a 15.9 percent victimization rate of American Indian/Alaska Natives by an intimate partner—significantly higher than for women of other races.
- Of the 854 American Indians convicted in federal court in fiscal year 1997, 20 % were convicted for rape.”
Now if we look at the coverage of Media on the recent gang rape , how many of them focused on the issue of punishing th guilty?
They concentrated more who said what on the ‘Rape’
The jokers who came on the Television channels were interested in cheap publicity and said things more for shock value so that they may be noticed.
Even those who had the interests of women were crude to the point of calling women names, instead of asking them to be careful.
This type of coverage is not new.
Media, including print Media sensationalizes any thing that is perverted.
Look at the coverage they extend to father/uncles raping a child, women/murdering their husbands with the help of their paramour,
revealing /nude photographs under the garb of social reporting and Fashion.
Look at our own Times of India, whose TimesNow cried Foul the most in the recent gang Rape, publishing a Page In Your City showing faceless people showing off cleavage, writing about drinking parties.!
Now to Investigative reporting.
In the name of revealing the inner world of Tees the SUn publishes the Diary of Two Teens.
Found out that on Friday Hetty got three love bites, two from Luke and one from Jake.
May 17, 1993: Went to athletics. Tom is such a b*****d. He took my trainers so I took one of his and Katy took the other.
Then Jake threw one over the fence!
He took my hair ruffle and went to get his trainers so me and Katy followed him into the boys’ changing rooms and he attacked me with his Lynx (deodorant)…
It went all in my hair so Katy tipped his pencil case out and we kicked it around and then I got my ruffle back.
July 1, 1993: Teacher found out about Katy going to an all-night party.
She thinks she is sleeping with a boy in the year above us and she has to tell her mum. I hope she is OK.
July 2, 1993: Katy told her mum and she didn’t mind.
I was surprised but I wish my mum was like that.”