Originally posted on May 3, 2014
It is rare when a person gets to engage in justified schadenfreude, but a recent study allows me to do just that:
Women rape men a lot more often than you think, according to the findings of researcher Lara Stemple.
Her journey to this remarkable discovery that could change how we talk about sexual assault in America began with combing over a recent National Crime Victimization Survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
In it, she noticed that 38 percent of sexual assault cases in a survey of more than 40,000 households involved men as the victims. In previous years, the stats were between five and 14 percent, indicating that the crime is grossly underreported.
This is a sentiment Stemple seems to subscribe to in her work with the Health and Human Rights Project at UCLA.
This is annoying many feminists, particularly since Hanna Rosin (yes, that Hanna Rosin) wrote about the report for Slate. Feminists invest a lot of time in framing sexual violence as something only men do to only women. Whenever research reveals more male victims and more female perpetrators, feminists typically deny, dismiss, or ignore it. The most recent examples resulted from the findings of a 2010 CDC study. Continue reading