A third of sexually abused boys attempt suicide

According to a recent study, one in three boys who experience sexual abuse attempt suicide. Laura Anderson conducted the study to see what impact weight and sexual violence had on children attempting suicide. While she found no correlation between the two, she did discover that abused children are more likely to attempt suicide than their non-abused peers:

The study analyzed data from a Youth and Risk Behavior Survey that sampled more than 31,000 teenagers in 2009 and 2011. The research continued a preliminary study from 2011 that found similar results using a smaller sample of teens.

The poll surveyed students ages 14 to 18 and examined whether the two variables influenced suicide attempts within a year of the survey.

For boys, the study found:

3.5 percent of healthy-weight males with no sexual assault history attempted suicide. That percentage climbed to 33.2 percent for healthy-weight males with sexual assault history, which Anderson attributes to stigma, shame, possible gender role conflict if the attacker was male and the lack of an open support system. Weight alone was not a significant factor in suicide attempts for males. Only 3.9 percent of overweight males with no sexual assault history attempted suicide. For males who were both overweight and had a history of sexual assault, the percentage who attempted suicide was 33 percent.

For girls, the results were:

5.8 percent of healthy-weight females with no sexual assault history attempted suicide. The percentage rose to 27.1 percent for healthy-weight girls with a history of sexual assault. Weight influenced the suicide rate among women: 8.2 percent of overweight girls with no sexual assault history attempt suicide. However, both factors did not increase suicide rate: 26.6 percent of overweight girls with sexual assault histories attempted suicide.

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Feminists, stop trivializing rape

Several days ago a video appeared on YouTube. The title is “My Family Raped Me.” The short film plays like a public service announcement. It appears to be geared for an Indian audience, as all the actors are Indian. The female narrator gives the audience an account of the myriad of ways she was raped throughout her life. She begins with:

Yes, I’ve been getting raped. I don’t even remember since when. Maybe it started when I came out of my mother’s womb.”

There is just one problem: she was never raped. Instead, she claims that acts committed against other women were assaults on her. Yet this presents a problem because none of the acts are sexually violent. The one act of violence in the video is the woman’s father slapping her mother. The other instances are her mother calling some girl a slut and her brother teasing a woman about her appearance.

In short, saying mean things to one women is akin to raping another woman .

Feminists often complain about how people trivialize rape by using the word in the “wrong” context. Saying, “I raped that test” is wrong. Saying, “I got raped in Halo yesterday” is wrong. Yet comparing an insult to rape is acceptable.

The video received more down votes than up votes, a number of negative comments, and a hilarious take-down by TJ of the Amazing Atheist, leading the YouTube account holder to block voting and commenting.

For those out there who might be confused: rape is unwanted sexual intercourse. It is not a lewd comment, not an insult, and not a slap across the face. It certainly cannot be done to you if no one touches you.

Please, feminists, stop trivializing rape.

Told you so: Study finds women rape men more than you think

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

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Ayaan to Liberals: Get Your Priorities Straight — Few figures on the intellectual scene today are as controversial or as compelling as Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A Somali-born author, speaker, activist, and former politician, Ali, 45, became a hijab-wearing radical Islamist as a teenager in Kenya, then a liberal atheist as an immigrant in the Netherlands; the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001 led her to a final break with faith.

B.C. teacher suing over ‘unimaginable hardship’ after false accusations of rape, torture — A Vancouver Island teacher falsely accused of sexual assault and torture by a Grade 9 student — accusations that were later shown to be ripped off from TV episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — is seeking compensation for more than two years of “unimaginable hardship.” In an arbitration hearing last year, the student described a series of sadistic rapes that left her beaten and bloody, as well as torture, including waterboarding and being buried alive.

Binghamton woman accused of sexual abuse of infant — A Binghamton woman is accused of sexually abusing an infant boy and producing child pornography. Thirty-four year-old Latasha Mitchell was charged in federal court recently after a complaint was made on the New York child abuse hotline. She was arrested by Binghamton Police in February for allegedly committing a criminal sexual act in connection with the child abuse. Continue reading

The rolling stone of confirmation bias

Rolling Stone published a report concerning their article ‘A Rape on Campus’. The Columbia School of Journalism conducted the report. It reveals a host of problems with Rolling Stone’s article, its writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely, and its single source named “Jackie.”

The report follows the complete discrediting of Jackie’s rape allegations against the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi. Police conducted a thorough investigation after the Washington Post reported the numerous inconsistencies in Jackie’s story and Rolling Stone’s failure to engage in basic fact-checking. How the situation got to this point is a long story. The report is 13,000 words. Yet it shows what happens when one allows confirmation bias to dictate how one reports. Continue reading

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Are boy and girl sexual abuse victims viewed the same? — Police say it happened inside a bedroom, just down the hall from his parent’s room. A 32-year-old allowed a kid and his 6 friends, between the age of 11 and 15-years-old, to fondle, lick and touch the 32-year-old’s private area. The adult is also alleged to have had oral sex with the 15-year-old. The suspect faces 21 felonies including sexual abuse, sexual conduct with a minor and indecent exposure.

B.C. judge dismisses sexual abuse lawsuit against John Furlong — A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed a third sexual abuse lawsuit against former Olympics CEO John Furlong. The decision ends a series of civil actions brought against Furlong related to his time as a teacher at a Roman Catholic school in northern B.C. Judge Elliott Myers also awarded special costs to Furlong, calling the behaviour of the plaintiff egregious, reprehensible and deserving of a rebuke.

Council briefs: Burnaby proclaims Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month — The City of Burnaby is acknowledging victims of boyhood sexual exploitation and abuse this month. Coun. Nick Volkow read a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Derek Corrigan, declaring April Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month at Monday night’s meeting. “The problem of child sexual abuse persists in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance and the problem of boyhood sexual exploitation is often overlooked, neglected and poorly understood,” the proclamation stated. Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why Feminists Don’t Say Much About The Horrors Of Prison Rape — We’ve heard a lot about rape culture on college campuses and seen quite a few highly determined domestic violence and sexual assault advocates fighting on behalf of those who are affected. But it’s hard not to conclude that much of their dismay toward the culture of rape and violence possesses a degree of gender bias that should concern us all. One thing that is consistently off the radar screen is the issue of prison rape.

Bullfinch: Board’s error as abuse review saw 50 boys counted as girls — BOYS at risk of being targeted for sex by gangs of men in Oxfordshire are being forgotten, say support workers. A Serious Case Review into child sexual exploitation (CSE) case Operation Bullfinch, published earlier this month, identified 373 child victims who may have been sexually exploited across the county. The report said they were all girls but it has now transpired nearly 50 of them were boys.

Comics Like Batgirl Shouldn’t Require a ‘Good Feminist’ Seal of Approval — A backlash against a Batgirl comic book cover some perceived as sexually violent has caused the cover to be withdrawn — leading to a backlash against perceived censorship. Sexism in popular culture is a valid concern. But when feminist criticism becomes an outrage machine that chills creative expression, it’s bad for feminism and bad for female representation. Continue reading