I don't always trust statistics, because I don't always trust the scientific community. That said, these particular statistics mostly make sense.
Male rape victims and male victims of non-contact unwanted sexual experiences reported predominantly male perpetrators. Nearly half of stalking victimizations against males were also perpetrated by males. Perpetrators of other forms of violence against males were mostly female
That makes sense. I tend to attribute differing attitudes to stalking and rape based on gender to the notion; which probably has at least some
truth even if as a self-fulfilling prophecy; that guys on average aren't as likely to mind being stalked by a girl, and are more open to sexual encounters (ie. less likely to be unwilling in the first place) with given girls than girls are with guys.
Male concern about getting raped tends to be associated with the rape at the hands of other males associated with prison. Not about some woman wanting sex with him and
him being unwilling and
her being willing to force it on him all in the same encounter, and even that, at least to heterosexual guys, probably doesn't seem as horrid as the idea of being forced into sex with another guy.
But for other
forms of violence? I see little reason for males to be the main perpetrators. They're supposedly more inclined to violence; though even that doesn't seem as strong as differences in sexual desire; but violence is often a means to another end anyway.
What I find interesting is that of the men who were raped, twice as many were raped before age 10 as in women.
Well, yeah. Both in the context of female perpetrators (the "wouldn't be unwilling in the first place" stereotype doesn't make as much sense to apply to those who haven't hit puberty) and male perpetrators (pedophiles are known to go after males for the perception that they are "easy targets") that is to be expected.
I haven't read the whole report yet, but I wonder whether female-on-male rape is underreported.
Possibly. Again, there's probably some truth to the stereotypes the double standards on that subject are based on, but I doubt it's to the extent society makes it out to be.
Also, is this referring specifically to forcible rape, or does it also include things treated as equivalent to rape under the law, like sex with the underage, sex with the intoxicated, etc...?
edited 15th Dec '11 5:37:30 AM by HiddenFacedMatt