Monday, April 03, 2006

Son, One Day You'll Be A Man, And Men Can Do Terrible Things

One in three women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. One in three. And those are just the women who report it.

It happens. Even here in Happy Valley, even if the girl isn't reckless enough to go out jogging alone at three in the morning, even if she's a good girl and goes to church and calls her parents every Thursday.

It happens, yet some people refuse to confront that fact. One in three; shouldn't that tell us something?


Blogger AlieMalie said...

unfortunately, if they could every figure out what the stats are for every woman and not just the ones who report it, i think we'd be looking at 100%. or damn near close.


i was talking with some friends (it should be said here that they were all women) last weekend about how to reduce the incidence of harrasment amongst women and they kept talking about teaching the young girls how to not stand for that kind of shit - i was getting so upset because it's not just the girls we need to talk with - it's all of society.

anyway, i'll get off my little soap box now.


10:00 PM  
Blogger Mooney said...

"...yes they can."

I'm sorry. I'm compelled to finish So-Co lyrics whenever found.

2:13 AM  
Blogger juxtaposer said...

Seriously, only Alie has something to say about this? Well, and Craig on his blog. I was hoping maybe people had more to say about the subject. Maybe it makes you uncomfortable. Maybe it's just outside of your own reality. I don't know. But I'm a little sad that no one's saying anything.

9:11 PM  
Blogger GreenLantern said...

Well, I know it probably doesn't mean much, but I'll take a stab at this. And in all fairness it's kind of a uncomfortable subject to talk about. It's an unfortunate light to shine on both sexes but it's a light that does need to be shined.

There's no easy answer to this question. Or any real safe way about going and delivering an answer. But something does need to be changed. Maybe it's society's fault, maybe it's our lack of our own personal responsibility. There's a lot of scapegoats to be pointed to about this, but I think it's going to be one of those shades of gray areas, despite how wrong this is.

2:52 AM  
Anonymous Dallan said...

Well, there really isn't a grey area, some things are merely wrong, by virtue (or in this case lack thereof) of their deontic status. It's scary, sickening, and heartbreaking. I think that the hardest thing about this is that there is no overarching "macro-solution." You can't just raise interest rates and hope that fixes it, every situation is so heart wrenchingly context sensitive that it requires a different formula to alleviate and to prevent. Aliemae I think really distilled all of our thoughts when she succinctly typed... sad.

12:30 AM  

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