Trigger warning for discussion of rape.
There’s been a lot of information about the rape of men crossing my desktop lately, so I felt I’d just post them all.
A news article, covering rape somewhat sensitively, discusses how many male survivors are averse to reporting because of the stigma against male survivors.
As more allegations are leveled against Chadima, Anderson said this evolving case highlights myths of sexual assaults involving men.
“It’s not about sex, it’s not about sexuality. It’s about power and exerting power over somebody else,” she said.
Data shows about 60 percent of women don’t report sexual assault to police. For men, that number is even higher, WISC-TV reported…
She said one in seven boys is sexually abused by the time he’s 18. After that, data is hard to come by.
“That has a lot to do with the myths of what it means to be masculine in our culture,” said Anderson. “It has to do with this idea that if you’re a man you don’t let anybody take advantage of you.”
Interesting although occasionally problematic article (trigger warning for explicit description of rape) about the prison-industrial complex and the prevalence of rape within the justice system (hat-tip to Morgan Fractal):
In January, prodded in part by outrage over a series of articles in the New York Review of Books, the Justice Department finally released an estimate of the prevalence of sexual abuse in penitentiaries. The reliance on filed complaints appeared to understate the problem. For 2008, for example, the government had previously tallied 935 confirmed instances of sexual abuse. After asking around, and performing some calculations, the Justice Department came up with a new number: 216,000. That’s 216,000 victims, not instances. These victims are often assaulted multiple times over the course of the year. The Justice Department now seems to be saying that prison rape accounted for the majority of all rapes committed in the US in 2008 [Ed note: this is not actually true– more rapes were committed outside the justice system than within the justice system], likely making the United States the first country in the history of the world to count more rapes for men than for women...
America’s prison system is a moral catastrophe. The eerie sense of security that prevails on the streets of lower Manhattan obscures, and depends upon, a system of state-sponsored suffering as vicious and widespread as any in human history. Dismantling the system of American gulags, and holding accountable those responsible for their operation, presents the most urgent humanitarian imperative of our time…
It’s impossible to tell the story of American incarceration without also telling the story of American racism. Unlike most leftwing stories about racism, though, this one isn’t about the South, and it isn’t even really about American conservatism. After slavery and Jim Crow came the Great Migration, urban riots, and the war on drugs. The history of the prison crisis is largely a story about progressive politicians—liberal Republicans and centrist Democrats—supporting “tough on crime” policies to protect their right flank, both for self-preservation and to propel other progressive priorities. The prison crisis was something that we ourselves created, law by law, decision by decision, state by state.
An interesting paper on human rights perspectives on the rape of men. I will discuss it in more detail later in the week, but I felt I might as well point people to it.
Rather, as the international human rights movement moves forward in its attention to gender issues, health and human rights, and sexual rights, both in concert and separately, we must be vigilant in our efforts to address sexual violence inclusively and accurately. Assumptions should no longer be made in human rights advocacy, instruments, and other texts that “gender” pertains only to women. Attention to gender-based violence must include violence to which men are disproportionately vulnerable on account of their sex. Definitions of rape and other forms of sexual abuse must always leave room for male victims. Any gender analysis of sexual violence must tease out the ways in which harmful masculinity norms serve to render certain groups of men (men who are perceived to be gay, weak, small, or effeminate) vulnerable to such violence.
In a world in which, one hopes, compassion is not a finite resource, new concern for one type of victim, in this case, men and boys, need not signify the lessening of concern for women and girls. It is not a zero-sum game. Indeed, the total undoing of women’s sexual subordination must include an accurate understanding of rape and a thorough critique of gender assumptions—and should not and cannot come at the expense of failing to account for other victims.
(Trigger warning on the rest of this post for graphic rape threats) YouTuber The Amazing Atheist threatens to rape a survivor. Normally, I would not give attention to such a vile piece of pond scum, but according to the Pharyngula thread the survivor TAA threatened was, in fact, a man. I find it a sickly amusing proof of the gendering of rape that when a hateful asshole who deserves to be kicked out of the human race hears that someone is a survivor, regardless of the survivor’s gender, they say things like:
I hope you fucking drown in rape semen, you ugly, mean-spirited cow. Actually, I don’t believe you were ever raped! What man would be tasteless enough to stick his dick into a human cesspool like you? Nice gif of a turd going into my mouth. Is that kind of like the way that rapists dick went in your pussy? Or did he use your asshole? Or was it both? Maybe you should think about it really hard for the next few hours. Relive it as much as possible. You know? Try to recall: was it my pussy or my ass?
Paul Elam at A Voice For Men “jokingly” threatens to rape PZ Myers, because he is The Best at men’s rights.
Hopefully, before we are done, MRA’s of differing views will find more common ground, and PZ Myers will be limping to the drug store for some KY Jelly.