Content Notice: Sexual assault.
There’s this obsessed guy who runs around on every political article that pops up in my feed screaming at the top of his lungs about “rapefugees.” It’s an immediate red flag–I noticed a long long time ago that most people can’t be arsed to give a shit about the violence committed within their own communities but holy shit what changes when the perp is brown!
This is where it is useful to lean back and look at big picture statistics. Sexual assault is sexual assault regardless of who does it to whom, so if our justice systems weren’t massively flawed we would expect roughly the same outcomes across the board in terms of what is reported and what is prosecuted. Except with sexual assault, when you look at the big picture, you see a pretty big gaping hole between reporting and prosecuting under certain specific circumstances.
A ridiculous proportion of sexual assaults are accounted for with these three components:
- Targeted an acquaintance, not a stranger;
- Used alcohol rather than force or drugs;
- Denied allegations of sexual assault should they be raised;
YesMeansYes breaks it down further: (emphasis original)