The Statistical Errors of Date Rape

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The Statistical Errors of Date Rape

There is nobody out in the world that likes rape, in any form, besides perhaps the rapist themselves, however, “rape” is a word that has been given a certain disgusting stigma in our society. What comes with that stigma in our society? Fear, misconception, panic, and the ability to draw accusations about those who are the victims and the ones who commit the heinous crime. Camille Paglia is a anti-feminist known for her views on how feminism has done nothing but weaken the women of today, but she has it correct when she states “Rape is an outrage that cannot be tolerated in civilized society”.1 Nobody would disagree with such a statement, but there are often many ways of looking at societies problems, there is usually no simple solution in existence. Paglia is a woman who thinks that men are nasty and brutish, and thinks that, “In groups, they are dangerous”.2 Taking on this view would slowly make a person believe that every man is a potential rapist and that vigilance should be constant among them. On the other hand on the views of date rape, there is the author Susan Jacoby, whose look at date rape is a little less gung-ho on the persecution of men. Jacoby feels that many instances of rape can be a miscommunication between the two people, or more, involved, “For the truth is that all of us, men and women, send and receive innumerable mixed signals in the course of our sexual lives”.3 These mixed up signals can lead to “date rape”, but a majority of situations are caused by the inability of the individual to take a no from a peer. Throughout the United States many polls of college rape are taken, so many that the information can often be misleading or hard to believe. The inaccuracy and accuracy of these polls is extremely important for people to truly grasp what is going on around them. Until the polls on date rape statistics increase in accuracy, society will not be able to find the means to stop or help prevent cases of college campus or otherwise date rape. The frequency of rape in America is one of the most appalling statistics a person can look at, even when rationalized with the fact that it is out of 300 million people, the grotesqueness stays. Rape is a daily occurrence in America, in fact, it’s an hourly occurrence, “78 women are raped every hour in America”.4 To know such a horrible tragedy is happening like this is heart breaking, 78 women raped in an hour is one of the fairly accurate rape statistics in the nation, but many are skewed. So much information about rape is pulled together from across the nation and world that many of them will go misconceived. According to the University of Georgia, “75% of male students and 55% of female students involved in date rape had been using drugs or alcohol”.5 Alcohol and other drugs seem to be able to play a key role in date rape because of the loss of inhibition and awareness of a person’s surrounding. While that fact maybe true, there is some variations of the amount of rapes on college campuses under the affects of drugs and alcohol, “90% of all campus rapes occur under the influence of alcohol”.6 Direct contradictions between the actual amount of rapes while intoxicated make it almost impossible to know how many rapes really occur under those circumstances, but it can be agreed upon that a majority of campus rapes are preformed with one or more members of the party using drugs. Society has come to call the disgusting act of college rape “date rape”, it is hard to believe that the woman would be on a date with a potential rapist and allowed themselves to get that point. According to Woodruff Koss, “57% of rapes occur on date”.7 So the name date rape actually carries some honesty and truth. One of the biggest statistics that has the most room for error or misinformation is the percent of rapes that go untold. The ability to accurately find the percent of woman raped is extremely important to knowing how rape occurs...
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