Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Oppression Olympics has no place in rape advocacy

In a comment under Caroline Kitchens' opinion on "rape culture" in Time, the staff of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault says this: ". . . false reporting is NOT a problem, actually only 2-8% . . .."

Even accepting the accuracy of that number (which erroneously suggests that 92-98 percent of all rape claims are actual rapes and doesn't bother to acknowledge that the majority of rape claims can't be determined to be actual rapes, misidentified rapes, or false rape claims), 2 to 8 percent is a very significant number.

How is it proper to raise awareness about rape by trivializing a completely different problem that victimizes significant numbers of people? Since when did it become fair game to dismiss out of hand a problem that destroys lives?

The comment is insensitive to the community of the wrongly accused, and it has no place in advocacy for rape victims.