The rapes of 1,400 British girls by Pakistani men is slowly becoming international news.
British authorities failed to act, even though the crimes had been reported, because they didn’t want to look racist.
Ross Douthat of the New York Times has some astute observations:
But here’s the mirror:
And he warns:
Douthat’s conclusion, however, is what really caught my attention:
Rather than the stereotypical creep guy lurking around, predators most often have worn a mask of respectability, as with priests; or sympathy, as with Pakistani immigrants in Britain.
This leads me to the second news item. The US Centers for Disease Control released its 2011 report on intimate partner violence. As with previous reports, the CDC says it’s rape when a man has sex with a woman (or another man) without consent. But the CDC refuses to say it’s rape when a woman forces a man to have sex without his consent. Instead, they employ the euphemism “made to penetrate”.
Table 6 of the CDC report reveals something startling, however. In the past 12 months, 0.8% of women report having been raped. And 0.8% of men report having been “made to penetrate”.
In other words, women rape men as often as men rape women – if we decide to consider all non-consensual sex as rape.
In addition, almost every week we read news stories about female teachers sexually exploiting underage male students. And if a statutory rape results in pregnancy, then the boy can be ordered to pay child support.
And it’s not just schools. A surprising number of boys in juvenile detention experience rape and sexual abuse. Though a minority of the staff, female guards account for 90% of the perpetrators at one Tennessee juvenile detention center. Similar rates have been found at other juvenile prisons.
Douthat may be right that Hollywood is full of hidden sexual assault scandals. But no group is thought less capable or less inclined to sexual assault than women. And as we see with the child support case, the law actually protects female rapists and re-victimizes boy victims.
Political correctness in this case works against victims. As one feminist professor, Adele Mercier, told men’s rights activist Alison Tieman, the 90% figure “merely reflects THE PROPORTIONS OF GAY AND STRAIGHT MALES in juvenile detention centers” (emphasis Mercier’s). Mercier states that only a male can rape a male, and notes that the boys “experience sexual misconduct involving FEMALE STAFF WITHOUT FORCE” (emphasis Mercier’s). The age of consent apparently is not a factor when a woman wants a boy.
Predators indeed don’t look the way you expect them to, and progressive politics/social justice activists can be an enablers.