Exclusive: Rape in America: Justice Denied

30 December 2012 — Burbank Digest

[Given all the media hype about rape in India with the death of a young woman in Delhi, a comparison between India and the USA's rape statistics, paints a very different picture, with rape in the USA 17 times that of India's (per capita). WB]

Comparative crime stats: India & United States
http://www.nationmaster.com/compare/India/United-States/Crime
RAPE
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_rap-crime-rapes
India 1.7 U.S. 30.2
Ranked 68th in 2006. Ranked 5th in 2006. 17 times more
DEFINITION: Number of sexual assaults recorded by police in the country per 100,000 population.
SOURCE: European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control http://www.heuni.fi International Statistics on Crime and Justice http://www.heuni.fi/Satellite
UN stats measured per 1000 people.
Rapes per capita: India – 0.014/1000 US0.3/1000 India – 0.77/1000
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_rap_percap-crime-rapes-per-capita

Rape in the World’s Largest Democracy
EDITORIAL http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/opinion/rape-in-india.html The brutal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi this month has cast a cold light on how badly India treats its women.India must work on changing a culture in which women are routinely devalued… a rising economic power and the world’s largest democracy, India can never reach its full potential if half its population lives in fear of unspeakable violence.
Mayor: Keep NY Subway Push Deaths In Perspective
www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=168186064 …”It’s a very tragic case, but what we want to focus on today is the overall safety in New York,” Bloomberg told reporters following a police academy graduation…The news of the horrific death of a 46-year-old man from India came as Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted drops in the city’s annual homicide and shooting totals and urged residents to keep the second fatal subway shove in the city this month in perspective…asked about the episode, Bloomberg… pointed to legal and policy changes that led to the release of many mentally ill people from psychiatric institutions from the 1960s through 1990s

#1 white male supremacist state of terror uses tragedy as political leverage with its ‘largest democracy‘ client state
India Mourns Rape Victim
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-mourn-rape-victim/1574324.html The young Indian victim of a brutal gang rape has died in Singapore, where she had been taken for treatment. The biggest protests were in the capital, where the crime took place. Thousands came out into the streets in cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi to mourn her death, demand justice for her and safety for women. But the protests were quieter than those last week which had turned violent despite tight security to prevent mass demonstrations….the incident has sparked widespread calls for social change.India’s government has been criticized for being slow to understand the outrage that followed the incident, in a country where crimes against women are growing, and where police figures show that rape is among the fastest growing crimes, even though many rapes go unreported.
US Erases Women’s Rights in Iraq
10/7/09 By Ghali Hassan http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=HAS20051007&articleId=1054 Prior to the arrival of U.S. forces, Iraqi women were free to go wherever they wish and wear whatever they like. The 1970 Iraqi constitution, gave Iraqi women equity and liberty unmatched in the Muslim World. Since March 2003, Iraqi women have been brutally attacked, kidnapped and intimidated from participating in Iraqi society. The generation-old equality and liberty laws have been, replaced by Middle Ages laws that strip women of their rights and put them in the same oppressive life as women in Afghanistan which the U.S. invaded to “liberate” its women. The 1970 Iraqi constitution is not only the most progressive constitution in the Muslim World, but also the most equal. Iraqis were mentioned only as “citizens”, and Iraqi women’s rights were specifically protected. In December 2003, the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) – constituted mostly of the current puppet government – approved resolution 137, which will replace Iraq’s 1959 Personal Status Laws with religious law to be administered by conservative religious clerics. .Since the U.S. invasion, Iraqi women’s rights have fallen to the lowest level in Iraq’s history. Under the new U.S.-crafted constitution women will be oppressed and the role of women in Iraqi society will be curtailed and relegated to the caring for “children and the elderly”. The aim was the complete destruction of nationalist movements replacing them with expatriate religious fanatics and criminals as the U.S liquidated Iraqi opposition or dissent to the Occupation. The creation of paramilitary death squads – from the SCIRI and Al- Da’wa militias – tied to the current puppet government and Iran have been terrorising Iraq’s secular communities and assassinating large number of prominent Iraqi politicians and professionals (see Robert Dreyfuss – Death Squads and Diplomacy)….What ever Americans think of their nation and the crimes their government commits against innocent people, “for the people of Iraq and the rest of the world, the torture and abuses will serve as a reminder of America’s unyielding sadism against those living under its occupation. The [Occupation] proves that the content of the word[s] ‘freedom’ [and “liberty”] that American politicians and propagandists want to impose on the rest of the world are violent domination, racism, torture, sexual humiliation… proves that freedom and liberty were not what the United States was founded upon.” wrote Dr. Joseph Massad of N.Y. Columbia University

“Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy”
Henry Kissinger

US Military sexual abuse ‘staggering’, part 2
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/2010/12/20101223113859171112.html Kira Mountjoy-Pepka of Pack Parachute, a non-profit organisation that assists sexually abused veterans, explains “.. what we’ve seen for decades is that when someone is assaulted, the military investigators create false or misleading crime reports. Then the case is dismissed, and the command persecutes the victim for false reporting.”

Timeline
1995: Archives of Family Medicine revealed that 90 per cent of women veterans from the 1991 US attack on Iraq and from earlier wars had been sexually harassed.
2003: American Journal of Industrial Medicine surveyed women veterans from Vietnam to the 1991 Iraq attack and found that 30 percent of them had been raped.
2004: According to a Journal of Military Medicine study, of veterans from Vietnam and all wars since, 71 per cent of women soldiers sexually assaulted or raped while serving.
2007: The Miles Foundation, a private nonprofit organisation that provides support to victims of sexual assault in the military, received 976 reports of sexual assault in the Central Command Area of Responsibility, which includes Iraq and Afghanistan.Christine Hansen, executive director of the foundation, said at the time that there was a steady upward trend in the number of reported cases of sexual assault, of 10 to 15 per cent each quarter.
2008: The Pentagon reported nearly 3,000 cases of women assaulted sexually in 2008, up 9 percent from 2007. For women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, the increase was 25 percent.
2009: Annual report “ FY 09, a total of 3,230 reports of sexual assault involving military service members representing an 11% increase from FY 08.”
2009: Pentagon admission that approximately 80 per cent of rapes are never reported -the most under-documented crime in the military. cites the Feres Doctrine (Feres v. United States, 340 US 135 [1950]) that made it impossible for the survivor to sue the investigators “essentially prohibits people from suing the military and/or petitioning non-military legal authority for interdiction without the military’s prior and explicit agreement and consent.” The military always has their own investigators investigate…. goes to great lengths to protect the perpetrators, and that deters survivors from reporting.

Every six seconds a woman in the United States is raped (U.S. Department of Justice, 1999) Hidden Truth: An Institutional Look at Underreporting of Rape http://www.creighton.edu/fileadmin/user/CCAS/departments/PoliticalScience/MVJ/docs/louderback.pdf
Exclusive: Rape in America: Justice Denied
11/09/09 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/11/09/cbsnews_investigates/main5590118.shtml The arrest rate last year was just 25 percent – a fraction of the rate for murder – 79 percent, and aggravated assault – 51 percent.
A five month CBS News Investigation found a staggering number of rape kits — that could contain incriminating DNA evidence — have never been sent to crime labs for testing. At least 20,000 untested kits http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/11/09/cbsnews_investigates/main5590842.shtml…Many untested for years. And…At least twelve major American cities: Anchorage, Baltimore, Birmingham, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Oakland, Phoenix, San Diego have no idea how many rape kits in storage are untested.


U.S. Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey. 2006-2010
Every 2 minutes, someone 12 or older in U.S. is sexually assaulted.
 

THE USE (AND MIS USE) OF DATA ON RAPE:
A White Paper Prepared for the CounterQuo Conference October 17-19, 2008
Revised September 2011
www.counterquo.org/ assets/ files/ reference/ The-Use-and-Misuse-of-Data-on-Rape.pdf This White Paper’s thesis is that rape prevalence denial is a calculated strategy aimed at silencing rape victims and preventing successful rape prosecutions. Anti-rape activists need to better understand the agendas that propel this campaign, be more aware of the effort’s aims, and take more effective steps to combat this deliberate campaign of misinformation.
Nearly 1 in 5 women in the U.S. has been sexually assaulted
Dec. 2011 http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/index.html
http://feministing.com/2011/12/15/nearly-1-in-5-women-in-the-u-s-has-been-sexually-assaulted/

According to this phone survey, 1.3 million American women experienced rape or attempted rape last year.. significantly higher annual figure than previous studies found; RAINN’s estimate was 272,350 for 2010…however with only 84,767 rapes reported last year it’s clear we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg…According to this survey, 1.3 million American women experienced a rape or attempted rape last year. That’s actually a significantly higher annual figure than previous studies found; RAINN’s estimate was 272,350 for 2010. But regardless, with only 84,767 rapes reported last year, it’s clear that we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes sexual assault.
Imagine if a disease suddenly appeared in the United States and this disease affected 20% to 30% of women during their lifetimes… that exposure to this disease led to mental health problems like depression and anxiety disorders… also led to health problems such as reproductive health problems, sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, and even things like heart disease,heart attack, and stroke. Also imagine the disease was, in a sense, infectious, children exposed to it also would grow up to engage in this disease and, in a sense, replicate it….. the truth is that this disease exists today, and it’s violence against women and girls….it’s been with us year after year for time immemorial…
US estimate is about 4.8 million women experience assaults or rapes by an intimate partner each year….and almost 2,400 women were killed by their partners in 2007.
http://www.cdc.gov/museum/video/Transcript-ViolenceAgainstWomen.txt

Press Release For Immediate Release: December 14, 2011

Office of CDC Associate Director for Communication, Division of News and Electronic Media
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p1214_sexual_violence.html
Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Widespread in the US
New survey finds these types of violence affect the health of millions of adults On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, according to findings released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men. Those numbers only tell part of the story – more than 1 million women reported being raped in a year and over 6 million women and men were victims of stalking in a year, the report says.

Key findings in the NISVS 2010 Summary Report include:
For women:

  • High rates of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence were reported by women.
    • Nearly 1 in 5 women has been raped at some time in her life.
    • One in 4 women has been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime.
    • One in 6 women has experienced stalking victimization during her lifetime in which she felt very fearful or believed that she or someone close to her would be harmed or killed. Much of stalking victimization was facilitated by technology, such as unwanted phone calls and text messages.
  • Almost 70 percent of female victims experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before the age of 25.
  • Approximately 80 percent of female victims of rape were first raped before age 25.
  • Female victims of violence (sexual violence, stalking, intimate partner violence) were significantly more likely to report physical and mental health problems than female non–victims.
  • Across all forms of violence (sexual violence, stalking, intimate partner violence), the vast majority of victims knew their perpetrator (often an intimate partner or acquaintance and seldom a stranger).

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Posted 30th December 2012 by InI in category Gender

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