portaplaya wrote:Personal crimes generate a lot of fear. No one wants to be the victim of any sort of assault and it is easy to let such fear make statistics meaningless. After all, one rape is too many.
But absolute prevention has serious consequences on an enjoyable lifestyle. Or women's rights, when the prevention is instituted by cultural norms or (Sharia) law.
The real stats for rape suggest that you are much more likely to be attacked by an acquaintance, friend or relative than by a stranger. And that alcohol is don't know how usually involved. And that serial rapists are successful because they usually use the befriend-then-push-things-too-far method instead of the prey-on-a-stranger method, which almost always get the rapist caught. The media sensation of the house-breaking stranger in the night who does a string of rapes are sensations solely because they are very unusual and the possibility remains of being attacked by a stranger; very scary! But statistically the odds of attack while he remains on the loose are still very, very low.
I don't doubt that acquaintance rape is more common, but I don't know how that compares, or more important, how accurate those figures are.
Several cities were recently caught fudging their reported rapes by 80%.
is just inaccurate.
No one is really sure just how under reported such crime is.
And it has become quite common now for rape to be part of robbery or home invasion and robbery.
We recently had one here where rape of male and female victims was part of the crime, and it's not the first time.
'Robbed, then Shot' is our standard headline now.
Most people have heard of the famous crime in east tennessee that started as a car theft and ended in the kidnapping, rape and murder by slow torture of the victims.
The problem is that people stupid and vicious enough to do such things are not unusual.
Most people simply can't wrap their head around the fact that some people have zero compassion for others.
You may even know someone like this, criminal or not.
We all do.
I actually met a serial rapist like you describe once.
Sort of mousy guy.
Stole from me.
Took me five minutes to catch him.
I called a detective when I heard about his arrest to see if I could help.
They confirmed he was the guy.
They cheerfully offered to prosecute him for the theft, still possible, even though he returned what he stole when I demanded he do so.
I would have been happy to, but he's serving 500 years or so.