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After engaging in a tremendous amount of study, regarding rape and sexual assault, two things have become abundantly clear.

1: The majority of rapists are serial offenders.

2: Their motivation is not one of a simple sexual gratification, but of a want for power.

You implied a number of times that the sensuality of ones appearance is a mitigating factor in many sexual assaults or rapes. This is demonstrably false.

In Warren Jeff’s FLDS Mormon sect, women and girls are required to cover themselves from ankle to wrist, yet, the rate of sexual assaults and rapes within that sect are extremely high. This is evidenced by interviews with women that have escaped it and spoke of their experiences.

There are two factors that shouldn’t be ignored.

1: In cultures where men have more dominance over women, women are raped more often and they report the rapes less often.

2: In cultures where women are more equal to men(of which there are very few and one could argue that there are none in which women are effectively treated as equals to men) the women are raped at a lower rate and the rapes are reported at a higher percentage.

Culture plays a big role here. If the culture says that it is Okay for men to take whatever the hell they want to from women, then those that are inclined to a lust for power will do so and they will get away with it too. Such as the old movies where a man just grabs a woman and kisses her “until she likes it”, that is a not so subtle display of a culture that promotes rape or a “rape culture”.

This isn’t some abstract thing that we are speaking of, nor is it something that hasn’t been figured out. The only way that one could surmise that, is via willful ignorance. Granted, it is settling to ones mind to surmise that no one knows what’s going on, so no one is, as an individual, responsible for anything.

I’m reminded of an event that occurred just 2 years ago. An employee of a local church raped a little 12 year old girl, he was found out, tried and convicted. Was the little 12 year old girl responsible? Well, the church sure as fuck thought so, they paid her family to move out of town. Lift rug, sweep with vigor, keep on preaching. What was the little girl responsible for? Was it the shame that encased the church for a few days or weeks?

Good grief.