Posting known, useful, and obscure information relating to women and gender.
Knowing that there are women, not just men, who get shit done and work to make an impact is an important part of our human legacy. For this reason, I aim to include HERSTORY links in the coming months.
I just started so list is incomplete: more soon.
JEZEBEL – If you’re into snark, this page, owned by Gawker Media, covers celebrity, sex and fashion and critiques media representation of women and gender. They do a generally awesome job. I agree with most of it.
NOW – National Organization for Women –
RAINN – Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
Women’s E-News – Nonprofit news site covering women’s issues and a perspective on changing public policy.
Herstory – Wikipedia definition
(still pulling links. more soon)
Foucauldian discourse analysis – I reference this as “Foucauldian approach” in a post, so am including.
– holy cow this page is great: http://www.healthyplace.com/abuse/emotional-psychological-abuse/gaslighting-definition-techniques-and-being-gaslighted/
KNOW THE STATS
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).1
17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.1
9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.2
That means 90% of rapes happen to women.
Lifetime rate of rape /attempted rape for women by race:1
- All women: 17.6%
- White women: 17.7%
- Black women: 18.8%
- Asian Pacific Islander women: 6.8%
- American Indian/Alaskan women: 34.1%
- Mixed race women: 24.4%
About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.1
- In 2003, 1 in every ten rape victims were male.2
- 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.1
(author note: note the disparity between genders)
15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.3
- 29% are age 12-17.
- 44% are under age 18.3
- 80% are under age 30.3
- 12-34 are the highest risk years.
- Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.4
- 3% of boys grades 5-8 and 5% of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.
In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse.5
- Of these, 75% were girls.
- Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7.
93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.6
- 34.2% of attackers were family members.
- 58.7% were acquaintances.
- Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.
On average during 1992-2001, American Indians age 12 or older experienced annually an estimated 5,900 rapes or sexual assaults.7
- American Indians were twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault compared to all races.
- Sexual violence makes up 5% of all violent crime committed against Indians (about the same as for other races).
- Offender/victim relationship: 41% stranger; 34% acquaintance; 25% intimate or family member.
(courtesy of RAINN; click for annotations)