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Why Men Rape.

In India, Women's Issues on December 4, 2009 at 7:20 am

An illuminating article in the American Scientist by Craig Stanford, professor of anthropology and biological sciences.

The most compelling contribution in this section is a paper by Melissa Emery Thompson, who argues persuasively that most rapes are not committed by lonely, socially maladjusted men, as Thornhill and Palmer imagined. Instead, rape is a crime most often carried out by men who are sexually experienced and connected to the victim in some way. This changing view of rape is no doubt a reflection of better reporting of crime statistics. That in turn is a result of society having begun to take a more expansive view of such criminal acts, which women of earlier generations might not have been willing to report due to fear of social stigmatization.

Hattip: 3quarksdaily.com

Read more shocking statistic here on the scale and scope of violence against women in all forms, including rape.

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