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Why we emphasise men raping women when we talk about rape and abuse

As an abuse victim, I really do appreciate the sentiments of a couple of men who've come on here and said they feel left out, and that rape and abuse is about power and violation; I totally agree, but so do the campaigners. The ad isn't saying that it's about "tits and ass", it's saying the exact opposite. It's saying that the way a woman dresses, or what she drinks, or how she acts, is nothing to do with whether or not she is raped or assaulted, and that goes for all victims.

But the reason campaigns like this focus on men raping and assaulting women, is that just factually that is the nature of the vast, vast majority of such attacks. Even men who are raped are usually raped by other men.

Author: squeak, Female, glasgow
Date: 30/06/2010

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