Now that I have your attention let me assure you this is a real, scientifically documented phenomenon. We just got a brace of ducks (which, unlike chickens are not specifically banned where we live in Highland Park, IL) and were a bit concerned about drake rape but this research takes avian kink to a whole new level.
Maybe if I close my eyes it will all go away. Somehow let’s none of it be true. But his shows are still sold out and funny. Is that a good thing?
Earlier this week, Bill Cosby made clear he “does not intend to dignify” the many allegations against him—a promise he has so far fulfilled by hiring attorney Marty Singer, whose response had so far ensured that complete lack of dignity. After sending one of his trademark threatening letters to BuzzFeed, suggesting that the site and anyone else publishing stories from Cosby’s alleged accusers was placing themselves in peril of legal prosecution, Singer has now released another, much lengthier statement blasting those women and the media. Like so many of Singer’s missives, it’s grating, confusing in parts, and no one is looking forward to seeing it. He is quickly becoming the Leonard Part 6 of lawyers.
Statistics Show Drop In U.S. Rape Cases – Washington Post 6/19/06
“Overall, there has clearly been a decline over the last 10 to 20 years,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women. “It’s very liberating for women, in terms of now being able to be more free and more safe.”
The U.S. Justice Department’s National Crime Victimization Survey (considered our best measure of crime because its anonymous surveys capture offenses not reported to police) reports that rape has been falling dramatically for decades. The first survey, in 1973, estimated that 105,000 females, ages 12 to 24, were raped that year. In the 1980s and early 1990s, the survey was expanded to include sexual assault and attempted or threatened offenses. Even so, the latest survey (in a young female population 1 million larger than in 1973) reported that 30,000 females, ages 12 to 24, were raped and 60,000 were victims of attempted rape or real or attempted sexual offenses (including verbal threats) in 2005.
The Startling Decline in Rape – Washington Monthly 6/3/11
This is an astounding decline, but I don’t know of any reason to doubt the accuracy of the numbers. The National Crime Victimization survey is conducted twice a year, with a sample size of 134,000. Rapes reported to the police have been shrinking more slowly than survey-reported rapes, and actually rose from 1979-1990, consistent with other data showing an increasing willingness of victims to report having been raped.