October 9, 2009

This week in the news (October 9, 2009)

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Popular Culture, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 9:50 pm by sacetalks

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.







  1. Monika said,

    RE: “Sexual assault hotlines surge” (very last link), I am so angered by the following:

    Humans “have an instinct for avoiding incest or inbreeding,” said Debra Lieberman, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Miami (Florida) who researches incest. But alcohol, drugs and mental illness may disrupt that instinct.
    “Under the heavy influence of cocaine or heroin or whatever else you’re taking, your mental boundaries are skewed, essentially,” Laino said. The offender’s sexual frustrations could also contribute to inappropriate actions.
    “It also depends on his other mating opportunities,” Lieberman said. “What is the quality of his current relationship with the female’s mother? Is she around? What is the ability for the guy to attract other mates?” The perpetrator, frustrated by the absence of suitable sexual partners, may turn to whomever is around — even if it’s kin.

    This is total offender-excusing. Even if offenders themselves use alcohol or other drugs, they are making choices to offend. If a person uses cocaine in order to lower their inhibitions to abuse a child, then each and every time they use cocaine, they are choosing to abuse a child.

    This is also a great example of “sex offenders are mentally ill” and “people sexually offend out of sexual frustration” myths. Grrr….

  2. sacetalks said,

    WOW. I agree that those are ridiculous offender-excusing comments. It’s interesting to me (and saddening and angering) how many articles contain arguments like those. 😦

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