Straight men just can’t seem to catch a break. They work hard all week, and then when they want to relax and have a couple cold brews with their bros on the weekend they get hoodwinked by shiny-haired succubi using sex to destroy their lives. Luckily for these helpless creatures — really, the eternal victims of our female-dominated society — there’s a group of guys in Edmonton trying to put a stop to the madness.
Posters copying the style of the anti-sexual assault “Don’t be that guy” campaign have been appearing around the University of Alberta campus. Instead of telling dudes not to rape the women around them, these ads remind women not to claim they were raped unless it truly, actually, 100,000 per cent happened. And let’s face it, ladies: you weren’t really raped, were you?
Despicable, pro-rape posters reportedly popping up on U of A campus in Edmonton. Seriously messed up. pic.twitter.com/802D8qwhOh #cdnpoli #yeg
— Ethan Cox (@EthanCoxMtl) July 10, 2013
The bottom of the posters says that lying about sexual assault is a crime. Since that’s true, it seems like this matter has about solved itself. Any reasonable person whose interest in this issue is seeing crimes treated as such and punished when they occur should be satisfied by this, since studies have shown that rape vastly outnumbers false rape accusations. If you are someone who genuinely wants rape and false rape charges to be treated as seriously as they should each be, and not someone who fears or hates women, this problem is actually not a problem.
[image via The Enliven Project]
It should be noted that the above infographic generated significant controversy when it was released earlier this year. The woman behind it responded to that criticism with some of the figures and studies she used in preparing the image. It’s also important to note that while one in six women (by most studies) is raped, one in six men is not a rapist. In fact, some research concludes that a small number of men commit the majority of rapes.
Of the 120 rapists, 76 (63.3%) reported committing repeat rapes, either against multiple victims, or more than once against the same victim. In total, the 120 rapists admitted to 483 rapes, or 4.0 rapes each. However, this average is somewhat misleading. Since 44 ofthe 120 rapists admitted to only a single rape, the 76 repeat rapists actually accounted for 439 of the rapes, averaging 5.8 each.
So that’s that, then, right? Most men aren’t rapists, rape is far more common than false rape charges, women can be arrested and charged if they falsely accuse someone of raping them, we can all go about our days. The case of the false rape charge scourge has been solved. Heck, maybe we should even direct some of our collective attention toward fighting rape! Especially since a recent survey found that 19 per cent of Canadians believe a woman being drunk can “provoke or encourage sexual assault.”
See you at the protest, Men’s Rights Edmonton!