Do you know that you can do everything in your power to keep away from Black people and still end up as a crime victim? In predominantly White areas of the country, in nearly 100 Furthermore, I’ve heard that your worst enemy can be someone you like and trust. The way some people talk, you’d think these simple facts had never occurred to them. People insist on making the world into something it can’t be – like the kind of place where you’ll be all right if you just stay away from Black people. My purpose here isn’t to demonstrate that White people commit crimes. Everyone knows they do. The people who go on and on about Black crime know that Whites commit crime. What interests me is this “Dueling Rape Statistics” game. It’s a game some men enjoy playing. These men will admit that Whites rape. They’ll admit that a White woman who is raped is most likely to be raped by a White man. What they like to emphasize is that Black males rape a whole lot more than White males, and that Black males rape White women more than White males rape Black women. What is the purpose of all this “You rape more than we do” talk? This ridiculousness is something that only matters to men, and to certain men at that. It doesn’t matter at all if you’re a woman. Rape is one of the hazards of being vulnerable, and especially of being female and vulnerable. It doesn’t matter what race a woman is. A man from just about any race could be a rapist. Girls and young women have been raped by men they knew and never would have imagined would harm them. All over the country there are young women putting themselves at risk of being raped. Some of them are White women who know all about the high crime rate among Blacks. Their rapists won’t all be Black, though. No one who is serious about the safety of women plays this game with them about “They Rape More Than We Do.” If you’re a White woman who has been raped by a White man, of what relevance is the fact that Black men are prosecuted for rape at a higher rate than White men? No woman of any race should give any group of men the benefit of the doubt when it comes to something like rape. The only thing that matters from a woman’s perspective is that men rape. As for those of you who like citing rape statistics and pointing out how much Black men rape, what do you hope to gain by doing so? Is rape prevention your mission? That must be it. You’re seriously concerned about the safety and well-being of women. People who are seriously concerned about rape prevention normally advise women to do one very important thing: always trust your instincts. If something about a person or a situation doesn’t feel right, then pay attention. They advise women not to be afraid to seem rude when it comes to their safety – in other words, asking people for ID before allowing them into your home, not divulging to people whether you live alone, not allowing people to touch you or pressure you into going places. It’s the kind of information you’ll find here. People who are seriously concerned about the safety and well-being of women do not say things like, “Black men have a higher prosecution rate for forcible rape, so avoid them, if you can.” Those of you who bring up these rape statistics are only concerned about women, and want to bring attention to the horrible problem of rape and sexual assault. Is that it?
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