[tw: rape] As a culture, we still refuse collectively to accept that most rapes are committed by ordinary men, men who have friends and families, men who may even have done great or admirable things with their lives. We refuse to accept that nice guys rape, and they do it often. Part of the reason we haven’t accepted it is that it’s a painful thing to contemplate – far easier to keep on believing that only evil men rape, only violent, psychotic men lurking in alleyways with pantomime-villain moustaches and knives, than to consider that rape might be something that ordinary men do. Men who might be our friends or colleagues or people we look up to. We don’t want that to be the case. Hell, I don’t want that to be the case. So, we all pretend it isn’t. Justice, see?
Actually, rape is very common. Ninety thousand people reported rape in the United States in 2008 alone, and it is estimated that over half of rape victims never go to the police, making the true figure close to 200,000. Between 10 and 20 per cent of women have experienced rape or sexual assault. It’s so common that – sorry if this hurts to hear – there’s a good chance you know somebody who might have raped someone else. And there’s more than a small chance he doesn’t even think he did anything wrong, that he believes that what he did wasn’t rape, couldn’t be rape, because, after all, he’s not a bad guy."
Laurie Penny: It’s nice to think that only evil men are rapists - that it’s only pantomime villains with knives in alleyways. But the reality is different
Black Men | British Prisons
Last year…for every African Caribbean male on campus, there were two in jail
- Trevor Phillips, Martin Luther King Memorial Lecture, 2004
At the end of December 2005, one in four of the prison population, 19,549 prisoners, was from a minority ethnic group - a rise of 2,000 in just three years. This compares to one in eleven of the general population.
Overall black prisoners account for the largest number of ethnic prisoners (57%) and their numbers are rising . Between 1999 and 2002 the total prison population grew by just over 12% but the number of black prisoners grew by 51%
In 2002 there were more African Caribbean entrants to prison (over 11,500) than there are to UK universities (around 8,000)
Prison receptions of all known Black and Minority Ethnic groups increased by 37 per cent between 1998 and 2002 - more than 8 times the increase for white prisoners
Black British prisoners make up 12 per cent of the prison population and two per cent of the general population.
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