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Rape crisis?

By johnboy 18 February 2007 60

The Rape Crisis Centre considers RiotACT’s young female readers to be scary.

We, in turn, find it a bit scary that the Sunday Times has discovered a crisis in the administration of the rape crisis centre.

“TEENAGE rape victims are being forced to wait months for professional counselling because of the growing number of sexual assaults in the ACT.

The Rape Crisis Centre’s five counsellors are overwhelmed by the number of young women seeking help.”

Just like that, without informing the Minister who funds them at any point, they’ve gone to the Canberra Times with this crisis which has seen young women left without counselling for months now?

And what is this human tsunami of rape victims?

“Statistics show up to six sexual assaults a week are reported to police”

Sooo… six cases a week are backlogging the five counsellors are they?

But wait, that quote was incomplete:

… and the Rape Crisis Centre has seen a 285 per cent increase in calls to its counselling service in the past five years

So:

a) A little hard to see how this five year trend snuck up on them unawares.
b) Aggregate any growth rate over five years and you can come up with a scary sounding number.

It gets even better when the previously unheard of and totally new (not) phenomena of drink spiking gets blamed for the Rape Crisis Center’s administrative inability. To my knowledge the ACT awaits it’s first proven case of drink spiking (rather than getting pissed and wanting to blame something/one else) but when you’ve got your hand out for funding it helps to throw some bogeymen around.

UPDATED: The Register has some statistics on the very small number of “drink spikings” that are actually real.

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I saw a T-Shirt once that said “CALM DOWN – let’s not turn this rape into a murder”.

On hindsight I guess it’s kind of tasteless, really.

Meconium 12:05 am 20 Feb 07

What song is your rock/egg mantra from Maelinar? Don’t recognise it…

johnboy 10:59 pm 19 Feb 07

Fair enough emd,

If the RCC wants to repudiate the story we would love to be the first to run it.

emd 8:44 pm 19 Feb 07

I still think it’s entirely possible that the CT journalist just beat up a story based on a disgruntled RCC counsellor speaking out of turn.

It’s not like CT have been a shining beacon of media ethics and journalistic quality over recent years.

Mr Evil 6:04 pm 19 Feb 07

“… and the Rape Crisis Centre has seen a 285 per cent increase in calls to its counselling service in the past five years”

I didn’t know that P & O were operating a cruise ship on Lake Burley Griffin.

bonfire 5:26 pm 19 Feb 07

duels – oh yeah – id vote for that!

you would quickly see how serious people are about being defamed if you could challenge someone to a duel.

Just don’t do it at Summernats…

loadedog 3:49 pm 19 Feb 07

I haven’t been called a nong in a long time, peeved. I’d challenge you to a duel but that would be immature. Contemplating my next action. Possibly going to cry.

“If the egg falls on the rock, pity the egg.
If the rock falls on the egg, pity the egg.”

What’s brown and hairy and sits on the wall?

Humpty C*nt.

Works on so many levels in this thread.

johnboy 1:29 pm 19 Feb 07

not that I’m speaking from personal experience i might hasten to add

johnboy 1:29 pm 19 Feb 07

even without a conviction it’s quite traumatic for the rapists too, i imagine more than one has mended their ways rather than take their chances again.

Absent Diane 1:28 pm 19 Feb 07

More funding for the RCC.

Absolutely that is the main thing here.. whether people are taken to court or not..the support for the victim needs to be there.

seepi 1:23 pm 19 Feb 07

There is research showing that taking rapists to court is painful and intrusive for the victims. I can see why people don’t do it. Especially if councelling and support is lacking.

More funding for the RCC.

Maelinar 1:19 pm 19 Feb 07

Now now FC, don’t go getting all vigilante…

I intend to stay out of this thread, my thoughts are well enough known on the topic already.

I would hazard to say that most people nowadays are leaving the courts unfulfilled, not just s.assault victims. Akin to the bureau of made up statistics, apply a general discontent across all court hearings, and the s.assault statistic will seem, more probably, consistent with the rest of the proceedings.

It remains the onus of responsibility for the victim to ‘dredge’ up the details, because that’s what the court needs to know to apply a prosecution.

I am aware that’s not nice, however allowing a rapist to reoffend is also a crime, not only is it abhorrent, it’s would have also been a 100% avoidable crime.

If the egg falls on the rock, pity the egg.
If the rock falls on the egg, pity the egg.

Man this proverb works everywhere, and scrambled eggs for everybody…

FC 12:41 pm 19 Feb 07

“Denial can lead to mental illness or can at the very least damage a someones relationships with others and potentially ruin the rest of their lives.” AD
As can going to to court and being made to re- live a trauma and then have a jury of your peers determine that you are lying/ or have them found guilty and have a judge trivialise your experience by handing down a bullshit sentence.
I am not saying that people shouldn’t go to court, but the rare few I know who have gone to court for sexual assault, have been left feeling more bitter about everything.
I have great faith in services that are out there to help victoms of sexual assault – but unfortunitly our justice system just aint one of them.
Better off just getting someone to cut the perps winky off and be done with it…

West_Kambah_4eva 11:21 am 19 Feb 07

[Too dim to use hyperlinks]

…or too cool? BAM!

Absent Diane 11:19 am 19 Feb 07

I can see that the lines there could be blurry given it is a hard thing to prove, but with professional help these things can be overcome. If there is a slight chance of putting one scumbag behind bars or at least have there name put out there then it is better than nothing.

Denial can lead to mental illness or can at the very least damage a someones relationships with others and potentially ruin the rest of their lives.

LurkerGal 11:11 am 19 Feb 07

Telling someone you were raped can be as difficult as the act itself. It can be easier to just never ever discuss it. I’m not saying it is the best thing to do, I am saying that it is the only way some women (and probably men – I am not ignoring men, just can’t speak for any of them)cope with what has happened.

FC 11:05 am 19 Feb 07

Sometimes going to the police about these things can just end up hurting the victom more.
Of Course it depends on the circumstances and whether the victom knew the perpetrator – but even if it does go to court you have a 1 in 10 chance of conviction, and even if you do get a conviction – sentencing is usually pretty light.
Victoms of sexual assault have to weigh up whether the personal price of going, considering the odds of a conviction is minimal, is too high.

Rape is a very difficult crime to prove. There are also the evidence collection procedures that the victims has to undergo. Given these factors it’s not suprising not many complaints get made, and even fewer successful convictions are achieved.

Accordingly, I think it’s a good idea to educate people as to what they do to reduce the risk of rape as much as possible. This doesn’t mean we blame victims, but rather take a pragmatic view of the problem. It must be a terrible thing to be subject to this type of crime, which is why I think it would be worth investigating whether education and proactive measures could be taken in the prevention sense.

As far as drink spiking goes, well, getting blind pissed wearing very little is probably one of those risk factors isn’t it? Yeah, it shouldn’t influence things, but in the real world we know that it does.

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