Rape and Surveys

I’m a product of my generation – short attention span, poor social skills and a lust for things technologically obtuse, but the most prevalent thing that my generation has is the lack of shock – we have became conditioned to accept certain things, like violence and murder by the way of television, computer games and films. The censorship can only stop us from seeing so much at a certain level, but I had seen things disturbing from an early age. Once, back in my youth, my father was watching Deerhunter and I walked into the room to see a man playing Russian roulette blow his brains out. In my mind this has became a massive scene in the film, a film to this day I’ve not watched since.

If you think about it, I might have killed someone before I’d even kissed a girl. I played Command and Conquer, Grand Theft Auto (1, for the new kids) and Quake all before I’d had a girlfriend, and so I’d learned quick reactions to kill and maim someone before I’d learned how to converse with 50% of the world. They were something of an enigma for a while, and still are. I’m assured that this won’t change much in the coming years, and will probably just get more confusing.

It does take a lot to shock me. For example, recently hearing that a close friend at University was to be married knocked me for six, and hearing that one of my colleagues of the same year of intake at Wood Group and only a few years older than has gotten his wife pregnant also KOed. These things though are part of “growing-up” and are starting to come thick and fast. But actually being shocked?

Like most I think the news is an essential part of life on this planet, but it still has the ability to blindside me and surprise me with the most curious twists. Like today’s Guardian article “Quarter of men in South Africa admit rape” which upon reading had me shaking my head with incredulity.

That would mean, statistically, in my group of friends several of them would’ve raped some one. In fact, at a game of Five as Side, 2 of us have raped some one, and that it could be 2/5ths of one team. Or, even more maddeningly, in my office at work, in my bay, where there are four men, one of would have statistically raped someone.

Of course, this is how surveys work. 1 in 5 or 1 in 3 don’t actually mean anything. Like the adverts on TV where “1 in 4 women loved their new hair!” and the survey is only 188 people, meaning that infact the majority was not impressed. Hmm. But this survey isn’t there to be evidence saying that 1 in 4 HAVE raped someone, but that the numbers make it possible, so as to highlight the plight of anti-rape campaigners in South Africa. And because of the sound bite, I was caught in, and now know of the problem. And so do you, because the results have caused me to blog about it. So maybe the survey works with shock tactics?

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