Rape Abroad Study Recommends not Being Slut

by W.F. Price on December 29, 2012

According to a study published by the American Psychological Association, young American women who study abroad in non-English speaking countries are five times more likely to be raped (according to the respondents) than those who remain at home. It seems that despite feminists’ insistence that the US is in the midst of a rape crisis and college campuses in the grip of a rape culture, other countries are significantly riskier than our own for American women.

The study cites risk factors such as non-fluency in the local language, easy access to booze and fewer friends and family as contributing to the rapes.

The problem here is that although American women have managed to arrange society so that they may take risks with minimal consequences, this is not the case in most of the world, and female students don’t know that. Actually, the ideas pounded into their heads, particularly those that stress that women may do whatsoever they please and should not worry about the consequences, are a big part of the problem. Finally, there is the issue of the strict control of college males, who are already a highly selected group of young men whose behavior is even better controlled than the American norm. Add these together, and American college girls really haven’t a clue what’s out there.

Although I’m not sure whether what the girls reported as rape meets the legal definition in the countries in which they stayed, I don’t doubt that they are more likely to be raped while abroad. The US is the most heavily policed nation on earth outside of war zones, partly because allowing women to do as they please without fear of sexual assault requires a very heavy police presence. If you want to live in a country where young women can go out on the town alone and get smashed, cavort with strangers and stumble around in dark alleys while simultaneously preventing every single man in the area from taking advantage of the opportunity, you have to have a very draconian set of laws and a constant police presence. You have to have such stringent laws and policies that lots of innocent men take the fall as well, hence the disproportionate number of men falsely convicted of rape as compared to other crimes.

Most other countries either cannot afford a police state or do not particularly want one, so when American women go abroad they are entering a cultural zone that is unfamiliar to them. Most of the world thinks that women who behave like American college girls are “asking for it.” In fact, even whores in other countries generally take more precautions than college-age American women.

As for so-called “victim blaming,” American women would do well to consider the fact that it’s something most of us have to live with. If a young American man gets drunk, mouths off to some strangers and gets his ass kicked, do the police pursue that kind of case vigorously? Your typical cop would tell a guy to learn how to keep his mouth shut and stay away from thugs, then simply file a police report and forget about the matter. And a severe ass-kicking is no more fun than being raped. It just happens not to be a major priority for cops, because it usually happens to guys who were asking for it.

Sending American girls abroad is a risky thing, because they aren’t prepared to function in the kind of sexual culture that is globally normative. They are used to having a heavily armed, sophisticated police force ready at a moment’s notice to come rescue them from whatever threats – real or imagined – lurking on college campuses. They are also accustomed to a culture that locks up such a high proportion of young men that it filters most of the truly dangerous ones out quickly. This just isn’t how things work in the rest of the world, where people must rely on family, common sense and good practice to avoid becoming crime victims. Reality certainly is oppressive.

So why not teach the women about reality, tell them that going abroad is risky, and they ought to exercise caution?

Surprisingly, the article does just that. While it avoids being so blunt as the Toronto policeman who told women not to “dress like sluts,” thereby kicking off the slutwalk extravaganza (which is really a demonstration of female supremacy), it does recommend something called “safe walking,” which sounds like the exact opposite of slutwalking:

If data from other schools are consistent with the findings in this sample, warning females going abroad, particularly to non-English-speaking countries, would be appropriate. Reminding those students of precautions around separation from friends, heavy alcohol use, and entering unknown environments is likely to pay the same dividends abroad as they do on campus. Reminders regarding safe walking, safe dating, and safe partying could be provided by Student Affairs offices before students go abroad.

Of course, the report adds: “Just as important, however, is the need to be able to respond to a sexual assault appropriately when it occurs outside the country.” But they know well that the campus police will have no such power. Even Hillary Clinton can do essentially nothing about it when hapless American girls get themselves into trouble with some Pablo, Giuseppe or Mustafa far from the reach of American law enforcement. It’s up to local law enforcement, and given the reputation American women have earned for themselves abroad I doubt the response would be all that energetic.

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