The number of sexual assault cases in the United States is increasingly rapidly, with a “25 percent increase in the reported incidence” in the last 2 years, according to Humans Rights Watch. The worldwide number is alarmingly higher. According to a report showcased in Frontpage Magazine, “In 2003, Sweden’s rape statistics were higher than average at 9.24, but in 2005 they shot up to 36.8 and by 2008 were up to 53.2.” With the growing frequency of these cases, is the sensitivity to them decreasing?
One Canadian Judge said to a woman in a rape case, “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” The 64 year old judge then acquitted the rapist, and told him to tell his friends “that they have to be far more gentle with women. They have to be far more patient. And they have to be very careful. To protect themselves, they have to be very careful.” In the end, the verdict was overturned and a new trial is scheduled for November. According to CNN, the judge faced severe scrutiny and has since publicly apologized on multiple occasions. While this is only one example, it clearly demonstrates that the increasing frequency of rape cases is decreasing our sensitivity to it. That’s not to say all trials are under this bias, because many aren’t, but it is still something we as a public need to be aware of.