When I highlighted Layden’s paper in an opinion piece in my campus newspaper, and objection was raised: Rape has been decreasing because the 1980’s while the availability of porn has skyrocketed. Ross Douthat, in his Atlantic piece on porn argues the equal:
…among 1980 and 2004, an technology in which porn became more available, and in greater sorts, the rate of said sexual violence dropped, and via 85 percentage. Correlation isn’t always causation, but the sharpness of the decline at least suggests that porn may additionally lessen sexual violence, by way of presenting an outlet for a few capacity sex offenders.
But this is a skinny objection at fine. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, “every two minutes someone inside the United States is sexually assaulted (along with rape, tried rape, and different sexually violent felonies), and every 8 minutes someone is raped.” Mind you, those are only the cases that get pronounced. Anyone who thinks that every sufferer of rape or sexual assault has the braveness to file the attack is living in a dream global. Sexual assault is a specifically draining type, in which victims may also try and rationalize as opposed to report it. I’ve personally heard girls declare they somehow deserved it; “Maybe I didn’t say no loud sufficient…” or try to exchange their reminiscence of it, “We were playing a sport. I suppose I instructed him ‘no’ intended ‘sure’.” Regardless of the frequency of rape, there are documented hyperlinks between the attitudes fostered by way of porn and the attitudes that result in rape. Women’s Studies departments, especially departments that participate in “Take Back the Night” (an occasion aimed at raising recognition of sexual violence) ought to be out in the front of this warfare decrying porn because the effective source of sexual violence that it’s far.