I am not feeling angry, or attacked; I feel some joy at what i have let go, and the liberative experience i tried to share in my post. May all beings be happy, healthy, and liberated.
Rape may be a crime, but it is not by itself cause to diagnose a person as psychologically ill. Rapists per psychiatric definitions are not ill. Rape supportive theories include evolutionary psychology, which normalizes the behavior as effective evolutionary strategy. Pysch professionals are also sometimes involved in reduced sentencing, early releases, non pursuit of finally processed rape kit cases because of possible effects on victims families or society, and let’s -just-move-forward talk therapies. Mat, i respect you greatly, but your profession and colleagues do not and cannot adequately address rape, rapists or rape victims’ harm. Rape is not a psychiatric condition or event… by definition.
Rapes ARE under reported, and rape cases drop out of legal justice system even when reported and documented. Sentences vary dramatically, but only apply to the fraction of crimes recognized. In some areas marital rape is unrecognized, or forced marriage is a “solution”, or war rape or coerced sex trade is not considered rape.
"Let’s see some evidence that anyone thinks rape is irrelevant. I certainly do not, though neither I nor anyone in my circle of intimates have been affected by rape. "
Reread your second sentence; you state without qualification that neither you nor anyone in your circle of intimates has been affected by rape; this is a statement that rape is not personally directly relevant for you (plural). Statistically and sociologically your unqualified statement is probably factually false, even if your intimates are all celibate or all men or very few in number. If any one of you has ever intentionally acted to avoid rape risk or the appearance of rape risk… there you are affected. It might be helpful to ask yourself why and what bothers you; may you be liberated and happy.
Several responders suggested my post was an accusation of persons, others stated portions of my post were “clearly false”. These characterizations are interesting observable reactions. I have reread my post. Nothing in it is either clearly false, or an accusation of persons, or “a theory” about culture, or about rising or falling rates as if that matters, or were not heart-numbing handles for real problems. So if those or other strawmen upset you, talk to the errector of those strawmen.
Everyone has views unless in profound meditative states. Everyone has conditioning in this and from prior lives. That is not an accusation; it is simply observable.
Every continent, every country, every community… do research as needed for your own concerns; or not. I think gender hate, gender violence, gender greed, are defilements. That is a view.
Ajahn Brahmali's recent talk on views linked above) was very good.
Rape research ( just a quick sample for those seriously concerned about rape and society)
Rape: Is it a lifestyle or behavioral problem? by Zeel N. Kamdar, Jayendrakumar K. Kosambiya, [...], and Abhinav Kadia
Misogyny, Acculturation, and Ethnic Identity: Relation to Rape-Supportive Attitudes in Asian American College Men by Kelly H. Koo, M.S., Kari A. Stephens, Ph.D., [...], and William H. George, Ph.D.
100 Women: Rape survivors in Vietnam and Thailand struggle for justice
"Women who survive rape in Vietnam and Thailand struggle to get justice because of claims that sexual violence is only a problem when it happens to "innocent" women and girls, a report suggests.
A new UN study showed that women were pushed out of the justice system at every stage, from initial reporting through to trial, because of discrimination against them. "
Researchers say the psychology behind rape is complex By CreelaBelle Howard
Thailand Study: One rape every 15 minutes
Mental health assessment of rape offenders by Jaydip Sarkar
Commentary: Inventing Diagnosis for Civil Commitment of Rapists by Thomas K. Zander. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online December 2008, 36(4) 459-469.
National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Highlights
Intimate Partner Violence in the United States - 2010
Multiple perpetrator rape among girls evaluated at a hospital-based Child Advocacy Center: Seven years of reviewed cases by Laurel Edinburgh, Julie Pape-Blabolil, [...], and Elizabeth Saewyc
Community perceptions of rape and child sexual abuse: a qualitative study in rural Tanzania by Muzdalifat Abeid, Projestine Muganyizi, [...], and Pia Axemo