Statistic Goggles: Like RoboCop Vision Only Scarier
Statistics are frightening.
Take these statistics on sexual assault from RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network for example:
- 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).
- 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.
- About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.1
- 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.
- 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.
- In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse.
- Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7.
- 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
In my head, all of this translates to: there’s a shitload of rapists and child abusers in the world.
When you say: “Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.”
I hear: “Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulting someone.”
So, there are times when I walk down a crowded street I look at people with my statistic goggles on (or RoboCop vision) and I apply these stats to random strangers. I wonder, which one among you is a rapist? Which one among you is a pedophile? It’s a pretty useless endeavour and I definitely don’t recommend it, but sometimes that’s just how my brain works.