Anxiety kicks into my system sometimes if I feel guilt. Like yesterday, after I pushed a statistic for which I didn't have ready proof. The mood was slightly inebriated, and I found my perspective at odds with a couple of others. When the receiving party expressed doubt at my statistic, I stuck with it because I wanted him to really consider his stance. Still, it wasn't cool because I didn't have the research in that moment to back up my statement. He didn't press me, though. Simply expressed doubt. Which I nullified with a head nod and silence. Naturally (for me), I then felt guilty. I don't like it when others spout random unsubstantiated statistics, and there I was doing it myself. Yuck. So, if I remember, I'll correct my words with the other party when I see him next. Maybe he'll approach me and say he researched it? In that case, I could say thanks for bringing it up, I wanted to speak with you about it.
I told him that one in two women are likely to be raped. The word assaulted would have been more accurate. The 50-percent statistic is relevant to a particular set of females -- those in their late teens, according to Sexual Assault and Rape Statistics, Laws, and Reports, a page from Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.
The Dangers of Youth
Soraya Chemaly reports some horrifying statistics in her article, 50 Actual Facts About Rape. She offers a snappy namecalling comeback, too, "And, no, it does not make me feel any better that Republican Representative Steve King has 'never heard of a girl getting pregnant from rape or incest.' At least he cleared this up for me, I used to think 'ignorant buffoon' was spelled with 15 letters." Ha!
Well hello there.