A few months ago I was in Los Angeles meeting with a partner and he was telling me how the day before they had undergone sexual harassment training. He mentioned that it made the men uncomfortable, and I asked why. He explained that it was because only men commit rape.
I found that interesting, not only because it is not actually true, but because if the falsely accused group were women, I doubt the demographics of the perpetrator would have even been mentioned.
According to the US Center for Disease Control, the crime of Made to Penetrate (the rape of a male by a female) is reported as often as rape, and that doesn’t even include men raped by gay men.
Now, had the person giving the presentation been talking about another crime, say murder, would it be acceptable to say that people with black skin commit more murder than people with white skin? I would hope not, and if that ever happened, I would walk out of the room, and hope that the room would followed me.
So why is it unacceptable to mention true statistics about race and murder, and acceptable to mention false statistics about rape and gender? Well, probably because most men just don’t know the real statistics.