Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Cathy Peattie: Ehhh

You can't argue with the motion really, but firing something as contraversial a statement as is contained in this, without a factual or statistical representations, just makes you look like a ranting lunatic who makes sweeping generalisations. I'll highlight it, if it doesn't stand out as much as it did for me.

S3M-2725 Cathy Peattie: This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me—That the Parliament welcomes Rape Crisis Scotland’s new campaign, This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me, which aims to tackle women-blaming attitudes towards rape in a nationwide advertising campaign; notes that many Scots still believe that women are in some way responsible for being raped if they are dressed in revealing clothing, are drunk, are flirting, or are known to have had many sexual partners; further notes that although rape within marriage was made a crime in Scotland from 1989, the myth persists that women are only raped by strangers and not their partners; believes that social attitudes continue to play a significant role in limiting justice for women who have experienced rape, with a Scottish conviction rate of only 2.9%, and in central Scotland as low as one conviction from seven prosecutions and 45 allegations, with an estimated 40% of rapes unreported, and congratulates the campaign for its use of distinctive images featuring women in everyday settings, challenging people’s attitudes towards rape and tackling the myths and prejudices that undermine women’s right to say no.


Stephen Glenn said...

To be fair the highlighted does more or less quote the 4 myths the This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me does highlight on its front page. As Cathie does say it notes. Elsewhere on the sight more details are laid out.

Holyrood Patter said...

I just think, in whatever context, getting the actual parliament to note a claim without providing evidence is wrong, whether from cath or the campaign

Anonymous said...

Checking the Rape Crisis press release would seem an obvious place to start - - and check out the campaign - - which has links to all the research quoted - - took me a couple of minutes to find that, so please have a look.

Parliament motions are full of surveys and facts but rarely contain a full breakdown of the research behind them. If they did contain such information they would be very longwinded and boring so that you could complain about that instead.