The egregiously ill-informed Charlotte Allen spouts yet another factoid blaming women for being too attractive to rapists and that rape culture is too all about desire and not what silly feminists say about a culture of domination/power/sadism because young women are raped more than older women, so all you young hussies should just stop dressing like sluts (yep); Jill Filipovic at Feministe shreds Allen’s factoid to pieces.
funny thing: Younger people are also the most likely group to be the victims of aggravated, non-sexual assault (just so we’re all on the same page here, the term “aggravated assault” means “the crime of physically attacking another person which results in serious bodily harm and/or is made with a deadly or dangerous weapon such as a gun, knife, sword, ax or blunt instrument”). In fact, younger people are victimized by violent crime more often than older folks as a general rule. [...]
So yes, it is true that younger women are more likely to be targeted for sexual assault than older women. But it’s not because of The Sexy — unless hormones and hard-ons are what are causing criminals to choose their (mostly male) targets for robbery and assault also. .
I’ll paraphrase Jill’s speculation that the mostly likely reasons for this higher rate of victimisation are three-fold –
(i) young people are more likely to be out and about and meeting new people;
(ii) young people are perceived as more vulnerable (tend to be less wary than older people); and
(iii) perpetrators of violent crime tend to skew young, and they mostly hang around people of their own age while looking for victims.
Charlotte Allen generally writes pieces that scold women because that always sells well in MSM-land, and it’s what keeps her column in commission. So she looked for a problem that women complain about, and then she looked for an explanation that involved women being at fault for causing the problem in the first place. A classic example of confirmation bias, and a grand cautionary example for why one should always drill a bit deeper than somebody’s presumed “obvious” explanation.