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    (Original post by DCFCfan4eva)
    Why do you assume that it will be a man raping a women?

    Maybe think about that.
    Touché!
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    (Original post by DCFCfan4eva)
    Why do you assume that it will be a man raping a women?

    Maybe think about that.
    It should be "a man chooses to rape" instead!

    edit for the neg person: My point is it is legally impossible for women to rape
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    (Original post by Hanvyj)
    It should be "a man chooses to rape" instead!
    I stand wholly and fully corrected.
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    (Original post by ssxx)
    Some men do not chose to rape, they are driven by hormones which over ride their sense of reason and control.

    Wider conscious effects can reduce the death toll but women rather do a "slut walk", as if that is going to stop rape!

    Serious, do you think marching in bras and thongs will prevent rape?
    So it's clear by this post that your original post isn't about altruistic concern for the children dying of malaria but for the fact that you don't think rape deserves to be treated as the scandal that it is.
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    (Original post by ssxx)
    It is sickening that all you care about is rape not the 1.2 million people who die from malaria every year.
    You are the narrow minded woman the media loves to wind up!
    Of course I care about the malaria victims, but that doesn't mean that I can't also care about victims of rape and sexual assault. Are you suggesting that because you care about the 1.2 million people who die from malaria every year you don't care about victims of rape and sexual assault?

    Idiot.
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    because of the extreme nature of it, the emotion attached, it's more exciting/frightening, sells more copies.
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    (Original post by ssxx)
    Read and think before you post a knee jerk reaction.



    Every day there is some over blown story about a woman being raped on the news which put more important stories in the shadow. I am not saying rape is not important but we must get our priorities in order.

    Why pages in newspapers should be devoted to a single story rape of a woman…which goes on like a running commentary for days even weeks, when between 2000 – 3000 people die of malaria a day!

    When 3000 people die a day, thousands more are deeply traumatised by losing loved ones in the family and sometimes losing the only source of income to feed rest of the family, so much knock on effects, but I guess it can be summed up as rape is more “sexy” than Malaria in many people’s eyes.

    People need to stop over reacting to rape stories and learn it’s just sensational stories aimed at provoking petty minded people.
    Rape stories causes women to act so irrationally, they think it’s worse than murder, or children dying due to lack of basic medical needs.

    These people have a twisted view on reality. They rather allocate their time doing a “slut walk” than doing something practical to save the lives of human beings. Serious, do you think marching in bras and thongs will prevent rape?

    It makes me really angry that between 660,000 and 1.2 million people died from malaria on a yearly basis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaria
    The media is supposed to report things disproportionately. If it reported events and occurrences proportionately to how often they actually happen, it would be full of non-news that everyone has heard before, and nobody wants to read. The front page headlines for the day would be "man walks dog" or "child refuses to eat his vegetables".

    In places like India, people die of malaria far more often than due to being attacked and raped. But the media reported the recent incident of the girl who got raped in the bus, because that's actually news. It's something that you wouldn't have expected to happen anyway. If it had a story for every time someone died of malaria, your newspaper would become too heavy to carry.
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    (Original post by tazarooni89)
    The media is supposed to report things disproportionately. If it reported events and occurrences proportionately to how often they actually happen, it would be full of non-news that everyone has heard before, and nobody wants to read. The front page headlines for the day would be "man walks dog" or "child refuses to eat his vegetables".

    In places like India, people die of malaria far more often than due to being attacked and raped. But the media reported the recent incident of the girl who got raped in the bus, because that's actually news. It's something that you wouldn't have expected to happen anyway. If it had a story for every time someone died of malaria, your newspaper would become too heavy to carry.
    They over kill rape stories, they run pages of the Indian rape story for weeks, like a soap.
    India has over a billion people, so that rape is nothing shocking, but the media made it shocking and got all women hysterical around the world.
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    (Original post by ssxx)
    They over kill rape stories, they run pages of the Indian rape story for weeks, like a soap.
    India has over a billion people, so that rape is nothing shocking, but the media made it shocking and got all women hysterical around the world.
    That's probably because a rape gang leader hung himself in prison recently, thus more coverage.
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    Well I thin there are a number of reasons
    1. Rape is caused by humans - therefore it is more concerning to many due to being caused by human action
    2. Malaria is seen as a third world problem, rape can happen to anyone
    3. Rape in many countries stems from gender issues, a constant source of (often misguided even within the topic) media attention
    4. Rape is seen as more preventable than malaria
    5. It will be harder for people in Western Society to empathise with people with malaria, they don't understand what it is like, Enough people are sexually assualted etc in the West to make rape more relevant to them, regardless of gender
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    (Original post by ssxx)
    To get selfish people like you to act.
    why do you care if a woman in india is raped. shes not your mum.
    Neither are the people that died of malaria...
    Peoples mothers in the UK are far more likely to get raped than die of malaria.
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    I agree with you exactly im not condoning that rape is acceptable at all but it is disproportionate the amount of time you would spend in jail if you was caught raping a woman you are easily looking at 5-20 years in jail so effectively you have ruined your life for the sake of forcing somebody to have sex with you when you could just look for a girlfriend and have sex that way its effectively a jail sentence for a forced natural biological process which happens all the time.

    Now look at burgulry this can proper **** peoples lives up if you house gets burgled you will most likely lose items that can never be replaced and will be of high sentimental value and you will probably be living in almost poverty for months till you get back on your feet not to mention the mental scarring from the fear of being burgled again or while your asleep now look at the jail sentence for burgulry months in prison most likely or a slap on the wrist thats if the police are lucky enough to catch them which doesnt happen too often i suspect if the burglers know what they are doing its ****ing pathetic if you ask me.
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    The media is a business. Taking the press as an example, they have to sell newspapers. People seem to prefer reading stories of rape to stories of people dying from malaria... they seem to find it more interesting. Hence the newspapers give that the most coverage, in order to sell their newspapers.

    A fact is, due to the need to sell newspapers, the more interesting stories get more coverage than the more important ones... hence why the Sunday Mirror usually has something like 'Denise Welch: I am an Alcoholic' as its front page story.
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    Rape is not 'sexy'. Rape is downright the most disgusting, degrading thing that can happen to anyone. Note: I did not say worst thing.
    The numbers of deaths from malaria is horrifying, yes, but these are natural deaths which are having the best medical research done to prevent them. Do they really count as news? Sure, if there was some great advancement in the treatment or it turned out MORE people were dying, that would make the news. However, reporting deaths from malaria is just like saying "today, x number of pensioners died from pneumonia" - it is important and ideally it should be prevented and of course it should be on everyone's radar, but when everything stays the same, is there really much point in reporting it?
    Rape, however, is a massive human rights problem which affects everyone differently. I agree that more coverage should be given to things outside England, as there are far worse travesties happening there, but rape is not a light subject.


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    (Original post by ssxx)
    They over kill rape stories, they run pages of the Indian rape story for weeks, like a soap.
    Well yes, because in this particular case, new events keep unfolding that people might want to read about - most recently, one of the suspects hanging himself in prison.

    Whereas if someone dies of malaria, they just die of malaria. There's usually nothing that makes it stand out in any way from all the other times that people die of malaria. Equally, most rapes are not reported by the media either, because most of the time there's nothing particularly distinctive about the story compared to all the other incidences of rape.

    India has over a billion people, so that rape is nothing shocking, but the media made it shocking and got all women hysterical around the world.
    Sure, rapes must happen all the time in India. But it's not so often that they happen in a completely public place (on public transport) in a major city, by several people, for the reason it was done, and where the victim dies as a result of having lost most of their intestines.

    If it were just the type of rape that happens all the time e.g. date rape, too drunk to consent or something like that, then I doubt it would have made it to the news
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    We like to blame. Media stories are always looking to get people angry and opinionated, because that sells more papers. With malaria and other illnesses, we can't feel particularly angry at the mosquitoes - they're animals. With poverty and such sweeping issues, the only stories about them tend to be directed at a particular case study, a particular person or group to blame - like bankers getting huge bonuses and expense-cheating MPs. With rape, there is a specific person we can point to and go "This person is horrible, they're scum. We are morally much better than them. Look what they did. See their face. Burn it into your memories. Vindicate them." We can't do that with a mosquito.
 
 
 
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