When the Threat of Stranger Rape Facilitates Acquaintance Rape
At Tiger Beatdown, B. Michael points out one abusive tactic revealed in the leaked Mel Gibson tapes:
Mel Gibson was condemned for (allegedly) threatening to burn down his house and force his ex, Oksana Grigorieva, to blow him (presumably after he saved her from being raped by a group he describes with his usual Gibsonian eloquence).
Gibson allegedly said this: "I am going to come and burn the f–king house down . . . but you will blow me first." He added that Grigorieva looks like a "fucking pig in heat" whose clothes will get her "raped by a pack of [racial slur too horrible to repeat]."
This is how the threat of an uncommon form of sexual assault—stranger gang rape—is used to facilitate the more common form of abuse—acquaintance rape. So next time you start to warn someone in your life against wearing "suggestive" clothing outside the house? Keep in mind that this is a tactic rapists use, and that you are actually statistically more likely than any of the lurking strangers out there to commit this offense.