the man in the bushes with a knife

First I want to say that I am not belittling what these women have gone through. Rape is a horrible crime, no matter the perpetrator or circumstances.

police sketch of suspectThis man has been attacking and raping women for 13 years. He literally hides in the bushes with a knife—he is the perfect cliche to perpetuate the stranger-rapist stereotype.

I’m not sure why this is breaking news. The only thing I can think of is that they are trying to publicize these crimes to help catch the guy.

In a study published by the Department of Justice, 82% of the victims were raped by someone they knew (acquaintance/friend, intimate, relative) and 18% were raped by a stranger.

Only publicizing stories like this perpetuates the lie told to women that they only need to watch out for the stranger in the bushes.

Where is the breaking news on the other 82% of rapes?

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