Over the weekend, Franklin Raddish, a pastor at Capitol Hill Independent Baptist Ministries, told an Alabama newspaper that the accusations against Roy Moore are part of a “war on men” — and that “more women are sexual predators than men.”
“Women are chasing young boys up and down the road, but we don't hear about that because it's not PC,” he said, according to AL.com.
He did not provide evidence.
Raddish is among a group of pastors who have publicly defended Moore, a Republican, after several Alabama women said the former state judge, who is running for the U.S. Senate in a Dec. 12 special election, made unwanted advances toward them as teenagers.
Jackson Katz, co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention, a campus rape prevention program, said Raddish’s comments don’t reflect reality.
“The overwhelming majority of sexual harassment and assault is men against women,” he said. “Some is done men against men, and a much smaller part is women against men.”
Raddish declined an interview with The Washington Post on Monday. A representative of Capitol Hill Independent Baptist Ministries, which describes itself on its website as a “King James Bible-believing ministry,” referred a reporter back to Raddish.
Women are arrested in less than 10 percent of sex crime cases, according to FBI crime numbers, and they face charges in less than 1 percent of "forcible rape” cases.
The most high-profile examples of women committing sex crimes tend to involve educators, such as former Florida middle school teacher Debra Lafave, who attracted national headlines in 2005 when she admitted to initiating sex acts with a 14-year-old student and was placed on two years of house arrest.
Public health surveys, though, spotlight other forms of sexual aggression the justice system might miss.
Approximately 44 percent of women and 23 percent of men say they have experienced some kind of sexual violence, according to a 2014 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That could include unwanted touching or feeling pushed into a sexual encounter.
Women mostly reported male perpetrators. But in some cases, men said women had largely committed the predation: 68.6 percent of those who reported sexual victimization that did not involve penetration said the perpetrator had been a woman, the CDC numbers show. And of the men who said they had been made to penetrate someone against their will, 79.2 percent said the incident happened with a woman.
Most sexual harassment claims filed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, meanwhile, come from women.
Last year, men filed 16.6 percent of 6,758 complaints, according to the agency’s data. That’s slightly down from 17.1 percent in 2015. (The agency doesn't specify the gender of accused harassers in its public data.)
Researchers note that both sexual assault and harassment are significantly underreported.
Less than a third of rape victims ever report the crime, according to the Rape Abuse Incest National Network, a group that supports victims. Men, especially, are unlikely to tell authorities about attacks or unwanted encounters.
Lisa Dario, a criminologist at Florida Atlantic University who has studied how both male and female victims react after a sexual assault, said men might not know that rape can happen to them and therefore stay quiet after an attack.
“No one wants to talk about it, men or women,” she said.
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