Who is more prone to getting raped: tall or short women?

Who is more prone to getting raped: tall or short women?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    "Marked for Mayhem" from Psychology Today magazine

    Street criminals are selective about their victims. Unfortunately, many of us unwittingly give off signals that mark us as easy targets.

    By Chuck Hustmyre, Jay Dixit, published on January 01, 2009 - last reviewed on March 30, 2009

    ...In a classic study, researchers Betty Grayson and Morris I. Stein asked convicted criminals to view a video of pedestrians walking down a busy New York City sidewalk, unaware they were being taped. The convicts had been to prison for violent offenses such as armed robbery, rape, and murder.

    Within a few seconds, the convicts identified which pedestrians they would have been likely to target. What startled the researchers was that there was a clear consensus among the criminals about whom they would have picked as victims—and their choices were not based on gender, race, or age. Some petite, physically slight women were not selected as potential victims, while some large men were.

    The researchers realized the criminals were assessing the ease with which they could overpower the targets based on several nonverbal signals—posture, body language, pace of walking, length of stride, and awareness of environment. Neither criminals nor victims were consciously aware of these cues. They are what psychologists call "precipitators," personal attributes that increase a person's likelihood of being criminally victimized.

    The researchers analyzed the body language of the people on the tape, and identified several aspects of demeanor that marked potential victims as good targets. One of the main precipitators is a walking style that lacks "interactional synchrony" and "wholeness." Perpetrators notice a person whose walk lacks organized movement and flowing motion. Criminals view such people as less self-confident—perhaps because their walk suggests they are less athletic and fit—and are much more likely to exploit them.

    Just like predators in the wild, armed robbers often attack the slowest in the herd. People who drag their feet, shuffle along, or exhibit other unusual gaits are targeted more often than people who walk fast and fluidly...

    ...Sexual predators in particular look for people they can easily overpower. "The rapist is going to go after somebody who's not paying attention, who looks like they're not going to put up a fight, who's in a location that's going to make this more convenient," says Tod Burke, a criminologist at Radford University in Virginia.

    "If I had the slightest inkling that a woman wasn't someone I could easily handle, then I would pass right on by. Or if I thought I couldn't control the situation, then I wouldn't even mess with the house, much less attempt a rape there," says Brad Morrison, a convicted sex offender who raped 75 women in 11 states and who's quoted in "Predators: Who They Are and How to Stop Them", by Gregory M. Cooper, Michael R. King, and Thomas McHoes.

    "Like, if they had a dog, then forget it. Even a small one makes too much noise. If I saw a pair of construction boots, for example, out on the porch or on the landing, I walked right on by. In fact, I think if women who live alone would put a pair of old construction boots—or something that makes it look like a physically fit manly-type of guy lives with them—out in front of their door, most rapists or even burglars wouldn't even think about trying to get into their home."

    Distraction is another cue criminals look for. Some people think talking on a cell phone enhances their safety because the other person can always summon help if there's trouble—but experts disagree. Talking on a phone or listening to an iPod is a distraction, and armed robbers are casting about for distracted victims. "Not paying attention, looking like a tourist—having the map out, looking confused—absolutely makes people more vulnerable," Burke says...

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    ...The same team also found that rapists tend to be more able than average to interpret facial cues, such as a downward gaze or a fearful expression. It's possible this skill makes rapists especially able to spot passive, submissive women. One study even showed that rapists are more empathetic toward women than other criminals—although they have a distinct empathy gap when it comes to their own victims. A highly attuned rapist and a woman who's oblivious to hostile body language make a dangerous combination.

    Even personality plays a role. Conventional wisdom holds that women who dress provocatively draw attention and put themselves at risk of sexual assault. But studies show that it is women with passive, submissive personalities who are most likely to be raped—and that they tend to wear body-concealing clothing, such as high necklines, long pants and sleeves, and multiple layers. Predatory men can accurately identify submissive women just by their style of dress and other aspects of appearance. The hallmarks of submissive body language, such as downward gaze and slumped posture, may even be misinterpreted by rapists as flirtation.

    Drinking and drug use, not surprisingly, also mark a person as a potential victim. "It's a robber's dream to knock a drunk down and take what they've got," says former Ohio detective Stacy Dittrich.

    That goes double for sexual assault. Drunken people not only appear more vulnerable, they're also especially likely to place themselves in dangerous situations. Alcohol decreases people's ability to evaluate the consequences of their actions and distorts their ability to predict how others perceive them. And women who are intoxicated, studies show, tend to be animated, giving off signals sexual offenders may misinterpret as sexual interest...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I haven't ever seen any statistics, but I know that children, young adults, and elderly ladies are the most often sexually assaulted and harassed. It's often because they look weaker and less sure of themselves.

    I'm going to take an educated guess that shorter and smaller women get raped more often then taller or bigger women, simply because a rapist will typically pick the easiest target. Just like most date rapists: they always target the drunkest girls at parties (or purposely get someone drunk or drug them) to make them an easier target and less likely to resist or fight back.

    Not that it matters. You could be the youngest, frailest person on the planet, drunk as heck, and totally naked in a bad area in a darkened alley with three men you hardly know. The only thing that determines whether or not you will be raped is if a rapist CHOSES to rape, or attempt to rape, you. Victims of rape have no control over the criminal motives of rapists, and it's about time that we stop fooling ourselves. Rape just doesn't happen: it's not like rain that you can avoid if you have an umbrella. It happens because a rapist chooses to rape someone. The only constant between ALL cases of rape is that there is a presence of a rapist.

  • 1 decade ago

    Short women are easier to hold down.

  • 1 decade ago

    What? Please tell me how this is really relevant to your life.

    And really, what does it matter? Rape is horrible. Who cares what height has to do with it. It's not like if you find a trend and lock up all one type of women that it won't still occur.

    Geeze.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Short. They are easier to overpower and intimidate.

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think they really care... Just take necessary precautions to prevent rape.

  • 1 decade ago

    Lol, you're not going to get raped.

  • 1 decade ago

    Gullible women.

    AND men.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the one who walks alone at night in dark places.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    irrelevant.

    women who takes unnecessary risks get raped.

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