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Williston, North Dakota: America’s GOP-Dominated Rape Capital?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 2, 2013

Move over, Alaska — you’ve got competition in the “Worst Place for a Woman in America” department:

For North Dakota women, the booming state is becoming a dystopian nightmare rather than a job seeker’s utopian paradise. Rapes and assaults have multiplied in frequency at an alarming rate and Williston has begun to resemble more a 19th century Wild West town than a modern twenty-first century city. With a rate of over one hundred rapes per 100,000 residents, Williston now has a rape rate that is nearly four times the national average. A woman in Williston, North Dakota is four times more likely to report being forcibly raped than a woman living in Los Angeles and over seven times more likely than a woman residing in New York City. Williston’s per capita rape rate is higher than that of any of the 214 US cities with a population of over 100,000 residents, including Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans, cities usually regarded as among the nation’s most dangerous places.

At a time when Williston North Dakota is fighting for the dubious title of “rape capital” of North America, the state’s Republican dominated legislature and Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple have teamed up to pass the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the country, which would ban abortions even in the case of rape or incest after just six weeks of pregnancy (a standard that is set so early that many women are not yet aware they are pregnant). Both the state house and state senate have also passed a resolution calling for a fetal personhood amendment that if approved by voters, would ban all abortions and possibly even most forms of contraception in the state altogether in 2014. Again, no exceptions are allowed for cases involving rape, incest or if the life of the woman is endangered by carrying the pregnancy to term. In a state where rape is on the rise, lawmakers have essentially decided that rape victims must be compelled to carry their pregnancy to term and to give birth to the rapist’s baby.

I think I’ll pass, thanks.

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Why Isn’t There A “CSI: South Carolina”? It’s Got More Murders Per Capita Than New York

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 24, 2013

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Reading this story allowed me to run across this one, from 2011:

The map above charts firearm deaths for the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Note that these figures include accidental shootings, suicides, even acts of self-defense, as well as crimes. As of 2007, 10.2 out of every 100,000 people were killed by firearms across the United
States, but that rate varies dramatically from state to state. In Hawaii, at the low end, it was 2.6 per 100,000; in New York and New Jersey it was 5.0 and 5.2 respectively. At the high end, 21.7 out of every 100,000 residents of the District of Columbia were killed by guns, 20.2 in Louisiana, 18.5 in Mississippi, and 17.8 in Alaska. Arizona ranked eighth nationally, with 15.1 deaths per 100,000.

With these data in hand, I decided to look at the factors associated with gun deaths at the state level. With the help of my colleague Charlotta Mellander, we charted the statistical correlations between firearm deaths and a variety of psychological, economic, social, and political characteristics of states. As usual, I point out that correlation does not imply causation, but simply points to associations between variables.

The strongest correlator for a high incidence of gun deaths? Having a high incidence of McCain voters. The strongest correlators for a low incidence of gun deaths? High incidences of college graduates and Obama voters.

And yes, this set the right-wing trolls in the comments thread to screeching like vampires caught in the spray from a firehose filled with holy water.

But what about overall murder rates, not just gun deaths? Guess what, the Southern McCain states lead the nation in those, too. So why isn’t there a “CSI: South Carolina”?

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