A third of male University students questioned in a survey in the United States admitted they would rape a woman if they could get away with it. The study found that 32 per cent of the mostly white American participants questioned at the University of North Dakota and at the North Dakota State University admitted they would force a woman to have sex in a ‘consequence-free situation’. However when the question was repeated, pointedly asking if the respondents would rape a woman if they knew there would be absolutely no consequence, only 14% responded in the affirmative.
One straight deduction from this study is how selfish and depraved our world has become: how many of these men would want their own sisters/mothers/daughters/wives raped? The other deduction is a bit more subtle. As pointed out by the investigators of the study, the discrepancy in the responses to the two questions show that many people will commit evil if only they could find another name for it!
In discussing the findings, the researchers pointed to figures from the US National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in 2012 indicating that about one in five women become the victim of sexual assault while in college in the United States. Most of the attacks were carried out by people known to the victim.