You are attacking a claim I never made - that words in the mouth thing you see in others. To repeat (not verbatim):
No rapists do not rape simply because they drink alcohol, but alcohol reduces inhibitions, makes people more likely to engage in dangerous behavior - dangerous to others as well as themselves. I never said alcohol was the cause of rape -now it is you putting words in my mouth - I said it was a contributing factor. And it very much is. Acting and writing otherwise is bizarre.
i do think that to gain the degree of change you want on a societal level, decades will be required because the rapists we have today will, I very much fear, be fairly impervious to reeducation. The up and coming crop of potential rapists, they will will be the most fertile ground for reeducation.
Reeducation is not impossible. but on a society-wide level, it is indeed gargantuan becuse the size, the sheer numerical size of the population of the USA is gargantuan. And Xiaomei, what makes you think I have not done Anti-rapework? My experience in such work is one of the reasons I don't think reeducation is a panacea.
I am well aware that Situational Awareness as a defense has a gaping weakness: SA can, not will, but can help protect a potential victim even from people she knows. But what if the attacker is someone the victim trusts? SA does not come into play, because the attacker is already inside the targets defenses.
My support of SA is nowhere near as total as your opposition. I am not an absolutist. I am well aware that solving this problem will require a wide variety of approaches to achieve the goal of rape reduction - I do not think rape elimination is possible, unfortunately. Different people will interpret raw data in different ways, they will have slightly different approaches to the problem (even reeducation programs will differ in some degree from each other), and each approach will have some success - rape, as we both agree, is a very complex thing both on the individual an social level, there are many approaches to the problem, and they will all be taken. Whether you like it or not. I accept this better than you, I think, because I am well aware that the approach I have chosen for engaging this problem is not the One True Way. I don't believe such a thing exists, frankly. Reeducation is indeed the best long terms solution, but it doesn't have as much impact on what is happening now as I want it to have. You disagree with what I am doing. Well, in practical terms, so what?
I never said Situational Awareness the only thing people can do at the grassroots level - you yourself putting words in my mouth again. But it is a thing we can do and it has many benefits that go way beyond the narrow focus on the vital task of rape prevention. And a disservice to all anti rape people? Then I'm doing a disservice to myself. I have been active in grassroots level work since I was 16, in 1985. How long have you been doing this? I am reluctant to play this time-in-game card, but really, your accusation that I disrespect work I do myself has got to be the most moronic accusation you ever level at somebody you do not know.
This is a specific reply to Xiaomei's post of 11:35:33 PM last night, there has been a lot of activity, it will take me time to catch up.