Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and April 7 is Sexual Assault Awareness Day.

Last evening Gainesville's local TV20 news reported that a forcible sexual assault is perpetrated every 42 minutes in Florida.

Florida is home to around 30,000 (!!!) sexual predators, and state and local law enforcement agencies have lost track of a bunch of those.

By way of comparison, the population estimate of Oregon's top predator, the black bear, ranges from 25,000 to 30,000. Why Oregon has the largest US population of black bears is just as vexing as why Florida seems to have such a high number of (sexual) predators, who because of their murderous proclivities seem to populate the national media as well.

The Clog-wife and I are house- or land- hunting. Occasionally the disclosures that accompany the listings include sexual predator data along with the usual utility service, acreage, housing type, and flood zone information.

This is the America we live in, but not the one I was born in.

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