paralysis during assaults

I don’t always visit the huffington post, but I decided to visit today.

There is an article with the title “Why So Many Rape Victims don’t simply fight back,” and there is this subtitle: “A new study shows it’s common for women to experience involuntary paralysis during sexual assault.”

Between half and 70% of the women seen at a “woman’s emergency clinic” in Sweden who went to the clinic within 30 days of an alleged sexual attack experienced what they or the clinic or the study writers consider full or partial paralysis, which they then call catatonia or tonic immobility.

I am not disagreeing with the study; I assume the study is correct.

A person who is being attacked in any of several ways has to think about something he or she may never have thought of before,
“If I am being attacked, should I fight back?”
“If I am being attacked, will it make things worse if I fight back?”
“If I fight back, will my fighting back have a positive and helpful effect?”
“If I am to fight back, how?”

And a person weighs the consequences of fighting back, perhaps ineffectively, against possible harm . . . and in some cases of rape (or bullying, for that matter), goes along with the rape without fighting back.

This is not exclusive to women. Lots of Jews in Germany in the 1940s went along with being deported to labor camps or concentration camps or death camps. The questions about fighting back are about the same, though we don’t consider persons who are willingly getting on a train to Aushwitz be catatonic or paralyzed. Jews without weapons or training or a means to fight back getting on a train to a camp is not that different from the women.

There is a man who some think of as the unofficial mayor of Greenlake and he is of Jewish background and he has firearms and a bat for any future case in which the American government tries to take away or kill the Jews.

He has thought ahead a little.

The education system, the church or parenting systems of Sweden simply generally avoid preparing women and girls for a possible attack and so, when it comes, a lot of the women go with the path of least resistance.

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