Tantra Certification Achieved for My 65 by 65 Project
Earlier this year I was looking for something earthshaking to do. My life had stagnated due to personal reasons and Tantra popped into my mind, as it has over the past two years and it was on my 65 by 65 Project. Previously. I could not find a teacher that I felt was ethical and offered the type of course material I was interested in.
Then I came across Devi, who fit all my criteria. Let me back up a bit. Many years ago, I had an experience while making love that turned into a mind blowing, spiritual explosion that left me feeling connected to the universe, God, Source or whatever you choose to call it. It never happened again but had me intrigued for all these years.
The school I found offered Tibetan Tantra in which meditation plays a very large part. As a meditator, I know the benefits that this practice brings into my life so this was naturally a good fit.
The minute one mentions sex, the first reaction, because of societal and religious conditioning, seems to be a very quick change of subject. When I shared my teacher’s website with a friend, she said, “Oh, Dale, that is a sex site.” One woman I mentioned it to, froze and the conversation ended. Surprisingly, one 35-year-old woman, told me this summer that when she was in her twenties, she thought only men had orgasms.
Sex is a natural function that most adults participate in. How can it be so unsavory to have a conversation about it? The other issue is that many people are unsatisfied with their action in the bedroom. If you can’t talk about it, how can you ask for what you want or improve the connection and communication between you and your partner?
I have long believed that the North American culture is very repressed sexually. The taboo around sex makes it very difficult to make sure children and adults get the proper type of sex education. I suspect there would be reduced number of sexual assault and rape cases if the taboo was lifted. The conversation must start somewhere.
Tantra is a practice that can be used sexually or non-sexually whether you have a partner or are solo. It includes meditation, movement, pleasure and connection. When you practice on a regular basis, it brings more enjoyment into your life through an expanded awareness of your body and your spiritual connection. Tantra has been an interesting and rewarding journey for me. Should you be open to hearing me more, you can connect with me on my website.
Rape Statistics in Sweden Seem to Be Higher Than Other Parts of the World
Willingness to report crime also affects the statistics. In countries where rape remains associated with a strong taboo and a high level of shame, the propensity to report such offences probably tends to be lower than in countries characterized by a higher level of sexual equality. A police force and judicial system enjoining a high level of confidence and a good reputation with the public will produce a higher propensity to report crime than a police force which is discredited, inspires fear or distrust.
The findings of the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey (ICVS) indicate that the respondents' satisfaction with the police is above average in Sweden, with almost no experience of corruption. Sweden has also been ranked number one in sexual equality.
A frequently cited source when comparing Swedish rape statistics internationally is the regularly published report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In 2012, according to the report by UNODC, Sweden was quoted as having 66.5 cases of reported rapes per 100,000 population, based on official statistics by Brå. This is the highest number of reported rape of any nation in the report. The high number of reported rapes in Sweden can partly be explained by the comparatively broad definition of rape, the method of which the Swedish police record rapes, a high confidence in the criminal justice system, and an effort by the Government to decrease the number of unreported rapes.[note 1]
The Statistics in Canada Report that 1 in 4 Women Will Be Sexually Assaulted During Their Lifetime
This number does not include women that are raped multiple times. The statistics show that very few cases are reported, often because women are traumatized during the court case and because in most cases nothing substantial happens to the perpetrator.
A Numerical Representation of the Truth
• Of every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only 6 are reported to the police
• 1 - 2% of "date rape" sexual assaults are reported to the police
• 1 in 4 North American women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime
• 11% of women have physical injury resulting for sexual assault
• Only 2 - 4% of all sexual assaults reported are false reports
• 60% of sexual abuse/assault victims are under the age of 17
• over 80% of sex crime victims are women
• 80% of sexual assault incidents occur in the home
• 17% of girls under 16 have experienced some form of incest
• 83% of disabled women will be sexual assaulted during their lifetime
• 15% of sexual assault victims are boys under 16
• half of all sexual offenders are married or in long term relationships
• 57% of aboriginal women have been sexually abused
• 1/5th of all sexual assaults involve a weapon of some sort
• 80% of assailants are friends and family of the victim