You could have shifted uncomfortably in your seat. You could have ignored her. You could have given me that “smile” that I despise because it means; “manage your child please.” You did none of that.
My sister shared this on Facebook and it hit me pretty hard. I spend a lot of time on airplanes and I often find at least one thing to be grumpy about. Further to that, I’m not the most-likely-to-chat-with-strangers person, but it’s important to recognize that sometimes people are chatty because they’re scared, because they’re lonely, or because they are an adorable little girl with autism. It’s up to us to respond in ways that calm them, provide some human contact, or just make her smile - and give her mom a reprieve of the stresses that go along with traveling, if only for a few hours. This is something I’m going to work on in 2014: being more open and engaging to strangers. It’ll be uncomfortable for me, but all good things are.
NISVS counted 1.27 million total sexual acts of forced penetration for women over the past year (including completed, attempted, and alcohol or drug facilitated). NCVS counted only 188,380 for rape and sexual assault. And the FBI, which collects its data from local law enforcement, and so only counts rapes and attempted rapes that have been reported as crimes, totaled only 85,593 for 2010.
It’s a real cause for alarm that there is such a huge discrepancy between the national survey that most closely follows the approach recommended by the experts and the ones that don’t, yet are more often cited.
Gabe takes up the story: “Paul said, ‘Is this a movie then?’ And we said, ‘Yes’. ‘Not television?’ Paul said. ‘No, Paul’. You could see him thinking. He said, ‘Does that mean there’ll be a premiere?’ We were like, ‘Yes, probably there’ll be a premiere’. He said: ‘Would I have to come to that?’ We said: ‘I’m sure we would want you to come to that. Would you like to?’ ‘No,’ he said. ‘Not massively’.”