I’d go a step further. The code from fundamentalists sends a message that good women are not raped.

Yet women, particularly the most vulnerable, have difficulty abandoning religion. They’re less likely to become nonbelievers, because the church, mosque, synagogue and other religious communities promise security that their families might not provide.

R. Elisabeth Cornwell works with Richard Dawkins at his Foundation for Reason and Science, and in her 2009 article “Why Women Are Bound to Religion: An Evolutionary Perspective,” she explains that religious organizations offer an instant support group, whether real or illusionary: “Why are women even more likely to be religious than men? The simple answer is that it is safe…. the fact that women are less likely to push the status quo for fear of social exclusion and even retribution makes a lot of evolutionary sense.”