Essay on America The Free Home Of The Stigma

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America the Free Home of the: Stigma
Why have the stigmas regarding being a rape victim not changed in modern society? According to the Encyclopedia of Rape, “rape has always been a part of human culture” (Smith IX). Rape is defined as the unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of the victim or to seize, take, and carry off by force. Sexual assault is a general term that includes any forced or unwanted sexual activity, including rape, incest, sexual abuse, and molestation. Sexual assault includes any forced or unwanted touching of an intimate part of the body, such as breasts, buttocks, or genitals.Sexual assaults and rapes are not a crime of passion but a crime of violence, using sex as a weapon to overpower and to degrade the victim. A rapist can be a stranger or someone the victim knows including a spouse, date, or family member. Even though laws are starting to catch up with the rights a victim of rape should be given, the accused rapists’ rights are significantly greater than those of the victim. Freda Adler said, “perhaps it is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused and, in reality, it is [the victim] who must prove [their] good reputation, [their] mental soundness, and [their] impeccable propriety” in her book Sisters in Crime: The Rise of the New Female Criminal (215). This is still true…

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