Essay on America The Free Home Of The Stigma

1362 Words Jun 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
America the Free Home of the: Stigma
Why has the stigma of rape victims 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. 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 in today 's day and age. Victims of rape still have to decide if they are going to report their rapes or not. They have to deal with the many traumatic side effects. Some of those side effects are physical, some are emotional and some are a chaotic combination of both. Also the victims of rape have to handle the sometimes crippling stigmas associated with being a victim of rape. A rape stigma as defined in the Encyclopedia of Rape, “ is the negative perception of a rape survivor’s reputation, manifested in…

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