Essay On Rape Myths

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Rape myths are attitudes and generally false beliefs about rape that are widely and persistently held. These myths serve to deny and justify male sexual aggression against women. In the book Missoula: Rape and The Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer common rape myths are discussed in depth; these rape myths include: victims are strictly female, rape is not a common occurrence, and if a girl is raped she will report the crime when it occurs. These things are just utterly untrue. Although there are exceptions to all of these myths, these should not be widely accepted in today 's society. Rape myths are fabricated, untrue, false understandings of this horrible crimes.
When most people hear the word rape, they do not imagine a man being the victim. But men are raped and sexually assaulted also. In fact “[A] CDC report … estimated that approximately two and a half million American men alive today will be raped in their lifetimes, 1.7 percent of the male population” (XIV). This means that a man in college
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Why are women not reporting their rapists to the authorities? It could be many reasons including: fear of judgement, backlash, or disbelief. Cops have a big stereotype surrounding their work with rape cases. Most cases are handled through victim blaming and avoidance of going through with the prosecution. It might be hard for a victim to relive their experience repeatedly through flashbacks and recounting their actions in court and to authorities. If you could choose to never speak of or think of a bad experience in your life ever again, would you? Many rape victims feel that burying the trauma is the best solution instead of having their personal lives invaded, once again, by the jury, judge, and prosecutors. Rape and sexual assault are more common than anyone would like to admit, and it seems that in most cases it is easier for the victim to just keep the

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