Has Rape Culture Enhance Rape

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To what extent has rape culture help enhanced rape?
By: Nayely De La Cruz
A huge phenomenon has surfaced in the recent year which not only affects today 's society but one which affects future generations to come. An epidemic known as rape culture. Rape culture is a term h in which society blames victims of sexual assaults and normalized male sexual violence (http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/). According to Marshall University rape culture is defined as "an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the social media and popular culture. Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women bodies, and the glamorization of
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One in which women become attacked for their behavior or even desires that according to society are unacceptable for women. Slut shaming according to Oxford Dictionaries, is "the act of criticizing a women for her real or presumed sexual activity, or behaving in ways that someone thinks are associated with her real or presumed sexual activity." Slut shaming has become very common through the advances of technology and of course with the help of social media. These platforms help further taunt rape victims rather than encouraging them to stand up and report the abuser. Not only that but the judicial system itself slut shames the victim rather than acknowledging that sexual misconduct has occurred. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, &
Incest National Network) "98% of rapists will never spend a day in jail (https://rainn.org/ statistics)." Most rapist will never spend a day in jail due to societies perception of what is considered rape. Sexual assaults including rape get trivialized. Why is this possible? Music industries profit by creating and composing songs with graphic lyrics aimed at women.
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I said no... Because I would be afraid of the publicity"(Belden,16). In many cases a victims intimate life gets thrown out into the open, for example having multiple partners that violate traditional expectation fall in favor of the abuser. A raped victim whom called the Portland Women 's Crisis Line said "I had a reputation for being "easy" (Belden,16 )." hence rape culture.
Rape myths are a huge disadvantage caused by rape culture. The primarily myth being men don 't get rape. Women aren 't the only ones who fall victim of rape, men do as well. Men and women are taught gender roles starting at birth. For instance women are taught to be submissive and as for men, men are taught to be dominant or superior. Men are suppose to be the protectors, the strong ones, to do manly things. They 're not suppose to cry because only women cry, women are the sensitive weak ones. While these social norms continue to be part of today 's society they encourage unrealistic expectations for both genders. Men are encouraged to act and behave manly by music industries, ad campaigns, and even movies. These industries teach

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