Has Rape Culture Enhanced 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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The most common way rape culture has enhanced rape is by discouraging victims and making them feel as if they were responsible for their own attack. Things such as victim blaming or slut shaming, two very common terms heard all to often with rape cases. Rape is define as "a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration perpetrated against a person without that persons consent (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/ rape). Victim whom called the Portland 's Women 's Hotline Crisis expressed fears of being blamed "Almost all of the women interviewed expressed fears of being blamed by friends, family, police, or others if they reported being raped (Belden,16)." A clear example of the effects of victim blaming. "Victim blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or any wrongful act is held entirely or partially responsible for the harm that befell them," according to The Canadian
Resource Centre For Victims Of Crime (http://crcvc.ca/docs/victim_blaming.pdf). For this reason rape has become one of the worlds most unreported crime. When women are told they somehow caused their rape it cause them to think twice about reporting cases. Do they
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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 mythical principles. For instance makes are sexual human beings who become pressed into "scoring" or in other words getting lucky with women and even picking up multiple women. So there 's no surprise that whenever men become victims of sexual assault, rape. Society immediately discourages them for not handling it like a men should. Why would a men complain

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