Native Son Bigger Thomas Case Study

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There is no justice with in the legal system. We want our laws to protect us, yet for victims of sexual abuse and rape it is far from the idea of protection. When a victim comes to sheds light on rape the victim is often pushed down in court under Rape Myth Acceptance. Many women don’t come forward when attacked because it is so humiliating to be put on the stand and made to answer questions trying to prove that the person who attacked them was entitled to. Even after going through trails and embarrassment in the public eye, the criminal often goes away without conviction. Only 5% of Sexual Assault Crimes end with a criminal conviction. (Hildebrand, Najowski. 1054) People are often stumped by the idea that a woman wouldn’t speak out against her attacker. The reason so many victims stay silent is because to speak out would start a whole wall of victim blaming on something they probably wish never happened. In a study over Rape culture the findings were very shocking, “Rapist were more likely than other participates to think it is a woman’s responsibility to prevent rape. Yet, Community members, Police Officers, and Rape Crisis counselors were more likely than Rapist to think women predicate rape through …show more content…
In the book Native son Bigger Thomas, the main character of the novel, spends the night with his girl friend, Bessie. While the two are together in the night, Bigger rapes Bessie. (Wright. 134) Rape, and Rape culture is seen so often in television and books we’ve come to accept it. In classic lituratre what was once seen, as romantic gestures now seem like evidence of Rape culture. This early evidence of rape culture shows how people see women as the weaker sex, and any victims as weak. There should more discussions on the ideals of consent, if we have such a large set of examples of what is okay and what is not okay, how are we still struggling with the idea of no means

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