Examples Of Normalization Of Rape

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Every two minutes in America someone is being sexually assaulted. Every two minutes there is another victim of rape. Every two minutes there is another person who may or may not get justice for a terrible crime committed against them. In today’s society these victims of sexual assault are shunned and blamed for these crimes do to the ever growing’ rape culture that is present in America. An article written by John Fidler that was published in Reading Eagle states, “’Well, what was she wearing?’ ‘I’ll bet she was drunk.’ ‘She probably was out alone.’ ‘You know she runs around with the wrong crowd.’ ‘Why is she ruining the lives of those nice young men (by reporting her rape)?’ and worse,” wrote Fidler (par. 3). These are examples of how people …show more content…
In an article written by Laura Kane and Marco Chown titled, “When rape becomes ‘normal’,” states, “Schools offer outdated sex education. Social media eggs on sexual bravado. And the legal system often fails to get justice. In this environment, rape is becoming normalized and even encouraged, experts say,” said Kane and Chown (par. 1). In this article the authors discuss in the very first paragraph all the aspects that create the normalization of rape. One of the very first things mentioned is the outdated sex education that is provided to teenagers by high schools. “It starts in schools, where an outdated sex-education curriculum doesn 't address consent, new technology or sexual assault. It then gets exacerbated on social media, a forum that eggs on sexual bravado and shames victims into silence,” said Kane and Chown (par.6). This is a perfect example of how schools in today 's society don 't properly educate teens about sex, consent, rape, and the consequences of social media. When teens aren 't properly educated about these very important subjects they grow up developing their own mentality about them, whether it 's right or wrong. For instance, if teens are simply taught that it 's only rape if she/he says “no” then when someone is unable to speak or says “stop” instead of “no” then they will believe that it 's not …show more content…
However, there really isn 't a prevention for rape, people cannot predict if they will be sexually assaulted, if someone might find their clothes “too provocative”, or if they have one too many drinks that someone will take advantage of them. Unfortunately, there are many people who believe that rape culture doesn 't exist in today 's society. They like to compare America to other countries that have a larger scale of rape and sexual assault and use that to explain why America doesn 't have a rape culture. For example, in Wendy McElroy’s article titled, “Is Challenging ‘Rape Culture’ Claims An Idea Too Dangerous For University Students?” states, “Certain areas of Afghanistan are examples. Women are married against their will; they are arrested after being raped; they are murdered with impunity for men 's honor,” said McElroy (par.15). However, just because America’s rape and sexual assault crime rate “isn 't as high” or severe as other countries doesn 't mean that it doesn 't exist. “Dale says another cultural myth built into the justice system is the idea that false accusations of rape are commonplace,” said Kane and Chown (par.52). Many people believe that when a rape is reported it is probably a false statement, but the amount of false reports for sexual assault is only

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