Personal Sexist Views On Rape

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We have a real problem in society where rape is normalized and constantly excused by media. We glamorize sexual violence, society constantly objectifies women and their bodies. By allowing society to create a rape culture we build a society where women’s rights and safety are violated everyday. Women limit themselves because of fear of being assaulted in any way. There is constant backlash towards the victim instead of support towards the victim and conviction of the perpetrator. The result of this problem is self blame from the victim. They start to blame themselves without the proper support.
There is a main trigger that cause observers of a rape crime to blame the victim, those are the victim’s personal characteristics, how attractive the
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Victims face a lot of fear of backlash from the criminal justice system and observers. Due to a lot of false reports the criminal justice system tends to be very skeptical of rape reports (Bryden & Lengnick, 1997). This leads to the low conviction rapes and the reluctance of victims to report because they feel helpless no one will help. Observer’s own personal sexist beliefs lead to a lot of the victim. Some observer in society believe a woman should avoid anything that can trigger a man to react to them in a violent way and it is their own fault that this happened to them. There are two theories that are used to explain victim blaming according to Ferrao and Goncalves those are the “just world theory” and “the defensive attribution hypothesis” (Ferrao & Goncalves, 2015). The “just world theory” is basically you get what you deserve depending if you are a good person or bad (Ferrao & Goncalves, 2015). Within this rape culture that because the victim was possibly a bad person they got what they deserved. This belief is thought to be seen a lot within conservative societies (Ferrao & Goncalves, 2015). “The defensive attribution …show more content…
“The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, is to provide federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking” (The United States Department of Justice, justice.gov). This agency has a grant called the Stop Violence against Women Formula Grant which is given to states and territories who strengthen their law enforcement and convictions to fight crimes against women. Also the state must have certain support services for victims. This will force states to have a no tolerance for sexual violence and be able to create a safe haven to victims to report sexual crimes. The victims will have services to help support them from this trauma and be able to

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