Essay Rape As A Victim Of Sexual Abuse

1352 Words Mar 31st, 2015 6 Pages
The word “rape” contains only 4 letters that induces fear to many families around the world. By definition, rape literally means “to force -someone- to have sex with you” or “to seize and take away by force” (Merriam-Webster). Although different definitions exist, the meaning does not change. During discussions about sexual abuse, a vast majority of defendants refer to rape as “it” i.e: “(s)he askied for ‘it”, “oh, ‘it’ was just a cry for attention”-- does nicknaming ‘rape’ as ‘it’ make it less of a heinous crime? Does ‘it’ cushion the fact that someone survived the unwilling stripping of their innocence at a vulnerable time? According to an analysis made by RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), 97 of 100 rapists walk free with absolutely no consequences. Yet, somehow, a victim of sexual abuse ends up as the culprit. Victims of sexual abuse emerge as gender neutral (Rumney 481), and they can develop various problems such as: rape trauma syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, insecurity, and depression.
A common occurrence involves a rape/sexual abuse victim transpired as a culprit. On March 16, 2015, a rape case in Sweden involving a 13-year old girl and a 27 year old man ended with an unfair dismissal due to her body looking “well-developed” (HNGN) . Of course, that case may receive ‘ridiculous’ as a form of feedback but cases similar to the one HNGN article addressed get dismissed everyday – i.e. “the victim dressed too promiscuously”,…

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