Rape Culture And Its Impact On Society Essay

1673 Words Dec 18th, 2015 null Page
“”Rape culture,” a culture that normalizes, trivializes, and quietly condones male sexual assault against women, blaming female victims subtly celebrating predators. America, President Barack Obama went on to argue, suffers from a “quiet tolerance of sexual assault,” all too often blaming victims, making excuses, or looking the other way. To combat sexual violence, he said, we need a “fundamental shift in our culture.” Rape culture addresses, albeit in a scramble and unjust fashion, a deep problem in contemporary American life; a huge cultural resistance to the fact that sex is a profoundly serious business” (Wilhelm). The rape culture isn’t specifically based on just sexual assaults. It also refers to the way that women are perceived and treated publicly and privately. The rape culture has transitioned into a serious issue in modern society. According to the New Legal Definition of Rape in Force, the legal definition of the term rape is, “any non-consensual sexual intercourse that is committed by sexual force, threat of injury, or other duress.” “Rape laws are largely based on traditional attitudes about social roles and sexual mores” (LeGrand). “Most rape cases share a few common threads: alcohol, texting, a consensual hookup gone awry and, most notably, “empowered” young women who are apparently too weak, too afraid, or too emotionally torn to know what they want” (Wilhelm). “Rapist select victims they can intimidate and overpower,” according to the University of…

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