Essay Rape Culture : Rape And Sexual Assault

1711 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
Rape culture is a phrase that was introduced by feminists to describe the way our society tolerates sexual violence. The word “culture” describes a population engaging in something together as a society (ranging from education to table manners.) It may seem problematic to link the word “rape” into something as innocent as culture, but it is a very real thing within our society. Rape culture occurs when rape and sexual assault are ignored, forgotten, normalized, and made into jokes or entertainment (we see this in the media.) the following passages, we will examine victim blaming, rape culture in the media (music, movies, advertisements, and pornography) and discuss varies rape cases and how they have shaped rape culture.
So, what is victim blaming? Victim blaming is another way the rape/sexual assault victim is mistreated after an already traumatic experience. Putting the blame on the victim shifts the focus from the perpetrator to the victim and makes it seem that the victim is responsible for being assaulted or raped. (Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness, 2015) Common terms used to blame the victim are, “she was asking for it,” “she provoked him,” “she was drunk,” and “she technically didn’t say no.” Blaming what the victim was wearing (such as short skirts and low cut blouses) for the rape is another form of victim blaming. Rape victims are also blamed if they have been drinking or doing drugs. Consuming alcohol is not an invitation to have nonconsensual sex with…

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