Essay on Stop Accepting The Rape Culture

2199 Words Dec 12th, 2014 9 Pages
Stop Accepting the Rape Culture We have a problem in our society: we allow people of all walks of life to casually and blatantly “shut down” women who speak up against sexual assault. If someone you know came to you and confided in you that she was raped, would you then proceed to tell her that it is her fault, or that she was asking for it? In our culture it has become a part of our lives to blame the victim and by doing this we are accepting rape, and allowing rapists to go without punishment. Did you know that in America, every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted and that one out of six women are victims of rape or attempted rape? That eighty percent of victims are under the age of 30 and that two out of three rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. Since so many victims fear blame and the shame that comes from being assaulted, nearly sixty percent of victims do not report their rape to the police. As a result ninety-seven percent of rapists will never serve a day in jail even if reported to the police (RAINN). By accepting this violence in are media, and by allowing rapists to go unpunished while the victims are being silenced and blamed, our society is encouraging a “culture of rape.” “Rape Culture” is "a complex set of beliefs that encourages male sexual aggression and supports violence against women (Millie Buchwald). It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. Women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that…

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