The Term Effects Of Rape Culture In America

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Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted ("RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network |"). This fact is supposed to be shocking, but as a matter of fact, it is not surprising at all considering that rape culture is prevalent in the United States. Rape culture has existed in America since the country was formed and has had very little light shed on it since. The majority of people do not realize what rape culture is, let alone do they understand the dark long term effects of it. The rape culture that exists in America is evident through how often rape and sexual assault occur on a day to day basis and then punished as minimally as possible by the courts, how it is trivialized and ignored in the media, and considered socially …show more content…
Sexual assault is any form of sexual activity where one party does not give consent. Similarly, rape is sexual intercourse where one party does not give consent. Consent means both parties are informed and willingly agreeing. This is regardless of what the person is wearing or doing. Not informing the world on the real definition of rape and consent is a major factor in rape culture. Rape culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. It can be perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence. This creates a society that disregards women’s rights and safety. Examples of rape culture can include blaming the victim, sympathizing with rapists, and trivializing sexual assault. Society will try to blame the victim and say he or she was “asking for it.” Along with blaming the victim, a society that encourages rape culture sympathizes with the rapists. With the Steubenville High School rape …show more content…
Sexual assault is one of the top crimes in America. Almost 240,000 people are victims of sexual assault every year and every two minutes another person experiences unwanted sexual activity ("RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network |"). Many sexual assault cases include minors. Nearly half of the sexual assault victims are under the age of eighteen and of those victims, fifteen percent of them are not even older than twelve ("RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network |"). Children who are not even in high school yet, who are still playing on the jungle gyms, riding their bikes with training wheels, and are still scared of the boogeyman are taken advantage of every day for the purpose of someone’s greedy and disgusting sexual pleasure. It has been averaged that one in six women and one in thirty-three men are sexually violated in their lifetime ("RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network |"). Rape and sexual assault happens far too often to be considered normal, and yet it is normalized. Those numbers are much too high, and yet are hardly thought about by the majority of people to be a problem. The alarming frequency at which sexual assault and rape happens alone is enough to show how rape culture exists in America, but it is far more than that. There are many factors in what creates the rape culture that exists in America

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