The Tragedy And Indignities After A Rape Victim Essay

1860 Words Jun 6th, 2015 8 Pages
The tragedy and indignities after a rape victim survives….the stigmas Why have the stigmas regarding being a rape victim not changed much in modern society from the days when people were viewed more as objects? According to the Encyclopedia of Rape, “rape has always been a part of human culture” (Smith IX). Rape is defined in the dictionary as the “unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of the victim or to seize, take, and carry off by force”(Dictionary.com). Rape and Sexual Assault from Safe Horizon defines sexual assault as “a general term that includes any forced or unwanted sexual activity, including rape, incest, sexual abuse, and molestation. Sexual assault includes any forced or unwanted touching of an intimate part of the body, such as breasts, buttocks, or genitals” (Rape & Sexual Assault). The truth is sexual assaults and rapes should not be considered crimes of passion or desire, but instead as a crime of violence, using sex as a weapon to overpower and to degrade the victim. A rapist can be a stranger or someone the victim knows including a spouse, date, or family member. Even though laws are starting to catch up with the rights a victim of rape should be given, the accused rapists’ rights are significantly greater than those of the victim. Freda Adler said in her book Sisters in Crime: The Rise of…

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