The Victims Of Rape And Sexual Assault Essay

1950 Words Nov 29th, 2016 8 Pages
When there is a crime involving rape or sexual assault, the case needs to be handled very carefully. The police who are interviewing the victims needs to stay away from the myths about rape victims that have been pushed on society by the media. The police have to have caring attitudes. The myths about the victims could cause the victim to have a “second rape” or question if the rape was partly their fault. The myths that surround the victims of rape can influence the way that law enforcement and other members of the community interact and stereotype the victims. Most people in the community will tend to believe the rape myths making the victim feel unwelcomed. A stigma has been attached to the victims of the rape. People question what the victim was doing or wearing. These individuals are trying to take some of the blame off the offender and place it onto the victim. Since the community has been fed the myths about rape victims they feel as if the myths are true. Most of the time the community has no other form of experience with crime besides what they have been taught through the rape acceptance myths. When this happens, the victim is reluctant to share the incident with law enforcement. The victims do not want to be re-victimized by officers being judgmental, or by justifying the rape. People will sometimes come up with ways to justify the rape by giving pardon to the offender. If the community wants to move on from placing stigma on the victims, the citizens have to be…

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