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The Effects Of Rape Culture In Modern Society

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Even though the first amendment states freedom of expression, statistics show rape and sexual assault numbers have risen due to the presence of rape culture in modern society. Rape culture promotes more assaults and violent acts, not only towards women but also towards men. Some evidence rape culture is present in today’s society are rising statistics showing that only three out of a hundred rapists see jail time and that over 17 million American women are victims of sexual assault every year. Rape culture is seen in every aspect of daily American life, even if people do not realize it.
What is rape culture? Rape culture, a term created by feminists circa 1972, ‘…is best defined as a culture in which rape is prevalent, pervasive, and is sanctioned and maintained through fundamental attitudes and beliefs about gender, sexuality, and violence…” (‘The Rape Culture: An American Epidemic’) this quote basically states that rape culture is a culture in which rape is seen as inevitable and common place , examples of rape culture include derogatory advertising , slang, jokes , and tolerance of sexual harassment . Actually, before feminists had coined the term the common belief in society was that rape, incest, and domestic abuse never happened. In a rape culture, ending the crime of rape is rarely talked about, and seen as taboo. In these cultures, society is tolerant, normalizing, and even condoning of rape through certain attitudes such as the examples above or by excusing a rapist and de validating a victim’s accusation due to the way they were dressed at the time, how much alcohol of drugs they had consumed or the victim’s general attitude to the rapist. Other examples of enforced rape culture are; sexual harassment, trivializing rape, and sexual objectification, the act of treating another human being as just a sexual object. How is society affected by rape culture? The theory is that if this subculture is made known to common society, the population will start to tolerate rape, sexual assault, and misogyny much less. How can we stop rape culture? The first step to stopping rape culture is to make it common knowledge. Other ways to combat rape culture include, ‘…avoiding language used to objectifies women, supporting anti rape foundations, asking for consent and more…” (www.marshall.edu ‘Rape Culture”)
One might often ask what importance is there to fight against rape. Statistics have shown that the pillage of a person’s personal space have been steadily increasing since before the 1950s. Every two minutes, there is at least one American being sexually assaulted. (www.rainn.org ‘Sexual Assault Statistics”) these are just two of the millions of statistics that have been taking away many people’s privacy, natural rights, and their trust in others. Instead , due to rape culture women are commonly taught that ‘boys will be boys” or [concerning being bothered or harassed by the opposite sex] “ that just means they like you!” rape culture not only...

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