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The Existence And Effects Of Rape Culture In America

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Rape culture, by definition, is, “an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture” (Marshall University Website). This term was coined in the 1970’s during the start of the American feminist movement. Since then, little of its denotation has been changed; however, its connotation, its applicability to the culture of the United States, and the treatment of victim and committer has been aggressively argued over and changed. The evidence provided from both the media and the stories of those personally affected by rape exhibit not only the definition and reality of America’s rape culture, but also the ...view middle of the document...

” And while the definition can change from state to state, the general meaning stays: sexual acts performed or forced without complete consent from all parties constitutes as rape.

One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, and ten percent of all rape victims in America are men, or one in thirty-three, have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Yet, the number of rape-victims willing to report their cases is at a disheartening forty percent. Assuming that each victim has a singular perpetrator and that each rapist has a single victim, out of one hundred cases, only forty will be reported. Out of those forty, only ten of the accused would be arrested. Eight of those ten would be prosecuted, four of those will receive a felony conviction, out of which only three, out of the total one hundred, will even spend a single day in jail, while the rest walk free ( Some may find this confusing, as it could seem to a large number of people that simply reporting the crime would be easier than to hide it. That it would be easy for the victim to just tell someone they trust that an...

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