The Realities Of Rape Essay

2275 words - 9 pages

Imagine you are a 28 year old woman, and have been working for a Wall-Street bank all day. You decide to go on a run in Central Park to wind down your day. It is a cool evening. The air is lush and Central Park breathes with the energy of New York. It is April 19th, 1989. You start your run off strong. Halfway through your run, you turn a corner and a man steps out from the shoulder. He strikes you with a tree branch. You realize he is dragging you. Everything spins. You cry out for help and howl with pain. You hit your attacker around the face. There is a struggle, but he easily overpowers you. He takes off your clothes and binds your wrists to you head. The blows do not stop. Everything goes black. When you wake up, you are in the hospital and are told you have been raped, and severely beaten. You suffered severe hypothermia, blood loss, a fractured skull, and have been in a coma. You cannot remember what happened that night and you do not remember the attack. You feel alone, ostracized, and overwhelmed. Your physical injuries are nothing compared to the pain that dwells in your heart. This is the story of the Central Park jogger, and this is the reality of rape.

Rape is when someone forces you to take part in sexual activity of any kind if you have said "no" and do not consent. Date rape is when someone you know through social connections forces you into sex. It doesn't have to just be intercourse, it could be oral sex or anal sex. Penetration can be from a body part or an object. It can happen to boys just as it could happen to girls, and boys are typically raped by other men. Rapists could make physical and verbal threats, and they could also use emotional blackmail. Date rape attackers typically use alcohol or drugs to knock you out or cause you to make decisions you might not typically make when you are sober. Victims, rapists, rape culture, sexual assault, and date rape drugs are all key terms that are necessary to understand when dealing with rape. (Source 2)

Sometimes people rape to assert their dominance, and to keep a position of power they may have over someone. When an attacker commits rape, it is not a gesture of love, thoughtfulness, or anything of the sort. It is to humiliate someone else in order to build their own self worth. It is to dominate someone and provide a sense of power to the rapist, which can be used to threaten, and intimidate victim(s). The fear instilled by the rapist is utilized to manipulate their victims. This fear causes emotional trauma, and can severely dysfunction the victim's way of life.

Victims are the people who are targeted for rape and sexual assault. They can be men, women, or children. People are victimized from all races, genders, and sexual orientations. The rape of men is a minority, only 3% of American men have experienced rape in their lifetime. (Source 1) Rape of men is more common in the military, but it is still not seen very...

Find Another Essay On The Realities of Rape

The Rape of Lucretia Essay

2574 words - 10 pages The time is the sixth century, the place is Rome and the person is Lucretia, a woman who contributed to one of the biggest parts of Roman history: the creation of the Roman republic. The rape of the virtuous Lucretia by Sextus Tarquinius, the son of Tarquinius Superbus' (an Etruscan king) was the final straw for the Roman people and pushed them to want to change from a monarchy to a republic. From the accounts of the rape of Lucretia from

The Rape Of Nanking Essay

601 words - 2 pages Sam Chung 602-694-468 The Rape of Nanking For all the atrocities that happen in the world, The Rape of Nanking ranks up there with the worst of them. Seeing video footage of the Japanese mercilessly killing hundreds of thousands of Chinese people who could not defend themselves and learn about the inhumane nature of the killings leaves a feeling of anger, even in people who have no connection to the event. From the Bombing to the war

Rape Of The Lock

1191 words - 5 pages Alexander Pope?s Rape of the Lock is a satirical mock-epic poem written with the hope of extinguishing a feud between two aristocratic families through laughter. In 1711, the twenty-one year old Robert, Lord Petre (The Baron), had deviously cut a lock of hair from the head of the beautiful Arabella Fermor (Belinda), whom he had been courting. Fermor took offense, and a quarrel developed between the two families. Pope writes of a beautiful woman

The Rape Of The Lock

649 words - 3 pages very beautiful manner and with the essence of universality; the issues of their society by means of words. Similarly, The Rape of the Lock (1714) by Alexander Pope remains to be a literary work of great reputation because of the important social issues he has addressed by means of wit, irony, and humor in form of a mock-epic as Henry Fielding did in his novel Joseph Andrews which remains well known as the social document of English society. The

The Rape of the Lock

1614 words - 6 pages The Rape of the Lock Alexander Pope's mock heroic epic The Rape of the Lock appears to be a light subject addressed with a satiric tone and structure. Pope often regards the unwanted cutting of a woman's hair as a trivial thing, but the fashionable world takes it seriously. Upon closer examination Pope has, perhaps unwittingly, broached issues worthy of earnest consideration. The Rape of the Lock at first glance is a commentary on human

The rape of the lock

1666 words - 7 pages The mock epic is a poetic form which uses the epic structure but on a miniature scale and has a subject that is mean or trivial. The purpose of a mock-heroic or mock-epic poem is satirical. The writer makes the subject look ridiculous by placing it in a framework entirely inappropriate to its importance. Pope's description of The Rape of the Lock as a heroi-comical poem misled some readers into thinking that the comic attack was intended against

The Psychological Explanations of Rape

1005 words - 4 pages Rape is an experience which shakes the foundations of the lives of the victims. For many its effect is long term, impairing their capacity for personal relationships, altering their behaviour and values and generating fear, Temkin (1986:17). Rape is an extremely controversial issue and this notion is supported based on the fact that basic definitions and explanations of rape usually directly correlate with a state's lawful definition of rape

The Tragedy of Date Rape

967 words - 4 pages Exemplary Essay - The Tragedy of Date Rape In the fall of 1995, Kristin Cooper was a sophomore at Baker University in Kansas. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, an expert skier from the mountains of Colorado, a swimmer, and was active in band, choir and drama. On the night of New Year's Eve of that same year, her mother Andrea Cooper came home to find Kristina dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on the family room floor

The Rape of Sabine Women

1244 words - 5 pages The ancient Roman tale known as the “Rape (or seizure) of Sabine Women” depicts women, taken against their will by Roman captures and married to Roman men. These women later, intervene in a battle between their new husbands and their angry brothers and fathers. The ancient tale depicts Roman ideology and practices of marriage. It shows how a bride was transferred from living under her father’s jurisdiction to being ruled by her husband. The

The Causes of the Rape of Nanking

2234 words - 9 pages victimization, rape, pillaging, and arson. This period became known as the Rape of Nanking.Japan's intentions in the massacre were questioned. This incident did not need to occur in the first place. Like the other cities before Nanking, the Japanese Imperial Army could have simply attacked it, defeated it, replenish their supplies, then march on. Many previous battles held more bitter endings than at Nanking, yet why did the Japanese suddenly choose

The Myth of Rape Culture in America

3185 words - 13 pages “Rape is as American as apple pie,” says blogger Jessica Valenti. She and other feminists describe our society as a “rape culture” where violence against women is almost invisible. According to feminists, films, magazines, fashion, books, music, and humor cooperate in conveying the message that women are there to be used, abused and exploited.(Kitchens, 2015) Rape culture, which was coined as a culture during the second wave of feminism

Similar Essays

The Crime Of Rape Essay

2479 words - 10 pages Perpetrators of crimes relating to sexual behavior generally receive little tolerance from the public. Written off as evil or degenerate, these people are considered animals; driven by some inner sinister force, the perception is that they should be blotted out of society in order to protect the people (Bartol, C., 2002: 284). This paper will consider and discuss the crime of rape. After defining the crime and looking at statistics, I will

Rape Of The Lock Essay

1746 words - 7 pages ANALYSE THE RAPE OF THE LOCK AS A MOCK-EPIC.The Rape of the Lock is one of the several mock-epic poems in the period , though probably the most polished example of the form. Mock-epic is a narrative poem which uses almost all the chracteristic features of an epic and aims at mockery and laughter. Rape of the Lock is seen as a poem where all the elements of mock-epic are found- Invocation to the muses , proposition of subject , battles

The Rape Of Nanking Essay

1272 words - 5 pages Throughout The Rape of Nanking, the brutal massacre of thousands of innocent Chinese citizens is brought forth through the invasion of this ancient city taken over by the Imperial Japanese army. Iris Chang illustrates the graphic details of the murder and rape of these victims through the perspectives of different sides of the attack. Chang; furthermore, ties in the mass genocide and destruction displayed throughout the book with the example of

The Rape Of Nanking Essay

602 words - 2 pages The Rape of NankingMost American schoolchildren have been taught of the gas chambers at Auschwitz and have read at least part of The Diary of Anne Frank. Many are taught about the atomic bombs that the United States dropped on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But ask them about the horrors of Nanking and they do not even recognize the city's name. Many adults, even educated adults, are not familiar with this massacre.In December 1937