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...