Even though rape involves forced sex, rape is not about sex or passion. Rape Is Rape and sadly is an everyday occurrence. A single act of rape is barbaric, but it would be naive to assume that rape just involves squalid acts of sexual assault in dimly lit alleyways late at night.
To many, rape is exclusively a man’s abuse of power against a woman. Rape is forced unwanted sexual intercourse. Fact: Rape is a big deal.
Rape is a very personal and intimate traumatic experience. Reporting rape is not only difficult, but also embarrassing, shameful, hurtful, frustrating, and too often unfulfilling. The true victim of rape is the girl who said no all along.
Ask any victims of or rape about the mental scars they carry and sadly all too often you will find that these scars are there for life. For the rape victim, escape from the horrors of what befell them is very rarely an option.
Attempted rape is still a serious crime and should be reported. The phrase sexual onslaught is misleading because rape is not really about sex it is about power and control.
About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under 30 years old.
Many assault casualties encounter what is alluded to as Rape-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (additionally called Rape Trauma Syndrome). This is why we need to discuss the issue of rape in our society as no woman should go through this.
“26,000 unreported sexual assults [sic] in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” – President Donald Trump
President Trump made this comment on the social media platform Twitter in May of 2013. This comment embodies the ignorance and social acceptance of sexual assults, the shaming of women and the discrimination against reporting allegations, which all culminates to what we call ‘Rape Culture’.
Normalizing is the word.
To normalize or deem something trivial because it is socially acceptable to think of an entire population as lesser beings.
To our dismay, the leader of the free country embodies these foul values and frankly – it is about time. There seemed to be some misunderstanding with the American people; as if discrimination had died out or that racism was a foreign concept only found in the backwards small towns of the south.
Welcome to normal.
So let’s begin; let’s break the mold and finally make normalization of rape culture unacceptable. Let us look upon the damage splayed out in front of us formed from decades of blindness and finally see.
No not just fight, let’s win. Let’s win and not just for yourself but for her and him and them.
Thank you to every man, woman, unidentified or trans-identified human being who has supported and will support the complete eradication of Rape Culture and discrimination.
Written By: Tanya Burgess