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Sexual Violence and Our Rape Culture

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Rape Culture has yet to be dealt with by society in an active way. In some ways, society actually perpetuates rape culture by maintaining the cycle of victim blaming, sexual objectification, and elected ignorance. When I say elected ignorance, I’m referring to society’s tendency to turn a blind eye to some forms of sexual violence, like domestic abuse, because it is considered to be outside of the public sphere. When sexual violence occurs in the private sphere but somehow leaks into the public sphere, social institutions as well as the victims of the crime will often try to conceal the offense for fear of scrutiny and penalties. The perpetuation of rape culture and the social construction of sexual violence are significantly influenced by society’s conceptualization of the public and the private sphere.
As is explored in this week’s readings, the public and the private sphere are divided in terms of “gendered and sexualised notions of both spaces and places” which facilitates the normalization of certain forms of violence (Richardson and May 326). By this, Richardson and May are r...

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