The man forces the woman to have sex with him when she does not want to. Also called simple rape, which differs from real rape, because real rape involves weapons, violence and attackers. This kind of rape is recognized as rape in courtrooms, where simple rape is dismissed as not real rape and it is more common that the offender will be found not guilty. Rape can happen to anyone. Women from different cultures, races, ages, and economic level are all vulnerable.
Most people misinterpret the meaning of rape. Many victims don’t know they have been raped for the reason of misknowledge.Every state differs in what is considered rape , but are mostly alike(PAVE). Under the law rape is any unwanted sexual actions or penetration of any type without the consent of the person. Laws against rape have been created but the minimum sentences is of 10 years. In 1962 a law was passed saying that if a man forced a woman , wifes excluded , to have sexual intercourse with him; he would be charged for rape (Kilpatrick).
Acquaintance rapes can often occur in relationships and most never get reported die to the fear of what might happen if they do, and what the persons family might think. Officially, however the data shows that about half the rapes that occur involve strangers because one is more likely to report a rape if they do not know whom the perpetrator is. Rape as a violent act is often times sexually motivated, however there are three subcategories according to Groth and Birnbaum, the anger rape, the power rape, and the sadistic rape. Anger rape involves the expression of anger or rage on the victim and there is a lot more physical assault as well and is not for the sexual gratification, it is thought that these rapes aren’t carefully thought out but are spontaneous. The power rape is exactly what is sounds like, the assertion of power or dominance on the victim and is less about sexual gratification as it is the expression of power and causing physical harm, these are more interested in “conquering” women, and it is thought that these rapes are premeditated.
The fight against rape in our communities is doomed to failure and will continue so as long as it ignores the network of training grounds for rapists: our prisons, jails and reform schools. For too long, we have turned away from the rape crisis in these institutions, which now hold 1.3 million men and boys. In most of them, rape is an entrenched tradition considered by prisoners a legitimate way to `prove their manhood' and to satisfy sexual needs and the brutal desire for power. The exact number of sexually assaulted prisoners is unknown, but a conservative estimate, based on two decades of surveys, is that “more than 290,000 males are sexually assaulted behind bars every year. By comparison, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that there are 135,000 rapes of women a year nationwide, though many groups believe the number is higher.”(Mezey and King, 1995).
Society’s view of rape is that it only occurs at night to women in dark alleys by men they have never seen or met before. In reality there are two types of rape in which the victim knows the attacker. One of these is known as Acquaintance rape and the other being marital rape. All forms of rape have long term impacts on the victims, for a victim of acquaintance rape they can feel especially shameful if the attacker was a relative or superior at school or work. For victims of marital rape the assaults can be violent including verbal and physical abuse.
21) One in three girls and one in five boys get sexually abused before the age of eighteen. (Arta, C) The other type of sexual abuse that’ll be discussed is rape. Rape is the force of having sexual intercourse upon a person to please your sexual desires. There are three different types ... ... middle of paper ... ...pport your experience as a survivor, consider joining a support group for survivors.” It will also be helpful if you dropped everyone who tried to take advantage of you by calling you only when they need something. Try to avoid them as much as possible even if you might have to ignore their phone call.
Although many of the cases have suspects listed, there have been arrests made in only one case (Thacker).” This is potentially enough time for the rapist, who has not been found yet, to rape a frightening number of other women. “The International Committee of the Red Cross, the US, France, Italy and the Organization of the Islamic Conference have all pushed for the inclusion of rape as an international law violation, either under new interpretations of existing humanitarian laws or under newly-proposed agreements making it such (Meron).” A crime such as rape is very common. Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, someone is sexually assaulted. Of these approximately 248,000 victims, about 87,000 were victims of completed rape, and 70,000 were victims of sexual assault. Up to 4,315 pregnancies may have resulted from these attacks (National Crime Victimization Survey).
There are also other factors, relating to the individual that effect rape trauma they include, “age, prior sexual experience, ethnicity, and response of significant others to the victim. Factors relating to the sexual assault, such as degree of violence and the relationship between the victim and the assailant also affect trauma.”(Chandler et al pp 249) Overall, is is safe to say that there are many psychological effects of rape that allows women to fear the attack of a rape. In many rape situations, the victim is raped by an aquaintance, therefore the victim is less likely to report the rape. “About 15 percent of college women report having been sexually assaulted; more than half of these assaults were by a person that the women was dating.”(Kimmel 233) If more than half of the sexual assaults and rapes are commited by a person that a women is dating or at least knows, then the people that are the rapists are the everyday Joe’s walking down the street, not the psychotic rapist that women are on the look out for. “Moreover, 20 to 50 percent of women have sustained sexual coercion at least once while dating.”(Burke et al 272) This statistic shows that when women are in a relationship they are much less likely to report a rape.
The frightening reality is that all of the rape studies that have been done show that the perpetrator is usually someone that the victim knows and/or trusts; during the dating years, seventy to ninety percent of rapes are acquaintance or date rapes (Mackey). Even more terrifying is that only one-third of rapes are reported to law enforcement officials (Buddie & Miller). Victims are most likely afraid that by going through with the process of pressing charges on his/her perpetrator that they, in turn, will be blamed using one or more of the ridiculous rape myths, by society. The reality of rape is a startling combination of ignorance relating to rape myths, lack of reportings and convictions, severe post-traumatic feelings of the attack, and theories of rape, both psychological and sociological. Rape is such a difficult crime to prove because it usually comes down to the victim’s word against the perpetrator’s word.
The fact is most men who rape, and are raped are heterosexual." The rape of males, a very widespread and extremely serious problem, has escaped the attention of many people because of the beliefs that to be raped is to be stripped of your masculinity. The mythology that women are the only ones to get raped is a fallacy of popular belief. Men too get raped. Though it is not reported as much because of embarrassment, feeling shame, and questions of sexuality, it is still a very serious issue that needs to be addressed.