Whether she was “dressed like she was asking for it” or was passed out drunk, these are not excuses for rape. I believe that if people were more educated about rape and there were harsher punishments for rapists that this would become less of a problem in the United States and worldwide. There is a long history of rape culture and movements to end it. How is Rape Defined and What is the Issue Just recently as of January 2013 the definition of rape was changed on a national level. The old definition went as, “The carnal knowledge of female forcibly and against her will.” (fbi.gov) .This definition was recently changed because it was too broad and different jurisdictions interpreted it differently to disenfranchise certain victims.
The crime of rape becomes a greater injustice when the victim is looked at as a non-victim. The suspects, in most instances, are given the benefit of the doubt. When a rape test is administered, and intercourse is established, the testimonial of the victim should be given more consideration than what is given because it is a serious crime just like murder. I believe that when the suspect is found guilty, the rapist should receive life in prison or a punishment that matches the crime. The actual act of rape by definition of law is the penetration by the perpetrator against one’s will.
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Toda... ... middle of paper ... ...e is still a lot that can be done to help prevent and decrease rape. Rape should be an open topic , where everyone should know what it really means. When people are educated about things it is less likely to happen. Also punishments for rape should be more severe , because the small amount of rapist who serve time in jail, only serve a few years. Those few years are not enough for such a series crime like rape.