Rape is an issue that usually occurs to females and is more likely executed by males than females. Nonetheless, a female’s position in rape can and does go further than being the victim. Considering that women can be the perpetrator in this sexual assault, who are their victims? Rape can occur to anyone by anyone. In the same way a female can be a victim of rape, so can a male. According to RAINN, an anti-sexual assault organization, “About 3% of American men have experienced attempted or completed rape as of 1998, an estimated 4.5 million as of 2010” (Who Are the Victims?). However, men are not necessarily the victims of solely female-on-male rape. In fact, the majority of males who are raped are the victims of male-on-male rape and …show more content…
He could not recall such episodes afterwards and only knew about them because of pain and blood in the rectal area when he regained his senses. “I ask myself why I do that and I’m not sure,” he said. “I really feel like it’s the only thing I’m good for, that I deserve it” (When Men Are Raped).
These feelings may especially occur when the male victim experiences an erection and/or ejaculation. What is more, the male victim may begin to question his sexual orientation (rape of male by male), due to these involuntary physiological responses he may believe he enjoyed himself. And many of the perpetrators may use these responses to keep the victim from reporting what has happened by saying things like “You know you liked it” (Sexual Assault of Men and …show more content…
Studies indicate that the primary motivation(s) for this act of crime is, as stated before, to conquer and control the victim; to act out feelings of revenge; to resolve conflict with their own sexuality; and/or to gain status among fellow men for being an aggressor (When Men Are Raped). In those same studies it is shown that gay men and men of color are at a higher risk of being victimized, making it a hate crime (When Men Are Raped). The most hate rapes occur in prisons when the prisoners rape sexual offenders, especially those with juvenile victims, to “teach them a lesson”, not to mention that “4.5 per cent of 16 and 17-year-olds in adult prison and 4.7 per cent of those in jail reported being the victims of sexual abuse” are targeted because they appear weaker and the other prisoners do it to teach them the “lesson” of not returning to prison (No Escape and Daily Mail Reporter). So, in actuality, in the United States males are raped more frequently than women are. In 2008 it was estimated that 216,000 male inmates are raped each year (Daily Mail Reporter). Unfortunately, these number may be higher because the prisoners know that if they report the abuse little to nothing
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With one in five college students experiencing sexual assault during their college career who wouldn’t be afraid? This remains especially true for young women between the ages of 18-24 (“The Realities of Sexual Assault”). While a woman’s freshman and sophomore year of college are when she is at a most risk for assault, it can happen at any time. According to Robin Gray in the article on sexual assault statistics, “between 20% and 25% of women will experience a completed and/or attempted rape during their college career,” (Gray). At Northwest Missouri State University for the 2016-2017 academic year there are 5,618 undergraduate students enrolled. With the ratio of male to female students being 44% to 56%, there are about 3,147 female students. In terms of the statistics estimated by Gray, 630-787 of the female student population at Northwest Missouri State will experience rape during their college career (“Northwest Missouri State University”). This is a disturbingly large figure. Women are not the only ones susceptible to these acts, but men are too. It is said about “10%” of all sexual assault cases involve male victims (“The Realities of Sexual Assault”). While this number is slightly lower for men it is often believed that male victims of sexual assault do not often report their crime due to the social stigma surrounding their assault. Men may feel
In what is sure to be a very solemn matter for all American students and their families across the country , in January 2013 , President Obama, the office of the Vice President and the White House Council on Women and Girls converged and issued a renewed call to action against rape and sexual assault report which analyzes the most recent reliable data about this issue and identifies who are the most in peril victims of this malefaction, investigates the costs of this violence both for victims and communities , and describes the replication very often inadequate of the US malefactor equity system.
Sexual assault is an under-reported crime. It is difficult for women to report sexual abuse but it is far more difficult for men. For males, it is exponentially more difficult to report such crimes, thus making it more difficult for victim advocates to present an environment where victims feel comfortable coming forward to report sex crimes. To this end, according to RAINN (2009) male victims of sex related crimes may find it easier to make a first report anonymously, giving them the opportunity to speak to an objective list, specifically trained to address specific and complex emotional issues related to this crime.
Rape until 2012 was defined as “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” It was severely lacking was only updated by the Federal Bureau of Instigation in 2012. It left out an entire section of rape that can be committed which is man being the rape victim. This lead to misclassification of rape of males for years. So even the statistics used till 2014 were underwhelming and inaccurate when it was related to male rape or sexual assault. Rape in the United States is now defined by the Department of Justice as “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” Male Rape or men being the sexual assault victims are rarely ever the subject of a dialogue when Sexual Assault is the topic being discussed because rape is generally seen as a heterosexual highly sexed male attack on vulnerable, attractively dressed female victim. Most rapists have alternative outlets for sexual gratification, many take little notice of their victim 's physical attributes, and some may experience sexual dysfunction during the assault.
90 percent of the victims of sexual assault are women and 10 percent are men, and nearly 99 percent of offenders in single-victim assaults are men (Bureau of Justice Statistics 2010). According to https://www.justice.gov/ovw/sexual-assault, Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape. () Sexual Assault can happen to anyone, not just women it can happen to men and kids as well. Sexual Assault these days are a big trouble and it is not being addressed in good order, and it is
Sexual assault is defined as a type of behaviour that occurs without explicit consent from the recipient and under sexual assault come various categories such as sexual activities as forces sexual intercourse, incest, fondling, attempted rape and more (Justice.gov. 2017). People often become victims of sexual assault by someone they know and trust (Mason & Lodrick, 2013) which is conflicting to the public’s perception and beliefs that offenders are strangers. Women are the main victims for sexual assault and are 5 times more likely to have been a victim of sexual assault from a male (Wright, 2017, p. 93). Men are victims of sexual assault however only 0.7% of men, compared to 3.2% of women, experience some form of sexual assault which highlights how vulnerable women are compared to men. Sexual assault is publicised and exposed in the media, however is often
Rape is a virus that infects every nation, culture and society. It is constantly referred to as “the unfinished murder”, because of the deep state of despair the rapist leaves the victim in. There is no common identifiable trend that determines who will be a rape victim. Women are not assaulted because of their attitudes or actions, they are attacked simply because they are present. With rapists, just as with their victims, there is no identifiable trend. The old myth that only “sick, dirty, old, perverted men” commit rapes is a lie that society tells itself in order to sleep better at night. The startling truth is that most rapists work under a veil of normalcy. In order for the percentage of rapes to decrease, we have to change our ideas about rape and let go of the old myths of the past. And until this happens, rape will continue to plague our world at large.
Victims of sexual assault include men, women, children, heterosexuals, and homosexuals. It can happen to anyone. However, women are the most commonly victimized. One in four women and one in sixteen men are victims of assault (1). From 2003 to 2004...
Rape can happen to anyone. Women from different cultures, races, ages, and economic level are all vulnerable. It does not matter who you are or where you live, although women of lowest status are most vulnerable to rape, and so are Hispanic and African American women. (An...
It is clear when we look at a topic like rape that both sexes can be at fault, not only for the action at hand, but for the deterioration of equality in gender issues caused by that action. It is a well-established fact that men do not rape for sex, but rather for power. Men already have power just because they are men living in a male dominated society. Why on earth would a member of this "dominant" group feel the need to physically take over another person’s body in order to feel powerful? Are American men so accustomed to having their way that they feel they can do as they wish constantly and without thinking about the consequences? Or, are men who rape merely retaliating as a means of retrieving the power they have been losing since day one of the women’s movement? I am not at all saying that because women want to be treated fairly in society that they are then putting themselves as a whole at risk from the attacks of jealous men. Afterall, one never hears about women raping men even though women are trying to increase their amount of power.
Rapists are product of “defective urban cultures that espouse perverse ideals of masculinity”(Bourke, 2007). This idea of men having to be stronger than women has been seen through many cultures. Sexual violence is seen as one of the ways in which working class men demonstrate masculinity. In a study done to 175 nineteen year olds about “Hypermasculinity Inventory and a newly constructed Aggressive Sexual Behavior Inventory” was found that the “majority of the men used force or exploitation to gain sex from dates.”(Anderson & Mosher, 2004) In the modern day there has been an entry of women into the labor market. The idea that women were just here to have kids and take care of them no longer existed. Men had to change that thought of them being the only provider of the house. Because of this men needed to feel superior to women. In the book “Inside the minds of sexual predators” by McGrain and Ramsland its said that “rape by a stranger … can be categorized according to one of three motives: anger, desire for power and sadism” (2010, p 48) Men having to show that they are more dominant. The desire for power is known as power rape. In this kind of rape “sexuality becomes a means of compensating for underlying feelings of inadequacy and serves to express issues of mastery, strength, control authority, identity and capability.” (Groth, 1988, p 25) Power rape takes the ideas of machismo to
Rape is “unlawful sexual intercourse or penetration of a nonconsenting victim” (Dictionary.com). Nowhere in the definition does it say that women are the only ones that can be raped or that rape is just unlawful penetration of a nonconsenting woman. Which means that men can be raped. It is fully possible. Except people still believe that men can’t be raped. This has to do with a lot of the advertising of hypermasculinity. The idea of men having to be strong and showing any “weakness” is not manly. This idea says that men can’t be raped, because they are strong. A huge part of the silence of the rape of men is victim blaming. It’s simple phrases like, “Men can’t be raped!”, “He had an erection! He had to want it!”, or “He should’ve fought back!” that further perpetrate rape culture against men (goodmenproject.com) . These are huge reasons why only 1 in 71 men actually report their sexual assault or rape. That’s the stats, there is no telling how many men are not telling, either because they don’t identify their rape as rape or they have been told their whole life that men can’t be raped because they’re the “stronger” gender. James Landrith, a male who was raped by a pregnant woman in 1990, spoke out on his rape saying, “I want people to understand that it's not about how physically strong you are, we [men] are conditioned to believe that we cannot be victimized in such a way." (CNN.com). We need to lessen the silence on men being raped and its
Women are more likely to be victims of rape or sexual violence than men. Seventy-eight percent of victims of women and twenty-two percent are men. Women who are raped before the age of eighteen are twice as likely to be raped again as adults. Victims are at greater risk of rape or sexual assault while intoxicated. ("Sexual Violence: Fact Sh...
“Rape is a crime that combines sex and violence, that makes sex the weapon in an act of violence.”(Kimmel 257) Because of this, rape is often traumatic for the victim of a rape. Many victims undergo what is known as rape trauma syndrome, “…rape trauma syndrome, consisting of an acute stage, where the primary response is fear, followed by a reorganization stage, characterized by phobias, insomnia, sexual dysfunctions, and major changes in life-style.”(Chandler et al pp. 248) These are some of the psychological side effects that women must endure after the rape. 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.